Pakistan Security Brief

U.S. to continue using Shamshi air base; ISI wants CIA to sign contract prohibiting future unilateral raids;  Bin Laden family to remain in Pakistan for investigation; Canada designates TTP as terrorist group; Afghanistan will not retaliate for Pakistani rocket attacks; Troops clash with militants in Miran Shah; Ten militants killed in Kurram offensive; Drone kills at least four militants in North Waziristan; Bara continues to suffer two years after FC operation; Pakistan IED attacks up 145% in last four years; Hundreds of militants attack Upper Dir; Paramilitary soldiers killed in Balochistan convoy attack; Twenty-four killed in overnight in Karachi; ISI threatens Pakistani journalists.


U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Bin Laden Family

  • On Tuesday, the commission investigating the May 2 raid that killed Osama Bin Laden met for the first time and requested continued access to Bin Laden’s wives and children captured in the raid, delaying their departure from Pakistan. The commission asked the Ministry of the Interior and the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) “to ensure that the family of Osama bin Laden is not repatriated from Pakistan without the consent of the commission.”[iii]

Canada Puts TTP on Terrorist List

Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations


  • On Wednesday, Pakistani troops with attack helicopter support clashed with militants in Miram Shah. The clash allegedly began after Pakistani troops tried to blow up a private hospital used by militants. Militants then began “firing on Pakistan army checkposts with automatic weapons and rocket launchers.” Witnesses claim Pakistani helicopters attacked a school where militants were hiding. Other witnesses claim to have heard militants speaking Uzbek and Urdu. AFP reports the clashes show no signs of being “the start of a major operation.” The Express Tribune reports two militants have been killed. Troops have shut down the market and instituted a curfew.[vi]

  • The Express Tribune reported on Wednesday that security forces killed ten militants and retook the Sangora and Mantaloo areas of Kurram agency. The offensive is reportedly “aimed at reopening the road to Parachinar,” a Shia majority town that has been isolated from the rest of Pakistan and targeted by Sunni militants for several years. Up to 4,000 families, averaging seven people per family, have fled the area in the first days of the offensive.[vii]

  • On Tuesday, a drone strike killed at least four militants in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan. Two missiles struck a house located two hundred yards away from the town bazaar. Up to ten suspected militants were in the house, and as many as six are being reported dead.[viii]

  • An article in the Express Tribune describes the toll militancy has taken on the town of Bara in Khyber Agency. The local economy has suffered greatly since September 2009 when “paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) troops moved into the region to flush out . . . [the] Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI).” A strict curfew has been enforced in Bara since the operation. A local resident claims “several innocent . . . tribesmen, especially the elderly, have been killed for violating the curfew unwittingly.”[ix]

Improvised Explosive Devices in Pakistan



  • On Tuesday, five paramilitary soldiers were killed in an attack on their “convoy between the towns of Turbat and Mand.” No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but there has been a spike in Balochi separatist violence recently.[xii]


  • Up to twenty-four people have been killed in targeted killings in Karachi in the last day. Both the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP) claim their supporters are among the dead. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) reports 1,300 people have been killed in Karachi this year, including at least 490 targeted killings.[xiii]

Violence against Journalists

  • An article in Time tells the story of Pakistani journalist Najam Sethi who has endured constant harassment from Pakistan’s security apparatus. The article claims Sethi has been “charged with treason three times,” “held incommunicado,” and tortured. Sethi had reportedly been pressured by the ISI since he questioned how “the military had failed to discover bin Laden's presence” before the May 2 Abbottabad raid. Sethi reflects on the death of journalist Saleem Shahzad and recalls how he was abducted, hooded, and beaten in 1999 after accusing the government of corruption.[xiv]

[i] “US has backup plan if Pakistan shuts Shamsi airbase: US officials,” Reuters, July 6, 2011. Available at
[ii] “Pakistan's spies wants CIA to stop acting alone in war with al-Qaida,” Daily Telegraph, July 5, 2011. Available at
[iii] “Pakistan panel says bin Laden family won’t be repatriated,” Reuters, July 6, 2011. Available at
[iv] “Canada blacklist Pakistani Taliban,” AFP, July 6, 2011. Available at
[v] “Afghanistan won’t fire back on Pakistan: Karzai,” Reuters, July 5, 2011. Available at
[vi] “Pakistani troops, Taliban clash in North Waziristan,” AFP, July 6, 2011. Available at “Curfew imposed in Miranshah as troops clash with Taliban,” Express Tribune/AFP, July 6, 2011. Available at
[vii] “Kurram operation: 10 militants killed, 8 injured,” Express Tribune, July 6, 2011. Available at
[viii] “US drone kills at least four in Pakistan,” AFP, July 5, 2011. Available at
[ix] “Khyber Agency: This is Bara, the town militancy ruined,” Express Tribune, July 6, 2011. Available at
[x] “Improvised explosive attacks soar in Pakistan,” Reuters, July 5, 2011. Available at
[xi] “Upper Dir attack: 3 militants arrested,” Express Tribune, July 6, 2011. Available at
[xii] “Attacks kill nine Pakistani soldiers,” AFP, July 5, 2011. Available at
[xiii] “Fresh political violence kills 24 in Karachi,” AFP¸ July 6, 2011. Available at
[xiv] “Journalists in Pakistan under Threat from ISI,” Time, July 5, 2011. Available at,8816,2081413,00.html
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