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July 2009 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistan: UN humanitarian arm reports number of displaced returning home tops 600,000 UN News Centre 31 Jul 2009 -- More than 600,000 people forced from their homes by armed clashes between Government forces and militants in north-western Pakistan have now returned, leaving some 1.6 million displaced people in need of aid, the United Nations announced today.
- Army hosts counterinsurgency seminar with Pakistani military Army News 30 Jul 2009 -- Senior leaders from the Pakistani and U.S. Army met in Atlanta, Ga., July 20-24, for Third Army/U.S. Army Central's counterinsurgency seminar.
- US Officials Urge More Help for Pakistan's Internally Displaced VOA 29 Jul 2009 -- U.S. officials are urging the international community to boost aid for an estimated 2 to 3 million internally displaced Pakistanis, many of whom fled fighting between security forces and militants earlier this year.
- Indian PM Defends Engagement with Pakistan VOA 29 Jul 2009 -- India's Prime Minister says Pakistan's pledge to fight terrorism should be trusted, but its actions need to be verified. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh notes some cooperation with Islamabad on the investigation into last year's terror attack on Mumbai, but says it has not gone far enough. The Indian leader finds himself on the political defensive, resulting from his recent engagement with Pakistan's leaders.
- Militants Kill Pakistani Pro-Government Tribal Leader VOA 29 Jul 2009 -- Police say suspected Taliban militants have killed a pro-government tribal leader in Pakistan's northwest.
- Third Army/U.S. Army Central hosts Counterinsurgency Seminar with Pakistan Military Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- Senior leaders from the Pakistan and U.S. Army met in Atlanta, Ga., July 20-24 for Third Army/U.S. Army Central's Counterinsurgency seminar
- Pakistan Arrests Cleric Who Brokered Swat Peace Deal VOA 26 Jul 2009 -- Pakistan has arrested a pro-Taliban cleric, Sufi Mohammad, for helping militants and undermining the government's anti-terrorism campaign in a northwestern region.
- Pakistani Court Delays Mumbai Attack Case for Month VOA 25 Jul 2009 -- A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has adjourned for more than a month a case against five men accused of being involved in November's terror attacks in India's commercial city of Mumbai.
- Nearly 400,000 displaced Pakistanis returning home, says UN official UN News Centre 23 Jul 2009 -- Almost 400,000 people, out of the more than 2 million who escaped Government-militant clashes in northwest Pakistan, have now returned to their homes, the top United Nations relief official in the country announced today.
- Pakistani Taliban Spokesman Claims Swat Valley Leader is Alive, Unharmed VOA 23 Jul 2009 -- A spokesman for the Taliban in Pakistan says the group's Swat Valley leader, Maulana Fazlullah, is alive and denies reports that he was wounded.
- Pakistan's Top Court Asks Musharraf to Explain Emergency Rule VOA 22 Jul 2009 -- Pakistan's top court asking former President Musharraf to explain decision to impose emergency rule and fire several judges.
- US Diplomat Offers Help to Pakistanis Displaced in Terrorism Fight VOA 22 Jul 2009 -- USSpecial envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan to discuss efforts aimed at helping hundreds of thousands of displaced.
- Indian Court Adjourns Trial of Mumbai Terror Suspect VOA 21 Jul 2009 -- An Indian court adjourned trial of a Pakistani man who unexpectedly changed his plea to guilty and confessed.
- Pakistan Military: 50 Militants Killed in Northwest VOA 21 Jul 2009 -- Security forces in Pakistan: Killed more than 50 Taliban militants in clashes this week in one of the several northwestern districts.
- Sole surviving Mumbai terrorist pleads guilty RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2009 -- Sole gunman captured alive during terrorist attacks in Mumbai has reversed his retraction of his confession and pleaded guilty.
- Gunman in Last Year's Mumbai Terror Strikes Pleads Guilty VOA 20 Jul 2009 -- Pakistani man accused of mounting last year's terror attacks in Mumbai has pled guilty in court, reversing his earlier plea of innocence.
- Pakistani Warplanes, Troops Target Militant Hideouts in Northwest VOA 18 Jul 2009 -- Pakistani military officials say Pakistani fighter jets and troops have killed at least nine militants, as they target insurgent hideouts
throughout the country's northwest.
- India Rules Out Resumption of Peace Dialogue With Pakistan VOA 17 Jul 2009 -- Indian PM Singh has ruled out resumption of formal peace talks with Pakistan until Islamabad clamps down on terrorist groups.
- Suspected US Missile Strike Kills at Least 5 in Pakistan VOA 17 Jul 2009 -- Pakistani intelligence and witnesses say suspected US missile strike has killed at least five suspected militants.
- Pakistan Court Tosses Out Sharif Conviction VOA 17 Jul 2009 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court overturned hijacking conviction against former PM Sharif, clearing the way for the politician to run for public office again.
- Independent UN probe into Bhutto killing starts work in Pakistan UN News Centre 16 Jul 2009 -- Independent UN commission examining circumstances behind assassination arrived in Islamabad.
- Pakistan pledges to bring planners of Mumbai attack to justice RIA Novosti 16 Jul 2009 -- Pakistan promised India to take all necessary measures to bring those behind Mumbai attack to justice.
- Indian PM Says No Peace Talks With Pakistan Until Mumbai Attacks Solved VOA 16 Jul 2009 -- The prime ministers of Pakistan and India say action on combating terrorism should not be linked to their peace talks.
- Indian, Pakistani premiers to meet in bid to defuse tensions RIA Novosti 15 Jul 2009 -- Indian PM Singh is to meet with his Pakistani counterpart Gilani for talks aimed at calming tensions between the two states.
- Tribesmen Kill 23 Militants in Northwest Pakistan VOA 14 Jul 2009 -- Pakistani officials say pro-government tribesmen have killed 23 militants during clashes in the volatile northwest.
- PAKISTAN: Excitement and apprehension as IDPs begin journey home IRIN 13 Jul 2009 -- Most of the 60 passengers crammed into a bus winding its way up to Pakistan's troubled Swat Valley are internally displaced persons (IDPs) returning home after nearly two months in camps. The mood is cautiously festive, and many of the returnees, laden with bags of flour, rice, sugar and other essentials, hope their suffering is over.
- Cooperation Key to Success Along Afghan Border AFPS 13 Jul 2009 -- Since the fall of the Taliban in late 2001, Pakistan and Afghanistan not only have shared a border, but also a common threat.
- Pakistan Starts Repatriating 2 Million Displaced VOA 13 Jul 2009 -- Pakistan has begun repatriation of nearly two-million people who fled fighting in the Malakand Division, including the troubled Swat District.
- Blast in Pakistani Islamic school kills at least 11 RIA Novosti 13 Jul 2009 -- At least 11 people died and dozens wounded as a bomb exploded in an Islamic school in Pakistan's province of Punjab.
- Bomb Blast Kills 9 in Eastern Pakistan VOA 13 Jul 2009 -- Officials in Pakistan say a cache of explosives has detonated at a home in central Punjab province, killing at least nine people, including seven children.
- Pakistan: Trial of Mumbai Attackers to Start Next Week VOA 11 Jul 2009 -- Pakistan's interior minister says the trial of five men accused of involvement in last year's deadly attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai will likely begin next week.
- Pakistan’s displacement crisis at ?critical moment,’ says UN humanitarian chief UN News Centre 10 Jul 2009 -- The humanitarian effort to help millions in north-west Pakistan uprooted by clashes between the Government and insurgents is at a critical stage, the top United Nations relief official said today, as the national authorities unveiled their return plan for the internally displaced persons (IDPs).
- Partnership With Pakistan Key to Regional Stability, Mullen Says AFPS 09 Jul 2009 -- Long-term partnership with Pakistan key to promoting stability in Afghanistan and the region.
- PAKISTAN: No official date for mass IDP returns IRIN 09 Jul 2009 -- The Pakistani government has not yet set a date for the official start of the return of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their homes in various parts of North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
- UN humanitarian chief gets first-hand look at site of Pakistani clashes UN News Centre 09 Jul 2009 -- The United Nations humanitarian chief today visited the district of Buner in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP), the scene of the recent fighting between the Government and insurgents that uprooted over 2 million people.
- Pakistani Fight Against Militants Continues, Concern Grows Over Safety of Displaced People VOA 09 Jul 2009 -- Thousands of people displaced by the earlier offensive in the Swat Valley have begun to return home.
- Pakistan Says Swat Nearly Ready for Locals' Return VOA 09 Jul 2009 -- Pakistani officials telling about two million people who fled Swat Valley the region is almost ready for their return, despite continuing violence.
- Pakistani Taliban Bomb Family Home of VOA Reporter VOA 09 Jul 2009 -- Taliban militants in northwest Pakistan bombed the home of a journalist who files reports for Voice of America's Pashto language service.
- US Missile Strikes in Pakistan Kill At Least 45 VOA 08 Jul 2009 -- Two separate missile strikes by unmanned US planes in northwestern Pakistan are reported to have killed at least 45 suspected militants.
- Suspected US Drone Attack Kills Militants in Northwest Pakistan VOA 08 Jul 2009 -- Intelligence officials in Pakistan: Suspected US drone fired missiles into a Taliban training camp in northwest Pakistan.
- Uprooted Pakistanis express desire to return home to UN relief chief UN News Centre 08 Jul 2009 -- – Displaced Pakistanis, driven from their homes by fighting between Government forces and militants in north-west of the country, today expressed their desire to return home as soon as possible to the top United Nations relief official.
- Suspected US Drone Attack Kills 14 in Pakistan VOA 07 Jul 2009 -- Intelligence officials in Pakistan: Suspected US drone has fired missiles into a Taliban training camp in northwest Pakistan.
- PAKISTAN: Timeline on human displacement since 2004 IRIN 05 Jul 2009 -- The recent conflict-related population displacements in northwestern Pakistan - with some two million internally displaced persons (IDPs) according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) - are the biggest in over 50 years, but by no means the only recent displacements.
- Pakistani Airstrikes Kill 6 Militants in North Waziristan VOA 05 Jul 2009 -- Pakistani warplanes and helicopters have attacked Taliban positions in the country's northwest, killing at least six suspected militants and wounding several others.
- New US Offensive in Southern Afghanistan Puts Pakistani Military on Alert VOA 04 Jul 2009 -- As thousands of U.S. Marines push deep inside Taliban territory in southern Afghanistan, there is concern in Pakistan that fleeing Afghan insurgents will cross the porous border, putting more pressure on the army as it wages its own campaign to rid Pakistan of Islamic extremists.
- At least 26 killed in Pakistan helicopter crash RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2009 -- At least 26 Pakistani service personnel were killed on Friday in a helicopter crash in a tribal area near the border with Afghanistan.
- Pakistani Military Helicopter Crash Kills 26 VOA 03 Jul 2009 -- Pakistan's military says a transport helicopter has crashed because of a technical failure, killing 26 security personnel on board.
- Suicide Blast Hits Government Bus Near Pakistani Capital VOA 02 Jul 2009 -- Police in Pakistan: At least one person killed and 29 wounded after a suicide bomber slammed into bus carrying government workers.
- Health threats to displaced Pakistanis major concern for UN agencies UN News Centre 02 Jul 2009 -- United Nations agencies have expressed their concerns about the health and welfare of the approximately 2 million displaced people living in north-west Pakistan, while also lauding the Pakistanis who have provided food, shelter and other resources to those in need.
- Poll Shows More Pakistanis See Taliban, al-Qaida as a Threat VOA 01 Jul 2009 -- Public opinion survey conducted shows more Pakistanis perceive Taliban and al-Qaida as a critical threat.
- Pakistani returnees receive first food rations from UN agency UN News Centre 01 Jul 2009 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started providing regular food rations to families returning home to tribal areas in Pakistan’s northwest that they had fled after the upsurge in violence in the region over the past year.
- Independent probe into Bhutto murder begins work today - UN UN News Centre 01 Jul 2009 -- Independent commission charged with examining assassination of former Pakistani PM Bhutto formally began work.
- UN Begins Bhutto Assassination Probe VOA 01 Jul 2009 -- The United Nations is beginning a formal inquiry Wednesday into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
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