Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
March 2008 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Analysis: A Balancing Act in Pakistan cfr.org 31 Mar 2008 -- The new government in Islamabad has wasted little time making clear its disapproval of Washington's policy toward Pakistan and its strategy on counterterrorism
- Pakistan's 24-member central cabinet sworn in IRNA 31 Mar 2008 -- A 24-member Pakistani cabinet was sworn-in on Monday, which marks the completion of the transfer of power to the new government after the February 18 parliamentary elections.
- Pakistan names Shaha Mehmood Qureshi as new Foreign Minister IRNA 31 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan on Monday named Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi as the country's new foreign minister.
- CIA Chief Says Al-Qaida Found Safe Haven in Pakistan VOA 30 Mar 2008 -- The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency says al-Qaida has established a safe haven in the tribal areas near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and that it presents a "clear and present danger" to the West
- Pakistan: With Confidence, New Prime Minister Vows To Fight Terrorism RFE/RL 29 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan's parliament has given incoming Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani its unanimous backing, in a vote of confidence
- Top US diplomat told govt to hold dialogue with local militants IRNA 28 Mar 2008 -- A Pakistani political leader told the visiting top US diplomat on Friday that the incoming government of North West frontier province will hold dialogue with the local militants to establish peace in the province.
- Possible Pakistan Policy Shift Worries US VOA 27 Mar 2008 -- A newspaper report published Thursday says the United States has stepped up its unilateral air strikes on al-Qaida fighters holed up in Pakistan's rugged tribal areas
- US Envoy says US Not Interested in Dictating Pakistan's Policies VOA 27 Mar 2008 -- Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte has dismissed suggestions the United States is trying to dictate anti-terrorism policy to Pakistan's new government
- Musharraf's Future in Hands of New Pakistani Government VOA 26 Mar 2008 -- The advent of a new elected civilian government in Pakistan effectively ends the military rule of Pervez Musharraf. However, Mr. Musharraf still remains president, at least for now
- Pakistani PM Advocates Political Approach to US War on Terror VOA 26 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan's new prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, has told President Bush he wants a broader approach to fighting terrorism in Pakistan.
- Pakistan to pursue a comprehensive strategy to counter terrorism: President IRNA 26 Mar 2008 -- The US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte called on President Pervez Musharraf at the Aiwan-e-Sadr here Tuesday.
- Pakistan new Prime Minister sworn in IRNA 25 Mar 2008 -- Makhdoom Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani was sworn in as Pakistan's new Prime Minister on Tuesday.
- Musharraf renews support to new Prime Minister IRNA 25 Mar 2008 -- President Pervez Musharraf Tuesday renewed his support to the new government shortly after he administered oath to the new Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.
- Pakistan to chalk out new anti-terror policy: spokesman IRNA 25 Mar 2008 -- The Interior Ministry would spell out its action plan for maintaining law and order and to curb the menace of terrorism under the policy guidelines of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, the spokesman said on Tuesday.
- Bhutto's widower acquitted in murder case IRNA 25 Mar 2008 -- A court in the Pakistani southern port city of Karachi on Monday acquitted widower of slain leader Benazir Bhutto in a murder case of a judge and his son.
- Top American Envoys Meet Pakistani Officials as New Prime Minister is Installed VOA 25 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan's president has sworn in a political enemy as prime minister. Meanwhile, two top U.S. State Department officials arrived in the country and held talks with the embattled president and the new government leaders
- Pakistan's Deposed Judges Freed From House Arrest VOA 24 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan's deposed chief justice and other ousted high court judges have been freed from house arrest.
- Pakistan's Parliament Picks PPP's Gilani as Prime Minister VOA 24 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan's National Assembly has elected as prime minister a long-time opponent of President Pervez Musharraf
- Bhutto party nominate Pakistan's next Prime Minister: spokesman IRNA 23 Mar 2008 -- The party of assassinated leader Benazir Bhutto on Saturday nominated Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani candidate to become Pakistan's next prime minister, the party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari announced.
- Pakistani opposition party withdraws candidate for PM slot IRNA 23 Mar 2008 -- The lone candidate fielded by the pro-Musharraf's opposition parties for the office of the Prime Minister announced Saturday that he is withdrawing in the favor of the candidate of the would-be coalition government.
- Pakistan: President Pledges Support To New Government RFE/RL 23 Mar 2008 -- President Pervez Musharraf says that a "democratic era" has begun in Pakistan and that the incoming government will enjoy his "full support," even as the opposition named a candidate to lead a coalition government united against him.
- Musharraf Praises 'New Era of Democracy' for Pakistan VOA 23 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan's president says his country, is ushering in a new era of democracy following years of his autocratic rule
- Pakistan Poised to See Veteran Politician as Next Prime Minister VOA 22 Mar 2008 -- The Pakistan Peoples Party has selected as its candidate for prime minister the veteran politician Yousuf Raza Gilani
- Pakistan tests indigenously developed unmanned aerial vehicle: army IRNA 21 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan on Thursday successfully conducted a test flight of its indigenously developed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), the army said.
- Security Forces Cooperate Along Afghanistan-Pakistan Border AFPS 19 Mar 2008 -- As part of their ongoing effort to enhance communication and cooperation, Afghan and Pakistani border security forces at Torkham Gate met Feb. 28 with the 173rd Airborne Brigade's Special Troops Battalion commander to address security and communication issues and the upcoming opening of the Khyber Border Coordination Center.
- AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN: Afghans reluctant to leave Jalozai refugee camp IRIN 20 Mar 2008 -- Afghans in Jalozai refugee camp, Pakistan's largest refugee camp, are reluctant to leave, despite a deadline to vacate coming up in less than a month.
- Pakistan's Parliament Elects First Female Speaker VOA 19 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan has seen its first significant transfer of power since last month's nationwide elections
- PAKISTAN: Violent attacks now focusing on new targets? IRIN 17 Mar 2008 -- Militants behind a recent wave of suicide and bomb attacks on Pakistani security forces appear to have changed tactics this weekend: Aid workers and/or foreigners could be the new targets.
- Pakistan's Parliament Convenes VOA 17 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan's parliament has convened in Islamabad, but nothing significant is expected to happen until later this month when a new government is installed
- Missiles strike kills 16 in Pakistan's tribal region IRNA 16 Mar 2008 -- At least 16 people were killed when missiles hit a residential compound in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, local tribesmen and eye witnesses said.
- Missile Strike in Pakistan Destroys Suspected Militant Hideout VOA 16 Mar 2008 -- A missile strike against a suspected militant hideout in a Pakistan tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Sunday is said to have killed at least 18 people
- Pakistan gets six more fighter planes IRNA 15 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has recently received six additional Joint Fighter-17 (JF-17) Thunder from China, a PAF statement said on Friday.
- Bomb in Islamabad Kills One, Injures Eleven Others VOA 15 Mar 2008 -- A bomb explosion at a restaurant in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, killed a foreign woman and wounded at least 11 others, including American nationals, on Saturday night
- Legal Barriers Removed for Bhutto Widower to Hold Office in Pakistan VOA 14 Mar 2008 -- The husband of the late former Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, has cleared another hurdle that could help him catapult his way into the job once held by his late wife
- South Asia: Pakistani Appointee Vows To Do Good By Afghanistan RFE/RL 12 Mar 2008 -- The Pakistani government's selection to serve as chief minister for restive western tribal areas has stressed the need to "restore peace and security" in the Pashtun-dominated area and foster good relations with neighboring Afghanistan.
- Pakistan's Interior Ministry confirms 24 deaths in twin suicide attacks IRNA 11 Mar 2008 -- The Interior Ministry on Tuesday said that 24 people were killed in the twin suicide attacks in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.
- Deadly Twin Car Bombings Hit Lahore, Pakistan VOA 11 Mar 2008 -- Two bomb blasts have rocked Pakistan's second-largest city, killing at least 24 people and injuring 200 others.
- Pakistan's top nuclear scientist discharged from hospital IRNA 09 Mar 2008 -- Founder of Pakistan's nuclear program Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, who is suffering from cancer, was on Sunday discharged from a hospital where he was admitted few days ago due to low blood pressure and fever, a cabinet minister said.
- Pakistani Opposition Parties Form Coalition Government VOA 09 Mar 2008 -- Two rival opposition political parties in Pakistan have agreed to form a governing coalition after emerging on top in last month's national election
- Musharraf vows to support new government IRNA 07 Mar 2008 -- President Pervez Musharraf Friday announced that he would support the new government and hoped that the new set up will continue his economic policies as well as fight against extremism and terrorism.
- Musharraf Promises to Back New Pakistan Coalition VOA 07 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan, in the midst of an attempt to form a new government, will see the parliament convened within two weeks. President Pervez Musharraf says he will call the national and provincial assemblies together and he is pledging to support the new government that will be formed by lawmakers
- Analysis: Uncertain Times for U.S.-Pakistan Military Ties cfr.org 06 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. military appears to be redoubling its efforts to cooperate with Pakistani troops and crack down on terrorist groups in the country's tribal areas
- Backgrounder: Pakistan's Constitution cfr.org 06 Mar 2008
- Mullen Talks Training, Supply With Senior Pakistani Leaders AFPS 06 Mar 2008 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff continued U.S. engagement with Pakistan, a crucial ally in the war on terror, during March 4 meetings here with military leaders and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
- Military Contacts Focus on Pakistan Counterinsurgency Needs AFPS 06 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan is a key ally in the war on terror, and its cooperation with NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan is crucial to progress in that country, according to senior U.S. embassy officials here, speaking on background.
- Pakistan nuclear scientist shifted to hospital on infection problem IRNA 05 Mar 2008 -- Founder of Pakistan's nuclear program Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, who is suffering from cancer, was taken to hospital on Wednesday after his health was deteriorated, the army said.
- Suicide Bomber Attacks Pakistan's Naval War College VOA 04 Mar 2008 -- A suicide bomb attack on one of Pakistan's premier military academies has killed at least five people and wounded 19 others
- Mullen Arrives in Pakistan for Military Talks AFPS 03 Mar 2008 -- Navy Adm. Mike Mullen arrived here today for his second set of meetings with Pakistani military leaders in a month.
- Suicide Blast at Pakistani Tribal Security Meeting Kills 35 VOA 02 Mar 2008 -- Officials in northwest Pakistan say a suicide bomber killed at least 35 people and wounded scores more in an attack on a meeting of tribal elders
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