Pakistan Security Brief

800 killings in Karachi this year; Navy moves battleships away from PNS Mehran; Rangers plead not guilty to Sarfaraz Shah killing; U.S. aid to Pakistan at risk; Mumbai attacks likely perpetrated by Indian Mujahideen; Zardari will not announce Seraiki province; Patek to be sent back to Indonesia “soon”; Terrorist plot foiled; Kharotabad incident remains a mystery; Balochistan religious students harvest poppy in Afghanistan during summers.



U.S.-Pakistan Relations

  • A Washington Post report details the issue of U.S. aid in Pakistan. While Congress is debating whether or not to cut aid to Pakistan, Pakistan is lamenting the slow rate at which aid has been delivered thus far. Many U.S. politicians have complained that the billions of dollars spent in Pakistan have not coincided with a sufficient crackdown on terrorism in the country. Pakistan emphasizes the need for more civilian aid and a greater focus on economic development.[iv]

Mumbai Bombings

  • On Thursday, Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram told India’s parliament he believed an India-based group was responsible for the July 13 bombings in Mumbai. Police initially said the bombing’s tactics resembled those used by the Indian Mujahideen (IM), a militant offshoot of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) that is allegedly linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The death toll of the bombings currently stands at twenty-six.[v]

Zardari Will Not Announce New Province

Patek to Be Extradited “Soon”

Terrorist Plot Foiled


[i] “800 killed in Karachi this year: HRCP,” AFP, August 5, 2011. Available at
“MQM demands judicial inquiry into Karachi violence,” ET, August 5, 2011. Available at
[ii] “Security concerns: Navy battle ships moved away from Karachi,” Dawn, August 5, 2011. Available at
[iii] “Sarfraz Shah murder case: Rangers men plead innocence,” ET, August 4, 2011. Available at
[iv] “Civilian aid program for Pakistan faces cuts,” Washington Post, August 5, 2011. Available at
[v] “Indian group ‘could be linked’ to Mumbai blasts,” BBC, August 5, 2011. Available at
[vi] “Presidency moves to clear the air on province,” Dawn, August 5, 2011. Available at
[vii] “Bali bomb suspect to be repatriated from Pakistan ‘soon,’” AFP, August 5, 2011. Available at
“Bali bombing suspect opens up to police,” AP, August 5, 2011. Available at
[viii] “Plot to target ministers with perfume bomb foiled, says Malik,” Dawn, August 4, 2011. Available at
[ix] “Kharotabad killings and the cover up,” Al Jazeera, August 4, 2011. Available at
[x] “Illicit drug production: Balochistan madrassa students harvest poppy on holidays,” ET, August 5, 2011. Available at
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