Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Pakistan Security Update - 26 July, 2010

  • Large scale leak of US military and diplomatic documents reveals ISI links to Taliban
  • Admiral Mullen speaks with Pakistani military leaders in Rawalpindi
  • First group of IDPs to begin resettling South Waziristan
  • Drone strikes in North and South Waziristan kill at least 35 militants
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Hussain’s son gunned down by Taliban, home targeted by suicide bombing
  • Violence continues to grip Karachi.

US-Pakistan Relations
On Sunday, it was revealed that more than 90,000 military and diplomatic documents pertaining to the war in Afghanistan between 2004 and 2009 had been leaked to three major new organizations by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.org, making it the single largest leak of its kind in US history. Foremost among the various issues detailed in the documents is the allegation that Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) has been playing a “double game” in Afghanistan by secretly continuing to aid the Taliban insurgency
The reports indicate that ISI representatives directly met with the Taliban to hold secret “strategy sessions” to organize various militant groups which have actively attacked US and NATO forces. In addition, some of the documents even go so far as to suggest that ISI has collaborated with al-Qaeda in planning attacks. Pakistan has denied the accusations while both US and Pakistani officials have condemned the unauthorized release of information as “irresponsible.”[1]


 Af-Pak Relations



Chief of Army Staff

India-Pakistan Relations

[1] Greg Jaffe and Karen DeYoung, “Files leaked to Wikileaks suggest Pakistan is aiding Afghan rebels,” Washington Post, July 26, 2010. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/26/AR2010072601570.html?wprss=rss_world/asia&sid=ST2010072502561. Mark Mazzetti, Jane Perlez, Eric Schmitt, and Andrew W. Lehren, “Pakistan Aids Insurgency in Afghanistan, Reports Assert,” New York Times, July 25, 2010. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/26/world/asia/26isi.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss. “Pakistan denies Wikileaks reports it ‘aided Taliban’,” BBC, July 26, 2010. Available athttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-10758188.
[3] Anwar Iqbal, “Sacrifices made by Pakistan not fully realised: Pentagon,” Dawn, July 26, 2010. Available athttp://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/16-sacrifices-made-by-pakistan-not-fully-realised-pentagon-670-hs-06.
[4] “Pakistan acknowledges Faisal Shahzad met Taliban chief,” Dawn, July 26, 2010. Available athttp://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-pakistan-acknowledges-faisal-shahzad-met-taliban-chief-ss-07.
[5] Rahimullah Yusufzai, “Displaced Mahsuds set to return to homes in S Waziristan,” The News, July 26, 2010. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=30307.
[6] “Pakistan drone attack ‘kills 16 militants’,” BBC, July 24, 2010. Available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10748616. Reza Sayah, “Drone strike in Pakistan kills 16,” CNN, July 24, 2010. Available athttp://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/07/23/pakistan.drone.attack/index.html?eref=edition_asia&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fedition_asia+%28RSS%3A+Asia%29#fbid=dm8LfFElkvn. “Weekend of Pakistan drone attacks leaves 35 dead,” BBC, July 26, 2010. Available athttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10758876.
[7] “Thirty-four militants killed in Orakzai, Kurram,” Dawn, July 26, 2010. Available athttp://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-twenty-one-militants-killed-in-kurram-orakzai-ss-07. “24 militants killed in Orakzai,” The News, July 26, 2010. Available athttp://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=30298.
[8] “Levies outpost blown up,” The News, July 26, 2010. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=252947. “8 militants surrender F.P. Report,” Frontier Post, July 25, 2010. Available athttp://www.thefrontierpost.com/News.aspx?ncat=ts&nid=5166&ad=25-07-2010.
[9] “Tribesman killed on spying charges,” The News, July 26, 2010. Available athttp://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=30309.
[10] Waseem Ahmad Shah, “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa minister’s son shot dead,” Dawn, July 25, 2010. Available athttp://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/06-unidentified-gunmen-kill-kp-info-ministers-son-rs-01. Waseem Ahmad Shah, “Taliban claim responsibility for killing minister’s son,” Dawn, July 26, 2010. Available at http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/taliban-claim-responsibility-for-killing-ministers-son-670. Ishtiaq Mehsud, “Suicide Bomber Kills 7 in Pakistan,” New York Times, July 26, 2010. Available athttp://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/07/26/world/asia/AP-AS-Pakistan.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss. “Suicide attack near KP Minister Mian Iftikhar's house,” Dawn, July 26, 2010. Available athttp://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/03-explosion-outside-kp-minister-mian-iftikhars-house-ss-08.
[11] “Holbrooke: Karzai-Pakistani dialogue ‘a good thing’,” AFP, July 25, 2010. Available athttp://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100725/pl_afp/afghanistanunrestpakistanusdiplomacy. “US supports Pak-Afghan direct talks: envoy,” The News, July 26, 2010. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=109154.
[12] Hanif Khalid, “Pakistan to test fire nuclear missile tomorrow,” The News, July 26, 2010. Available athttp://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=252944.
[14] Amir Wasim, “'PML-N not consulted on Kayani extension',” Dawn, July 24, 2010. Available athttp://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/06-pml-n-condemns-legislatures-with-fake-degrees-ahsan-rs-04. Zulqernain Tahir, “Gilani says he tried to contact Nawaz before extension,” Dawn, July 26, 2010. Available at http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/gilani-says-he-tried-to-contact-nawaz-before-extension-speech-670.
[15] Azfar-ul-Ashfaque, “Ten more killed as violence persists in Karachi,” Dawn, July 26, 2010. Available athttp://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/16-minibus%2C-medical-store-set-on-fire-10-more-killed-as-violence-persists-670-hs-02. “Karachi descends into new round of violence,” Dawn, July 25, 2010. Available at http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/04-karachi-tense-four-killed-qs-10. “Activist dies in attack on MQM office in Karachi,” Dawn, July 24, 2010. Available at http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-activist-dies-in-attack-on-mqm-office-470-hh-01.

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