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April 2010 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistan Navy Accepts Two P-3C Aircraft Navy NewsStand 30 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. Navy transferred two P-3 Orion aircraft to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in a ceremony at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., April 30 as part of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program.
- India, Pakistan agree to resume dialogue: Report IRNA 30 Apr 2010 -- India and Pakistan have agreed to resume dialogue at the level of Foreign Ministers soon as Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gilani met in Thimphu on Thursday in their first substantive engagement in less than a year.
- Pakistan, India agree to revive dialogue IRNA 30 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan and India on Thursday agreed on the revival of dialogue, without any preconditions, following a meeting between their leaders here on the sidelines of the Saarc Summit.
- Pakistan to raise tribal force to establish writ: official IRNA 30 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan will raise a special force from the local tribesmen to establish the government’s writ in the insurgency-hit South Waziristan tribal region, the local administrative officer said on Thursday.
- Crisis persists in Pakistan’s Swat Valley despite return of many displaced – UN UN News Centre 30 Apr 2010 -- The effects of the humanitarian crisis sparked by the military offensive against insurgents in north-western Pakistan a year ago persist despite the return of most of the two million people who fled their homes because of the conflict, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.
- Swat Valley Returnees in Acute Need of Help VOA 30 Apr 2010 -- The United Nations refugee agency says thousands of people who have returned to the homes they fled last year from Pakistan's Swat Valley are still struggling to rebuild their lives. Next week will mark the first anniversary of the fighting between the Pakistan government and Taliban militants, which resulted in more than two million people fleeing their homes.
- US Officials Urge Congress to Support Aid for Pakistan VOA 29 Apr 2010 -- Senior U.S. officials urged Congress on Thursday to support long-term military and civilian security assistance for Pakistan, which they say has been essential for the U.S.-led fight against global terrorism. Members of Congress from both political parties were generally supportive of the plan, with some urging faster movement particularly in providing new helicopters for Pakistan's military.
- U.S. Must Help Pakistan Beat Insurgency, Officials Say AFPS 29 Apr 2010 -- Calling relations with Pakistan vital to U.S. national security, senior Defense Department officials testified on Capitol Hill today in support of long-term funding for Pakistan’s counterinsurgency operations.
- India, Pakistan Agree to Resume Comprehensive Dialogue VOA 29 Apr 2010 -- India and Pakistan say they have agreed to resume stalled talks to normalize relations. The prime ministers of the neighboring rival countries met on the sidelines of a regional leaders' conference in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.
- Pakistani Taliban Chief Believed to be Alive, Contrary to Reports VOA 29 Apr 2010 -- Pakistani intelligence officials say Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud is believed to be alive, despite claims that he was killed by a U.S. missile strike earlier this year.
- Zardari determined to root out terrorists IRNA 28 Apr 2010 -- President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan expressed determination Tuesday to root out terrorists and militants from the country at all costs with the support of masses.
- Pakistan Security Operations Bring Few Positive Results RFE/RL 28 Apr 2010 -- A fresh wave of violence across northern Pakistan has demonstrated that armed Taliban remain as much a force to be reckoned with as they were before the much-publicized launch of operations by security forces in Malakand in early 2009 and in Waziristan toward the end of the year.
- Pakistan's Displaced Pashtuns Face Choice Between Home, Security RFE/RL 28 Apr 2010 -- A group of men chant "we want peace" as they protest the Pakistani government's decision to send them to their native villages in western Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal district.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan to introduce border biometrics system IRNA 28 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed on a new monitoring system along their borders to check illegal cross-border movement, narcotics smuggling and improve security, officials said.
- U.S. drone strike kills five in Pakistan, 14 since Friday IRNA 27 Apr 2010 -- A US drone aircraft killed at least five people in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region Monday, locals said.
- Suspected militants kill tribal elder in Pakistan IRNA 27 Apr 2010 -- Suspected militants have killed a known and pro-government tribal elder after he and his five colleagues were kidnapped in Bajaur tribal region, his family and officials said on Monday.
- Two militants killed in Swat, 18 nabbed in Kohat IRNA 27 Apr 2010 -- Two militants including commander were killed during security forces operation in Khalezai area of Swat, officials sources said on Monday.
- Indian Diplomat Arrested on Charges of Spying for Pakistan VOA 27 Apr 2010 -- Indian authorities have arrested a female diplomat posted at the Indian Embassy in Islamabad on charges of spying for Pakistan.
- PAKISTAN: Fresh wave of IDPs puts added strain on host families IRIN 26 Apr 2010 -- Host families in northwestern Pakistan are under further pressure as displaced people stream out of the Orakzai and Kurram tribal agencies near the Pakistan-Afghan border in search of shelter.
- Gunmen attack NATO oil tankers, 4 policemen killed: police IRNA 24 Apr 2010 -- Unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province Saturday night attacked tankers carrying oil for NATO troops in Afghanistan, a senior police officer said.
- U.S drone strike kills 9 in Pakistan IRNA 24 Apr 2010 -- A U.S. drone aircraft killed at least nine people in a Pakistani tribal region on Friday, local TV channels reported.
- Pakistan begins Benazir Bhutto’s murder probe IRNA 24 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Saturday formed a high level committee to begin investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the Prime Minister’s office said.
- Pakistani forces kill 15 militants IRNA 23 Apr 2010 -- Pakistani army said Thursday the security forces have killed at least 15 militants in Orakzai tribal region.
- Pakistan upgrading naval fleet: naval chief IRNA 22 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan has adopted a comprehensive strategy to increase, upgrade and strengthen its naval fleet to effectively face the challenges of terrorism, piracy on the high seas and incidents of illegal activities in the sea, the Pak naval chief has said.
- US-Pakistani relations substantially improved IRNA 22 Apr 2010 -- US Special Envoy on Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke has said that the US-Pakistan strategic Dialogue was a tremendous step forward in establishing a strong relationship based on common interest between the two countries.
- India asks Pak to take more effective step to curb terrorism IRNA 21 Apr 2010 -- India has urged Pakistan to take more effective step to curb terrorism emanating from its country.
- PAKISTAN: Education chaos in northern conflict zone IRIN 21 Apr 2010 -- Schools across the conflict-zone in Pakistan’s northern areas are open, but many are damaged, and there are concerns about the quality of education and funding for schools for displaced children in camps.
- Pakistan to buy guided missile frigate from U.S. -TV RIA Novosti 21 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan has signed a deal with the United States to buy a guided missile frigate USS McInerney (FFG-8), Pakistani television network Geo-TV said on Wednesday, citing military sources.
- In Pakistan, Mystery Deepens Over Missing Former Spies RFE/RL 21 Apr 2010 -- Two former agents of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) -- high-profile figures who often publicly defended the Taliban -- are reportedly being held by an extremist group in the western tribal regions of Pakistan.
- In Pakistan, A 'Mistaken' Bombing And An Ineffectual Apology RFE/RL 20 Apr 2010 -- Pakistani army commander General Ashfaq Kayani on April 17 apologized for the deaths of over 60 tribesmen in air strikes in the remote Tirah valley of Khyber Agency a week earlier, according to a statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the press service of Pakistan's military.
- Bomb blast kills child, injures 10 in NW Pakistan IRNA 19 Apr 2010 -- A child was killed and 10 other people were injured in a bomb blast near a school in Pakistan northwestern city of Peshawar on Monday, police and doctors said.
- Pakistani President signs bill to curtail his powers IRNA 19 Apr 2010 -- President Asif Ali Zardari Monday sealed key constitutional amendments bill that stripped him of his sweeping powers, presidential spokesman said.
- UN suspends work after suicide attacks on IDPs camp IRNA 19 Apr 2010 -- The United Nations has suspended relief work at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Kohat town in northwestern Pakistan after two bomb attacks killed at least 42 IDPs, according to officials.
- Pakistan's Constitutional Reform Introduces Sweeping Changes RFE/RL 19 Apr 2010 -- In a ceremony in the Pakistani capital, President Asif Ali Zardari transferred some of his key powers to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani after signing into law the 18th amendment to Pakistan's 1973 Constitution.
- Pakistan's President Signs Constitutional Amendment, Relinquishes Some Powers VOA 19 Apr 2010 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has signed into law a constitutional amendment that strips him of powers originally given to the presidency by the country's former military dictator two decades ago.
- Terrorist Bombs Kill 23 in Pakistan VOA 19 Apr 2010 -- Police in northwestern Pakistan say two separate bomb explosions in the city of Peshawar have killed at least 23 people and wounded many others. The violence-hit city is the gateway to Afghanistan.
- PAKISTAN: Relief work suspended after dozens killed in IDP camp attack IRIN 18 Apr 2010 -- Relief work has been suspended at the Kacha Pakha camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Kohat town in northwestern Pakistan after two bomb attacks killed at least 41 IDPs, according to officials and media reports.
- Bomber kills 7 in NW Pakistan: police IRNA 18 Apr 2010 -- A suicide bomber attacked a police station in northwest Pakistan and killed at least seven persons Sunday morning, police chief said.
- Pakistan President to sign key amendments bill on Monday IRNA 18 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari will sign on Monday key constitutional amendments that will strip him of his sweeping powers, presidential spokesman said on Sunday.
- Extremist group claims twin blasts which killed 34 in Pakistan IRNA 18 Apr 2010 -- An extremist group claimed responsibility for twin bomb blasts at a registration camp of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Pakistan’s northwest which killed at least 34 people and injured dozens others, a senior official said.
- Pakistan Suicide Bomb Attack Kills 7 VOA 18 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan police say a suicide car-bomber attack on a police station killed seven people, including a child, and wounded 26 in northwest Pakistan Sunday.
- Pakistan army chief apologizes over civilian deaths IRNA 17 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has offered his apology over the deaths of civilians in air strikes at a tribal region near the Afghan border, the army said Saturday.
- Musharraf’s spokesman rejects UN Benazir report IRNA 17 Apr 2010 -- A Spokesman for former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has dismissed as a “pack of lies” the UN inquiry commission for the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, blaming Musharraf's government of negligence.
- US drone strike kills 4 in Pakistan IRNA 17 Apr 2010 -- A US drone aircraft killed at least four people in a Pakistani tribal region on Friday, tribesmen said.
- UN agency condemns attack on refugee site in Pakistan UN News Centre 17 Apr 2010 -- The United Nations humanitarian agency strongly condemned today a twin suicide bombing at a UN registration point for internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing the trial violence in northwest Pakistan, and temporarily suspended critical services in the area.
- 41 Killed in Twin Suicide Bomb Attacks in NW Pakistan VOA 17 Apr 2010 -- Pakistani authorities say two suicide bombers exploded in the middle of a crowd of displaced people in northwest Pakistan on Saturday as the civilians lined up to register for aid. Police say the attack killed at least 41 people and wounded more than 60 others.
- Pakistani Senate approves province name change IRNA 16 Apr 2010 -- Pakistani Senate Thursday approved with a majority vote renaming of North West Frontier Province (NWFP), despite violent protest against the name change which killed at least 10 people and injured nearly 100 more.
- UN Blames Pakistan For Failing To Protect Benazir Bhutto RFE/RL 16 Apr 2010 -- In a scathing report, a United Nations fact-finding commission has concluded that the Pakistani authorities failed on all levels to protect former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto when she was assassinated in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi in December 2007.
- Suicide Bomber Kills 10 at Pakistani Hospital VOA 16 Apr 2010 -- Pakistani police say a suicide bomber has attacked a hospital emergency room in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing at least 10 people, including two police officers and a television cameraman.
- Press Conference on Commission of Inquiry’s Findings into Assassination of Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto United Nations 15 Apr 2010
- UN Bhutto Inquiry: Assassination was Preventable VOA 15 Apr 2010 -- The U.N. Commission of Inquiry charged with investigating the December 2007 assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto says her murder could have been prevented if adequate security measures had been taken. The 65-page report released Thursday faults the Pakistani government and local authories, as well as the police, for not taking the necessary measures to protect her. The commission also criticized the subsequent police investigation.
- Pakistani Government ‘failed profoundly’ to prevent murder of Bhutto – UN report UN News Centre 15 Apr 2010 -- Security arrangements by Pakistan’s federal and local authorities to protect assassinated Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto were “fatally insufficient and ineffective” and subsequent investigations into her death were prejudiced and involved a whitewash, an independent United Nations inquiry reported today.
- Pakistani Officials: US Missiles Kill 4 in Pakistan VOA 14 Apr 2010 -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed at least four militants in the country's restive northwest tribal region.
- US drone strike kills 5 in Pakistan IRNA 13 Apr 2010 -- A US drone aircraft fired missiles in Pakistan’s north Waziristan tribal region and killed at least five people Monday night, reports said.
- PAKISTAN: Fresh displacements strain meagre aid resources IRIN 13 Apr 2010 -- Fresh civilian displacements in northwestern Pakistan due to fighting between the Taliban and government troops is likely to place further strains both on those already displaced and on available aid resources, according to aid workers.
- Pakistan Uses Multi-Pronged Approach to Keep Nuclear Assets from Terrorist Threats VOA 13 Apr 2010 -- As the two-day nuclear summit ends Tuesday in Washington, foreign leaders are focusing on how to keep terrorists from acquiring nuclear materials.
- Pakistani Jets Killed Civilians, Not Just Militants, Officials Say VOA 13 Apr 2010 -- Government officials and survivors say a number of civilians were among 71 people killed during a Pakistani airstrike on Saturday, even as the military insists the bombing targeted only militants.
- Lack of funds hampers aid response in Pakistan, UN official says UN News Centre 12 Apr 2010 -- A funding gap will keep food and medicine away from millions of needy people in Pakistan, a top United Nations aid worker said today as he called for stepped-up support from the international community.
- Army: Pakistani militants flee to mountainous region IRNA 12 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan army says that Taliban and other militants from tribal regions have fled and established bases in a mountainous valley, bordering Afghanistan.
- Pakistani forces kill 18 militants in NW IRNA 09 Apr 2010 -- Pakistani security forces have killed at least 18 suspected militants in several clashes in a tribal region where the army has launched major offensive, state television reported Friday.
- Suicide bomber blows himself up to avoid arrest IRNA 09 Apr 2010 -- A would-be suicide bomber blew himself up and another was shot dead by the police during a shootout in a remote village in northwest Pakistan on Friday, police said.
- US donates equipment to NW Pakistani Police IRNA 08 Apr 2010 -- Following attack on US Consulate General in Pakistani northwestern city of Peshawar, which killed two guards, US has donated communications equipment to police, US Embassy said Wednesday.
- Thirteen militants killed, 20 injured in Orakzai air strikes IRNA 08 Apr 2010 -- The security forces have killed more than 215 militants including 50 foreigners making successive gains in operation in Orakzai Agency during last two weeks.
- Pakistani National Assembly Votes to Limit Presidential Powers VOA 08 Apr 2010 -- Pakistani parliament's lawmaking lower house has unanimously approved an amendment in the country's constitution, curbing crucial powers of the president.
- Three bomb blasts rock Pakistan's Peshawar IRNA 05 Apr 2010 -- A series of three bomb blasts rocked the highly security zone in Pakistani northwestern city of Peshawar in rush hour on Monday, causing casualties, witnesses said.
- Two guards die as bombers target American consulate in Pakistan IRNA 05 Apr 2010 -- A group of suicide bombers attacked the American consulate in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar and killed at least two Pakistani security guards, police said.
- Taliban claim responsibility for American consulate attack IRNA 05 Apr 2010 -- Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for suicide attacks on American consulate in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, which killed at least two security guards, police said.
- U.S. Consulate In Peshawar Attacked, Taliban Claim Responsibility RFE/RL 05 Apr 2010 -- At least eight people were killed today and several injured when Taliban militants launched an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan.
- Suicide Attacks Kill 45 in Pakistan VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- Authorities in northwestern Pakistan say a coordinated gun-and-bomb attack targeting a U.S. Consulate and a suicide-bomb explosion have killed at least 45 people. Pakistani leaders have condemned the attack, saying the country is determined to tackle militancy.
- India rejects allegations of waging water war with Pakistan IRNA 04 Apr 2010 -- India has described as preposterous and completely unwarranted the allegations that it is stealing Pakistan's share of river waters and waging a water war.
- Thirty militants, six soldiers killed in Pakistan offensive RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2010 -- Thirty militants and six soldiers have been killed in an operation held by Pakistani troops in the country's northwest, the Voice of America has said.
- Pakistan Troops Kill Militants in NW Pakistan VOA 04 Apr 2010 -- The Pakistani military says its troops have killed nearly 40 militants in two separate attacks Sunday in the northwest region of the country.
- India willing to proceed with dialogue with Pakistan IRNA 03 Apr 2010 -- After the ice-breaking February 25 Foreign Secretary-level talks, India has conveyed to Pakistan its willingness to have the second round of parleys but is yet to get any response.
- JKLF Chief says Kashmiri patience running out IRNA 03 Apr 2010 -- Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik Saturday said Kashmiris have adopted a non-violent method to strive for their freedom and urged the world community to appreciate this transition.
- Pakistan Attorney General quits over amnesty law controversy IRNA 03 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan Attorney General Friday resigned after a controversy emerged over the non-implementation of the Supreme Court order, which has called for revival of money laundering case against President Asif Ali Zardari.
- 6 Troops, 30 Militants Killed in Pakistan Offensive VOA 03 Apr 2010 -- The Pakistani military says its troops killed 30 militants in the country's northwest Saturday, in an operation that also killed six soldiers.
- Russia urges Japan to review its stance over South Kurils RIA Novosti 02 Apr 2010 -- Russia is expecting Japan to review its position over the South Kuril Islands, which has hampered relations between the two states, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman has said.
- Putin To Meet With Venezuelan, Bolivian Leaders RFE/RL 02 Apr 2010 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is expected to hold talks with the presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia in Caracas as he makes his first-ever official visit to Venezuela.
- Russia's $2 bln loan to Venezuela not linked to arms sales RIA Novosti 02 Apr 2010 -- Russia's $2.2 billion loan agreement with Venezuela is not tied to arms purchases, a Russian deputy finance minister said on Friday ahead of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's visit to the South American state.
- Name Change Closer For Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province RFE/RL 01 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan's parliament has taken a key step toward renaming the country's Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal reports.
- Pakistan army chief vows to eliminate fleeing militants IRNA 02 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani Thursday told tribal elders that the security forces will eliminate fleeing militants with the help of tribesmen.
- Pakistan to curtail presidential powers IRNA 01 Apr 2010 -- In a rare show of unity the ruling coalition and all opposition parties agreed late Wednesday night to introduce wide-ranging amendments in the constitution and curtail presidential powers to dissolve the parliament.
- Court insists on reopening of Zardari’s corruption cases IRNA 01 Apr 2010 -- The Supreme Court Thursday objected at measures by Pakistan’s anti-corruption agency to reopen cases against President Asif Ali Zardari in Switzerland and asked the government to send another letter to Swiss officials with the Prime Minister’s approval.
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