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November 2003 Pakistan Special Weapons News

  • New French submarine to join Pak Navy - daily IRNA 30 Nov 2003 -- The first indigenously-built French-origin Agosta 90-B class submarine `Saad` will be inducted to the Pakistan Navy fleet on December 12.
  • Indo-Pak peace process to continue: Musharraf IRNA 28 Nov 2003 -- Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has said that the recent India-Pakistan peace overtures should form the start of a process and not the end of it, Radio Pakistan reported Friday.
  • U.S. Welcomes Kashmir Ceasefire Agreement by India, Pakistan Washington File 26 Nov 2003 -- The United States welcomes the announcement by India and Pakistan that they will observe a ceasefire along the Line of Control in Kashmir, said State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher.
  • PAKISTAN INDIA RELATIONS VOA 25 Nov 2003 -- Only moments ago, in the first formal ceasefire since an Islamic insurgency began in 1989, Pakistani and Indian soldiers ended all hostilities on the disputed Kashmir border. The historic move is one of several steps the nuclear-armed rivals are taking to reduce tensions over Kashmir, the cause of two wars and a source of instability in South Asia.
  • Pakistan, India to observe ceasefire on Tuesday midnight - agency IRNA 25 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan and India will observe ceasefire along the working boundary, Line of Control and the Line of Actual Contact in Siachin Sector from the midnight November 25-26, official media reported here.
  • PAKISTAN INDIA KASHMIR VOA 23 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan is declaring a unilateral cease-fire with India in the disputed mountain territory of Kashmir. The action is a response to a series of peace-moves, which India offered in October.
  • Crackdown against banned groups underway in Pakistan IRNA 21 Nov 2003 -- Following the Thursday`s ban on three more religious outfits, Pakistani authorities have started crackdown against their leaders, sealing their offices and confiscating printed material.
  • Religious extremism can destroy Pakistan: Musharraf IRNA 21 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan`s President General Pervez Musharraf has expressed concerns that religious extremism and violent sectarianism could destroy the country.
  • PAKISTAN/RELIGION/TERRORISM VOA 21 Nov 2003 -- In a fresh effort to stem religious extremism, Pakistan this week moved to ban six alleged militant Islamic organizations under the country's anti-terrorism law. The crackdown has also targeted groups banned in January last year, but re-emerged under new names.
  • West should stop India from piling up arms: Pak minister IRNA 19 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan`s Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri has called upon the West to help stop India from piling up arms, the local press on Wednesday.
  • Pakistan wants Afghanistan share intelligence on suspects IRNA 17 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan on Monday called for coordination and intelligence sharing with Afghanistan, saying the two countries are allies, friends and neighbors and engaged together in the war on terrorism.
  • PAKISTAN: Islamic activists rounded up, leader arrested IRIN 17 Nov 2003 -- A ban imposed on three Islamic organisations by the Pakistani government over the weekend, in a move that saw dozens of Islamic activists rounded up across the country, was the continuation of a ban imposed last year, according to a senior government official.
  • Pakistan conveyed US concern over Indian army purchases: Spokesman IRNA 17 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan said on Monday it has raised its concern with the United States about "deteriorating strategic and conventional weapons balance" in South Asian region as a result of "Indian arms buying spree".
  • Pak FM offers India dialogue on reopening Khokra Par border IRNA 16 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan foreign minister Saturday offered India dialogue on re-opening of Khokra Par border in Sindh which has remained closed for the last four decades.
  • Pakistan receives CIA report with reservation IRNA 16 Nov 2003 -- Pakistani officials have received a CIA review report on weapons proliferation trends with lot of reservations, saying some of the information contained in it is in the public domain and relations with China do not violate any international convention, a report said on Sunday.
  • Pak gov`t to contain banned groups, says PM Jamali IRNA 16 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan`s Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali Sunday said his government would not allow the banned groups to function under new nomenclature.
  • Pakistan bans three groups, places one on watch list IRNA 16 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan on Saturday banned three groups under the Anti-Terrorist Act, saying they had renamed themselves after being outlawed under their original titles, the official media reported.
  • PAKISTAN POLITICS VOA 14 Nov 2003 -- high court in Pakistan is expected to announce its verdict Monday in the case against an important opposition politician accused of defaming the country's army and inciting it to mutiny. But party leaders and family members are condemning the very basis of the charges.
  • PAKISTAN/POLITICS VOA 13 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan's pro-military government has just finished its first year in office, but critics are skeptical about whether a transfer of power to the elected government has really taken place.
  • Pak PM Jamali welcomes Vajpayee`s statement IRNA 12 Nov 20003 -- Pakistan`s Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali Wednesday welcomed the statement by Indian prime minister that New Delhi is not against holding talks with Islamabad.
  • Rashid delivers Pak leadership`s message to Indian Premier IRNA 11 Nov 2003 -- In the first political contact after the April peace initiatives in Agra, Indian Premier Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Tuesday shook hands with Pakistan Information minister Sheikh Rashid who said he had delivered a "short, sweet and smart message" from the Pakistani leadership.
  • Pakistan for normalization of ties with India: Kasuri IRNA 11 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan`s Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri said on Tuesday that Pakistan wants normalization of relations with India but New Delhi will have to shed its "double standards".
  • Pakistan seeks UK spying assurance, tights mission security IRNA 10 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan said on Monday that security has been beefed up for its diplomatic mission in Britain following reports that its High Commission in London was bugged by British intelligence services in 2001.
  • Top Pak diplomat begins US visit for Afghan talks IRNA 09 Nov 2003 -- A top Pakistani diplomat has embarked on a visit to the United States on a "two-prong" diplomatic mission, press reports said on Sunday.
  • Pakistan condemns Riyadh bomb attacks IRNA 09 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan on Sunday condemned bomb explosions in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, and said the terrorist have targeted civilians.
  • Pakistan seeks EU engagement to normalize ties with India IRNA 07 Nov 2003 -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri said Thursday that he had raised the possibility of an EU engagement to improve Islamabad-New Delhi ties during his meetings with EU officials in Brussels.
  • Pakistani minister says carrying peace message to India IRNA 07 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said Thursday he will be carrying message of peace, goodwill and reconciliation for the people of India during his forthcoming visit to New Delhi.
  • Houses of al Qaeda suspects demolished in Pakistan IRNA 07 Nov 2003 -- Tribal elders in Pakistan`s remote border tribal region on Thursday demolished houses of tribesmen who allegedly sheltered Taliban and al Qaeda suspects, officials and local correspondents said.
  • PAKISTAN MUSHARRAF MISSILES VOA 07 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan's president says his country no longer maintains military cooperation with North Korea and has never helped Pyongyang in its quest for nuclear weapons.
  • N. KOREA / PAKISTAN VOA 06 Nov 2003 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says Pakistan is not cooperating with North Korea on military and weapon issues, and it has not done so since he took office. President Musharraf issued his denial during a visit to South Korea, where he is meeting with South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun.
  • Pakistan seeks inquiry into bugging of London Embassy IRNA 06 Nov 2003 -- Pakistan was reported Thursday to have asked the UK Government for an inquiry into reports that its High Commission in London was bugged by British intelligence services in 2001.
  • UK Secret agency tried to bug Pak embassy in London - daily IRNA 05 Nov 2003 -- The British intelligence agency M15 tried to bug Pakistan`s embassy in London, a senior Pakistani Foreign Affairs Ministry official said quoted by a local daily here Wednesday.
  • China to build Pakistan`s third nuclear reactor IRNA 03 Nov 2003 -- China will sign an agreement to build another 300 megawatt nuclear reactor in Pakistan, said a local newspaper here on Monday.
  • CHINA-PAKISTAN VOA 03 Nov 2003 -- China and Pakistan are expected to finalize a deal on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Pakistan's central Punjab province.

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