Pakistan Security Brief

Nawaz Sharif returns as prime minister; 9 killed in Hangu over MPA death; University employee executed in Khairpur; Kidnapping leaves 3 dead, one severely wounded; MPA's home in Peshawar attacked; Pakistan’s economy at low point; NATO shipping banned through Khyber today; Drone attacks supported by U.S. population; Government disburses Rs 6.5 billion to power sector; Suicide attack foiled;  6 wounded in grenade attack; India accuses Pakistan of encouraging Sikh militancy; Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police arrest 828 criminals; MQM holds sway in opposition leader decision;  Rangers officials order an inquiry; 29 criminals arrested in Quetta; FATA allots Rs18.5 billion for development; IMF delegation to meet in Pakistan on June 19; Punjab assembly votes leader on June 6; Musharraf willing to face charges.

New Government  

  • Nawaz Sharif officially returned as prime minister for the third time on Wednesday, securing 244 votes out of the 342 available in the National Assembly. In a speech before members of the National Assembly, Sharif praised the democratic transition of the May 11 elections and pledged to improve Pakistan’s infrastructure and economy, while ending corruption. Sharif also urged the U.S. to end all drone activity in the Federally Administered Tribal Area. Following the vote in parliament, Sharif was sworn in as prime minister by President Asif Ali Zardari. [1] 

  • The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party’s Shahbaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party’s Mian Mehmoodur Rashid both submitted their nominations for Punjab chief minister on Tuesday. A vote will take place on June 6. [2]

  • The All Pakistan Muslim League (AMPL) reiterated former president Pervez Musharraf’s willingness to face charges in the Benazir Bhutto and Nawab Akbar Bugti murder cases on Wednesday. According to AMPL  member Chaudry Safraz Anjum Kahlon, “Musharraf is ready to face any court in order to defend himself against the politically motivated cases… [and] a Pakistani soldier never feels threatened by anyone.” [3]

  • According to a Wednesday report in Dawn, while the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) currently holds the second-largest number of seats (39) in parliament, versus the third-placed Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s (PTI) 29, it is the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) who will likely ultimately decide on the opposition leader, given its 23-seat haul. Whichever party the MQM decides to throw its weight behind will hold the clear opposition majority, and therefore, will select  the opposition leader. [4]


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[1] “Democracy the only way forward, says Nawaz,” Dawn, June 5, 2013. Available at
[2] “Election for leader of the house on 6th,” Tribune, June 5, 2013. Available at 
[3] Abdul Manan, “Musharraf ready to face high treason case: APML,” Tribune, June 5, 2013. Available at
[4] Khawar Ghumman, “MQM holds key to race for opposition leader,” Dawn, June 5, 2013. Available at
[5] “Hangu protestors torch shops, militant commanders house,” The News, June 5, 2013. Available at
[6] “Farid Khan’s murder: Seven dead in reprisal over PTI lawmaker’s slaying," Tribune, June 5, 2013. Available at
[7] “PTI MPA’s house in Peshawar attacked,” The News, June 5, 2013. Available at
[8]Sarfaraz Memon, “Lawless land: Khairpur university employee shot dead in targeted attack,” Tribune, June 5, 2013. Available at
[9]“Families of abducted protest outside Sindh CM house,” The News, June 5, 2013. Available at,-protest-outside-Sindh-CM-house
“Target killing: MQM announces day of mourning in Sindh on June 6,” Tribune, June 5, 2013. Available at
[10]Shamsul Islam, “Narrow escape: Explosives recovered from impounded car.” Tribune, June 5, 2013, Available at
[11] “Cop among six hurt in held Kashmir grenade blast,” The News, June 5 2013. Available at
[12] “Police arrest 828 more criminals,” The News, June 4, 2013. Available at
[13] “29 outlaws held in Quetta,” The News, June 5, 2013. Available at
[14]  “Explosive-laden truck seized,” The News, June 5, 2013. Available at
[15] “DG Rangers orders enquiry into firing incident involving personnel,” Dawn, June 5, 2013. Available at
[16] “Social development: Rs 18.5b uplift plan for tribal areas approved,” Tribune, June 5, 2013. Available at
[17] “NA-46: NATO shipments banned throughout re-polling,” Tribune, June 5, 2013. Available at
[18] Rebecca Ballhaus, “WSJ/NBC Poll: Drone Attacks Have Broad Support,” WSJ, June 5, 2013. Available at
[19]“India accuses Pakistan of fomenting Sikh militancy in Indian Punjab,” Dawn, June 5, 2013. Available at
[20]Tomasz Janowski, “Analysis: Glimmer of hope for cash-starved Pakistan economy as Sharif takes over,” Reuters, June 5, 2013. Available at
[21]Shahbaz Rana, “IMF team to arrive on June 19 for crucial talks,” Tribune, June 5, 2013. Available at
[22]Khaleeq Kiani,“Rs 6.5bn released to reduce power shortfall,” Dawn, June 5, 2013. Available at
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