Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
April 2003 Pakistan Special Weapons News
- PAKISTAN: Poppy growers clash with paramilitary forces IRIN 29 Apr 2003 -- Tribesmen in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, on the border with Afghanistan, have fired on paramilitary troops trying to destroy their poppy fields. "One Frontier Corps man was killed in the clash that took place on 26 April," Brig Sikander Ali of Pakistan's anti-narcotics division told IRIN in the capital, Islamabad, on Tuesday.
- PAKISTAN/INDIA RELATIONS VOA 29 Apr 2003 -- The latest peace overtures from India and Pakistan signal the first easing of tensions since they came close to war last year. Although it is not clear when, or if, talks will take place, analysts say there is hope the rival South Asian nations can move forward on practical issues such as restoring transport links and diplomatic relations.
- PAK/INDIA/TALKS VOA 28 Apr 2003 -- Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali has telephoned his Indian counterpart Atal Behari Vajpayee to discuss ways to improve strained relations between the two countries. The call follows a conditional offer of dialogue earlier this month by New Delhi.
- PAKISTAN / KARZAI VOA 23 Apr 2003 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ended a visit to Islamabad, after talking with Pakistan leaders on ways to root out terrorism in Afghanistan, and improve bilateral economic ties.
- PAKISTAN / KARZAI VOA 22 Apr 2003 -- Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai says Pakistan is working closely with his government to address shared security problems.
- PAKISTAN: Constitutional crisis looms on the horizon IRIN 21 Apr 2003 -- Six months after general elections and the restoration of representative rule in Pakistan, the legislature is barely functioning with the government and opposition at loggerheads over the Legal Framework Order (LFO) - constitutional amendments introduced by the country's powerful military ruler, Gen Pervez Musharraf, in August last year.
- PAKISTAN/INDIA/TALKS VOA 21 Apr 2003 -- Pakistan says it is ready to hold peace talks with India at any level and at any time, without conditions. The statement comes in response to the Indian prime minister's assertion that New Delhi is prepared to hold a dialogue with Pakistan, but only if Islamabad ends support for Islamic rebel groups waging a separatist insurgency in Kashmir.
- PAKISTAN KARZAI SCENESETTER VOA 21 Apr 2003 -- Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai starts a two-day visit Tuesday to neighboring Pakistan. The U-S-backed leader is making the trip amid allegations of renewed Pakistani support for remnants of the former Taleban government.
- PAKISTAN / U-S / INDIA VOA 10 Apr 2003 -- U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell says Washington will remain engaged in efforts to ease tensions between India and Pakistan. But Mr. Powell says there are no parallels between the situation in South Asia and Iraq.
- PAKISTAN: Interview with foreign minister IRIN 07 Apr 2003 -- At a time when regional security in Central and South Asia is once again under the spotlight due to the conflict in Iraq, Pakistan has raised concerns over instability in the region. In an exclusive interview with IRIN, Pakistani Foreign Minister Mian Khurshid Kasuri called for improved security in Afghanistan, as well as a leading role for the UN in a post-Saddam Iraq as the best way of diplomatic bridge-building given the level of international opposition to the war.
- PAK / U-S LOAN VOA 05 Apr 2003 -- The United States has formally forgiven one- billion dollars worth of loans to Pakistan, a reward for Pakistan's cooperation in the global war against terrorism.
- PAK / NUCLEAR VOA 03 Apr 2003 -- Pakistan has taken issue with the imposition of U-S sanctions against a research laboratory accused of weapons proliferation, but there are continuing concerns in the United States that Pakistani nuclear technology could end up in the wrong hands.
- PAKISTAN/U-S/NUCLEAR VOA 03 Apr 2003 -- In an interview with V-O-A, Pakistan's foreign minister denies that Islamabad has cooperated with another country in exchanging weapons technology. Kurshid Mahmud Kasuri's comments come a few days after the United States imposed sanctions on North Korea and a Pakistani research company for allegedly receiving nuclear-capable missiles from North Korea, in exchange for nuclear technology.
- U.S. Imposes Penalties on North Korean, Pakistani Entities Washington File 01 Apr 2003 -- The State Department released a statement April 1 explaining penalties imposed March 24 on North Korean and Pakistani entities under U.S. missile sanctions law.
- PAKISTAN: Interview with UNHCR country representative IRIN 01 Apr 2003 -- Since Pakistan was created in 1947 the history of this Muslim nation has been closely tied to large population movements. At partition from India some two million Muslims moved north to the new country. The civil war in former East Pakistan forced 20 million Bengalis to cross into India and return to their new country, Bangladesh, in 1971.
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