Pakistan Security Brief

Pakistan Security Brief – August 25, 2010

Flood waters have disrupted supply routes to Afghanistan; UN issues urgent appeal for more helicopters to aid stranded flood victims; Pakistani authorities close down relief camps in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa run by organizations with links to militant groups; oil tankers blown up in Landi Kotal.




Extremist-linked Flood Relief Camps


U.S.-Pakistan Relations



  • An explosive device was detonated at a parking lot in Landi Kotal on Tuesday, completely destroying at least three oil tankers bound for U.S.-led NATO forces in Afghanistan. The explosion occurred in the border town of Torkhum where around 100 oil tankers and container trucks were parked at the time. Separately, two people were killed when militants attacked two more oil tankers in Landi Kotal on Monday.[6]



  • On Wednesday, a provincial leader of the Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao was shot to death in Balochistan by unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle. The victim, Mustafa Khursani, was sitting in a grocery shop in his hometown of Soorab when the attackers opened fire. Police have said that the motive behind the shooting is unclear and that no group has yet claimed responsibility for Khursani’s murder.[7]




[1] Carlotta Gall, “Pakistan Flooding Disrupts Afghan War Supplies,” New York Times, August 24, 2010. Available at  
[2] “Authorities warn of new floods as 800,000 cut off,” Dawn, August 2, 2010. Available at “Hyderabad at risk as super flood hits Kotri Barrage,” Daily Times, August 25, 2010. Available at\08\25\story_25-8-2010_pg1_1. Ahmad Hassan, “Over 3.5m face risk of diseases, says PM,” Dawn, August 25, 2010. Available at
[3] Bradley S. Klapper, “UN agency makes unusual Pakistan aid appeal,” AP, August 25, 2010. Available at
[4] Rob Crilly and Ashfaq Yusufzai, “Pakistan closes militant-run aid camps,” Telegraph, August 24, 2010. Available at  “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa facing a dilemma, says Hoti,” Dawn, August 25, 2010. Available at
[5] Chris Brummitt, “US makes aid warning in Pakistan,” AP, August 25, 2010. Available at “US aid package diverted for reconstruction,” Express Tribune, August 25, 2010. Available at
[6] Ibrahim Shinwari, “Three oil tankers destroyed in Torkham ,” Dawn, August  25, 2010. Available at
[8] “MQM workers booked for killing ANP leader in Karachi,” Dawn, August 25, 2010. Available at “Tension increases between PPP and MQM,” Dawn, August 25, 2010. Available at
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