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15) Suspect in Shahbaz Bhatti’s killing arrested from Karachi. DAWN

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


(7 hours ago) Today

KARACHI: A man suspected of being involved in the killing of Shahbaz Bhatti, who was serving as federal minister for minorities affairs, was arrested from Karachi, DawnNews reported.

The suspect, Hafiz Nazar, was being investigated for his suspected involvement in Bhatti’s murder, police told DawnNews.

Bhatti, who had urged reforming Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, was assassinated on March 2, 2011 in Islamabad. — DawnNews
16) Three security officials, four militants killed in Khyber, Orakzai. DAWN

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


(11 hours ago) Today

PESHAWAR: At least three security officials were killed in attacks on checkpoints in the Khyber and Orakzai tribal regions on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.

Four militants were also killed in the ensuing clashes.

In one of the attacks, militants ambushed the Sarband checkpoint before dawn. The checkpoint lies just outside the town of Bara in Khyber district, part of Pakistan’s tribal region on the Afghan border where Taliban and al Qaeda-linked networks have bases.
In the second attack in the Khyber tribal region, a bomb blast occurred at a tribal police checkpoint in the town of Jamrud. The blast killed a policeman and wounded three others, Khyber administrator Shafeerullah Khan said.
“One tribal policeman was martyred and three others were wounded in the bomb blast at the checkpoint,” Khan said.
A third attack took place in the Orakzai tribal region.
A covert US drone war targets Taliban and al-Qaeda commanders in Pakistan’s rugged northwest tribal region and bomb attacks there are common.
Nearly 4,500 people have been killed across Pakistan in attacks blamed on Taliban and other extremist networks based in the tribal belt since 2007.
17) Pakistan pledges more than 3 dozen CIA visas. AP via Forbes

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan has pledged to grant more than three dozen visas to CIA officers as part of confidence-building measures following the U.S. raid that killed al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden and humiliated Pakistan, officials from both countries said Wednesday, but the visas have not yet been issued.
The visas are part of an agreement to rebuild counterterrorism efforts by forming what Pakistani officials call a joint intelligence team, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.
The agreement was reached after talks in Islamabad between Pakistani intelligence chief Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha and top CIA officials, including CIA director Leon Panetta, the officials said.
The visas will help replenish CIA staff on the ground, as some staffers were forced to leave when their visas were not renewed in the aftermath of the controversy over CIA contractor Raymond Davis, who shot two Pakistanis to death in the city of Lahore, the U.S. official said. He was released after it was arranged that the families of the dead men would receive compensation.
There will also be some additional officers allowed in to join the enhanced joint intelligence effort to hunt high value al-Qaida targets, the official added.
Despite repeated promises and assurances from Pakistani officials, the visas have yet to be issued, officials from both sides said. The Pakistanis say it's simply a matter of time but would not say when they would be given.
18) Osama bin Laden wife to leave Pakistan for Yemen. Guardian

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jason Burke in Riyadh, Wednesday 22 June 2011 10.51 BST

Osama bin Laden's wife Amal Ahmed al-Sadah. Riyadh officials have confirmed arrangements have been made for her return to Yemen.

Osama bin Laden's youngest wife is expected to leave Pakistan for her homeland, Yemen, within days.

Amal Ahmed al-Sadah, 29, has been held by security services since US special forces killed Bin Laden, whom she married in 1999.
Sadah was wounded in the operation and detained by Pakistani authorities in the compound in the northern garrison town of Abbottabad where her husband was hiding. She is believed to have been questioned by US intelligence services.
Reports in newspapers in the Yemen and Saudi Arabia, confirmed by officials in Riyadh, indicate that arrangements have been finalised between Yemeni and Pakistani diplomats for the return of Sadah and her 12-year-old daughter, Safiya, who was also injured in the raid.
Bin Laden's third and fourth wives were also found at the compound by Pakistani authorities after the US operation. Both were born in Bin Laden's home town of Jeddah, on the southern Red Sea coast, and are Saudi citizens. The oldest, Khairiah Sabar, married the former Taliban leader in 1985. The third wife held by the Pakistanis, Siham Sabar, was married in 1987. Both women are college graduates.
Officials in Riyadh told the Guardian that, at least theoretically, there was no objection to their return to Saudi Arabia. Their husband, who was 57 when he died, was stripped of his Saudi Arabian citizenship in 1994 after he turned against the rulers of the kingdom, which he eventually fled, after the first Gulf war.
Hamza, a 22-year-old son of Bin Laden was killed in the raid. The bodies of both men were buried at sea. The women and about 10 of Bin Laden's children and grandchildren were handcuffed by special forces who then left.
Sadah's brother, Zakria al-Sadah, told the Yemen Times this week that Yemeni diplomats in Pakistan had told him his sister would "arrive in the coming days" after the completion of legal formalities. Negotiations over the exact arrangements for the journey had been long and complicated, the newspaper said.
Sadah's family has repeatedly called for her repatriation. Shortly after Bin Laden's death they spoke to a reporter from the Associated Press news agency in their home in Ibb, an agricultural town in the mountains about 100 miles south of the Yemeni capital, Sana'a.
They said they had seen Sadah only once since her wedding in 2000, when she was 17. Since then, communication was largely limited to messages delivered by couriers.
Sadah fled from Afghanistan with her daughter in the months after the 11 September attacks and is believed to have told investigators she had spent five years in the compound in Pakistan without leaving the gates. Their location in the intervening period is unknown.
Bin Laden's two other wives – two earlier marriages ended in divorce – fled the al-Qaida leader's base near Kandahar in late 2001 and were driven by a trusted associate into Pakistan, according to interrogation files from the Guantánamo Bay detention centre recently released by WikiLeaks and published by the Guardian.
Sadah, whose father is a minor civil servant, told her friends and family she wanted to "go down in history", according to her cousin, Waleed Hashem Abdel-Fatah al-Sadah.
Weeks after the proposal, a dowry of $5,000 (£3,000) was wired by Bin Laden and, accompanied by an intermediary, Sadah travelled through Dubai and Pakistan to Afghanistan to meet her bridegroom for the first time.
When the family learned through a courier that she had given birth to a daughter, a group of relatives travelled to Afghanistan, where they spent a month. On the final day of the visit, a cousin recalled Bin Laden telling the young mother she could stay with him in Afghanistan or return home with her family. "I want to be martyred with you and I won't leave as long as you're alive," he recalled her saying.
• This article was amended on 22 June 2011. The original said that two of Bin Laden's wives fled the al-Qaida leader's base near Kandahar in late 2011. This has been corrected.
19) Madrassas producing suicide bombers: Rehman Malik. Dunya News

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that religious seminaries were producing suicide bombers.

Addressing on the floor of the National Assembly, Malik said that an agreement would be signed with Wafaqul Madaris to hold the management of the seminaries responsible for any illegal activity of their students.

He said that all the record of the students in religious seminaries would be maintained.

He said that incidents of kidnapping were increasing in the country and a task force had been set up to control this menace.

He also said that kidnapped children were sent to Waziristan to make them suicide bombers.
20) Jia Xiaoning, Gen. Khalid Shameem Waynne discuss mutual cooperation. AP of Pakistan

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

RAWALPINDI, June 22 (APP): A high level Chinese delegation headed by Major General Jia Xiaoning, Deputy Chief of Foreign Affairs Office, Ministry of National Defence called on General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) here at Chaklala.The visiting dignitary remained with CJCSC and discussed matters related to mutual cooperation between the two Armed Forces as a follow up of Defence and Security consultations held in February this year.
21) Pakistani soldiers continue to shell Afghan border areas. Pajhwok via BBC Mon.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Text of report in English by Afghan independent Pajhwok news agency website

Jalalabad, 22 June: Pakistani soldiers again attacked across the Afghan border in eastern Konar province, security officials said on Wednesday [22 June].

Pakistani soldiers fired artillery shells that landed in Nari and Dangam districts, Eastern Zone Police Commander Brig-Gen Aminollah Amarkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Amarkhel warned that he would retaliate against Pakistani soldiers as soon as possible.

At least 14 people have been killed over the past 10 days by artillery fired from the other side of the Pakistani border.

Prior to this attack, Pakistani soldiers fired 124 artillery shells into Dangam District in the last week, injuring two people and killing over 50 animals, said Dangam District Chief Hamish Golab Shinwari.

Nari District Chief Gol Zaman also said that over the past week Pakistani soldiers attacking across the Afghan border have targeted numerous areas in Nari District of Konar Province, killing six civilians and injuring as many.

Officials had no information about casualties in this most recent attack.

Amarkhel and Konar Provincial Police Chief Brig-Gen Ewaz Mohammad Naziri, said on Monday that they called on President Karzai to close Pakistan's consulate and embassy in Kabul, and to let police respond with force to Pakistani attacks across the Afghan border.

On Monday, the Afghan Foreign Ministry summoned the Pakistani ambassador in Kabul and condemned the attacks over the Afghan border.

22) Police fire teargas shells to disperse NCHD workers. Samaa
Updated on: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:31:42 PM
ISLAMABAD: Police used teargas shells to disperse protesting workers of National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The demonstrators started their protest at NCHD and wanted to head to the Parliament House.
However, police intervened and fired teargas shells at protestors, leaving several of them unconscious.
In response, the protestors also pelted stone at the police.
Rejecting the closure of NCHD from July 1, the protestors chanted slogans against the government.
They demanded the government immediately withdraw its decision.
They also announced continuation of protest till approval of their demands. SAMAA

23) Frequent replacement of Pakistan agency chiefs affecting terror strategy – paper. DAWN via BBC Mon.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Text of report by Syed Irfan Raza headlined "FIA sees off five heads in 30 months" published by Pakistani newspaper Dawn website on 22 June
Islamabad: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has seen five of its heads changed in just two-and-a-half years, depicting non-seriousness of the government in combating terrorism, Dawn has learnt.
This is contrary to the Police Order 2002 which ensures a secure tenure of the FIA chief for a period of at least three years.
Currently, the FIA is without a head and the government is looking for 'suitable' officer for the post. Islamabad IG Bani Amin, a close aide of Interior Minister Rehman Malik, is reportedly eyeing the top slot.
The frequent replacement of FIA directors general has affected the agency's counter-terrorism strategy. According to media reports, more than 35,000 civilians and 5,000 security personnel have lost their lives so far in hundreds of terrorist attacks.
Sources said two FIA heads had been removed for not toeing Interior Minister Malik's line, while three others quit the post after they invited Supreme Court's ire for following wrong policies of the government under pressure.
Senior journalist and security analyst Zahid Hussain said the government had no counter-terrorism policy; as a result, the country was facing the worst spate of terror attacks. "Unfortunately, there is no counter-terrorism strategy to deal with the situation we are facing because of lack of commitment and professionalism in government's ranks."
He said the government must realize that it could not tackle the problem through the military and needed to strengthen its intelligence organizations and civil armed forces to get better results.
Former FIA director general Tariq Khosa, who is representing Pakistan in Interpol's executive committee, told Dawn that inconsistence in the service of the agency's head badly harmed the investigation process in terrorism-related cases.
"Continuous transfers and postings of FIA DGs have also affected investigation into white-collar crimes," he said.
Mr Khosa was reportedly investigating cases of ruling party leaders and served the FIA for only one year - from 2008 to 2009.
The Supreme Court had expressed dismay over his removal because he played a vital role in investigation into Haris Steel Mills case. Mr Khosa was reappointed FIA chief on the directives of the apex court.
Before Mr Khosa, the government had removed another experienced officer, Tariq Pervez. He held the post for four years and was later appointed as director general of the National Counter-Terrorism Authority.
Other FIA heads who could not serve more than a year were Zafarullah Khan, Waseem Ahmed and Malik Iqbal.
Zafarullah Khan was transferred just 11 months after his posting reportedly because of differences with Rehman Malik over the investigation process in the Pakistan Steel Mills scam.
Waseem Ahmed was appointed as FIA DG on Nov 26 last year. He was given a one-year extension in December last year upon reaching the age of superannuation. He was removed after the apex court took notice of his extension after retirement.
Government sources said those who were close to the interior minister or ready to obey him were made FIA chiefs.
Source: Dawn website, Karachi, in English 22 Jun 11
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24) Pakistan Foreign Minister Meets with Saudi Ambassador. Saudi Press Agency

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Islamabad, Rajab 20, 1432, Jun 22, 2011, SPA - Pakistan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar met here today Saudi ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Abdulaziz Bin Ibrahim Al-Ghadeer.

A statement issued by Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said that the two sides reviewed the bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and ways of developing cooperation.

"They expressed their satisfaction about the compatibility of the two countries' views on various issues," it added.

The statement, which was quoted by The Associated Press of Pakistan, said Hina highlighted the remarkable efforts made by Ambassador Al-Ghadeer in strengthening the brotherly relations between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

She also thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its support to Pakistan and its stance to stand by Pakistan's side, which reflects the strength of the bilateral ties.


13:50 LOCAL TIME 10:50 GMT


1) Four dead, dozens hurt in attacks on Iraqi police. Reuters

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

By Jamal al-Badrani
Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:28am EDT
MOSUL, Iraq, June 22 - Militants attacked Iraqi police with guns and explosives and lobbed a mortar round at a security headquarters Wednesday, killing four people and wounding dozens in the latest assault on security forces.
Insurgents deployed roadside bombs, a car bomb and a hand grenade as they launched at least eight attacks on police in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and northern Mosul, an al Qaeda stronghold, where three people were killed.
Militants are testing Iraq's army, police and fragile governing coalition as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw by a year-end deadline, more than eight years after the invasion that ousted Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein.
"I think political instability is the main reason why violence has escalated recently," said Abdul Rahim al-Shimmari, head of the Nineveh provincial council's security committee.
"Some political parties own armed militias and huge funding and they use the worsening security situation as a pretext to create the legitimacy for keeping U.S. forces in Iraq."
Violence has fallen sharply in recent years after the sectarian slaughter of 2006-07 but a tenacious Sunni Islamist insurgency linked to al Qaeda and rival Shi'ite militias still carry out scores of bombings and other attacks every month.
Iraqi government officials and security forces are under attack as the remaining American troops, about 47,000, prepare to leave the OPEC oil producer by the end of December.
Wednesday's spate of attacks killed at least one policeman and three civilians, and more than a dozen police were among 32 people wounded.
The mortar shell fired at the Nineveh security center, a headquarters used by the army and police, missed the target and hit a house, killing one person and wounding another in southern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
Attackers threw a grenade at a police patrol in Mosul, wounding four people, and killed an officer at a security checkpoint, while a roadside bomb near a patrol killed a bystander and wounded two people, including a policeman.
In the capital, a local police chief and five officers were wounded when two roadside bombs struck their convoy in the western Amiriya district, an interior ministry source said.
In the western Ghazaliya district, a parked car bomb exploded near a police patrol, the source said, killing a bystander and wounding nine people, including three police.
Bombs targeting police wounded three officers and five civilians in the Zayouna and Jadiriya areas, the source said.
A senior Iraqi security official who asked not to be named said the recent escalation of attacks was expected.
"I think our security forces are still unfit to have complete control of the security situation," the official said. "More combat training and more expertise are needed."
Near Iraq's southern oil hub, Basra, a U.S. military convoy was struck by a bomb blast, police said. A U.S. military official said no one was hurt.

2) Iranian Officials Unhurt After Baghdad Attack. VOA News

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

VOA News
Iraqi officials say a series of shooting and bomb attacks in the capital, Baghdad, has killed one person and wounded about 30 others.
In one incident Wednesday, gunmen opened fire on a convoy carrying Iranian oil officials, wounding two Iraqi guards who were protecting them.
The Iranian oil ministry's website said the Iranians were unhurt as they came under attack while heading to Iraq's electricity ministry. It said the delegation, led by the head of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company, Alireza Zeighami, later continued its schedule of talks with Iraqi officials.
In another attack, a car bomb exploded in western Baghdad, killing a passerby and wounding at least nine other people. Four additional bomb attacks, some targeting police patrols, wounded at least 18 people.
Iraq has been hit by other bombings this week. Two car bombs blasts Tuesday in the southern city of Diwaniyah killed 25 people. On Monday, a roadside bomb wounded seven people near a French embassy convoy in Baghdad.
Violence in Iraq is down sharply from its peak in 2006 and 2007. Recent attacks against government officials and security forces, however, has raised concerns that violence may increase as the United States prepares to withdraw its forces from Iraq at the end of the year.
3) Security developments in Iraq. Reuters via Daily Star

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

BAGHDAD: The following are security developments in Iraq as of 0800 GMT on Wednesday.

MOSUL - A mortar round fired at the Nineveh province security operations centre missed the target and struck a house, killing one person and wounding another, in southern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL - Gunmen attacked a security checkpoint and killed a policeman in western Mosul, police said.
MOSUL - A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol killed one passer-by and wounded two other people, including a policeman, in central Mosul, police said.

MOSUL - Gunmen threw a hand grenade at a police patrol, wounding four people, including a policeman, in southwestern Mosul, police said.

BAGHDAD - A parked car bomb exploded near a police patrol, killing one passer-by and wounding nine other people, including three policemen, in the Ghazaliya district of western Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

BAGHDAD - Two roadside bombs struck a convoy carrying a local police chief, wounding him and five other policemen, along with two passers-by, in the Amiriya district of western Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

BAGHDAD - Two people were wounded by a roadside bomb in the Karrada district of central Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.
BAGHDAD - A bomb targeting a police traffic patrol wounded five people, including two traffic policemen, in the eastern Baghdad district of Zayouna, an Interior Ministry source said.

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol wounded three people, including one policeman, in the southern Jadiriya district of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

BAGHDAD - A state bank official escaped injury when a bomb attached to his car exploded in Baghdad's northern Waziriya district, an Interior Ministry source said.
4) General's killers arrested. Aswat al-Iraq

6/22/2011 7:51 PM

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Security sources said today that the killers of General Khudhair Jaikhour Kadhim were arrested.
The source told Aswat al-Iraq that a captain and two cops were involved in the assassination attempt.
Yesterday, security sources told Aswat al-Iraq that an unknown group assassinated General Kahdim using pistols equipped with silencers in east of Baghdad.
5) Possible terrorist penetration from Syria, intelligence sources. Aswat al-Iraq

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

6/22/2011 4:59 PM

ANBAR / Aswat al-Iraq: Intelligence information indicated the possibility of penetration operations for armed groups following the withdrawal of some of Syrian forces from joint borders.

Anbar border force sources told Aswat al-Iraq that border and military units are closely observing the Iraqi-Syrian border line, following receiving information that possible penetration operations to be made following some Syrian troops withdrawal from bordering areas.
"Some Syrian forces were withdrawn following the demonstrations that stormed the country, which might lead to security breaches in the area," the source added.
"Ambushes are made to prevent such penetrations to implement terrorist actions against Iraqi innocent citizens," the source concluded.
Ramadi, the center of Anbar province, lies 110 km west of the capital, Baghdad.
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