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February 2009 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Sharifs’ disqualification sends ripples in Pakistan’s politics IRNA 28 Feb 2009 -- The disqualification of major political party leaders in Pakistan has sent ripples in the political scenario, which may lead to the revival of traditional political bitterness
- Pakistani General: Militants Defeated in Key Border Area VOA 28 Feb 2009 -- A Pakistani general says troops have defeated Taliban militants in a key border area which insurgents have used as a gateway into Afghanistan.
- India Rejects Pakistani Naval Chief's Assertion on Mumbai Attackers VOA 27 Feb 2009 -- Indian government: No evidence terrorist attack on Mumbai carried out by gunmen who took sea route.
- India asks Pak to bring perpetrators of Mumbai attack to justice IRNA 27 Feb 2009 -- India has reiterated that perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks should be brought to justice.
- Experts Discuss US Options in Afghanistan, Pakistan VOA 27 Feb 2009 -- A panel of experts urged changes in U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- Pakistani Police Confront Opposition Leader Supporters VOA 27 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani police have again confronted protesters angered over Court decision banning opposition leader Sharif from elected office.
- Afghan FM Calls Pakistan World's Main Security Concern VOA 26 Feb 2009 -- Afghanistan's FM: Nuclear-armed Pakistan is the world's main security concern.
- Clinton to Review Strategies with Pakistan, Afghan FMs VOA 26 Feb 2009 -- US Secretary of State Clinton meets with the FMs of Afghanistan and Pakistan to discuss new US strategies.
- PAKISTAN: Origins of the violence in Swat Valley IRIN 26 Feb 2009 -- Taliban insurgents have announced an indefinite ceasefire in the troubled Swat Valley of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province.
- Pakistani Lawmakers Protest VOA 26 Feb 2009 -- Opposition lawmakers in Pakistan have scuffled with police during a demonstration against court rulings that barred two of their leaders from elected office.
- Clinton Meets Pakistani Foreign Minister on Regional Policy Review VOA 25 Feb 2009 -- Secretary of State Clinton met Pakistani FM Qureshi as part of policy review of the Afghan conflict and related unrest in Pakistan.
- India Files First Formal Cases in Mumbai Terror Attack VOA 25 Feb 2009 -- Indian authorities have charged the lone surviving gunman in Mumbai terror attacks with murder and waging war against India.
- Struggle in Swat Valley Highlights Pakistan's Counterinsurgency Troubles VOA 25 Feb 2009 -- Top Pakistani, Afghan and US officials in Washington to discuss how to counter al-Qaida and Taliban fighters.
- Pakistan ex-PM Sharif accuses President of masterminding his disqualification IRNA 25 Feb 2009 -- Former PM Sharif accused President Zardari of masterminding his disqualification from contesting election.
- Pakistani Court Bars Sharif Brothers From Office VOA 25 Feb 2009 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court maintained a ban that prevents opposition leader Nawaz Sharif from seeking elected office.
- Three killed as Pakistan forces bomb house of militant leader IRNA 24 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani security forces destroyed the house of leader of an extremist group in country's tribal region and killed 3 militants.
- Pakistan sets to abolish Musharraf's era army-dominant council IRNA 24 Feb 2009 -- Pakistan will abolish its National Security Council, established by former President Pervez Musharraf Musharraf.
- Pakistani Taliban Announce Indefinite Truce In Swat RFE/RL 24 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani Taliban militants announced an indefinite cease-fire in the Swat valley.
- Taliban Militants Extend Cease-Fire in Pakistan's Swat Valley VOA 24 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani Taliban in the troubled Swat valley are indefinitely extending a cease-fire with the government.
- Top Pakistani, Afghan Diplomats Visit Washington VOA 24 Feb 2009 -- Top diplomats for Pakistan and Afghanistan are in Washington for talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
- FBI Chief Says Tribal Areas of Pakistan, Afghanistan Are Top Terror Threat VOA 24 Feb 2009 -- Head of the FBI: Main threat of terrorism coming from the tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
- India to Charge Mumbai Attack Suspect VOA 24 Feb 2009 -- Indian police say the lone surviving gunman in the deadly Mumbai attacks will be formally charged in the case on Wednesday.
- Prospects For Stability In Pakistan Uncertain Despite Peace Deal RFE/RL 23 Feb 2009 -- The latest plan to bring security to Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province calls for distributing 30,000 weapons to villagers.
- Pakistani Kidnappers Refute Reports of Death of American Hostage VOA 23 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani separatists holding UN official John Solecki hostage say he is still alive, refuting reports he had been killed.
- Pakistani, Afghan Diplomats to Meet With US Officials in Washington VOA 23 Feb 2009 -- Foreign ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan scheduled to take part in review of South Asia policy in Washington.
- Foreign Minister embarks on US visit to provide input to policy IRNA 23 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani FM Qureshi left for Washington to provide input to review of policy being undertaken by Obama Administration.
- Pakistani Taliban free top govt official after holding him hostage IRNA 23 Feb 2009 -- Taliban in Pakistan's troubled Swat valley freed top government official after kidnapping him hostage for several hours.
- UNHCR says no confirmation of reports of official's death IRNA 23 Feb 2009 -- UN refugee agency Monday: No conformation of local TV reports that abducted official has been killed in southwestern Pakistan.
- Pakistan announces ceasefire with militants in Swat valley IRNA 22 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani government Sunday announced ceasefire with the militants in the restive northwest valley Swat valley.
- Pakistan seeks to remove US concerns over Swat peace deal: FM IRNA 22 Feb 2009 -- Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi vowed Sunday that during his trip to Washington he would seek to remove the concerns of the United States over the introduction of Islamic laws and setting up of Islamic courts.
- Three Pakistani Taliban factions form alliance IRNA 22 Feb 2009 -- Three Pakistani Taliban groups in the country's Waziristan tribal region have formed an alliance after burying the hatchet, according to an announcement from the Taliban
- Taliban in Northwest Pakistan Kidnap Official Despite Peace Talks VOA 22 Feb 2009 -- Pakistan's government says Taliban militants have kidnapped a government official and his six bodyguards in the Swat valley, despite ongoing peace talks there.
- Pakistani Taliban to Review Cease-Fire VOA 21 Feb 2009 -- Taliban militants in northwest Pakistan say they are considering extending their ceasefire, but deny they reached a permanent agreement as local government officials had claimed.
- India to press Pakistan to cooperate to end cross-border terrorism IRNA 21 Feb 2009 -- India will press for concrete and sincere cooperation by Pakistan to end cross-border terrorism at the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Ministerial meeting in Colombo on Friday.
- Pakistan's regional govt. orders end to NATO transportation station IRNA 20 Feb 2009 -- A regional government in Pakistan ordered closure of a transportation station for NATO forces in Afghanistan.
- Blast in Pakistan Targets Shi'ite Funeral VOA 20 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani police: Suicide bomb blast hit the funeral of a slain Shi'ite Muslim leader in a northwestern town, killing at least 28.
- Pakistani Cleric Spearheads Swat Valley Peace Efforts VOA 19 Feb 2009 -- A hard-line Islamic cleric in Pakistan's Swat valley has met with his Taliban son-in-law in an effort to seek peace in the region.
- India voices 'concern' over Pakistan deal with Taliban IRNA 20 Feb 2009 -- India: "The deal has added to India's "worries" over the security scenario in the region."
- Shari'a Deal Could Give Pakistani Judges Unprecedented Power RFE/RL 18 Feb 2009 -- Lawyers in Pakistan say a deal on introducing Islamic law could give local judges unprecedented power.
- Hardline Pakistani Cleric Leads 'Peace March' in Swat Valley VOA 18 Feb 2009 -- Hard-line Islamic cleric led a peace march in northwestern Swat Valley to convince Taliban militants to lay down their arms.
- Pakistan: UN calls again for immediate release of abducted staff member UN News Centre 17 Feb 2009 -- UN appealed to those holding John Solecki, kidnapped in Pakistan, for his immediate and safe release.
- Pakistan Islamic party seeks clarification in US drone attacks IRNA 17 Feb 2009 -- Islamic party asked government to clarify position on drone attacks after US senator said drones using Pakistani base for strikes.
- Pakistani PM condemns US drone attacks IRNA 17 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani PM Gilani continued condemnation of US drone attacks on the country's tribal region and said the attacks will produce no results.
- Missile strike kills 30 suspected militants in Pakistan IRNA 17 Feb 2009 -- Suspected US drone fired missiles on a training camp of Taliban militants in a Pakistani tribal region.
- NATO Concerned About Pakistani Peace Deal VOA 17 Feb 2009 -- NATO says it is concerned about a peace deal between officials in northwestern Pakistan and Taliban sympathizers.
- Pakistani PM Praises Northwest Peace Deal VOA 17 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani PM Gilani is praising a peace deal with Taliban sympathizers that will impose Islamic law in parts of the volatile northwest.
- Pakistan to set up Islamic courts in insurgency-hit areas IRNA 17 Feb 2009 -- Pakistan is to set up Islamic courts in its insurgency-hit areas in the northwestern country in four to six months.
- Doubts Over Implementation Of Shari'a Law In Pakistani Region RFE/RL 16 Feb 2009 -- Islamists and officials from Pakistan's North West Frontier Province have reached an agreement to impose Shari'a law.
- Pakistan Agrees to Islamic Law in Tribal Area VOA 16 Feb 2009 -- Authorities in Pakistan have agreed to introduce Islamic law in a restive northwestern region in a bid to stop a spreading Taliban insurgency.
- US, India, Pakistan Face 'Common Threat' VOA 16 Feb 2009 -- The global threat from Islamic militant groups based in the region was on top of the agenda of U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke.
- Suspected US Drone Strikes Taliban Target in Pakistan VOA 16 Feb 2009 -- Security official in Pakistan: Suspected US drone fired missiles at a building used by Taliban militants in Pakistan's Kurram tribal region.
- Pakistani Taliban Calls 10-Day Swat Cease-Fire VOA 15 Feb 2009 -- The Taliban in Pakistan has declared a 10-day cease-fire in the northwestern Swat Valley out of respect for government talks.
- Suspected US missiles strike kills 28 in Pakistan's South Waziristan IRNA 14 Feb 2009 -- A suspected US drone on Saturday fired two missiles into a home in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal agency, killing at least 28 people, local tribesmen in the area said.
- Pakistani president says no alternative to fighting extremists IRNA 14 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said Saturday that there was no alternative to fighting the extremists and ending militancy.
- Pakistan gov't responsible for killing own people in tribal areas IRNA 14 Feb 2009 -- Political analyst and a senior scholar Dr. Shireen M. Mazari on Saturday held the government responsible for killing its own people in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
- Suspected US Missile Strike in Pakistan Kills More Than 20 VOA 14 Feb 2009 -- A suspected U.S. missile strike by an unmanned plane has destroyed an al-Qaida hideout in a remote Pakistani border region, killing at least 20 people and wounding many others.
- Pakistan Works to Free Kidnapped UN Official VOA 14 Feb 2009 -- Pakistan says it has good leads in efforts to free a kidnapped U.N. official whose captors have set a deadline to kill him.
- Pakistan tells US issue of nuclear scientist closed IRNA 13 Feb 2009 -- Pakistan has told the United States that the issue of nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan is a closed chapter.
- India asks Pakistan to dismantle terror infrastructure on its soil IRNA 13 Feb 2009 -- India Friday asked Pakistan to dismantle terror infrastructure on its soil.
- India terms Pak admission, actions a positive development IRNA 13 Feb 2009 -- India: Pakistan's admission of role of operatives based on its soil in Mumbai attacks a positive development.
- Pakistan says part of Mumbai attacks planned in country IRNA 13 Feb 2009 -- Pakistan: Part of Mumbai conspiracy took place in country, however, there are indications that various countries used to carry out act.
- Pak's nukes not a deterrent: India IRNA 12 Feb 2009 -- Defence Minister A K Antony dismissed suggestions that Pakistan's nuclear capabilities a factor in any hesitation by India to carry out a surgical strike.
- Pakistan Says Mumbai Attacks Planned on Its Soil VOA 12 Feb 2009 -- Pakistan has for the first time acknowledged that attacks on the Indian financial capital of Mumbai were partly plotted on its soil.
- New U.S. Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Faces Complex Regional Challenges VOA 12 Feb 2009 -- US Ambassador Holbrooke has undertaken first trip to S. Asia as special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
- U.S. commitment to Pacific region showcased in India AFNS 12 Feb 2009 -- About 150 US military personnel and Department of Defense civilians were among people taking part Aero India 09.
- PM asks US to stop incursion into Pakistan IRNA 11 Feb 2009 -- PM Gilani asked Obama's administration to reconsider the policy of the US incursions.
- Pakistan, US to constitute group to undertake strategic review IRNA 11 Feb 2009 -- Pakistan and US decided to constitute one group from each side to undertake the strategic review of the existing policy.
- Surgical strikes, war with Pakistan out of place options IRNA 11 Feb 2009 -- Former Kashmiri chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: Peace should dominate the national debate rather than confrontation rhetoric.
- US Walks Tightrope Between South Asia Rivals VOA 10 Feb 2009 -- The new U.S. special envoy, Richard Holbrooke, is on his maiden trip to South Asia.
- US Cites Pakistani 'Assurances' on Released Nuclear Scientist VOA 09 Feb 2009 -- Pakistan has given the United States assurances that nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan will no longer pose a proliferation risk.
- Pakistan Advises Holbrooke To Talk To Taliban Moderates RFE/RL 10 Feb 2009 -- Pakistan has advised US President Obama's special envoy to reach out to reconcilable elements of the Taliban.
- US Envoy, Pakistani Officials Discuss Counterterrorism VOA 10 Feb 2009 -- US special envoy Richard Holbrooke held talks with Pakistani leaders seeking new ways to tackle extremism and al-Qaida.
- What Does Holbrooke's Past As Bosnia's 'Bulldozer' Say About Future In South Asia? RFE/RL 09 Feb 2009 -- Richard Holbrooke is often described in decidedly undiplomatic terms. Impatient. Pushy. A "bulldozer."
- U.S. Envoy Holbrooke Starts Three-Day Visit To Pakistan RFE/RL 09 Feb 2009 -- Richard Holbrooke, President Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, arrived in Islamabad at start of 3-day visit.
- Polish foreign minister confirms Pole's execution in Pakistan RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2009 -- Polish FM Sikorsky: A video showing the execution of a Polish contractor by Pakistani militants appears to be genuine.
- Pakistani FM slams US raids on his country IRNA 08 Feb 2009 -- Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi here on Sunday criticized US military attacks on Taliban and al-Qaeda targets in his country.
- Pakistani Taliban Release Beheading Video VOA 08 Feb 2009 -- Taliban militants in Pakistan have released a graphic video that appears to show the beheading of a Polish engineer they kidnapped last September.
- Pakistani court orders lifting of restrictions on nuclear scientist IRNA 07 Feb 2009 -- A court in Pakistan Friday ordered lifting of restrictions on the father of country's nuclear program Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, who had been under house arrest since 2004 over alleged transfer of nuclear technology, his lawyer said
- Pakistan Defends Freedom for Rogue Nuclear Scientist VOA 07 Feb 2009 -- Pakistan is defending its decision to free a scientist who admitted to selling nuclear secrets, amid criticism from the United States and India.
- India urges UN to ensure that Pak fulfills commitment to end terror IRNA 06 Feb 2009 -- India urged the UN to ensure that Pakistan fulfills commitment to end terrorism emanating from its soil.
- India slams Islamabad for terrorists hold public meeting in PoK IRNA 06 Feb 2009 -- India slammed Pakistan for allowing a congregation of banned terror outfits in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
- UN chief announces commission to probe murder of Benazir Bhutto IRNA 06 Feb 2009 -- UN Secretary General Ban announced a commission to probe the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhhtto.
- Indian Official Links Pakistan's Spy Agency to Mumbai Attacks VOA 05 Feb 2009 -- India's foreign secretary says Pakistan's spy agency is linked to planners of the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
- Pashtun Leader Warns Of Security Breakdown In Swat Valley RFE/RL 04 Feb 2009 -- Pashtun anti-Taliban leader Afzal Khan, who lives in Pakistan's volatile Swat Valley: Police authority "has collapsed" in the region.
- Pakistani Taliban Releases 29 Security Personnel VOA 04 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani Taliban have released 29 police and soldiers kidnapped during a raid on a police station in northwestern Swat Valley.
- UN to Investigate Assassination of Former Pakistani PM VOA 04 Feb 2009 -- UN announced establishment of a commission to investigate the 2007 assassination of Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
- India Still Awaiting Word from Pakistan on Mumbai Terror Probe VOA 03 Feb 2009 -- India's patience with Pakistan appears to be wearing thin.
- Bridge Attack Strands Thousands, Severs Afghan Supply Route RFE/RL 03 Feb 2009 -- Bombing of a bridge targeting a Western military supply line has left thousands stranded on both sides of the blast.
- Pakistan Intensifies Search for Kidnapped UN Official VOA 03 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani authorities say they are questioning about a dozen people in connection with the kidnapping of a UN refugee agency official.
- American UN Official Kidnapped In Southwest Pakistan VOA 02 Feb 2009 -- Gunmen in southwest Pakistan have kidnapped an American working for the U.N. refugee agency and killed his Pakistani driver.
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