Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
March 2010 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Trial Concludes of Pakistani Gunman Captured In Mumbai Terror Attacks VOA 31 Mar 2010 -- The trial of the lone Pakistani gunman captured in connection with the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai has concluded.
- UN delays Ms Bhutto assassination inquiry report IRNA 31 Mar 2010 -- The UN Commission, probing the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, has delayed presentation of its inquiry report for two weeks on the request of the Pakistani president, the UN said.
- Pakistani President says no cut in defence spending IRNA 31 Mar 2010 -- President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday said under the present circumstances, there would be no cut on the defence expenditure as Pakistan is fighting a war for its survival.
- Pakistan Clash Kills 6 Soldiers, 20 Militants VOA 31 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani officials say six soldiers and at least 20 militants have been killed in a clash in the country's northwest, along the border with Afghanistan.
- UN chief accepts Pakistan’s request to delay release of report on Bhutto killing UN News Centre 30 Mar 2010 -- The presentation of the report of the independent United Nations probe looking into the facts and circumstances of the December 2007 assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, which had been scheduled for today, has been delayed until 15 April at the request of the country’s President.
- UN Releases Report on Bhutto Assassination in Pakistan VOA 30 Mar 2010 -- A United Nations investigation into the 2007 assassination of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is expected to fault the Pakistani government for failing to adequately protect her.
- India says US military aid to Pakistan is matter of concern IRNA 30 Mar 2010 -- India’s Air Chief Marshal P V Naik Tuesday said that the US military aid to Pakistan is a matter of concern for India which has been conveyed to the Obama administration.
- Transcript: DOD Background Briefing with a Senior Military Official from the Pentagon DoD 29 Mar 2010 -- Presenter: Senior Military Official
- Military Official Discusses Pakistani Offensive AFPS 29 Mar 2010 -- Roughly 40,000 Pakistani troops are conducting operations against militants in the country’s North Waziristan region near the Afghan border, a senior U.S. military official said today.
- PAKISTAN: Help at hand for traumatized conflict victims IRIN 29 Mar 2010 -- Nearly a year after the army defeated the Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, a district of North West Frontier Province, the physical impact of the conflict is plain to see in damaged or destroyed buildings, but the underlying psychosocial impact is harder to gauge.
- Four militants killed in U.S. drone strike in Pakistan RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2010 -- A U.S. drone attack has killed at least four militants in northwestern Pakistan, near the Afghan border, Pakistan's Daily Times said on Sunday.
- Pakistan to get 14 American F-16 jet aircraft: air chief IRNA 28 Mar 2010 -- Pakistan will get 14 American F-16 fighter planes till December, the country’s Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman said on Saturday.
- Pakistan forces kill 823 militants in Waziristan operation: Minister IRNA 27 Mar 2010 -- Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday told the parliament that 823 terrorists have been killed during operation major military operation in South Waziristan tribal region.
- Five Pakistani soldiers die as militants attack check post IRNA 27 Mar 2010 -- Taliban militants in a pre-dawn attack on a security check post in a Pakistani tribal region killed five soldiers and injured several others on Friday, security sources said.
- Pakistani Airstrikes Target Militant Hideouts in Northwest VOA 27 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani forces have targeted militants in the northwest for a third day, launching airstrikes that they say killed at least nine suspected insurgents.
- Pakistan Chief of Navy Staff Visits US Military Commanders, Pakistan Navy Pilots, Aircrews Navy NewsStand 26 Mar 2010 -- Pakistan's Chief of Naval Staff visited several U.S. military facilities in Florida during a 10-day trip to the United States to discuss opportunities for continued coordination and cooperation between the U.S. and Pakistan navies.
- Pakistan: UN-trained officials seize drug-making chemicals worth nearly $6 million UN News Centre 26 Mar 2010 -- Authorities trained by the United Nations anti-drug agency have seized the largest-ever amount of acetic anhydride – used to produce heroin from opium – in Pakistan, worth $5.5 million.
- Pakistani jets kill 11 militants, bomb seminary IRNA 26 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani fighter planes Thursday rained bombs on a militants-linked religious seminary and a school in a tribal region and killed at least 11 militants, locals said.
- Some 60 Taliban killed in air strike in Pakistan RIA Novosti 26 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani fighter jets have bombed Taliban hideouts in the country's northwestern tribal region, killing nearly 60 militants, Pakistani media said on Friday.
- Pakistani Troops Kill 84 Taliban Fighters VOA 26 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani troops have killed at least 84 Taliban fighters and lost five of soldiers in two days of clashes in a northwestern tribal region believed to be a militant stronghold.
- US, Pakistan Pledge to Deepen Cooperation, Fortify Friendship VOA 25 Mar 2010 -- The United States and Pakistan have ended their first ever U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue at the ministerial level with a pledge to deepen cooperation in defense, security, economy, trade, and other areas.
- US, Pakistan Hold Second Day of Talks VOA 25 Mar 2010 -- Top U.S. and Pakistani officials are meeting for the second day of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue in Washington.
- PAKISTAN: Return to broken homes, empty schools in northwest IRIN 25 Mar 2010 -- Some of the estimated 430,000 people who fled Bajaur and neighbouring Mohmand agency near the Afghan border in northwestern Pakistan since fighting began in August 2008 have returned - to broken homes and empty schools.
- FM says Pakistan Will Prevail in Struggle with Insurgents VOA 24 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told top U.S. officials Wednesday his government will prevail in its struggle with the Taliban and other Islamic radicals. He spoke at the close of the first day of a bilateral dialogue that he said yielded a U.S. agreement to fast track delivery to Pakistan of key military supplies.
- Pakistan, U.S. Opening Talks On 'Strategic' Partnership RFE/RL 24 Mar 2010 -- Visiting top Pakistani officials and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are due to open two days of talks aimed at strengthening what officials are calling a "strategic" partnership between the two countries.
- U.S.-Pakistan Talks Aim To End Years Of Mutual Skepticism RFE/RL 24 Mar 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi today began two days of what Washington is calling a "strategic dialogue" in hopes of drawing their countries out of a state of mutual skepticism.
- US, Pakistan Open Strategic Dialogue VOA 24 Mar 2010 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has opened a high-level strategic dialogue with Pakistan, saying the two-day meeting begins a "new day" in the U.S.-Pakistan partnership. Security, energy and economic issues will dominate the ministerial level forum.
- Pakistani Raid on Tribal Area Kills 21 VOA 24 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani officials say security forces and helicopter gunships have killed at least 21 suspected militants in the northwestern tribal region of Orakzai.
- Dialogue Seeks to Strengthen U.S.-Pakistani Ties AFPS 23 Mar 2010 -- Talks between Pakistani and American officials seek to strengthen, broaden and deepen the ties between the two countries, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said here today.
- Pakistan Seeks Permission To Investigate Nuclear Scientist RFE/RL 22 Mar 2010 -- Pakistan's government has sought court permission to investigate disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan on charges of illegally transferring nuclear know-how to Iraq and Iran.
- Pakistani Airstrikes Kill 15, US Drones Kill 4 VOA 21 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani intelligence officials say airstrikes against Taliban positions in the northwest tribal regions have killed at least 19 militants.
- Clinton To Host Top-Level Strategic Talks Between U.S., Pakistan RFE/RL 20 Mar 2010 -- The United States and Pakistan will hold a round of strategic talks next week in the U.S. capital, with top government ministers from both countries participating for the first time.
- Pakistan Chief of Navy Staff Addresses U.S. Think Tank Navy NewsStand 20 Mar 2010 -- Pakistan's Chief of Naval Staff visited members of the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington, D.C., March 19 to discuss Pakistan's efforts to combat drug trafficking, terrorism and piracy, while highlighting positive U.S.-Pakistan military-to-military relations.
- US-Pakistan Talks Mark 'Intensification' of Partnership VOA 19 Mar 2010 -- The United States and Pakistan will hold their first strategic dialogue at the ministerial level in Washington next Wednesday (March 24).
- CNO Welcomes Pakistan Counterpart Navy NewsStand 19 Mar 2010 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead officially welcomed his Pakistani counterpart during a Full Honors Ceremony March 18 at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
- UN reaches 2.7 million conflict-affected Pakistanis with food aid UN News Centre 19 Mar 2010 -- The United Nations food agency distributed some 37,000 metric tons of food to more than 2.7 million people in conflict-affected areas of Pakistan this month, including 1.6 million people who were displaced at the height of the crisis in 2009 and who have now returned to their original homes.
- Religious decree declares suicide attacks un-Islamic IRNA 19 Mar 2010 -- A top Pakistani religious scholar Thursday issued edict (Fatwa), declaring suicide attacks and bomb blasts as un-Islamic.
- U.S. drones kill 8 militants in Pakistan’s tribal region IRNA 17 Mar 2010 -- U.S. drone aircraft struck a compound and a vehicle in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday and killed at least eight suspected militants, residents said.
- Rocket attack destroys NATO oil tanker in Pakistan IRNA 17 Mar 2010 -- Suspected militants fired a rocket on a tanker, carrying oil for NATO troops in Afghanistan, in Pakistan's Khyber Agency tribal region on Wednesday, residents said.
- Militants kill 5 Pakistani security men IRNA 17 Mar 2010 -- Suspected militants attacked a checkpoint in a tribal region early Wednesday and killed security personnel, police said.
- Pakistan seeks U.S nuclear technology IRNA 17 Mar 2010 -- President Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday called upon the U.S. to assist Pakistan in civilian nuclear technology to help the country overcome its energy crisis, on the one hand, and bridge the trust deficit between the two countries on the other.
- Drone Strike Kills 10 in Pakistan VOA 16 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani officials say a U.S. missile strike has killed at least 10 militants in a tribal region of northwest Pakistan.
- Pak nuclear scientist rejects US media report IRNA 16 Mar 2010 -- Father of Pakistan nuclear program Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan here Monday strongly rejected US media report that said nuclear scientist had admitted that Pakistan gave Iran bomb-related drawings, in lieu of weapons.
- Pakistani Jets Attack Taliban Positions, Killing 17 VOA 14 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani officials say fighter jets pounded Taliban hideouts near the Afghan border Sunday, killing at least 17 suspected militants.
- Pakistan navy tests strike capability in Arabian Sea IRNA 13 Mar 2010 -- Pakistan Navy (PN) Fleet Friday tested its fire power in the North Arabian Sea to assess the lethality, precision and efficacy of its weapon systems, a navy statement said.
- 45 people die as suicide and bomb attacks rock Pakistani city IRNA 13 Mar 2010 -- Two suicide attacks and four low intensity blasts rocked Pakistan’s eastern Lahore city on Friday which killed some 45 people and injured upto 100 people, police said
- Deadly Bomb Attack Rocks Northwest Pakistan RFE/RL 13 Mar 2010 -- A suicide bomber today killed at least 13 people in Pakistan's troubled Swat Valley, raising fears of a new wave of violence by Taliban insurgents.
- 13 People Dead in Another Suicide Bombing in Pakistan VOA 13 Mar 2010 -- Top military officials in a northwestern Pakistani district say a suicide bomber has killed at least 13 people, including security personnel, and wounded more than 50 others. Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for the bombing, the third deadly strike in Pakistan this week.
- Pakistan: Ban speaks out against string of deadly attacks UN News Centre 12 Mar 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned a wave of attacks in Pakistan in recent days which have claimed dozens of lives, including those of aid workers helping the country’s most vulnerable.
- India, Pakistan trade barbs, accusing each other over terrorism IRNA 12 Mar 2010 -- India and Pakistan on Friday traded barbs, accusing each other of supporting terrorism.
- U.S. Lawmakers Press Pakistan On Lashkar-e-Taiba RFE/RL 12 Mar 2010 -- U.S. lawmakers are urging President Barack Obama to push Pakistan to crack down harder on Lashkar-e-Taiba militants.
- Russia against developing military ties with Pakistan RIA Novosti 12 Mar 2010 -- Russia is not developing military cooperation with Pakistan, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday.
- Death Toll Hits 45 In Pakistan Blasts RFE/RL 12 Mar 2010 -- Three attacks, at least two of them by suicide bombers, have killed at least 45 people in the Pakistani city of Lahore, including 10 army personnel, and injured more than 100.
- Bombings Strike Lahore Killing More than 45 VOA 12 Mar 2010 -- Authorities in Pakistan say that two back-to-back suicide bomb blasts in the country's second largest city, Lahore, have killed at least 45 people and wounded nearly 100 others. The attack is Pakistan's deadliest this year and authorities suspect it is the work of Taliban extremists. Police reported several more minor explosions in Lahore late in the evening. But, there were no reports of casualties or major damage.
- Afghanistan to demand extradition of Taliban leader: spokesman IRNA 11 Mar 2010 -- Afghanistan will call for extradition of captured senior Taliban leaders in talks between Pakistan leaders and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who arrived in Islamabad on 2-day state visit on Wednesday, Afghan Presidential spokesman said.
- Karzai Stresses Pakistan's Role In Afghan Reconciliation RFE/RL 11 Mar 2010 -- Visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai says Islamabad has an "important" role to play in Kabul's proposed reconciliation talks with Afghan insurgent groups.
- Militants Kill 6 Aid Workers in Pakistan's Northwest VOA 10 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani police say militants have attacked the office of a Christian aid group in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, killing six people and wounding several others.
- Pakistan's Taliban Claims Responsibility for Deadly Suicide Attack in Lahore VOA 08 Mar 2010 -- A powerful suicide car bomb attack in eastern Pakistan has left at least 13 people dead and more than 70 wounded. Women and children are among the victims. Authorities blamed the attack on al-Qaida-linked Taliban militants.
- Al-Qaida Suspect Arrested in Pakistan Not Gadahn VOA 08 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani intelligence agents say they have captured an American al-Qaida operative, but they have reversed their initial assertion that he is Adam Gadahn, who is wanted in the United States on a treason charge.
- American al-Qaida Fugitive Reported Captured in Pakistan VOA 07 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani intelligence agents say they have arrested Adam Gadahn, the American-born al-Qaida spokesman who has been wanted by the FBI since 2004.
- Pakistan minister believes Taliban leaders are killed IRNA 07 Mar 2010 -- Pakistan 's Interior Minister Rehman Malik Saturday said he believes deputy of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Maulvi Faqir Muhammad and two other top commanders have been killed in a military strike.
- UN reaches 2 million hungry people in Pakistan UN News Centre 05 Mar 2010 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has supplied 2 million people in Pakistan with food in February alone, it was reported today.
- Pakistan arrests another Afghan Taliban leader IRNA 05 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani intelligence agents have arrested another senior Afghan Taliban leader in the port city of Karachi, official sources said on Thursday.
- Pakistan army kills 30 Taliban militants: official IRNA 05 Mar 2010 -- Pakistan security forces have killed 30 militants in a tribal region, officials said on Thursday.
- Suicide Bomb Kills 12 in Pakistan VOA 05 Mar 2010 -- A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of Shi'ite Muslims in northwest Pakistan Friday, killing at least 12 people.
- Pakistan Forces Kill 30 Militants in NW Tribal Region VOA 04 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani officials say security forces have killed at least 30 militants after more than 100 insurgents attacked a security checkpoint in a tribal region near the Afghan border.
- U.S. Sending Pakistan Laser-Guided Bomb Kits RFE/RL 03 Mar 2010 -- The U.S. military says it is sending 1,000 laser-guided bomb kits to Pakistan this month to help the country's air force defeat insurgents operating in the Afghan border region.
- PAKISTAN: Swat women fear Taliban return IRIN 02 Mar 2010 -- Girls in Swat District, northwestern Pakistan, have gone back to school, and most women who had been prevented from working have returned to work, but people are still fearful.
- Pakistani army kills Chechen fighters at Taliban, al-Qaeda base RIA Novosti 02 Mar 2010 -- The Pakistani army said on Tuesday it had seized a key Taliban and al-Qaeda complex and killed 75 militants, including fighters from Chechnya and Uzbekistan.
- PAKISTAN: A dangerous mixture in Balochistan IRIN 01 Mar 2010 -- Significant development and poverty challenges in Balochistan Province, southwestern Pakistan, are being exacerbated by growing security concerns, according to aid workers.
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