Pakistan Security Brief

ISI-supported lobbyist arrested in U.S.; U.S. asks aid organizations to tell Pakistanis they receive U.S. support; House bill states conditions for continuing Pakistan aid; Clinton stresses need to bring those responsible for 2008 Mumbai attacks to justice; Americans denied entry to Peshawar; Taliban denies Mullah Omar death report; Retired Pakistani General says Pakistan did not actively hide bin Laden; Pakistan to send Bali suspect to Indonesia; Hina Rabbani Khar takes oath as Foreign Minister; Pakistan inducts drones into naval force; Shahzad commission to examine highway footage; Militants kill two of twelve people kidnapped in Kurram.


U.S.-Pakistan Relations

  • On Tuesday, the executive director of the Kashmiri American Council Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai and Zaheer Ahmad, both American citizens, were indicted for allegedly accepting money from Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to devote to lobbying efforts and campaign contributions for the past twenty years without registering with the Department of Justice as foreign agents. The FBI says the Kashmiri American Council may have received as much as $700,000 a year from the Pakistani government and donated around $100,000 a year to political campaigns. Ahmad reportedly helped organize “a network of at least 10 unnamed straw contributors” that would be reimbursed by the ISI after making their contributions to the Kashmiri American Council. The FBI investigation regarding the contributors is ongoing.[i]

  • The U.S. has reportedly issued a new policy asking aid organizations working in Pakistan’s tribal areas to “advertise that they receive American assistance,” in an effort to win hearts and minds in the region. The aid organizations have expressed concern that if they make public their connection to the U.S. they will be attacked.[ii]

  • On Wednesday, a bill will be considered by the House Foreign Affairs Committee that would block aid to Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority if they do not adequately cooperate in the fight against terrorism. Aid to Pakistan will be held up if they do not reassure the U.S. of their commitment to combating terrorism by giving the U.S. access to Osama Bin Laden’s wives, proving weapons and resources received from the U.S. are being used solely to combat terrorists along the Afghan border, and expediting visa processes for U.S. “counter-terrorism personnel.” The bill calls on the Secretary of State to “certify to Congress” that Pakistan is fully cooperating with the U.S. in counter-terrorism efforts.[iii]

  • During her meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remarked that Pakistan should bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attacks “transparently, fully and urgently.” According to Clinton, the U.S. has “made it very clear that Pakistan needs to bring people to justice.” She also expressed the U.S.’s “deep sympathy and outrage” at last Wednesday’s attacks on Mumbai.[iv]

  • On Wednesday, seven Americans were prevented from entering Peshawar when they failed to present No Objection Certificates (NOCs) at a toll plaza. This was the second time they were denied entry. The U.S. Embassy has reportedly “expressed serious concern over the incident.”[v]

Mullah Omar Death Reports Denied

Bin Laden Fallout

  • The Associated Press reported Tuesday that retired Lt. Gen. Nadeem Ahmed told the Australian Broadcasting Company he doubted the Pakistani government had helped Osama bin Laden hide in Pakistan, saying with certainty that “no government in Pakistan, no military in Pakistan, no intelligence organization in Pakistan would do such a stupid thing.” Ahmed accused the U.S. of trying to weaken Pakistan’s security establishment by defaming them with deliberate leaks to the press and public statements.[vii]

Pakistani to Send Patek to Indonesia

Khar is First Female Foreign Minister

Pakistan Navy Inducts Drones

Saleem Shahzad Investigation


[i] “Two charged in Pakistani spy services’ alleged funneling of money via U.S. group,” Washington Post, July 19, 2011. Available at
“Pakistan’s Military Plotted to Tilt U.S. Policy, F.B.I. Says,” New York Times, July 19, 2011. Available at
[ii] “US Steps Up Push for Aid Recognition in Pakistan,” AP, July 20, 2011. Available at
[iii] “Pakistan aid ‘would be cut off unless US gets access to Osama Bin Laden’s wives,’” Telegraph, July 20, 2011. Available at
[iv] “Clinton: Pakistan Must Prosecute Terrorists ‘Urgently,’” WSJ, July 20, 2011. Available at
[v] “Security officials impede foreigners entering Peshawar,” Dawn, July 20, 2011. Available at
[vi] “Taliban say hackers broke into phone, website,” AP, July 20, 2011. Available at
[vii] “Report: General doubts Pakistan spies aided Osama,” AP, July 19, 2011. Available at “Pakistan intelligence ignorant about bin Laden's hiding: general,” Australian Broadcasting Company, July 19, 2011. Available at
[viii] “Bali ‘bomb builder’ to be deported,” Sydney Morning Herald, July 20, 2011. Available at
[ix] “Khar becomes first female foreign minister of Pakistan,” Express Tribune, July 20, 2011. Available at
[x] “Pakistan Navy inducts first squadron of drones,” Express Tribune, July 20, 2011. Available at
[xi] “Saleem Shahzad killing: Commission examines highway’s CCTV footage,” Express Tribune, July 20, 2011. Available at
[xii] “2 kidnapped students killed, 9 people freed,” The News, July 19, 2011. Available at
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