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March 2005 Pakistan Special Weapons News

  • Pakistan self-reliant in its N-programme: Minister IRNA 29 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan is self-reliant in its nuclear programme and does not need outside support in this context, said Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri on Tuesday.
  • Pakistan may purchase 70 F-16 jets IRNA 28 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan Air force is likely to purchase about 70 F-16 jets of the latest Block 50/52 C and D type models costing about US dollars 2.4-2.8 billion.
  • Pakistan not under IAEA investigation IRNA 28 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan said on Monday that it is not under investigation by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • PAKISTAN / INDIA / ARMS SALES VOA 28 Mar 2005 -- The Bush administration announced last week it would sell F-16 warplanes to Pakistan. But often overlooked was the simultaneous announcement that the United States would also sell arms, including F-16s, to India. The United States is engaged in a delicate balancing act in South Asia.
  • Pakistan to launch its own satellite: report IRNA 27 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan has decided to manufacture and launch its own advanced satellite and President Pervez Musharraf has given a green signal, reports said on Sunday.
  • Pakistan welcomes US decision on F-16s aircraft sale IRNA 26 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan on Saturday welcomed the decision of the U.S Administration to sell F-16 aircraft to Pakistan.
  • Pakistan PM lauds US fighter planes decision IRNA 26 Mar 2005 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Saturday lauded the US decision to sell F-16 fighter planes to Pakistan and described it as a "red-letter day" for the Pakistan Air Force.
  • 'NUCLEAR WEAPONS STATES' FOMENT WORLD-WIDE 'DISQUIET' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 25 Mar 2005
  • US/PAKISTAN/PLANES VOA 25 Mar 2005 -- The Bush administration said Friday it is notifying Congress of plans to sell U.S. F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. U.S. officials say it will not affect the military balance in the region, though India has expressed displeasure.
  • Pakistan may send centrifuge parts to IAEA IRNA 25 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan is likely to send some components of a discarded centrifuge to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • PAKISTAN / IAEA COOPERATION VOA 25 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, says he has agreed to let the United Nations inspect his country's centrifuges, in connection with a probe into Iran's controversial nuclear program.
  • PAKISTAN/PASSPORT VOA 24 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan has formally restored a section in its passports requiring citizens to identify their religion. As Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad, radical Islamic parties had been agitating against the removal of the section, saying it undermined Pakistan's identity as an Islamic nation.
  • PAKISTAN AFGHANISTAN VOA 23 Mar 2005 -- The leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan are seeking to boost trade ties, including a lucrative joint project to pipe natural gas from Central Asia. They also highlighted increased cooperation in fighting terrorism.
  • PAKISTAN/TRIBES VOA 22 Mar 2005 -- Tensions between the Pakistani government and dissident tribesmen in the southwestern province of Baluchistan are raising the possibility of serious fighting. A parliamentary delegation has met with a key leader in the troubled province to seek a solution.
  • Nuclear Suppliers Group to visit Pakistan next month IRNA 21 Mar 2005 -- A team of the Nuclear Suppliers Group would pay a two-day visit to Pakistan from April 11 to discuss matters relating to non-proliferation, Foreign Office said on Monday.
  • PAKISTAN: More violence in Balochistan IRIN 21 Mar 2005 -- Paramilitary forces on Monday continued to engage militiamen of the Bugti tribe in the southwestern town of Dera Bugti in Pakistan's remote Balochistan province, following a fierce gun battle four days earlier that left eight security personnel and 21 tribesmen dead, according to the interior ministry.
  • PAKISTAN/BOMBING VOA 20 Mar 2005 -- At least 32 Shi'ite Muslim worshippers are dead in a bombing at a religious shrine in remote southwest Pakistan.
  • Pakistan test-fires long range surface to surface missile IRNA 19 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan on Saturday carried out a "successful" test-fire of its long-range surface to surface missile Shaheen-2 (Hatf VI), a military statement said.
  • PAKISTAN/BOMBING VOA 19 Mar 2005 -- A powerful bomb explosion in southwestern Pakistan late Saturday has killed at least 30 worshipers and injured many others.
  • US arms to Pak to impact talks: Indian Defence Minister IRNA 18 Mar 2005 -- Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee yesterday said the supply of weapons including F-16 fighter planes, by the U.S. to Pakistan could impact composite dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad.
  • Pakistan's wanted militant alive: spokesman IRNA 17 Mar 2005 -- A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, who claimed responsibility of the abduction of two Chinese engineers in Pakistan's tribal region last year, is 'safe and alive', his spokesman said on Thursday.
  • PAKISTAN U.S. RICE VOA 17 Mar 2005 -- The United States says it wants more information about the nuclear black-market activities of detained Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discussed the proliferation issue with Pakistani leaders as part of wide-ranging discussion.
  • India concerned over US F-16 sale to Pakistan IRNA 16 Mar 2005 -- Ahead of her Islamabad visit, India Wednesday conveyed to the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice its concern over proposed sale of F-16 fighter planes to Pakistan, saying it might create "some complications", reported Press Trust of India.
  • Pakistan unearths plot to kill Russian diplomat - report IRNA 14 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan's intelligence agencies have unearthed a plot by a Chechen militant group to kidnap and execute a senior Russian diplomat and his family in Pakistan.
  • US may offer F-16 jets to Pakistan, India - report IRNA 14 Mar 2005 -- US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who begins her first South Asian tour on Tuesday, may offer to sell weapons, including F-16 jets, to Pakistan and India.
  • US 'considering' fighter planes for Pakistan: Foreign Office IRNA 14 Mar 2005 -- The United States is considering delivery of F-16 fighter planes to Pakistan, Foreign Office spokesman said here on Monday.
  • Pakistan not sending centrifuges, parts to IAEA, spokesman IRNA 14 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan denied Monday that the International Atomic Energy Agency has asked it to hand over gas centrifuges for examination or that it was sending parts of its centrifuge machines to the Vienna-based agency in connection with international investigations.
  • PAKISTAN / IRAN NUKES VOA 14 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan is denying reports that the U.N. nuclear agency has asked it to submit sample centrifuges as part of an investigation into Pakistan's illicit nuclear sales to Iran.
  • Pakistan Opposition Halts Parliament Over Iran Nuclear Controversy VOA News 11 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan's political opposition stormed out of parliament Friday over government statements that a top Pakistani nuclear scientist provided Iran with centrifuges.
  • Six killed in Pak navy oil tanker blaze, above 90 injured IRNA 11 Mar 2005 -- At least six officers and sailors of the Pakistan Navy were killed and over 90 injured in a fire aboard a navy ship at a dockyard in the port city of Karachi on Thursday.
  • Three killed as fire breaks out in Pakistan navy ship IRNA 10 Mar 2005 -- At least three people were killed and some 100 others injured on Thursday when fire broke out aboard a Pakistan navy ship in Karachi, a navy spokesman said.
  • PAKISTAN/IRAN/NUCLEAR VOA 10 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan has acknowledged that the founder of its nuclear program illegally gave centrifuges to Iran that can be used to process uranium for nuclear weapons.
  • Pakistan to induct first squadron of JF-17 jets next year IRNA 09 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan will induct first squadron of JF-17 fighter planes, Thunder, in Pakistan Air Force in the middle of next year.
  • PAKISTAN / PASSPORT PROTEST VOA 09 Mar 2005 -- Thousands of activists of Islamic parties in Pakistan have demonstrated in Islamabad against government policies, condemning them as pro-American and anti-Islam.
  • Pakistan, Iran to conduct joint naval exercises IRNA 08 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan and Iran, who enjoy long-standing brotherly relations, will carry out joint naval exercises aimed at further strengthening ties between the navies of the two countries, it was officially announced on Tuesday.
  • ISLAMABAD WILL DEAL WITH ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS FROM UZBEKISTAN RIA Novosti 07 Mar 2005 -- Islamabad will fight Islamic fundamentalists from Uzbekistan operating on its territory, President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan told journalists. He is on an official visit to the Uzbek capital.
  • PAK/BHUTTO/POL VOA 03 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan has not one, but two ex-prime ministers in exile. Both have been sharply critical of the rule of President Pervez Musharraf. But there are signs of at least a partial thaw.
  • PAKISTAN/NUCLEAR VOA 02 Mar 2005 -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto says her country has had a nuclear capability far longer than commonly believed.
  • Pakistan Air Force aircraft crashes - report IRNA 02 Mar 2005 -- A small aircraft of Pakistan Air Force crashed on Wednesday in the country`s southwestern city of Chakwal, reporters and officials said.
  • PAKISTAN / ISLAMIC SCHOOLS VOA 01 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan's Islamic parties are dismissing government demands for further reform of religious schools, which are suspected to be hotbeds of radicalism.

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