Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
July 2008 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Prime minister sees no spy ties with Taliban IRNA 31 Jul 2008 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani: US concerns about collusion between his nation's intelligence agency and terrorists are being taken seriously.
- Pakistani Taliban step up activities, occupy booster of state TV, kidnap policemen IRNA 30 Jul 2008 -- Pakistani Taliban have stepped their activities in parts of the country and have taken over the control of the booster of the state-run television and kidnapped police men from a police station, witnesses and police said Tuesday.
- US completes delivery of F-16 Aircraft to Pakistan IRNA 30 Jul 2008 -- The United States has completed the delivery of 14 F-16 aircraft to Pakistan with the Monday's handing over of a fresh batch of four planes, the US embassy has said.
- Two die in Taliban, security forces' clashes in Pakistan's northwest IRNA 30 Jul 2008 -- Two civilians were killed and five others injured as a mortar shell hit a house during exchange of fire between local Taliban and the security forces in Pakistan's northwest on Tuesday, officials and witnesses said.
- Pakistan says soldiers not crossed into Indian Kashmir IRNA 30 Jul 2008 -- Pakistan army said Tuesday that its soldiers had not crossed into the Indian part of Kashmir, which led to exchange of firing by troops of the two countries.
- Pakistan Declares Curfew, Fighting With Militants Intensifies VOA 30 Jul 2008 -- Fighting has erupted between Pakistani troops and a Taliban faction located in the Swat valley in the country's northwest. Pakistani forces reported killing at least 25 militants on Wednesday and imposed a curfew throughout the valley
- US Wants Pakistan to Do More Than Deploy Troops at Afghan Border VOA 29 Jul 2008 -- The Pentagon says just the presence of regular Pakistani army troops in the country's tribal areas, along the Afghanistan border, helps reduce the flow of militant fighters in the region, even though the United States would like the Pakistani troops to engage in more aggressive operations
- India asks Pakistan to respect ceasefire agreement IRNA 29 Jul 2008 -- With as many as 19 violations of the Line of Control (LoC) recorded since January this year, India has told Pakistan to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement between the two countries.
- Pakistan army concerned over cross border missile attacks IRNA 29 Jul 2008 -- Pakistan's Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC) General Tariq Majid expressed concern over repeated cross border missile attacks/firing by Coalition and Afghan Forces, the army said.
- Heavy Fighting Erupts Along India-Pakistan Border in Kashmir VOA 29 Jul 2008 -- The Indian Army has claimed that Pakistani troops infiltrated to its side of the line of control in Kashmir on Monday and fired at its border post killing an Indian soldier
- Violence Flares in Pakistan's Swat Region VOA 29 Jul 2008 -- Residents of Pakistan's Swat Valley say hundreds of pro-Taliban militants surrounded a security post and abducted at least 25 police officers on Tuesday.
- Militants in Pakistan Kill 3 Intelligence Officers VOA 29 Jul 2008 -- Pakistani officials say Taliban militants have shot and killed three army intelligence officers in the northwestern Swat Valley.
- President Bush Meets with Prime Minister Gillani of Pakistan The White House 28 Jul 2008
- Bush, Pakistani Prime Minister Hold White House Talks AFPS 28 Jul 2008 -- President Bush and Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani discussed greater cooperation in the war on terror and economic matters during a White house meeting today.
- Bush, Pakistan PM Hold Talks Amid Rising Concern Over Afghan Violence VOA 28 Jul 2008 -- President Bush has met at the White House with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
- 7 killed as missile hits seminary in Pakistan's tribal region IRNA 28 Jul 2008 -- A missile apparently fired at a religious seminary in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region early Monday killed seven people, a local Taliban leader said.
- Pakistan, US to discuss defence, intelligence cooperation: PM IRNA 26 Jul 2008 -- Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said Saturday he would have an exchange of views with President Bush and other US leaders on forging cooperation in defence, education, health, science and technology, agriculture and intelligence sharing.
- Pakistani tribesmen vow not to shelter Taliban, extremist groups IRNA 27 Jul 2008 -- Eight tribes in a northwestern Pakistani town have decided not to shelter local Taliban and any other extremist and armed group in their areas, a tribal elder has said.
- Pakistani PM Visits US During Tension in Counter-Terror Alliance VOA 26 Jul 2008 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is expected to meet with top U.S. officials in Washington this week, including President George Bush
- Al-Qaeda member among 35 activists of banned extremist groups arrested: official IRNA 25 Jul 2008 -- Pakistani security forces have arrested a member of al-Qaeda and 35 activists of banned extremist group during an operation in the country's northwest, the Interior Ministry said Friday.
- Rice Urges Pakistan to Clamp Down on Militants Along Border VOA 25 Jul 2008 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is calling on Pakistan to intensify efforts to combat Taliban militants who use its border areas to launch attacks against Afghanistan
- India dismisses Pak talk of arms race due to Indo-US nuke deal IRNA 25 Jul 2008 -- India has dismissed a warning by Pakistan that the Indo-US nuke deal will accelerate an atomic arms race in the sub-continent declaring there was no scope for any "nuclear weaponization".
- NATO Chief: Foreign Troops Will Not Seek Militants in Pakistan VOA 24 Jul 2008 -- NATO's chief says alliance forces in Afghanistan will not enter neighboring Pakistan to hunt militants there.
- US to Shift Pakistan Counter-Terrorism Aid for Fighter Jet Upgrade VOA 24 Jul 2008 -- The Bush administration confirmed Thursday it plans to reallocate counter-terrorism aid money for Pakistan to allow that country to upgrade U.S.-supplied F-16 fighter planes
- Pakistani Leaders Reaffirm Support for Dialogue with Militants VOA 23 Jul 2008 -- Top Pakistani political leaders representing the ruling coalition government are reaffirming their support for dialogue, not military force, to deal with Taliban militants
- PAKISTAN: Humanitarian situation in northwest deteriorating - rights group IRIN 23 Jul 2008 -- About half a million people in the Kurram Agency along the border with Afghanistan, which has seen fierce fighting between rival groups of militants in the past few months, are suffering "horrific violence", according to a leading human rights activist.
- Extremists Tell Pakistani Tribal Leaders To Prepare To Fight U.S. Troops RFE/RL 22 Jul 2008 -- Extremists leaders in Pakistan are instructing residents near the border with Afghanistan to prepare for the possibility of fighting U.S. ground troops in Pakistan's tribal agencies.
- Pakistan Bans Scientist from Discussing Nuclear Proliferation VOA 21 Jul 2008 -- A Pakistani court has upheld the detention of nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan and barred him from ever speaking about nuclear proliferation
- Pakistan's top Taliban commander dies in road accident IRNA 19 Jul 2008 -- A top Pakistani Taliban commander was killed in a road accident in the country's tribal region early Saturday, officials in the region said.
- 15 die in Pakistani Taliban infighting IRNA 19 Jul 2008 -- A top Pakistani Taliban commander was killed in a road accident in the country's tribal region early Saturday, officials in the region said.
- Pakistani scientist denies Afghanistan charge on nuclear waste IRNA 18 Jul 2008 -- A top Pakistani scientist Thursday dismissed as rubbish claims by Afghan government that Pakistan had dumped nuclear waste in southern Afghanistan during Taliban rule.
- Pakistan Army Reports 10 Militants Killed During Offensive in Northwest VOA 18 Jul 2008 -- A spokesman for Pakistan's army says 10 militants have been killed and five troops wounded during an operation aimed at re-taking control of an area in the country's northwest
- Pakistani Military Disputes Circumstances of Recent US Airstrike VOA 17 Jul 2008 -- Pakistan disputes U.S. media reports that Washington did not have the coordinates of a Pakistani border checkpoint where 11 Pakistani soldiers were killed in a recent U.S. airstrike.
- PAKISTAN: Militants hampering anti-polio drive as new case confirmed IRIN 17 Jul 2008 -- A seven-month-old baby girl, Tanzeela, has become the 16th polio case to be detected this year in Pakistan.
- Pakistan Must Do More to Police Tribal Zone, Defense Leaders Say AFPS 16 Jul 2008 -- Pakistan must do more on its side of the border with Afghanistan to combat terrorist extremists, U.S. defense leaders said here today.
- Jihadist Agreement In Pakistan Leads To Surge Of Violence In Afghanistan RFE/RL 16 Jul 2008 -- AP reported this week that rival jihadist groups in Pakistan have agreed to work together to fight against NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
- US Calls on Pakistan to Control Afghan Border VOA 16 Jul 2008 -- The top two U.S. defense officials called on Pakistan Wednesday to improve security along its border with Afghanistan, in order to stop the flow of insurgents
- NATO Forces in Afghanistan Return Fire Towards Pakistani Tribal Region VOA 16 Jul 2008 -- NATO forces in Afghanistan say they have fired on militant positions inside Pakistan after coming under rocket attack
- Pakistan rejects Karzai's statement on violence IRNA 16 Jul 2008 -- Pakistan has rejected the statement of Afghan President Hamid Karzai that Pakistani intelligence agencies and the army are behind attacks in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Says Afghanistan Promoting 'Artificial Crisis' Through Terror Accusations VOA 15 Jul 2008 -- Pakistan is rejecting allegations that its intelligence agencies and armed forces have been behind a recent string of attacks across Afghanistan
- NATO Denies Reports of Troop Movements Near Afghan-Pakistani Border VOA 15 Jul 2008 -- A NATO spokesman in Afghanistan says reports of hundreds of troops massing near the Pakistani border are totally inaccurate.
- Bush Urges Pakistan, Afghanistan to Put Differences Aside VOA 15 Jul 2008 -- U.S. President George Bush is urging Pakistan and Afghanistan to put their differences aside and work together to combat terrorism
- Analysis: As Afghanistan Roils, Pakistan Draws Heat cfr.org 15 Jul 2008 -- Patience with Pakistan appears to be fraying in Washington and Kabul, particularly over Islamabad's response to alleged cross-border infiltration by militants ensconced in its tribal areas
- Mullen Meets With Pakistani Leaders AFPS 12 Jul 2008 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with Pakistan's military and civilian leaders here today to discuss issues concerning Pakistan's lack of pressure toward insurgents flowing from its border into Afghanistan.
- Pakistani Minister: Afghanistan Shares Blame for Border Unrest VOA 11 Jul 2008 -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Friday Afghanistan bears a heavy share of blame for unrest along their mutual border
- Eight Pakistani soldiers injured in U.S-led coalition shelling IRNA 11 Jul 2008 -- At least eight Pakistani soldiers have been injured in artillery shelling from the U.S-led coalition in the border region, residents and local authorities said Friday.
- Former Pakistani Generals Ask 'Who Benefits?' From Kabul Attack RFE/RL 11 Jul 2008
- Afghan Report Says 47 Civilians Died in US Airstrike VOA 11 Jul 2008 -- An Afghan government commission says a U.S. airstrike this week that American commanders claimed had targeted militants instead killed 47 civilians
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF PAKISTAN United Nations 10 Jul 2008
- Pakistan Air Force aircraft crashes in northwest IRNA 10 Jul 2008 -- An aircraft of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) crashed in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, the PAF said.
- Pakistani Government Strikes New Truce Deal With Militants VOA 10 Jul 2008 -- Pakistan's government has reached a new peace agreement aimed at stopping a militant group from threatening the northwestern city Peshawar
- Embassy Attack In Kabul Highlights Pakistan-India Rivalry RFE/RL 09 Jul 2008 -- After the July 7 suicide car bomb attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul, international attention has turned to New Delhi's interests and activities in Afghanistan.
- PAKISTAN: Conflict disrupting life, displacing people in northern areas IRIN 07 Jul 2008
- Pakistan nuclear scientist says bugging devices installed at his home IRNA 05 Jul 2008 -- Pakistan's nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has disclosed that the government had installed bugging devices at his whole house, his lawyer said Friday.
- Pakistani court seeks replies in nuclear scientist detention case IRNA 04 Jul 2008 -- A court in Pakistan on Friday directed the government to explain as to why the country's top nuclear scientist has been detained for four years.
- US Says Two Blacklisted Pakistani Groups Are Operating Under Aliases VOA 02 Jul 2008 -- The U.S. Treasury Department Wednesday said two Pakistani-based groups blacklisted as terrorist supporters are using new names in an effort to circumvent financial sanctions.
- US Top Envoy Pushes Coordinated Anti-Terror Efforts Between Pakistan, Afghanistan VOA 02 Jul 2008 -- A top U.S diplomat has urged Pakistan and Afghanistan to increase anti-terror coordination saying they must extend their governments' authority to their border regions in order to check rising militant activities
- Suspected militants blow up security check post in Pakistan's tribal region IRNA 02 Jul 2008 -- Suspected militants have blown up an under construction security check post in Pakistan's tribal region two days after local Taliban suspended peace talks with the government, witnesses and authorities said Tuesday.
- Boucher, Musharraf discusses cooperation IRNA 02 Jul 2008 -- Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Mr. Richard A. Boucher, called on President Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday and discussed Pakistan-U.S. relations, counter-terrorism cooperation and regional developments of mutual interest.
- US welcomes operation in Pakistani tribal region IRNA 02 Jul 2008 -- US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Richard Boucher on Wednesday welcomed operation in the Pakistani tribal region and said groups based in that areas were presenting a threat to Peshawar.
- Pakistan Blames IMU Militants For Afghan Border Unrest RFE/RL 02 Jul 2008 -- For months, media reports in the region have claimed that militants from Central Asia are conducting violent operations in Pakistan's volatile tribal areas along the Afghan border.
- Pakistan Offensive Felt In Eastern Afghanistan RFE/RL 02 Jul 2008 -- Fighting erupted in eastern Afghanistan on June 30 and July 1 after militants crossed the border from Pakistan to attack Afghan and international forces, according to NATO and Afghan officials
- NATO, Pakistani Troops Coordinate Attacks to Fight Militants on Afghan-Pakistani Border VOA 01 Jul 2008 -- NATO says its forces, in coordination with the Pakistani military, have beaten back a militant attack on a NATO post in Afghanistan.
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