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February 2010 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistani court stops deportation of Afghan Taliban leaders IRNA 27 Feb 2010 -- A Pakistani court on Friday asked the government not to hand over five top Afghan detained Taliban leaders to any country.
- Suicide Bombing at Pakistani Police Station VOA 27 Feb 2010 -- Pakistani officials say a suicide bomber has rammed an explosive-laden van into a police station, killing four people. Investigators say at least two police officers and a child are among those killed.
- Pakistani Court Blocks Extradition of Top Afghan Taliban Commander VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- A Pakistani court has blocked the extradition of at least five captured Afghan Taliban leaders, including top Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
- Independent UN probe into Bhutto killing wraps up latest visit to Pakistan UN News Centre 26 Feb 2010 -- The independent United Nations commission charged with examining the facts and circumstances behind the December 2007 assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto has completed its latest visit to the country, a spokesperson for the world body announced today.
- US expanding sale of arms to India, Pakistan: Report IRNA 26 Feb 2010 -- The US’ claims that it is engaged in establishing peace around the globe, particularly in Asia, is a mockery as the US not only encourages but also expands arms race in the region for its own benefits.
- Skepticism Remains on Pakistani Anti-Taliban Efforts VOA 25 Feb 2010 -- The U.S. offensive in the Afghan town of Marjah coincides with new Pakistani moves against Afghan Taliban figures, which U.S. officials say aids counterinsurgency efforts in Afghanistan. But there is still skepticism about Islamabad's depth of commitment to rooting out the Afghan Taliban in Pakistan.
- India, Pakistan to 'Remain in Touch' After Talks Stall VOA 25 Feb 2010 -- India and Pakistan held their first official talks in nearly 15 months, but they failed to produce any breakthroughs or even a firm commitment on when to meet again. The two nuclear-armed rivals merely agreed to "remain in touch."
- India and Pakistan Hold First Formal Talks Since Mumbai Attacks RFE/RL 25 Feb 2010 -- India and Pakistan have held their first formal talks in 14 months, with the top bureaucrats in the foreign ministries of both countries seeking to put a stalled four-year-old peace process back on track.
- Talks with Pakistan useful: India IRNA 25 Feb 2010 -- Describing the talks with Pakistan as useful, detailed and candid, Indian Foreign Secretary Thursday said, “Meeting with Pakistan counterpart, Mr. Salman Bashir constitutes the first step towards rebuilding trust, erased by the Mumbai terror attack".
- Kashmir clashes claim 14,000 lives since 2002 IRNA 25 Feb 2010 -- Putting the number of lives lost in Kashmir from 2002 to 2009 at 14,000, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies (JKCCS), said that New Delhi had disregarded the transition to non-violence by Kashmiris and met it with brute forces.
- Suspected US drone strike kills another 5 innocents in Pakistan IRNA 25 Feb 2010 -- A US drone aircraft fired missiles at a house in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region and killed at least five people on spot Wednesday, local tribesmen said.
- Pakistan says no Afghan govt request for Taliban leader IRNA 25 Feb 2010 -- Pakistan has said there is no formal request received from Afghan authorities for handing over of senior Taliban leader Mullah Baradar to Afghanistan.
- India, Pakistan to Hold First Official Talks Since Mumbai Attacks VOA 24 Feb 2010 -- On Thursday, India and Pakistan hold their first talks in over a year, marking the resumption of an official dialogue which New Delhi snapped in the wake of terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008. The dialogue is a signal that regional tensions are easing, but expectations from the talks remain low.
- US, Pakistani Fight Against Taliban Merge, Analysts Say VOA 24 Feb 2010 -- As the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan increases its military pressure against insurgents, the fight against the Afghan Taliban in Pakistan has also been intensifying. Top U.S. military commanders are describing the recent arrests of fugitive Afghan Taliban leaders as important breakthroughs in the fight against terrorism.
- US Missile Strike Kills 6 in Pakistan VOA 24 Feb 2010 -- Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. drone missile strike killed at least six militants Wednesday in a tribal district near the Afghan border.
- India Sets Condition for Improved Relations with Pakistan VOA 22 Feb 2010 -- India says it is ready for improved relations with Pakistan if it takes steps to clamp down on terrorism. The two rival nuclear powers are preparing to hold their first official talks in over a year.
- Six killed in suspected terrorist blast in Pakistan RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2010 -- At least six people were killed and 15 injured in a suspected terrorist attack in Swat Valley in Pakistan's northwest, the Aaj TV channel reported on Monday citing police.
- Pakistan air raids kill 30 militants: army IRNA 20 Feb 2010 -- Pakistani fighter planes Saturday killed 30 Taliban-linked militants in South Waziristan tribal region, the army said.
- U.S. Strike In Pakistan Kills Afghan Militant's Son RFE/RL 19 Feb 2010 -- A son of the leader of a major Taliban faction attacking Western forces in Afghanistan was killed in a recent missile strike by a U.S. drone in Pakistan, security officials said today.
- Brother of Key Afghan Warlord Killed in Drone Attack in Pakistan VOA 19 Feb 2010 -- Pakistani officials say the brother of an Afghan warlord tied to the Taliban has been killed in a U.S. missile strike in northwestern Pakistan.
- Pakistan confirms arrest of top Taliban leader IRNA 18 Feb 2010 -- Pakistan's Army Wednesday confirmed arrest of top Taliban Commander, Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar.
- Blast Kills 25 in NW Pakistan VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- Authorities in Pakistan say a bomb blast in a northwest tribal region has killed at least 25 people.
- Pakistan confirms capture of top Taliban military commander RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Pakistan confirmed on Wednesday that the top Taliban military commander had been captured last week, the BBC reported.
- Pakistan says India violates ceasefire, fires at territory IRNA 16 Feb 2010 -- Indian troops have resorted to unprovoked firing in disputed Kashmir region but there was no casualty, Pakistan army said Monday.
- Polio the target of UN-backed vaccination scheme in Afghanistan and Pakistan UN News Centre 15 Feb 2010 -- Millions of Afghan and Pakistani children will receive polio vaccinations this week as part of a coordinated effort by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN political mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to tackle the spread of the deadly disease.
- Suspected U.S. Drone Strike Kills 3 in Pakistan VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike killed at least three militants in a northwestern tribal region Monday, a day after a similar attack in the same area.
- U.S. drone kills five militants in northwest Pakistan RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2010 -- At least five militants were killed in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the border with Afghanistan on Sunday during a U.S. drone attack, Pakistani security officials said.
- Suspected U.S. Drone Strike Kills 7 in NW Pakistan VOA 14 Feb 2010 -- A suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's lawless northwestern tribal belt killed seven militants Sunday.
- Two bomb blats kill 15 policemen in Pakistan’s northwest IRNA 12 Feb 2010 -- Two bomb attacks on a police station in a Pakistani northwestern city Thursday killed at least 15 policemen and civilians, doctors said.
- US, Pakistan discuss fight against militancy IRNA 12 Feb 2010 -- US National Security Advisor, General James Jones, Friday called on President, Asif Ali Zardari, and discussed security situation in the region, drone attacks and fight against militancy, presidential spokesman said.
- Pakistan army helicopter crashes in tribal region IRNA 11 Feb 2010 -- Pakistan army says one of its gunship helicopters has crashed in a tribal region Wednesday.
- Suicide bomber kills 19 security men in Pakistan IRNA 11 Feb 2010 -- A suicide bomber Wednesday killed at least 19 security men, including an officer, in Pakistan’s tribal region near Afghan border, officials and witnesses said.
- PAKISTAN: Shia IDPs fearful of being targeted IRIN 11 Feb 2010 -- Shias displaced from Orakzai Agency near the Pakistan-Afghan border and now living with hosts in Hangu and Kohat districts, North West Frontier Province (NWFP), say they feel unprotected and vulnerable living alongside other internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are predominantly Sunni.
- 15 Killed Near Police Station in NW Pakistan VOA 11 Feb 2010 -- Pakistani authorities say they suspect suicide bombers were responsible for separate blasts that killed at least 15 people near a police training facility in the northwest town of Bannu.
- US Vice President Biden: Pakistan Biggest Security Concern VOA 11 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says the security situation in Pakistan worries him more than that of Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.
- Commander's Accession Could Mark Increasingly Anti-Shi'a Course Of Pakistani Taliban RFE/RL 10 Feb 2010 -- Even before the death of Hakimullah Mehsud has been categorically confirmed, speculation is rife as to who would succeed him as the leader of Pakistan's most lethal extremist organization.
- PAKISTAN: Security fears hamper bomb victims’ treatment IRIN 10 Feb 2010 -- Four days after two bomb blasts on the same day killed 35 people in Pakistan’s commercial capital, Karachi, injured survivors are still trickling into the accident and emergency department of the city’s Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).
- Suicide Attacker in Pakistan Kills 18 Near Khyber Pass VOA 10 Feb 2010 -- Officials in northwest Pakistan say a suicide bomber blew himself up near a tribal police patrol Wednesday, killing at least 18 people, including 11 officers, and wounding more than 15 others.
- Humanitarian crisis for Pakistan’s displaced far from over – UN official UN News Centre 09 Feb 2010 -- The top United Nations humanitarian official in Pakistan has called on the international community not to forget the vulnerable civilians displaced in the country’s northwest, urging donors to contribute to a $537 million appeal launched to meet immediate relief needs.
- Pakistan Army Recaptures NW Militant Stronghold VOA 07 Feb 2010 -- Pakistan's army says its forces have recaptured a key Taliban stronghold in a region near the Afghan border.
- At least 25 killed in "twin" blasts in Pakistan RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2010 -- At least 25 people have been killed and over 100 injured by two subsequent blasts in Pakistan's financial capital, Karachi, local media reported on Saturday.
- Bomb blast injures 9 in Pakistan’s southwest IRNA 06 Feb 2010 -- At least 9 people were injured in a bomb attack targeting a vehicle of paramilitary troops in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta on Saturday, witnesses and police said.
- Death toll from Karachi twin-bombing reaches 33: minister IRNA 06 Feb 2010 -- Death toll from twin-bombing, targeting Shiite Muslims in the Pakistani port city of Karachi on Friday, has reached 33, provincial health minister said.
- Twin suicide attacks kill 25 in Karachi: minister IRNA 06 Feb 2010 -- Two suicide bomb attacks targeting Shiite Muslims killed 25 people in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, provincial health minister said.
- Thousands Attend Funeral for Pakistan Bomb Victims VOA 06 Feb 2010 -- Thousands of people gathered in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi Saturday to attend a funeral for those killed in two bomb attacks.
- Despite U.S. Conviction, Questions Still Swirl Around Case Of Pakistani Scientist RFE/RL 05 Feb 2010 -- When a 12-member jury in New York City this week convicted Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui of trying to kill her U.S. interrogators in Afghanistan, the reaction back home was swift.
- Two suicide attacks kill over 20 in Karachi IRNA 05 Feb 2010 -- Two suicide attacks, targeting Shiite Muslims, killed up to 20 people in the Pakistani port city of Karachi on Friday, police and health officials said.
- Ex-Pakistani generals question US soldiers presence in country IRNA 05 Feb 2010 -- Former Pakistani army generals have expressed serious concern over the presence of American solders in the country’s northwest remote and asked the government to tell the nation real facts.
- Shi'ites Targeted by Bombings in Karachi VOA 05 Feb 2010 -- Two bomb explosions in southern Pakistan have left at least 25 people dead and wounded scores of others. Police have yet to determine whether one of the attacks was the work of a suicide bomber. Ayaz Gul reports for VOA from Islamabad.
- India Offers to Resume Bilateral Talks With Pakistan VOA 04 Feb 2010 -- India is proposing resuming high-level talks with Pakistan for the first time since peace negotiations between the two nuclear powers were suspended following the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.
- Pakistan Arrests 35 for Bombing of US Troops VOA 04 Feb 2010 -- Pakistani officials say they have arrested 35 people in connection with the suicide car bombing Tuesday that killed three American military trainers and four Pakistanis in northwest Pakistan.
- Death toll from US drones strikes raises to 30 IRNA 03 Feb 2010 -- Death toll from Tuesday’s night US drone strikes in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region has reached to 30, official sources said Wednesday.
- 10 die as U.S. drones rain missiles in Pakistan IRNA 03 Feb 2010 -- American drones Tuesday rained volley of missiles in the Pakistani tribal region, killing at least 10 people, locals said.
- Bullet-ridden bodies of 10 Taliban found in tribal region IRNA 03 Feb 2010 -- Bullet-ridden bodies of 10 suspected Taliban militants were found in Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal region on Tuesday, locals tribesmen said.
- US Troops Among Those Killed in Pakistan Blast VOA 03 Feb 2010 -- Three American soldiers were among eight people killed when a roadside bomb struck their convoy in northwestern Pakistan. Taliban militants are said to have claimed responsibility for the attack.
- U.S. Soldiers Killed In Pakistan Blast RFE/RL 03 Feb 2010 -- The Pakistani military says three U.S. soldiers traveling with Pakistani security-force members were killed today in a roadside bombing near a school in northwest Pakistan.
- US Terror Suspects in Pakistan Allege FBI Torture VOA 02 Feb 2010 -- Five American terrorism suspects detained in Pakistan have declared their innocence and say they have been tortured by U.S. investigators and Pakistani police in jail.
- Pakistan army chief: Our war was not US war IRNA 02 Feb 2010 -- Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said Monday anti-terror fight is not part of the US war and Islamabad has the will and resolve to overcome menace of terrorism in country with public support.
- 15 Militants Killed in Clashes in Pakistan VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- Pakistani officials say security forces backed by helicopter gunships have killed at least 15 suspected militants in clashes near the Afghan border.
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