Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
December 2003 Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistan, India to exchange list of nuclear installations IRNA 31 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan and India are to exchange the list of their nuclear installations on January 1 under an agreement that prohibits the two countries attacking each other`s nuclear installations, sources said here on Wednesday.
- Pak flights to India to resume on Jan 1, Indian flights on Jan 9 IRNA 31 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan and India are resuming their air-links on Thursday after a period of two years suspension, officials said Wednesday.
- SAARC: PAKISTAN VOA 31 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan is hoping for a further warming of relations with India as it prepares for the first visit by an Indian leader in almost five years. V-O-A's Michael Kitchen reports from Islamabad on Pakistani expectations ahead of a major regional summit in its capital.
- Pak president wants action against Taliban, al-Qaeda; denies N-tech transfer IRNA 30 Dec 2003 -- Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has vowed that his country must act against al-Qaeda and Taliban, reiterating Pakistan`s commitment to fighting extremism.
- PAKISTAN POLITICS VOA 30 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan's 13-month-old political crisis has ended with parliament passing a constitutional amendment validating Pervez Musharraf as the nation's president.
- PAKISTAN: 4,000 strong force to police capital from Tuesday IRIN 29 Dec 2003 -- About 4,000 policemen will be deployed from Tuesday in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, as part of extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of visiting heads of state, including Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, during next week's South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit.
- One attacker against Musharraf`s life identified - Minister IRNA 27 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan`s Minister of Interior announced Friday that body of one of the attackers who detonated themselves in Thursday suicide blasts against life of the country`s president has been identified.
- PAKISTAN/SAARC VOA 27 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan says plans for a summit of regional leaders, scheduled for January 4th in Islamabad, have not been affected by the recent attempts to assassinate President Pervez Musharraf. At least 15 people were killed in the latest attack. Officials say the leaders have all confirmed that they will attend.
- BUSH PAKISTAN VOA 26 Dec 2003 -- The White House says the recent assassination attempts on Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf show there can be no let up in the war on terrorism. There have been two attempts on Mr. Musharraf's life in less than two weeks.
- Pak President says extremists, terrorist target him IRNA 26 Dec 2003 -- Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf said on Thursday that he was the target of the two suicide attacks, which he blamed on terrorists and extremists.
- 16 killed, 52 injured in attempts on Pak President life - Minister IRNA 26 Dec 2003 -- At least 16 were killed in Thursday`s twin suicide car blasts against the life of Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf in Rawalpindi, official sources said.
- Pak Parliament opens debate on Musharraf confidence vote IRNA 26 Dec 2003 -- A bill was introduced in the Pakistani parliament on Friday, which calls vote of confidence in President General Pervez Musharraf.
- PAKISTAN BOMBING VOA 26 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan has declared a national day of thanksgiving Friday after two suicide bombers failed in their attempt to assassinate the country's president. Officials say they now have leads into the identities of those responsible for the attack, which killed 15 people.
- PAKISTAN EXPLOSION SECOND UPDATE VOA 25 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf says he will continue his government's fight against terrorism, despite a failed assassination attempt by two suicide bombers Thursday. V-O-A's Michael Kitchen reports from Islamabad on the attack, which claimed at least 14 lives and injured at least 45.
- PAKISTAN EXPLOSION UPDATE VOA 25 Dec 2003 -- Following a failed assassination attempt by two suicide bombers Thursday, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf says he will continue his government's fight against terrorism. V-O-A's Michael Kitchen reports from Islamabad on the attack, which claimed at least 14 lives including four police and military officials and injured at least 45.
- 14 killed, 46 injured in attacks on Pak President convoy - Spokesman IRNA 25 Dec 2003 -- At least 14 are killed and several feared hurt in twin suicide car blasts against the life of Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf, official sources said Thursday.
- Around 60 kg explosive used against Musharraf`s life IRNA 25 Dec 2003 -- A senior Pakistani police official Thursday said that each of the two vehicles used as car bombs on President General Pervez Musharraf`s convoy carried around 25-30 kgs of explosives.
- TV says 14 killed, 46 injured in attacks on Pak president convoy IRNA 25 Dec 2003 -- At least 14 were killed and several feared hurt in twin suicide car blasts against the life of Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf, sources said.
- Military says blasts were attempt on Musharraf`s life IRNA 25 Dec 2003 -- Director General of Pakistan`s Inter-Services Public Relations, Major General Shaukat Sultan, said that the Thursday blasts were an attempt on the country`s President General Pervez Musharraf.
- Musharraf narrowly escapes suicide blasts IRNA 25 Dec 2003 -- Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf on Thursday narrowly survived two suicide car blasts in Rawalpindi, cabinet spokesman Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said.
- PAKISTAN EXPLOSION VOA 25 Dec 2003 -- Two car bombs exploded in a failed assassination attempt on Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Thursday, killing at least 14 people, including the bombers, and injuring more than 40.
- PPP Demands Parliamentary Inquiry to Prevent Nuclear Scientists Becoming Scape Goats Pakistan Peoples Party 24 Dec 2003 -- Spokesperson of the PPP has issued the following statement today.
- PAKISTAN / POLITICS VOA 24 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan's year-long political crisis has come to an end with a landmark agreement between the ruling party and the opposition over controversial constitutional amendments introduced by President Pervez Musharraf. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad the agreement forces Mr. Musharraf to step down as the nation's military chief.
- Pak shift in traditional policy, reactions in Kashmir IRNA 24 Dec 2003 -- Barely a month after the United Nations had passed yet another resolution supporting the right of self determination of the nations, Pakistan offered to drop a 50-year-old demand for an UN-mandated plebiscite over Kashmir and to meet India "halfway" in a bid for peace in the subcontinent.
- Pak President Musharraf to quit as Army Chief next year IRNA 24 Dec 2003 -- Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf will quit as army chief in December next year (2004), according to an agreement signed between the government and alliance of Islamic groups on Wednesday.
- Father of Pak nuclear programme questioned: Spokesman IRNA 23 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Tuesday said questions have been asked from the founder of Pakistan nuclear programme Dr Abdul Qadeer with regard to the on-going debriefing sessions of nuclear scientists amidst reports of unauthorized transfer of nuclear technology by few Pakistani scientists.
- Pakistan wants India show flexibility IRNA 23 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan asked India on Tuesday to show flexibility as leaders of both the countries meet in Islamabad early next month.
- PAKISTAN/NUCLEAR PROBE VOA 23 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan says initial investigations show that some of its nuclear scientists may have been motivated by "personal ambition and greed" to share sensitive nuclear technology with Iran. But officials insist the Pakistan government never authorized the transfer of such information.
- U-S / PAKISTAN NUKE VOA 22 Dec 2003 -- The United States Monday welcomed the Pakistani government's investigation into whether figures in Pakistan's nuclear program may have provided nuclear-weapons technology to Iran or other countries. The State Department says Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf assured the United States more than a year ago that any such activity had ceased.
- Kashmir will not be sold out: Musharraf tells leaders IRNA 22 Dec 2003 -- Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf Monday told a congregation of Kashmiri leaders in Rawalpindi he was for the UN resolutions on Kashmir and that Kashmir would not be sold out at any cost.
- Pakistan, India poised to restore all communication links IRNA 20 Dec 2003 -- Prior to the SAARC summit, the arch rivals Pakistan and India, are poised to restore their all communications links next month.
- PAKISTAN / INDIA / KASHMIR VOA 18 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan's president, General Pervez Musharraf, says his country is willing to drop its long-standing demands for the implementation of United Nations resolutions in a bid to end the Kashmir dispute with neighboring India.
- Special equipment in Musharraf car saves his life IRNA 16 Dec 2003 -- Authorities in Pakistan said on Wednesday that special equipment in President General Musharraf`s car saved his life in an apparent assassination attempt on Sunday last.
- U.S. Condemns Attempted Assassination of President Musharraf Washington File 16 Dec 2003 -- Following is the official answer to a question taken at the December 16 regular State Department briefing; the answer was posted later in the day
- Pakistan: Investigation Continues Into Musharraf Assassination Attempt RFE/RL 15 Dec 2003 -- Pakistani security forces are investigating an assassination attempt on President Pervez Musharraf yesterday. A powerful bomb exploded moments after Musharraf's motorcade passed a bridge in Rawalpindi. The president was not injured in this latest attempt to kill him, and no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
- Musharraf says he was target of bomb attack IRNA 15 Dec 2003 -- Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has said he was the target of a bomb attack on Sunday. Musharraf escaped a terrorist attack in the city of Rawalpindi Sunday evening when a powerful explosion damaged a bridge shortly after his car had crossed it.
- 3 policemen among 7 detained following attack on Musharraf IRNA 15 Dec 2003 -- Seven people including three policemen have been arrested in connection with the bomb explosion, of which the Pakistani president said he was the target, reports said on Monday. The explosive, connected with a bridge in the city of Rawalpindi, detonated half a minute after the motorcade of President General Pervez Musharraf crossed the bridge.
- Pakistan renews call on India to stop fencing border IRNA 15 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan asked India on Monday to stop erecting fences along the Line of Control (LoC), which divides Pakistan and India in the disputed Kashmir region, saying the United Nations is aware of the fencing by India.
- PAKISTAN / MUSHARRAF ATTACK VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan's President General Pervez Musharraf says a powerful bomb blast near his motorcade on Sunday night was an attempt by Islamic extremists to kill him. The explosion came hours after Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri arrived in Islamabad for a three-day state visit.
- Bomb explodes on General Musharraf route, Pak President "safe" IRNA 14 Dec 2003 -- A bomb exploded in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi on Sunday minutes after President General Musharraf crossed a bridge, a military spokesman said.
- PAKISTAN/ BLAST/ MUSHARRAF VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan's President General Pervez Musharraf narrowly escaped a terrorist attack on Sunday.
- TAIWAN/REFERENDUM VOA 13 Dec 2003 -- Rejecting the warnings of both Beijing and Washington, Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian says he will go ahead with plans to hold a controversial referendum next year. Celia Hatton reports from Beijing that Mr. Chen made his own wishes about independence quite clear.
- PAKISTAN/MUSHARRAF VOA 13 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, a key ally in the U-S-led war on terrorism, continues to take steps to eliminate religious extremism in the country. But as Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad, critics are skeptical about his motives and the effectiveness of the crackdown, saying extremism can only be defeated when true democracy is restored to the country.
- Pakistan denies `detention, or `custody` of N-scientists IRNA 12 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan Thursday dismissed a report that a number of Pakistani scientists have been detained or taken into custody.
- Second Agosta submarine handed over to Pak Navy IRNA 12 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan Navy was Friday handed over its second Agosta submarine Sa`ad during a ceremony in the Karachi port city, local media reported.
- Pakistan among 12 submarine building states: Musharraf IRNA 12 Dec 2003 -- President of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf said Friday his country has joined the list of 12 major countries which have the capability to manufacture submarines.
- PAKISTAN/SUBMARINE VOA 12 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan has unveiled a locally built submarine in the southern port city of Karachi. But somewhat surprisingly, President Pervez Musharraf said the biggest threat to Pakistan comes not from outside, but from home-grown religious extremism.
- PAKISTAN: Interview with leading activist on Human Rights Day IRIN 10 Dec 2003 -- Human rights in Pakistan has not fared well since General Pervez Musharraf seized control of the government in a bloodless coup on 12 October 1999. There has been little improvement in the plight of the country's impoverished population of 140 million. Civil society remains weak and opposition to military rule is quickly stifled.
- Pak Air Force aircraft crashes IRNA 10 Dec 2003 -- A Pakistan Air Force F-7 fighter aircraft crashed on Wednesday during a `routine operational training mission` near Punjab city of Chakwal, state APP news agency reported.
- Pakistan hints at reopening of another border with India IRNA 07 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan`s Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali has said Pakistan was considering various aspects of reopening of Khokhrapar route with India.
- PAKISTAN INDIA KASHMIR VOA 02 Dec 2003 -- the latest peace offer to India, Pakistan says it is willing to withdraw its troops from the disputed territory of Kashmir.
- Pak-Iran N-cooperation report baseless, motivated: Pak Spokesman IRNA 01 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan said Monday that allegations in section of the US press on its possible links with nuclear program of Iran was baseless and politically motivated.
- INDIA/PAKISTAN/AIR LINKS VOA 01 Dec 2003 -- India and Pakistan have agreed to resume air links that were suspended nearly two years ago. The decision is the latest sign of a thaw in relations, and was made ahead of a regional summit to be held in Pakistan in January.
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