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October 2003 Pakistan Special Weapons News

  • PAKISTAN 'ACCEPTS' VAJPAYEE'S CONFIDENCE BUILDING MEASURES US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign media Reaction October 31, 2003
  • PAKISTAN POLITICS ARREST VOA 31 Oct 2003 -- The arrest of an important Pakistani opposition leader is sparking furious protest by some legislators. The arrest has served to increase anger towards President Pervez Musharraf's government.
  • Pak Ranger, Indian civilian killed along border in Jammu IRNA 30 Oct 2003 -- A Pakistani Ranger and an Indian civilian have been killed in exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops along the International Border (IB) in Jammu district since Wednesday evening, official sources said in Jammu Thursday.
  • Pakistan welcomes Indian proposals, floats counter-peace proposal IRNA 29 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan on Wednesday welcomed a set of proposal floated by India for confidence building measures and hoped that this would lead to resumption of meaningful dialogue on all issues including Kashmir.
  • PAKISTAN/INDIA VOA 29 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan has agreed to a series of Indian proposals for improving relations between the two rival nations, but has reiterated that a lasting peace between the two countries can only be possible if New Delhi accepts an offer of talks to settle the dispute over Kashmir.
  • PAKISTAN/INDIA VOA 27 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan says it will respond positively to a set of new proposals by India, aimed at improving relations between the two nuclear-capable rival nations.
  • Pak forces launch operation against Al-Qaeda, Taliban - daily IRNA 25 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan`s security forces have launched a big operation against Al-Qaeda and Taliban in Balochistan`s rugged areas, bordering Afghanistan, a local daily reported Saturday.
  • Minimum deterrence to be maintained, says Pak President IRNA 24 Oct 2003 -- Pakistani President General Pervez Musharra says Pakistan is following a policy of credible minimum deterrence in the conventional and unconventional fields.
  • Pakistan re-elected member chemical weapon body IRNA 24 Oct 2003 -- was re-elected Friday as a member of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for the term 2004-2006, official sources said.
  • Pakistan, Turkey agree on joint defence production IRNA 24 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to embark o joint ventures in defence production, officials have said.
  • US not to sell `offensive` arms to Pakistan: report IRNA 24 Oct 2003 -- The United States has refused to sell any weapons system to Pakistan fearing it might refuel arms race in the region but is working hard to convince India to open its market to the latest US war machines, local press reported Friday.
  • Pakistan to counter Indian AWACS deal: daily IRNA 20 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan has claimed it can counter the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) India is poised to receive from Israel, local press reported Monday.
  • Pak-made.s ubmarine to be armed soon - agency IRNA 17 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan-made submarine Augusta 90b "Sa`ad is likely to be equipped with weapons soon, a local news agency reported.
  • Pak. to take measures to counter Indian Phalcon purchase - agency IRNA 17 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan`s Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Kaleem Saadat declared on Friday that Pakistan was taking appropriate steps to counter the purchase of Phalcon radar system by India, official APP news agency reported.
  • Pakistan to get MI-17 helicopters from Russia - daily IRNA 16 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan is all set to acquire a fresh batch of MI-17 helicopters from Russia mainly for Army Aviation and broadly to fight terrorism on its western borders, a local daily reported Thursday.
  • Pakistan Air Force fighter plane crashes near Karachi IRNA 16 Oct 2003 -- A French-made Mirage fighter plane of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) crashed on Thursday near the port city of Karachi, but the pilot ejected safely.
  • PAKISTAN AL-QAIDA VOA 15 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan says it killed one of al-Qaida's top leaders in its operation against the terror network earlier this month.
  • PAKISTAN/INDIA/ KASHMIR VOA 15 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan says Indian troops have carried out "unprovoked" artillery shelling across the disputed Kashmir border, killing at least 11-civilians. Senior Pakistani military officials say the firing has raised tensions in the region.
  • Pakistan troops for Iraq under UN: Minister IRNA 15 Oct 2003 -- Pakistani troops would be sent to Iraq under UN or OIC cover and a decision would be made after taking the parliament into confidence, Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Wednesday.
  • PAKISTAN MISSILE TEST VOA 14 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan says it conducted the last in a series of three ballistic-missile tests Tuesday, in an effort to beef up its arsenal. The Pakistani military rejects outside claims of an arms race with rival India.
  • PAKISTAN/MISSILE TEST VOA 08 Oct 2003-- Pakistan says it has successfully tested a medium range missile, which can carry both conventional and nuclear weapons
  • Pakistan: Top U.S. Envoy Discusses Antiterrorism Campaign With Musharraf RFE/RL 06 Oct 2003 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage is in Pakistan today for talks that focused on the campaign against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Armitage also discussed concerns about the stability of a 6-month-old peace initiative between Islamabad and India.
  • US CENTCOM chief meets Musharraf IRNA 06 Oct 2003 -- The commander of the US Central Command, Gen John P. Abizaid Monday met Pakistan`s President General Pervez Musharraf and discussed with him regional situation, official sources said.
  • Pak conveys concerns to US over regional arms imbalance: spokesman IRNA 06 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan has raised the issue of conventional arms imbalance in the region during talks with the US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman said on Monday.
  • US CENTCOM chief in Pakistan to discuss despatch of troops IRNA 06 Oct 2003 -- Commander of the US CENTCOM General John P. Abizaid who arrived here Sunday on a two day official visit is scheduled to call on Pakistan`s President General Pervez Musharraf.
  • Pakistan .to get 60 US copters by December IRNA 04 Oct 2003 -- The United States would sell 60 attack helicopters to Pakistan by December, local media reported Saturday. According to the daily Dawn, the Bush administration had given approval to sale of the helicopters to Islamabad.
  • More .Pak troops deployed on Afghan border - press IRNA 04 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan has deployed more troops close to the border with Afghanistan in a bid to check elements of Al-Qaeda and Taliban.
  • Detained al-Qaeda suspects `Uzbeks, Chechens, Afghans`: Pakistan IRNA 04 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan`s intelligence agencies` preliminary investigation has revealed that `Uzbeks, Chechens and Afghans` are among al-Qaeda suspects held during the army operation in South Waziristan Agency on Thursday, according to press reports.
  • Pak intelligence agencies quiz 18 detained Al-Qaeda suspects IRNA 04 Oct 2003 -- The Pakistani intelligence agencies began interrogation of 18 Al-Qaeda suspects as the army ended its largest operation in tribal area of the country on Friday.
  • PAK / MISSILE TEST VOA 03 Oct 2003-- Pakistan says it has successfully tested a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile that can carry nuclear weapons.
  • Pakistan to carry out more missile tests: Pakistan Army IRNA 03 Oct 2003 -- Pakistan would carry out more missile tests to validate its indigenously developed defence system in the coming few days, spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan said Friday.
  • PAKISTAN / AL-QAIDA VOA 02 Oct 2003-- Pakistani troops have killed at least 12 suspected al-Qaida militants and arrested a dozen others in their largest offensive against the international terrorist network. At least one Pakistani soldier has been killed and two have been injured by the fighting in a rugged tribal region, known as Angor Adda, near the border with Afghanistan
  • PAKISTAN/U-S VOA 02 Oct 2003-- Pakistani Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali says that his country is eager to continue the fight against terrorism, but that the United States must also consider Islamabad's needs in the process. During an address in Washington, Thursday, Mr. Jamali also called for the removal of U-S trade barriers on Pakistani goods.

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