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February 2011 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Peace In One Pakistani Tribal Valley Offers Hope RFE/RL 28 Feb 2011 -- A fragile peace is taking root in Pakistan's western Kurram tribal region after nearly four years of sectarian warfare.
- No ease in Pakistan-U.S. spy war IRNA 28 Feb 2011 -- No ease is imminent in the current war between the Pakistani and its ally the United States over the secret mission of an American undercover agent.
- Pakistani court rejects bail for US man IRNA 28 Feb 2011 -- A court in Pakistan Monday dismissed the bail application of an American national, who was arrested in northwest on Friday for illegal stay.
- Pakistan's Sharif warns of anti-govt march IRNA 28 Feb 2011 -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif threatened anti-government march.
- CIA, Pakistan’s spy chief discuss US killer IRNA 27 Feb 2011 -- Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),Leon E.Panetta, has talked to Pakistan’s spy chief Major General Shuja Pasha over phone and discussed the controversy over U.S.undercover agent,who faces double murder charges,local media reported Saturday.
- Pakistani Insurgents Destroy Oil Tankers For NATO Troops RFE/RL 25 Feb 2011 -- Four people have been killed in an apparent attack by Islamic insurgents on fuel tankers in northwestern Pakistan carrying oil to NATO forces in Afghanistan, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal reports.
- Detained American Rejects Murder Charges in Pakistan VOA 25 Feb 2011 -- A U.S. consulate employee accused of killing two men in Pakistan has refused to sign a charge sheet, insisting he has diplomatic immunity.
- Dialogue Key to Peace with Pakistan, Says India VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- As India and Pakistan get ready to restart peace talks after more than two years, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says dialogue is the only way to resolve their differences. The embattled Indian leader is also vowing to tackle inflation and punish those guilty of corruption -- two issues which have put his government on the ropes at home.
- PAKISTAN: IDPs in Mohmand Agency hit by border closure IRIN 23 Feb 2011 -- Thousands of people displaced from their homes by fighting between Pakistani government forces and militants in Mohmand Agency, northwestern Pakistan, face sub-zero temperatures and have been blocked from leaving the agency to seek refuge with relatives.
- UN development chief pledges continued support for post-flood recovery in Pakistan UN News Centre 23 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has promised to continue supporting the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to rebuild infrastructure and restore the social services and livelihoods destroyed by last year’s massive floods.
- Pakistan Says Courts to Decide Fate of Detained American VOA 22 Feb 2011 -- Pakistani officials have again said the country's courts will decide the fate of a detained U.S. consulate employee accused of murder, who media reports say works for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
- Drone Attacks Kill 11 in Pakistani Tribal Regions VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- Pakistani officials say air strikes by suspected U.S. drones have killed at least 11 people in a tribal region close to the Afghan border.
- Reports: American Detained in Pakistan Works for CIA VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- News reports quote a senior Pakistani intelligence official as saying the U.S. consulate employee accused of shooting two men in Lahore is a spy for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
- Intelligence agency asked to probe cases against U.S. shooter IRNA 20 Feb 2011 -- An application was moved in a Pakistani court on Saturday seeking directions to the country’s main spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) to hold the inquiry of cases against double murder U.S. man Raymond Davis.
- Pakistan rejects Indian concern over nukes IRNA 21 Feb 2011 -- Pakistan has rejected concerns by Indian National Security advisor about the security of Pakistan nuclear weapons and said Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state and it has a credible and strong nuclear command system.
- Pakistani court issues Mushrraf's warrant in Benazir’s murder IRNA 19 Feb 2011 -- An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan Saturday issued unbailable warrants for former military president Pervez Musharraf in the 2007 assassination case of former premier Benazir Bhutto, for not appearing in the court, prosecutors said.
- Pakistan Taliban say ex-spy official killed: report IRNA 19 Feb 2011 -- Pakistani Taliban said Saturday that they have killed a former official of the country’s intelligence agency, they had kidnapped in March last year in North Waziristan tribal region, state and private TV channels reported.
- Family Could Forgive Davis If US Releases Siddiqui RFE/RL 18 Feb 2011 -- The brother of one of Pakistanis shot dead by an American says his family could forgive the accused in exchange for release of Aafia Siddiqui.
- Driver Sought in Pakistan Shooting Case VOA 18 Feb 2011 -- A Pakistani man is seeking the arrest of the person who was driving a US consular vehicle that ran over his brother.
- Pakistan Worries Top Pentagon Officials VOA 17 Feb 2011 -- Senior U.S. defense officials expressed serious concern about the situation in Pakistan during a hearing at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill.
- Pakistani Court Delays Decision on Detained American VOA 17 Feb 2011 -- A Pakistani court has delayed until next month a ruling on whether a detained U.S. State Department has diplomatic immunity.
- Court Delays Hearing On Immunity For U.S. Man Held In Pakistan Deaths RFE/RL 17 Feb 2011 -- Lahore's High Court has accepted a request from Pakistan's government to delay hearing.
- Pakistan ex-FM says U.S. shooter has no diplomatic immunity IRNA 17 Feb 2011 -- Pakistan’s former FM Qureshi disclosed that US Emabssy employee is not entitled to full diplomatic immunity.
- Pakistani PM says court to decide fate of US shooter IRNA 17 Feb 2011 -- PM Gilani told top US senator that issue of an American employee, who faces double murder charges, will be decided by Pak courts.
- Kerry Tries To Calm Dispute Over U.S. Man RFE/RL 16 Feb 2011 -- US Senator John Kerry is meeting top Pakistani leaders in an effort to smooth over differences on the detention of a jailed American.
- Top U.S. senator in Pakistan to resolve diplomatic row IRNA 16 Feb 2011 -- U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry arrived in Pakistan for talks over the fate of U.S. employee.
- Pakistan PM Says Courts to Decide Diplomatic Status of Detained American VOA 16 Feb 2011 -- Pakistan's prime minister says country's courts will decide whether a U.S. consulate employee has diplomatic immunity.
- U.S. Wrestles With Policy Toward Pakistan RFE/RL 15 Feb 2011 -- The reason is a growing awareness of the potential consequences of deepening chaos in the Islamic nuclear power.
- Grossman Expected To Be Named New U.S. Envoy For Afghanistan, Pakistan RFE/RL 15 Feb 2011 -- U.S. officials say Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to name retired diplomat Marc Grossman to replace the late Richard Holbrooke.
- Clinton Set to Name New Envoy to Afghanistan, Pakistan VOA 15 Feb 2011 -- U.S. officials say Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has chosen Marc Grossman, a retired diplomat, as the new Special Representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
- Indian Army 'alert' to situation on borders with Pakistan, China IRNA 15 Feb 2011 -- The Army has taken elaborate measures to safeguard the borders with China and Pakistan and does not see any reason for worry.
- In Pakistan, Kerry Apologizes Over Lahore Deaths RFE/RL 15 Feb 2011 -- U.S. Senator John Kerry said today his country was "deeply sorry" over the killing in late January of two Pakistanis by a U.S. consular official.
- US Urges Pakistan to Free American Official VOA 15 Feb 2011 -- U.S. President Obama is urging Pakistan to immediately free a detained American diplomat accused of killing two Pakistanis during an alleged attempted robbery.
- Pakistani Gov't Says No Change on American Diplomat's Case VOA 14 Feb 2011 -- Pakistan's gov is distancing itself from comments by ruling party official who said the detained American has diplomatic immunity.
- Pakistan Confident US Tri-Lateral Talks on Afghanistan Will Resume Soon VOA 13 Feb 2011 -- A day after the United States postponed a key meeting with Pakistani and Afghan officials to discuss the war in Afghanistan, Islamabad says it is confident the tri-lateral talks will be re-scheduled soon.
- Pakistan issues arrest warrant for ex-president over Bhutto's murder RIA Novosti 12 Feb 2011 -- An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for ex-President Pervez Musharraf in the 2007 murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Hindustan Times reported on Saturday.
- Pakistani court sends US shooter to jail IRNA 11 Feb 2011 -- A court in Pakistan on Friday sent an American employee to jail, detained on double murder charges, court officials said.
- Pakistan Rejects US Diplomat's Self-Defense Claim VOA 11 Feb 2011 -- Pakistani police have rejected a detained U.S. diplomat's claim that he acted in self-defense when he shot dead two men last month in the eastern city of Lahore. Police are recommending the diplomat face murder charges.
- Pakistan, India agree to resume formal peace talks IRNA 10 Feb 2011 -- Pakistan and India have agreed to resume formal peace talks for the first time since the Mumbai attacks in 2008, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.
- Bomber kills 20 Pakistani soldiers IRNA 10 Feb 2011 -- A bomber Thursday attacked troops at a highly secured parade ground in a northwestern Pakistani city and killed at least 20 soldiers, regional police chief said.
- Pakistan tests cruise missile IRNA 10 Feb 2011 -- The Pakistani army said Thursday that it has successfully tested a cruise missile, which carry nuclear warheads.
- Pakistan PM dissolves cabinet, will form new IRNA 10 Feb 2011 -- Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani Wednesday dissolved his cabinet shortly after all federal ministers submitted their resignations aimed at improving his government's image.
- Ban ?appalled’ by reported use of minor in Pakistan suicide bombing UN News Centre 10 Feb 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “appalled” by reports that a minor was used to carry out today’s suicide attack on an army recruitment centre in Mardan in north-west Pakistan that led to numerous deaths and injuries, his spokesperson said.
- Suicide Blast Targets Pakistani Soldiers VOA 10 Feb 2011 -- A suicide bomber struck a military facility in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 31 soldiers and wounding more than 40 others.
- Pakistan, India Agree to Restart Peace Talks VOA 10 Feb 2011 -- Pakistan and India have agreed to resume their wide-ranging peace dialogue that New Delhi suspended shortly after the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.
- PAKISTAN: Fighting leads to displacement in Mohmand Agency IRIN 10 Feb 2011 -- For several days now, Atiq Rehman Khan has been visiting bus stands in Peshawar, capital of Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa Province, where transport comes in from Mohmand Agency.
- As temperatures plummet, UNICEF rushes supplies to vulnerable Pakistanis UN News Centre 09 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is rushing essential supplies by helicopter to thousands of people who after surviving last year’s devastating floods are now at risk from plummeting winter temperatures.
- Pakistan's PM Reorganizes Cabinet VOA 09 Feb 2011 -- The federal Cabinet in Pakistan has resigned to allow Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to form a smaller Cabinet as part of efforts to cut government spending.
- PAKISTAN: Militant threat feeds fear IRIN 08 Feb 2011 -- A room stands empty in the house of Gulzar Ahmed in Lahore - unusual given that the three-bedroom house accommodates seven people, and that Gulzar’s four daughters share a single room with their grandmother.
- Pakistan’s Musharraf named accused in Benazir’s murder case IRNA 08 Feb 2011 -- Investigators Monday requested an Anti-Terrorism Court Monday to declare former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf absconder in assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, prosecutors said.
- Negotiations Continue in Pakistan on Detained US Diplomat VOA 08 Feb 2011 -- The United Sates has stepped up pressure on Pakistan to secure the release of a diplomat involved in a shooting incident that led to the deaths of three Pakistanis. Washington is demanding the immediate release of its official, calling his detention unlawful. But American officials have denied reports that Washington has suspended all high-level dialogue with Islamabad, because of the issue.
- India, Pak to discuss outstanding issues over next few months IRNA 08 Feb 2011 -- India and Pakistan will have a series of interactions to discuss outstanding issues like Jammu and Kashmir, terrorism and Siachen over the next few months before Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi visits New Delhi in the middle of this year.
- Ex-Pakistani president accused of Bhutto's murder RIA Novosti 07 Feb 2011 -- Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency has included ex-President Pervez Musharraf in the list of suspects in the 2007 murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
- Fighting in Pakistan may displace up to 90,000 UN News Centre 04 Feb 2011 -- The UN refugee agency warned that military operations against insurgents in north-west Pakistan could displace up to 90,000 people.
- Pakistanis Flee Renewed Fighting in Northwest VOA 04 Feb 2011 -- Tens of thousands of Pakistanis are fleeing their homes in the country's northwest.
- 25,000 Pakistanis Flee Fighting Near Afghan Border RFE/RL 04 Feb 2011 -- The UN says some 25,000 Pakistani villagers have fled military operations against Islamist militants near the Afghan border.
- Pakistan lodges protest over Afghan shelling IRNA 03 Feb 2011 -- Pakistan has lodged protest with Afghanistan-based NATO forces over cross-border shelling, which killed a Pakistani soldier.
- US Calls for Immediate of Release of Diplomat Detained in Pakistan VOA 03 Feb 2011 -- The US Embassy in Pakistan has issued a strongly worded statement calling for the release of a U.S. diplomat.
- Pakistan Court Extends Detention of US Diplomat VOA 03 Feb 2011 -- A Pakistan court has ruled that police can continue holding a U.S. diplomat accused of a double murder for at least eight more days.
- Pakistani Court Orders American Held For Eight More Days RFE/RL 03 Feb 2011 -- A Pakistani court ruled that police can keep holding a U.S. consular employee accused of killing two Pakistani men.
- Pakistani court extends remand of American shooter IRNA 03 Feb 2011 -- A court in Pakistan extended till February 11 physical police remand of an American national.
- Afghan, Pakistani Troops Exchange Fire, One Killed RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Officials say one Pakistani soldier was killed when Afghan and Pakistani troops exchanged fire across the border.
- Bomb Blast Kills 9 in NW Pakistan VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- Police in Pakistan say a bomb blast has killed nine people in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
- Bomb Blast In Pakistan Kills At Least Nine RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- A bomb blast in Pakistan has killed at least nine people.
- Bomb blast kills 6 in NW Pakistan IRNA 02 Feb 2011 -- A bomb blast killed at least 6 people and injured several others in the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar.
- Reports of Pakistan's Expanding Nuclear Arsenal Raise Concern VOA 01 Feb 2011 -- Two prominent American newspapers are reporting that Pakistan has steadily expanded its nuclear arsenal.
- Q&A: Pakistan's Expands it Nuclear Arsenal VOA 01 Feb 2011 -- This week, The Washington Post newspaper reported Pakistan has doubled its nuclear arms stockpile in recent years to exceed 100 weapons.
- US citizen who killed 2 Pakistanis can not be handed over IRNA 01 Feb 2011 -- A court in Pakistan barred the government from handing over an American citizen to the US.
- Pakistan Judge Blocks Release Of U.S. Diplomat Shooting Suspect RFE/RL 01 Feb 2011 -- A Pakistani judge in the city of Lahore has ordered Pakistani authorities not to release a U.S. official.
- Pakistan Court Bars Release of US Diplomat VOA 01 Feb 2011 -- Pakistan has reiterated that the fate of a detained U.S. diplomat facing double murder charges will be determined by the country's courts.
- Zardari says court to decide US citizen's fate who killed 2 Pakis IRNA 01 Feb 2011 -- President Asif Ali Zardari asked the United States to wait the court's order about the fate of an American national.
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