Pakistan Security Brief

Bin Laden’s sons accuse U.S. of violating international law; Youngest son has disappeared following raid; U.S. still waiting for access to bin Laden’s wives; U.S. had repeatedly warned Pakistan that Washington would send forces if evidence that bin Laden was hiding there; Senator Kerry to visit Pakistan; Kerry and Lugar: Opportunity for the U.S. to rethink its role in Afghanistan; Pakistani military cut off its communication with forces in Afghanistan following raid; Senate and House committees permitted to see photos of bin Laden; Journalist killed in Peshawar; Three militants killed in Lower Dir; Saudi consulate attacked in Karachi.


Response to Bin Laden Raid



  • A tribal journalist was killed in Peshawar on Tuesday when a bomb detonated near his vehicle on Bara Road. Three vehicles and nearby buildings were also damaged in the blast. Nasrullah Afridi had previously been attacked by unidentified assailants in 2007, but had escaped unharmed. Sources have said that Afridi “was not in [the] good books” of the militant organization Lashkar-e-Islam (LI).[vi]
  • Three militants were killed in an operation by security personnel in Lower Dir on Monday. The insurgents had planted an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Munda sub-district when police and Frontier Corps officers targeted them with gunfire.[vii]

Attack on Saudi Consulate in Karachi


[i] Scott Shane, “Bin Laden Sons Say U.S. Broke International Law,” New York Times, May 10, 2011. Available at
[ii] Mark Hosenball, “U.S. warned Pakistan it would come to get bin Laden,” Reuters, May 10, 2011. Available at
[iii] Olivier Knox, “US senator aims to mend Pakistan ties after bin Laden,” AFP, Available at
[iv] Anwar Iqbal, “Pakistan military cut off ties for two days,” Dawn, May 11, 2011. Available at
[v]Pam Benson, “Bin Laden death photos to be shown to some members of Congress,” CNN, May 11, 2011. Available at
[vi] “Journalist killed in Peshawar blast,” Dawn, May 11, 2011. Available at
[vii] “Suicide bomber among three shot dead in Dir,” Dawn, May 11, 2011. Available at
[viii] “Grenades thrown at Saudi consulate in Karachi, no injuries,” AFP, May 11, 2011. Available at
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