Pakistan Security Brief


U.S. Defense Secretary says U.S. reaching limits of patience with Pakistan; Transit agreements with Central Asia aid U.S. with NATO supply route talks; Kerry-Lugar Law commits $1 billion to Pakistan; President Zardari meets with Afghan and Uzbek leaders at summit in Beijing; Pakistan and China sign agreements to expand economic cooperation; Bangladesh joins TAPI pipeline project; IED in Quetta kills twelve; Firing incidents in Karachi leave three dead; Militant groups clash in Tirah valley; Pakistani defense budget expands funding for Army and Air Force, lowers Navy’s; Supreme Court disqualifies dual citizens from holding legislative office. 

U.S.-Pakistani Relations

  • During a press conference in Kabul on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta commented on the U.S.’s ongoing tensions with Pakistan, saying “It is difficult to achieve peace in Afghanistan as long as there is safe haven for terrorists in Pakistan” and noting “we are reaching the limits of our patience.” He also commented on the Haqqani Network, which he said was using Pakistan’s border regions as a safe haven, and said, “We have every responsibility to defend ourselves . . . and we have to put pressure on Pakistan to take them on as well.” Members of Congress, including Senator Lindsay Graham and Representative Dana Rohrabacher, agreed with Panetta’s remarks, identifying Pakistan as “part of the theater of war” that warranted the use of drone strikes. The comments came in the midst of a trip in which Panetta called for deeper defense cooperation with India as well as closer U.S. and Indian ties with Pakistan.[1]

  • On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended the U.S.’s use of drone strikes to kill suspected militants, stating “We will always maintain out right to use force against groups such as al Qaeda that have attacked us and still threaten us with imminent attack.”[2]

  • According to an AP report, Monday’s transit agreements between NATO and three Central Asian countries give the U.S. additional leverage in its ongoing discussions with Pakistan to reopen supply lines closed since November. The agreements with Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan, permitting NATO to transport equipment and supplies out of Afghanistan through a northern passage, aid coalition forces as they plan the withdrawal of combat troops by 2014. The Central Asian route, however, may cost the U.S. as much as six times what it would pay to use Pakistan’s supply route. U.S. negotiations with Pakistan remain at a standstill, as the U.S. seeks a $500 fee per truck, an increase from last year’s $250 fee but still less than Pakistan’s demand for $5,000 per truck.[3]            

  • On Wednesday, USAID’s Development Assistance Coordinator Richard Albright announced that the U.S. would commit $1 billion to Pakistan for this year under the Kerry-Lugar Law. Of the funds, 85 percent will be allocated for “economic growth and social sector development” and the remaining 15 percent for “improving efficiency” and the “training of civil law-enforcing agencies.” Albright did not comment on ongoing congressional debate to cut funding to Pakistan but said the $1 billion aid package was an “another example of US support for Pakistan’s development priorities.”[4]  

International Relations


Osama bin Laden Informant

  • The FATA Lawyers Forum—which had filed an appeal challenging the 33-year jail sentence against Shakil Afridi, the doctor who aided the CIA in locating Osama bin Laden—dissolved its cabinet on Wednesday over disagreement on aiding Afridi. Eight members of the cabinet resigned in protest against the appeal, calling Afridi a U.S. spy who acted against Pakistani interests.[13]     

Domestic Politics

  • Details of Pakistan’s FY 2012-2013 defense budget revealed that the Army would be allocated $2.8 billion, the Air Force $1.2 billion, and the Navy $562 million, representing increases for the Army and Air Force and a slight decrease for the Navy from last year’s levels. Due to the country’s economic constraints, however, the budget did not include funding for short-term modernization programs or additional procurement.[14] 

  • The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that all dual citizens serving in federal and provincial legislatures were disqualified from holding office. The ruling targeted legislators who failed to properly renounce their non-Pakistani citizenship prior to filing their nomination papers. The court’s order followed Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s suspension as a member of parliament. The News reported that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was considering a constitutional amendment to permit dual-nationality, though the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said it opposed the measure.[15]     

  • The Peshawar High Court issued notices to the Director General of Military Intelligence, police officers, and tribal authorities concerning four missing persons cases. The notices called for the officials to appear before the court, having promised to inform the court when missing persons were released or transferred.[16]    

[1] “US losing patience with Pakistan: Panetta,” Reuters, June 7, 2012. Available at
“Panetta: U.S. running out of patience with Pakistan on militant havens,” CNN, June 7, 2012. Available at
Julian Pecquet and Jeremy Herb, “Pakistan critics laud Panetta’s remarks on US drone attacks,” The Hill, June 6, 2012. Available at
“India linchpin in new US military strategy, says Panetta,” Dawn, June 6, 2012. Available at
[3] Sebastian Abbot, “New US leverage seen in talks with Pakistan,” AP, June 7, 2012. Available at
[4] Mehtab Haider, “US to provide $1 bn under Kerry-Lugar aid plan,” Geo News, June 6, 2012. Available at
[5] “Regional peace linked to Afghanistan: Zardari,” Dawn, June 7, 2012. Available at
“Zardari meets Afghan, Tajik presidents,” APP, June 6, 2012. Available at
[6] “Pakistan and China sign development MOU,” PPI, June 6, 2012. Available at
“Accords signed with China,” APP, June 6, 2012. Available at
[7] Zafar Bhutta, “Bangladesh decides to join TAPI gas pipeline project,” Express Tribune, June 7, 2012. Available at
[8] Mushtaq Yusufzai, “Threats of violence from al-Qaeda militants emerge,” The News, June 7, 2012. Available at
[9] “At least 12 killed in Quetta blast,” AFP, June 7, 2012. Available at
“Bomb kills eight at Pakistani madrassa,” AFP, June 6, 2012. Available at
[10] “Four injured in attack on police station,” Dawn, June 6, 2012. Available at
 “No respite from Karachi violence, 3 more killed,” Geo News, June 7, 2012. Available at
[11] “Six militants killed in Tirah clashes,” Dawn, June 7, 2012. Available at
[12] “Maulvi Faqir declares loyalty to TTP, denies formation of separate faction,” The News, June 7, 2012. Available at,-denies-formation-of-separate-faction
[13] “Fata Lawyers Forum dissolved over Dr Shakil issue,” The News, June 7, 2012. Available at
[14] Usaman Ansari, “Pakistan Budget Up for Army, Air Force; Down for Navy,” Defense News, June 6, 2012. Available at
[15] Tariq Butt, “All dual citizen MPs stand disqualified, rules Supreme Court,” The News, June 7, 2012. Available at,-rules-Supreme-Court
[16] Akhtar Amin, “Police, military, tribal authorities put on notice,” The News, June 7, 2012. Available at,-military,-tribal-authorities-put-on-notice
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