Haqqani son/financier killed
Dr. Nasiruddin Haqqani, a son of Haqqani network founder Jalaludin Haqqani and the organization's chief financier, was shot and killed by unknown gunmen on Sunday in Islamabad (BBC, Dawn, ET, Pajhwok, RFE/RL). Nasiruddin was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in June 2010 as a "specifically designated global [terrorist]" for his role raising funds for the group, and the Haqqani network was branded as a terrorist organization in September 2012 (Reuters). According to news reports, Haqqani's body will be taken to Miran Shah in North Waziristan on Monday for burial.
Haqqani's death comes as Pakistan implements a new legal framework designed to address its internal militant threat - a law "some are calling a local version of the USA Patriot Act" (Post). The Pakistani government says the law will improve its anti-terrorism efforts, which have been plagued by inefficiency and abuses, but human rights advocates have criticized the ordinance for being harsh and having ill-defined sections. The law, which was handed down by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in October, is currently under review by the country's Parliament. If passed, it could be used in Karachi, where a months-long security operation against criminal and militant groups in the city led to nearly 5,000 arrests.
The New York Times reported on Sunday that five journalists have been killed in Pakistan this year - 44 in the past decade - citing numbers from the Committee to Protect Journalists (NYT). While the Pakistani government has said that it wants to protect journalists operating in the country, the report notes that attacks come from all sides - from insurgents and criminals, as well as Pakistan's civilian and military intelligence agencies. While the "most perilous reporting beats" are in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Balochistan, experts say attacks on reporters are also rising in Karachi.