Pakistan Security Brief

Ambassador Haqqani expresses Pakistani disappointment at exclusion from Taliban talks; Zawahiri criticizes Pakistani institutions; Karzai accuses Pakistan of cross-border rocket attacks; Zardari and Karzai voice concerns at terrorism conference in Tehran; Pakistan expels British military trainers; Army undecided on how to deal with HuT arrests; TTP husband and wife team attack police station in Dera Ismail Khan; Twelve killed in South Waziristan drone strike; Six killed in Karachi shooting; “Kill and dump” operations weaken Balochi insurgency; A bomb injured three policemen in Multan; Shahbaz Bhatti murder suspect released for lack of evidence.


U.S.-Pakistan Relations

  • Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani told the Express Tribune Pakistan is “not happy” they are being excluded from peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban. Haqqani notes that if the U.S. claims to need Pakistani support for success in Afghanistan, “they will have to get Pakistan on board in their negotiations with the Taliban.” Haqqani also refuted recent reports that sixty-seven Pakistani visas has been issued to CIA staff, saying the “media should be more responsible.”[i]
  • AFP reports that the Taliban’s continued affiliation with the Haqqani Network could present an obstacle to peace talks. The Haqqani Network is closely-aligned with al Qaeda and seen by the U.S. as less likely to reconcile with the Afghan government. Their continued involvement in the conflict could create a point of tension in the talks.[ii]

  • On Friday, Pakistani Senator Mohammed Ali Durrani claimed the U.S. was “defaming” the Pakistan army  to destabilize Pakistan and justify a U.S. invasion. Pakistani Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain stated that Pakistan should abandon the Abbottabad commission investigating the May 2 raid that killed Osama Bin Laden to avoid further damaging the army’s reputation.[iii]

Al Qaeda Leader Zawahiri’s New Book

  • In his new book, al Qaeda’s new leader Ayman al-Zawahiri criticizes the Pakistani government for being un-Islamic. The book, titled Sapeeda-e-Sahar Aur Timtamata Chiragh (Dawn and a Flickering Lamp) also argues that there is no political solution to be sought with Pakistan because the Pakistani constitution is fundamentally “in conflict with Islam.” Zawahiri rejects the democratic principles outlined in Pakistan’s constitution, stating that giving individuals the authority to make political decisions violates Shariah.[iv]

Afghan-Pakistan Relations

Terrorism Conference

  • On Saturday, Iran hosted the “International Conference on [the] Global Fight Against Terrorism” in Tehran. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai attended the conference and made statements against continued terrorism in their countries. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad emphasized the negative effect of U.S. influence in the region, comparing 9/11 to the Holocaust on the basis that the U.S. used the attacks as an excuse to occupy sovereign nations. President Zardari also met with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and discussed the need for “[p]eace, stability and order in the Islamic world.”[vi]

U.K.-Pakistan Relations

Pakistani Military Affairs

  • The army reportedly remains undecided on how to deal with military personnel recently arrested for their connections to the international extremist group Hizb-ut Tahrir (HuT.) According to the Express Tribune,the accused will either be “tried by a court martial or . . . dismissed from the army.” Last week, Pakistan arrested Brig. Ali Khan for his alleged connected to HuT. Khan, the highest ranking officer to be arrested for ties to extremist groups in several years, was reportedly outspoken in his criticism of continued Pakistani cooperation with the U.S.[viii]


  • On Saturday, a married Uzbek couple attacked a police station in Dera Ismail Khan, killing twelve policemen. The attackers took the policemen hostage for several hours during which they exchanged gunfire with security forces before blowing themselves up. There have been conflicting reports regarding the possibility that more than two militants participated in the attack. The Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) have claimed responsibility for the attack and vowed to continue using married couples in attacks.[ix]



  • On Saturday, six people were killed in a shootout at a dance party in Karachi. One of those killed was the grandson of late Nawab Akbar Bugti, the Baloch separatist leader killed in an encounter with the Pakistani military during the presidency of Pervez Musharraf.[xv]
  • In the case against the paramilitary Rangers personnel accused of killing unarmed 22-year-old Sarfaraz Shah, the court has delayed its decision until June 28. There is also a new lawyer for the defendants who may seek further delays.[xvi]

  • On Saturday, a bomb planted outside of the Karachi headquarters of the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) failed to explode. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.[xvii]


Multan Attack

Bhatti Suspect Released



[i] “Pakistan upset at being left out of US-Taliban talks,” Express Tribune, June 27, 2011. Available at
[iii] “US defaming Army to create anarchy in Pakistan: Durrani,” The News, June 25, 2011. Available at
“Abbottabad commission unnecessary: Shujaat,” The News, June 26, 2011. Available at
[iv] “Zawahiri’s viewpoint — a challenge to Pak institutions,” The News, June 25, 2011. Available at
[v] “Karzai: Pakistan firing rockets into Afghanistan,” AP, June 26, 2011. Available at
[vi] “Islamabad, Kabul look inwards as Tehran blames US,” Express Tribune, June 26, 2011. Available at
“Zardari, Iran’s supreme leader discuss challenges facing Muslim Ummah,” The News, June 26, 2011. Available at
[vii] “Pakistan expels British trainers of anti-Taliban soldiers,” The Guardian, June 26, 2011. Available at
[viii] “Alleged links to Hizbut Tahrir: Army brass undecided on action against servicemen,” Express Tribune, June 27, 2011. Available at
[ix] “Taliban militant and wife staged attack on DI Khan police,” Express Tribune, June 26, 2011. Available at
“TTP claim DI Khan attack,” Geo, June 26, 2011. Available at
“Pakistani Taliban husband-and-wife suicide threat,” AFP, June 26, 2011. Available at
[x] “Twelve killed in Waziristan drone strike,” Dawn, June 27, 2011. Available at
[xi] “15 killed in Orakzai militants’ infighting,” The News, June 26, 2011. Available at
[xii] “Taliban split: Pakistan warlord ‘defects from TTP’”AFP, June 27, 2011. Available at
[xiii] “Pakistan’s Taliban Vows Attacks on West,” Reuters, June 27, 2011. Available at
[xiv] “A community under siege in tribal Pakistan,” Al Jazeera, June 25, 2011. Available at
[xv] “Akbar Bugti’s grandson among six killed in Karachi firing incident,” Express Tribune, June 26, 2011. Available at
[xvi] “Sarfraz Shah’s murder: Court to bring up formal charges on June 28,” Express Tribune, June 25, 2011. Available at
[xvii] “Failed bomb attack on Red Cross office in Pakistan,” AFP, June 25, 2011. Available at
[xviii] “Insurgents suffer bloody reprisals,” Dawn, June 26, 2011. Available at
[xix] “Three police injured in central Pakistan attack,” AFP, June 26, 2011. Available at
[xx] “Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder case: ATC orders release of suspect,” Express Tribune, June 26, 2011. Available at
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