Pakistan Security Brief

U.S. expected to transfer $1.12 billion to Pakistan under Coalition Support Fund by next week; Pakistani Ambassador Sherry Rehman discusses regional security with Senator Harry Reid; Over 100 NATO trucks cross into Afghanistan in last two days; U.S. supports India-Pakistan cricket diplomacy; Supreme Court extends deadline for prime minister to reopen corruption cases against President Zardari; Pakistani Taliban commander killed in South Waziristan; Armed militants attack security check post in Kurram agency.

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

  • On Tuesday, Pakistani Finance Secretary Abdul Wajid Rana informed the cabinet’s Economic Coordination Committee that Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves would increase to $15.89 billion by early next week following the expected transfer of $1.12 billion from the U.S. under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF). Rana estimated the total amount of outstanding payments owed to Pakistan under the CSF at $4.7-5 billion, including $3.5 billion that had not been disbursed prior to May 2011, when Pakistan stopped sending bills for CSF payments following the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Pakistan also expects roughly $85 million from the U.S. under the Kerry-Lugar Bill.[1]       

  • Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman met with Senator Harry Reid on Monday to discuss Pakistan’s role in improving regional security. According to Rehman’s spokesperson, the meeting was held to “apprise the U.S. leadership on the Hill of Pakistan’s position and concerns on bilateral and regional developments.” The meeting followed the U.S. House’s passage of a defense appropriations bill last week that cut $650 million in aid to Pakistan.[2]    

  • During a session of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar responded to criticisms from opposition parties that the government had ignored parliament when it reopened the NATO supply route. Members of parliament’s national security panel, in particular, objected to the U.S.’s “soft apology,” having previously demanded an unconditional apology for the Salala border strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers before permitting the reopening of the route. Khar denied that the government had bypassed parliament with its rapprochement with the U.S.[3]

  • According to a Pakistani customs official, more than 100 trucks carrying NATO supplies had crossed the Torkham border crossing in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in the last two days. In total, roughly 140 trucks had crossed the border into Afghanistan since Pakistan reopened the supply route on July 3. Custom officials estimate that prior to the route’s closing, 150 trucks crossed the Torkham border crossing daily. On Wednesday, three trucks carrying NATO supplies were stopped in the Jamrud area of Khyber agency due to security concerns. The trucks were subsequently sent back to Peshawar. The incident followed Tuesday’s killing of a NATO truck driver by unknown gunmen.[4]

  • U.S. State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said on Monday that the U.S. supported India-Pakistan cricket diplomacy and was encouraging both countries to share counterterrorism information and build trust on political issues. Her statement followed India and Pakistan’s recent announcement that both countries would play each other in cricket matches later this year.[5] 

  • During a television interview, outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter denied media reports stating that he had written a confidential letter to President Barack Obama saying that the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) would sweep the next parliamentary elections.[6]

International Relations

  • The Pakistani government filed a suit against the UK-based tabloid The Sun following its story of an alleged Pakistani crime ring that was issuing fake passports and visas that would allow “potential terrorists” to sneak into London as part of the Pakistani Olympic delegation. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira called the report “dirty propaganda.”[7]   

Domestic Politics

  • On Wednesday, Pakistan’s attorney general Irfan Qadir rejected the Supreme Court’s demand that Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf reopen old corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari because Zardari had presidential immunity and said that the Supreme Court’s “order [was therefore] not implementable.” Qadir also demanded the lead judge, Asif Saeed Khosa, recuse himself from the proceedings due to his alleged bias against the president. Although Wednesday’s hearing served as the initial deadline for the government to inform the Supreme Court on whether or not Prime Minister Ashraf would fulfill the court’s order, Khosa adjourned the hearing until August 8 in response to the attorney general’s request for more time to make “serious and genuine efforts” to resolve the impasse between the government and the Supreme Court.[8]

  • Speaking with Voice of America, UN Human Rights Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Aslam Khan denied reports that Pakistan intended to expel 1.7 million Afghan refugees by year’s end. Khan stated that Afghan refugees possessing registration cards would not be sent back to Afghanistan until they were ready to return. Khan added, however, that illegal immigrants might be expelled. Additionally, Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions, Engineer Shaukatullah said that all registered and unregistered refugees willing to return to Afghanistan would be repatriated.[9]

  • On Wednesday, the Supreme Court rejected a Frontier Corps (FC) report claiming that the FC was not involved in recent mining blasts or holding in its custody missing persons from Balochistan. The court dismissed the FC’s request for police powers to search door-to-door for missing persons, and instructed the FC’s advocate to submit in writing that the FC was in “no position to maintain law and order.” Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry called the Military Intelligence (MI), Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and FC’s failure in maintaining law and order in Balochistan a “constitutional breakdown.”[10]


[1] Khaleeq Kiani, “$1.12bn payment expected from US this week,” Dawn, July 25, 2012. Available at
[2] Huma Imtiaz, “Regional security: Sherry discusses Pak role with US senator,” Express Tribune, July 25, 2012. Available at
[3] Kamran Yousaf, “Resetting ties: Khar says parliament’s wishes not bypassed in US rapprochement,” Express Tribune, July 25, 2012. Available at
[4] “NATO supply trucks surge at Torkham border,” AFP, July 25, 2012. Available at
“3 NATO containers stopped in Khyber Agency over security,” Geo News, July 25, 2012. Available at
[5] Victoria Nuland, “Daily Press Briefing,” U.S. Department of State, July 23, 2012. Available at
“US backs Pakistan-India cricket diplomacy,” Geo News, July 24, 2012. Available at
[6] Mohammed Rizwan, “General elections: Munter denies predicting PTI’s victory,” Express Tribune, July 25, 2012. Available at
[7] “Olympics passport scam: Govt asks NADRA to sue The Sun for defamation,” AFP, July 25, 2012. Available at
[8] Munir Ahmed, “Pakistan refuses to reopen presidential graft case,” AP, July 25, 2012. Available at
“Pakistan PM given breathing space over graft cases,” AFP, July 25, 2012. Available at
[9] “Pakistan, UNHCR deny reports of Afghan refugees’ forced expulsion,” APP, July 25, 2012. Available at
[10] Qaiser Zulfiqar, “Balochistan law and order case: FC will not go scot-free, warns apex court,” Express Tribune, July 25, 2012. Available at
[11] Jibran Ahmad, “Gunmen kill Pakistani Taliban commander linked to deadly attack,” Reuters, July 25, 2012. Available at
[12] “2 Pak soldiers hurt in Kurram cross-border attack,” Geo News, July 25, 2012. Available at
Munir Ahmed, “Pakistan refuses to reopen presidential graft case,” AP, July 25, 2012. Available at
[13] “Grenade attack on hotel leaves 5 injured,” Daily Times, July 25, 2012. Available at\07\25\story_25-7-2012_pg7_18
“3 killed in separate acts of violence,” Daily Times, July 25, 2012. Available at
[14] “Quetta: Education official attack case registered,” Geo News, July 25, 2012. Available at
“Shia official shot, injured in Quetta,” Daily Times, July 25, 2012. Available at\07\25\story_25-7-2012_pg7_6
[15] “One injured in grenade attack on PPP-S office,” The News, July 25, 2012. Available at
“School blown up in Badaber,” The News, July 25, 2012. Available at
[16] “140 KG explosives seized in Sui,” Geo News, July 25, 2012. Available at
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