Pakistan Security Update - July 21, 2010
- President Obama vows to increase cooperation with Pakistan
- U.S. Special Operations Forces accompanying Pakistani forces on aid missions
- 25 militants killed in Orakzai Agency
- 14 people killed in Karachi violence
- NATO to strengthen political ties with Pakistan
- New York Times examines India-Pak water dispute
- Pakistan’s Prime Minister addresses criticism of Afghan Transit Trade Agreement
- Top Pakistani counter-terrorism official resigns.
- In a White House press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday, President Barack Obama pledged to increase cooperation with Pakistan in the fight against militancy in the region, which he stressed would not be allowed to become a terrorist safe-haven. President Obama also applauded the signing of the Af-Pak Transit Trade Agreement, calling it a “historic agreement to increase economic opportunity for people on both sides of the border.”
- According to a Wall Street Journal report, U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) have begun accompanying Pakistani forces on aid missions throughout the country. Although U.S. forces are permitted to defend themselves, the missions are meant to be humanitarian in nature. U.S. forces have also been instructed to keep a low-profile. "This whole exercise could be counterproductive if people see U.S. boots on the ground,” a Pakistani official said. U.S. military officials say that these joint missions are meant to be trust-bulding exercises with the end goal of encouraging Pakistan's government to increase U.S. SOF's role in the country. 
- At least 25 militants were killed on Wednesday in clashes with security forces in Orakzai Agency.
- Militants destroyed a private school in Pirwalkhel in Darra Adeam Khel on Tuesday.
According to local sources, militants placed explosives throughout the building and destroyed it using a remote-controlled detonator. Security forces cordoned off the area and made several arrests in connection with the attack.
- At least 14 people were killed in violence across Karachi on Wednesday.
10 people belonging to various political parties were killed by gunmen in areas including Gulistan-e-Johar, Malir, Surjani Town, and Shah Faisal Colony. In separate incidents, two youths were killed in Landhi Awami Colony and Rafa-e-Aam. Police believe the killings were linked to fighting between two political parties, Punjabi-Pashtun Ittehad (PPI) and the Awami National Party (ANP).
- At a joint press conference, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Secretary-General of NATO Anders Rasmussen agreed to expand political cooperation in order to bring greater stability to country.
- A New York Times report on Wednesday examines the ongoing dispute over India’s plans to build a hydroelectric dam that could potentially threaten the water supply to Pakistan’s agriculture industry
- Indian Minister for External Affairs S.M. Krishna on Wednesday invited his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, to visit India in the near future.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Qureshi mocked the Indian Army’s “theory of hegemony,” warning that Pakistan will respond to any imbalance, nuclear or otherwise, in the region. Addressing a seminar on the topic of India’s Cold-Start Doctrine, Qureshi said that the potential economic consequences of a regional imbalance are unacceptable.
- Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, on Tuesday told reporters that the controversial Afghan Transit Trade Agreement (ATTA) is at the moment little more than a “broad-based understanding” awaiting final cabinet approval. In a separate press conference, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira defended the agreement by reminding critics that “the Letter of Understanding has been signed for one way transit trade facility for Afghan goods up to Wagah border, and not for reverse trade from India.” 
 “Obama vows to deepen ties with Pakistan,” Daily Times, July 21, 2010. Available on http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\21\story_21-7-2010_pg7_1
 Julian Barnes, “U.S. Forces Step Up Pakistan Presence,” July 21, 2010. Available on http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704723604575379132838698738.html
 “At least 25 militants killed in Orakzai clash,” Dawn, July 21, 2010. Available on http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/44-at-least-25-militants-killed-in-orakzai-clash-fa-03
 “Rioting in Malir after political killing,” Express Tribune, July 21, 2010. Available on http://tribune.com.pk/story/29211/rioting-in-malir-after-political-killing/
“Firing across Karachi, 12 dead,” Express Tribune, July 21, 2010. Available on http://tribune.com.pk/story/29296/death-toll-of-karachi-shootings-rises-to-11/“Targeted killings claim 14 lives in Karachi,” Dawn, July 21, 2010. Available on http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/04-karachi-11-killed-qs-02
“4 political activists among 9 murdered,” Daily Times, July 21, 2010. Available on http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\21\story_21-7-2010_pg12_1
“Targeted killings claim 10 lives in Karachi,” Geo, July 21, 2010. Available on http://www.geo.tv/7-21-2010/68703.htm
 “Water Dispute Increases India-Pakistan Tension,” NYT, July 21, 2010. Available on http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=664be9185818fb6b37d259c155741705
 “Qureshi invited to India: Krishna,” Geo, July 21, 2010. Available on http://www.geo.tv/7-21-2010/68699.htm
“Qureshi sees regional growth at stake on nuke imbalance,” Geo, July 21, 2010. Available on http://www.geo.tv/7-21-2010/68725.htm
 Asin Awan, “It’s an understanding, not a deal: PM Gilani,” July 21, 2010. Available on http://tribune.com.pk/story/29259/it%E2%80%99s-an-understanding-not-a-deal-pm-gilani/
 Skakeel Anjum, “Counter-Terrorism Authority chief resigns,” The News, July 21m 2010. Available on http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=30203
“Key Pakistani counterterrorism official resigns,” AFP, July 21, 2010. Available on http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100720/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan