Pakistan Security Brief

Petraeus stresses continued cooperation with Pakistan, no matter how difficult; Kashmiri separatist defends arrested Kashmiri-American lobbyist; DNI Clapper visits Pakistan; Al Qaeda plans U.S. utility facility attacks using inside positions; Drone strike kills four in N. Waziristan; Six militants killed in Kurram; Government offices in Mohmand take rocket fire; NATO oil tanker destroyed in Khyber; Three oil and gas company workers killed in blast; PML-N leader killed in Quetta; Rangers additional authority extended; Rana case files unsealed.


U.S.-Pakistan Relations

  • On Wednesday, outgoing ISAF commander Gen. David Petraeus stated that the U.S. had to continue working with Pakistan “[h]owever difficult the relationship.” Petraeus also stated he believed it was possible no one in the Pakistani government was aware of Osama Bin Laden’s presence and location in Pakistan before the May 2 Abbottabad raid. He also said the U.S. must recognize sacrifices Pakistan has made in the war on terror, including the several thousand soldiers, police officers and civilians killed.[i]

  • On Wednesday, Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani responded to reports that Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, the executive director of the Kashmiri American Council, had been arrested on charges of being an unregistered foreign agent with accusations of conspiracy. Gilani accused the U.S. and India of colluding to weaken the Kashmiri cause and lashing out at Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) by silencing Fai. India’s head of police for Kashmir said Fai had been suspected of illicit activity for years, including “the diversion of ISI funds for anti-national activities in India.” In related news, Dan Burton (R-IN,) Dennis Kucinich (D-OH,) and Joe Pitts (R-PA) have come under scrutiny since the news broke that they received financial support from Fai and his organization.[ii]

  • U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James R. Clapper visited Pakistan on Wednesday to discuss continued U.S.-Pakistan cooperation with Pakistani military leaders. Sources told the Express Tribune Clapper may be meeting with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI chief Lt. Gen. Shuja Pasha. Clapper is expected to revisit the topics discussed during Lt. Gen. Pasha’s recent Washington visit, most notably Pakistan’s intention to “continue dismantling ‘private networks’ of local spies” cultivated by the U.S. in recent years.[iii]

Al Qaeda to Threaten Utility Facilities from Inside




  • On Thursday, three people were killed when a bomb targeted employees of a national oil and gas company in the Jaffrabad area of Baluchistan province. Those killed reportedly “worked for the state-owned Oil and Gas Development Corporation.” No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but both Islamist extremist militants and Baloch separatists execute attacks in Balochistan.[x]

  • On Wednesday, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Saleem Jadoon was shot and killed in Quetta. Jadoon, a former “union council nazim,” was called out of his house to greet friends when a masked gunman opened fire.[xi]

Rana Case Files Unsealed

  • On Wednesday, files from the trial of Tahawwur Rana were unsealed. Rana was accused of providing logistical support to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the lead up to the 2008 attacks in Mumbai. Rana’s defense attorneys claim the documents will not provide much new information about the trial.[xii]

[i] “General David Petraeus warns of deteriorating US-Pakistan relations,” Telegraph, July 20, 2011. Available at
[ii] “Kashmir separatist leader denounces US arrest,” AP, July 20, 2011. Available at “Lawmakers Say Pakistani Plot Did Not Influence Actions,” New York Times, July 21, 2011. Available at [iii] “Mending ties: US national intelligence director in Pakistan,” Express Tribune, July 21, 2011. Available at
[iv] “Terror Warning Warns of Insider Threat to Infrastructure,” ABC, July 20, 2011. Available at
[v] “Drone strike kills four in N Waziristan,” Express Tribune, July 21, 2011. Available at
[vi] “Tribesmen kill six militants in Kurram,” Dawn, July 21, 2011. Available at
[vii] “Govt offices in Mohmand attacked with rockets,” The News, July 21, 2011. Available at
[viii] “Blast destroys Nato oil tanker in Khyber,” Dawn, July 21, 2011. Available at
[ix] “Rangers in Karachi: Additional authority extended for 3 more months,” Express Tribune, July 21, 2011. Available at
[x] “Bomb kills 3 employees of Pakistani oil company,” AP, July 21, 2011. Available at
[xi] “PML-N leader shot dead in Quetta,” Dawn, July 21, 2011. Available at
[xii] “Court unseals Mumbai terror trial documents,” Dawn, July 21, 2011. Available at
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