Pakistan Security Brief

U.S. has “evidence” Pakistan ordered Haqqani Network attacks; Pakistan’s Foreign Office rebukes U.S. claims; Senate votes to make aid to Pakistan “conditional”; U.S. and Pakistan discuss trade; Pakistan appeals to NATO and Afghanistan to stop cross-border attacks; Pakistan and Turkey hold joint training exercise; Authorities’ place LeJ founder under house arrest; Roadside bomb kills five; Locals find beheaded bodies of three tribesmen; Gunmen attack NATO container; Pakistani Army warns against withdrawing Ranger powers; General Kayani orders Rangers to protect business community; Frenchmen arrested in arms corruption case; Gunmen kill four in Mastung; 65 percent of voters in Balochistan are fake.

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

  • Pakistan’s Foreign Office issued a statement in which it reiterated that Pakistan’s ISI has not been fighting a proxy war in Afghanistan using the Haqqani Network and that Pakistan hoped to continue a relationship of “mutual trust” with the U.S. Pakistan’s Defense Minister Ahmed Mukhtar also made a public statement denying Pakistani ties to the Haqqani Network, and he encouraged the U.S. to be forthcoming with evidence linking the ISI to the Haqqani Network. He further stated that a “sovereign state” such as Pakistan “could not be bullied” by the U.S.[2]
  • The U.S. and Pakistan issued a joint statement at the conclusion of the fifth annual Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) meeting. Both countries reportedly agreed to “work together” on an array of issues, ranging from climate, market access, trade promotion, intellectual property rights (IPRs), and private sector engagement. The U.S. and Pakistan will work together in coming weeks to set an agenda for the next TIFA meeting, which will be held in Washington, D.C. later this year.[4]

Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations

  • Chief Minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province Ameer Haider Khan Hoti appealed to the Afghan government and NATO to put an end to cross-border attacks on Pakistani border villages, specifically those in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, warning that Pakistan would “be justified to act on its own against the militants based inside Afghan borders” if NATO and the Afghan government failed to take action.[5]

Pakistan-Turkey Relations

LeJ Arrest

FATA and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Karachi Violence

Corruption Investigation

  • French authorities arrested two men for their possible involvement in a corruption case tied to illegal arm sales and a deadly bombing in Karachi in 2002. The two men, closely linked to France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy, allegedly received kickbacks for the sale of submarines to Pakistan. The case seeks to determine if a 2002 Karachi bombing, which killed 11 French workers, was a response to the suspension of French commissions to Pakistan for arms deals.[13]


  • According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), 65 percent of the votes cast in Balochistan for the 2008 general election were “bogus.” The ECP and NADRA discovered the discrepancies while compiling new voter lists based on computerized national identity cards. The voter fraud was not limited to Balochistan, however, as 37 million out of Pakistan’s 81.2 million registered voters cannot be verified.[15]


“FBI head visits Islamabad amid tensions,” Dawn, September 21, 2011. Available at
Munir Ahmed, “FBI head visits Pakistan amid tensions,” AP, September 21, 2011. Available at
Mark Hosenball, “Pakistan ISI urged attacks on U.S. targets: officials,” Reuters, September 21, 2011. Available at
[2] “Pakistan has no contact with Haqqani network: FO,” Geo, September 22, 2011.
“US allegations over Haqqani network baseless, says Mukhtar,” Dawn, September 22, 2011. Available at
[3] “US senators link Pakistan aid to Haqqani crackdown,” BBC, September 22, 2011. Available at
“US Senate panel votes restrictions on Pak aid,” Geo, September 22, 2011. Available at
[4] Mubarak Zeb Khan, “Pakistan, US to work for trade liberalization,” Dawn, September 22, 2011. Available at
[5] “Raids on border villages,” The News, September 22, 2011. Available at
[6] “Pak-Turk joint military exercise launched,” Dawn, September 22, 2011. Available at
[7] “Pakistan orders detention of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi founder,” Dawn, September 22, 2011. Available at
[8] “Pakistan anti-Taliban militia members killed by bomb,” BBC, September 22, 2011. Available at
[9] “Beheaded bodies of abducted tribesmen found in Mohmand,” Dawn, September 22, 2011. Available at
[10] “Two killed in attack on Nato containers in Khyber,” Dawn, September 22, 2011. Available at
[11] Shamim-ur-Rahman & Baqir Sajjad Syed, “Army wants Rangers’ operation to continue,” Dawn, September 22, 2011. Available at
[12] Salman Siddiqui, “Businessmen win Kayani’s support,” Express Tribune, September 22, 2011. Available at
[13] “Sarkozy allies drawn into Karachi kickbacks affair,” Reuters, September 22, 2011. Available at
[14] “Balochistan violence: Four gunned down in Mastung,” Express Tribune, September 22, 2011. Available at
[15] Irfan Ghauri, “Voter fraud: 65% of votes in Balochistan were bogus,” Express Tribune, September 22, 2011. Available at
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