Pakistan Security Brief

Pakistan Security Brief – June 25, 2010

Pakistan continues to approach Afghan government with offers to facilitate power sharing agreement with Haqqani network; security heightened in Peshawar in response to report of a possible terrorist attack; two NATO tankers blown up on the outskirts of Peshawar; two terror suspects arrested in Lahore; Sindh’s Home Minister criticizes judiciary’s release of hundreds of terror suspects; CID arrests three suspected LeJ activists in Karachi; top commander of TTP Swat arrested in Karachi; US Vice President Joe Biden phones President Zardari to discuss bi-lateral issues; evidence in trial of five Americans convicted in Pakistan reveals they were in contact with HuJI chief.


Pakistan’s influence in Afghanistan

  • Pakistan is attempting to capitalize on recent US troubles in Afghanistan in order to put itself in a position to influence the country’s political future, according to an article in the New York Times. Pakistani officials have approached Afghan President Hamid Karzai with the claim that they can broker a power-sharing agreement between the Haqqani network and the Afghan government. Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen. Asfaq Parvez Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha have made several recent trips to Kabul in an effort to convince Karzai and the Afghan government that the US military effort in the country “will not succeed.” The article also infers that General McChrystal's recent firing is likely to further benefit the Pakistani effort to exert control in Afghanistan. [1]





  • Two suspected terrorists have been arrested in the Ferozwala area of Lahore. Authorities said that the two men are believed to have been involved in the May 28 attack on an Ahmadi mosque that left more than 70 people dead. During the arrest, law enforcement personnel seized two trucks found to be carrying a large quantity of explosives, including 300 hand grenades, 15 land mines, and 15 suicide jackets as well as several thousand bullets and 16 walkie-talkies. Police also indicated that further arrests have been made acting on the information provided by the two suspects.[4]


Judiciary failures




US-Pakistan relations


Convicted Americans



[1] Jane Perlez, Eric Schmitt, and Carlotta Gall, “Pakistan Is Said to Pursue a Foothold in Afghanistan,” New York Times, June 24, 2010. Available at
[2] “Section 144 imposed in Peshawar,” Express Tribune, June 25, 2010. Available at “Section 144 imposed in Peshawar,” Dawn, June 25, 2010. Available at
[3] “Blast destroys two Nato tankers,” Dawn, June 25, 2010. Available at “Two oil tankers destroyed in blast,” Express Tribune, June 25, 2010. Available at “More Nato-bound oil tankers torched,” The News, June 25, 2010. Available at
[4] “Two terrorists nabbed in Lahore,” Express Tribune, June 25, 2010. Available at
[5] “Terrorists roaming freely, thanks to courts: Mirza,” The News, June 25, 2010. Available at s
[7] “TTP’s commander nabbed in Karachi,” Geo, June 25, 2010. Available at
[8] “Biden calls Zardari, discusses bilateral issues,” Dawn, June 24, 2010. Available at “Zardari, Biden hold telephonic conversation,” The News, June 25, 2010. Available at
[9] Amir Mir, “Concicted Americans were hired by Qari Saifullah,” The News, June 25, 2010. Available at
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