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March 2011 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistan Islamic leader escapes assassination attempt IRNA 31 Mar 2011 -- Chief of Pakistan's main Islamic party on Thursday escaped an assassination attempt in a bomb attack in the country’s northwest.
- Pakistan Bomb Kills At Least 10 RFE/RL 31 Mar 2011 -- Reports from northwestern Pakistan say a roadside bomb struck a convoy carrying a leading Islamist politician, killing at least 10 people and wounding 20 others.
- Suicide Bombing Leaves Pakistani Politician Unharmed VOA 31 Mar 2011 -- Officials in Pakistan say a suicide bomber struck the convoy of a hardline Pakistan politician, killing at least 12 people.
- Pak-India dialogue resumption raises peace hopes IRNA 30 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan and India have resumed the stalled official dialogue and even the Prime Ministers of two countries sit together to watch cricket match in the Indian city of Mohali.
- Indian, Pakistani Leaders Practice 'Cricket Diplomacy' RFE/RL 30 Mar 2011 -- Cricket diplomacy took center stage in India with the prime ministers of both India and Pakistan attending the World Cup cricket semifinal.
- Indian, Pakistani Leaders Attend Cricket Showdown VOA 30 Mar 2011 -- Life for more than a billion people across India and Pakistan came to a standstill Wednesday, as the nuclear-armed neighbors battled on the cricket field for the World Cup semi-final match.
- Police Say At Least 13 Killed In Pakistan Suicide Attack RFE/RL 30 Mar 2011 -- Police in Pakistan say 13 people were killed and 10 wounded when a suicide bomber on a motorbike detonated his explosives.
- Suicide Bomber Strikes Pakistani Checkpoint VOA 30 Mar 2011 -- Police in northwestern Pakistan say a suicide bomber has struck near a police checkpoint, killing at least 10 people.
- Bomber kills 7 in NW Pakistan: official IRNA 30 Mar 2011 -- A policeman and six other people were killed in a suicide attack in northwest Pakistan.
- Pakistani arrests mastermind of Lankan cricket team attack IRNA 30 Mar 2011 -- Police in Pakistan: Mastermind of the 2009 attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in the eastern city of Lahore has been arrested.
- Mumbai Terror Probe Inches Forward After India-Pak Talks VOA 29 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan has agreed to host an Indian delegation probing the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
- India, Pakistan reiterate commitment to fight terrorism in all forms IRNA 29 Mar 2011 -- India and Pakistan on Tuesday reiterated commitment to fight terrorism in all forms.
- Friendly Fire Claims Lives of 13 Pakistani Troops VOA 29 Mar 2011 -- Pakistani military officials say friendly fire killed 13 paramilitary troops in the country's northwest as they were battling a militant ambush.
- 14 Pakistani soldiers killed in militants' attack: report IRNA 29 Mar 2011 -- A bomb attack on Pakistani army’s convoy on Monday killed at least 14 soldiers and injured several others in a tribal region.
- Chinese presence in Kashmir, a serious challenge IRNA 28 Mar 2011 -- A top Indian army commander has termed the Sino-Pakistani cooperation in the northern areas of Kashmir a ‘serious situation’ for India.
- India, Pakistan Home Secretary-level talks 'positive' IRNA 28 Mar 2011 -- Home Secretaries of India and Pakistan held talks for over five hours today termed by both sides as 'extremely positive' and moving in the 'right direction'.
- Pakistani Delegation To Meet With Indian Counterparts In New Delhi RFE/RL 28 Mar 2011 -- High-ranking Indian and Pakistani officials have begun their first formal peace talks since the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.
- India, Pakistan Begin Peace Talks VOA 28 Mar 2011 -- India and Pakistan have held their first formal peace talks since the 2008 terror attacks in India’s financial hub, Mumbai.
- At Least 11 Security Personnel Killed In Pakistan Ambush RFE/RL 28 Mar 2011 -- Reports from northeastern Pakistan say militants have ambushed a convoy of security forces close to the Afghan border, killing at least 11 personnel.
- Pakistan to approach Interpol for Musharraf arrest IRNA 27 Mar 2011 -- An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Saturday asked the country's main investigation agency to contact Interpol to execute arrest warrant on former president Pervez Musharraf in the murder case of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
- Pakistani Tribesmen to Take Revenge of Drone Attack KCNA 26 Mar 2011 -- The chief of North Waziristan Grand Jirga of Pakistan, Malik Jalal, condemned the killings of 41 tribesmen in the strikes by drone aircraft.
- Pak-Afghan-Turkish forces begin joint anti-terror exercises IRNA 25 Mar 2011 -- Afghan, Pakistan and Turkey have launched a week-long Trilateral Joint Military Exercise at Tuzla, Turkey, the Pakistan army said on Friday.
- Pakistan welcomes Karzai’s security transfer plan IRNA 24 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan Wednesday welcomed Afghan President Hamid Karzai's announcement of transfer of security responsibilities to own forces later this year.
- China to Sell Outdated Nuclear Reactors to Pakistan VOA 24 Mar 2011 -- China is pressing ahead with nuclear energy cooperation with Pakistan, despite concerns that it is shipping decades-old technology to its South Asian neighbor. This comes as China suspended approvals for new nuclear power plants within China to review safety standards following the recent earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan.
- Pakistani President vows to fight long war against militants IRNA 23 Mar 2011 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday announced in the parliament that war against the militants will continue until they are defeated.
- Pakistani Taliban warn to scrap peace deal IRNA 23 Mar 2011 -- A Pakistani Taliban group in the country’s North Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday said they will end peace agreement with the security forces as the US is carrying out drone strikes in the area with the ‘consent of the Pakistani forces’.
- Pakistan air force on alert after US strike: report IRNA 20 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan has put its air force on high alert after the Thursday's U.S. drone strike which killed 44 people in North Waziristan tribal region, local media reported on Saturday.
- Pakistan and Chinese air forces launch exercises IRNA 19 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Chinese Air Force (PLAAF) are undertaking a joint Air Exercise these days in Pakistan codenamed “Shaheen-1”, the PAF said Saturday.
- Pakistan army chief condemns US drone strike IRNA 18 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan's Army Chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, strongly condemned the US predator strike in North Waziristan Agency.
- Pakistan Demanding U.S. Apology For Deadly Drone Strike RFE/RL 18 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan's government is demanding an apology and explanation from the US after at least 35 people were killed by a missile attack.
- Pakistan Summons US Ambassador on Drone Attack VOA 18 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan has summoned the U.S. ambassador in Islamabad to protest a U.S. drone strike that killed 38 people in the northwest tribal region.
- Pakistanis Protest Drone Strike, CIA Contractor's Release RFE/RL 18 Mar 2011 -- Thousands of people have taken to the streets across Pakistan to protest the release of a CIA contractor.
- US Envoy Stresses Cooperation with China in South Asia VOA 18 Mar 2011 -- The US and China are playing up areas of common interest in South Asia, rather than focusing on more contentious issues.
- US special plane airlifts CIA freed man IRNA 17 Mar 2011 -- An American special jet plane airlifted CIA contractor, Raymond Davis, who killed two Pakistanis in January.
- Pakistani court moved against release of CIA contractor IRNA 17 Mar 2011 -- A petition, against the release of CIA contractor facing double murder charges, was moved in a Pakistani court.
- US Denies Paying 'Blood Money' for CIA Contractor's Release VOA 17 Mar 2011 -- U.S. government officials have denied they paid millions of dollars in "blood money" for the release of a CIA contractor.
- Pakistan provincial governor condemns US drone strike IRNA 17 Mar 2011 -- Governor of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province strongly condemned the US drone strike on a tribal council killing 41 people.
- 26 die as US drones hit tribal council in Pakistan IRNA 17 Mar 2011 -- Two US drone aircraft Thursday fired missiles at a tribal ‘jirga’ or council of elders in a Pakistani tribal region and killed 26 tribesmen.
- U.S. Drone Attack Kills Dozens In Northwest Pakistan RFE/RL 17 Mar 2011 -- Reports from Pakistan say a U.S. drone strike killed more than 30 people in the northwest tribal belt.
- US Drone Attacks Kill 10 More People in Pakistan KCNA 17 Mar 2011 -- The U.S. forces present in Afghanistan are killing Pakistanis almost every day under the signboard of "anti-terrorism."
- US spy aircraft kills 4 in Pakistan tribal region IRNA 17 Mar 2011 -- At least four suspected militants died on Wednesday in a US missile strike on a vehicle in a Pakistani tribal region.
- 4 NATO tankers torched, driver killed in Pakistan IRNA 17 Mar 2011 -- Unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s southwest Wednesday torched four oil tankers, carrying fuel for NATO troops in the neighbouring Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Frees American After 'Blood Money' Paid RFE/RL 16 Mar 2011 -- Pakistani officials say a US citizen has been freed after the families of the victims agreed to accept a cash payment.
- Detained CIA Contractor Held in Pakistan Released VOA 16 Mar 2011 -- Pakistani officials say a detained CIA contractor accused of killing two Pakistanis has been freed.
- Three US Drone Attacks Kill 12 in Pakistan KCNA 16 Mar 2011 -- At least 12 people were killed in three U.S. drone strikes launched Friday in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan.
- Pakistan court defers immunity ruling for US killer IRNA 15 Mar 2011 -- A Pakistani court disposed off case about diplomatic immunity of a CIA contractor and ruled that lower court should hear the case.
- Pakistan Court Declines Ruling on CIA Case VOA 14 Mar 2011 -- A Pakistani court has declined to rule on whether a U.S. man held on murder charges has diplomatic immunity.
- Pakistan Court Declines Decision On U.S. Shooter RFE/RL 14 Mar 2011 -- A Pakistani court has declined to rule on whether a U.S. contractor held on murder charges has diplomatic immunity.
- U.S. Drone Attack Kills Three In Pakistani Tribal Area RFE/RL 14 Mar 2011 -- A suspected U.S. drone attack has killed three suspected militants in Pakistan close to the Afghan border.
- Suspected US Missile Strike Kills 6 in NW Pakistan VOA 13 Mar 2011 -- Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed at least 6 people believed to be militants in the northwestern part of the country.
- Pakistan’s spy chief gets second extension IRNA 13 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan’ Defence Minister, Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Saturday confirmed that the country’s spy chief has got an extension in service.
- Pakistan army chief says 'terrorists disrupt regional peace' IRNA 11 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan Army Chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, said on Friday that ‘terrorists have disrupted peace and stability in the region and threatened our way of life’.
- Pakistan Says Drone Strikes Have Been Effective VOA 11 Mar 2011 -- A top Pakistani military commander acknowledged this week that the U.S drone strikes against militant hideouts have been an effective weapon in the anti-militancy fight.
- Pakistan plans to buy more F-16 aircraft: report IRNA 10 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan plans to purchase used F-16 fighter jets from the United States to enhance its air capabilities, a leading Pakistani daily reported on Thursday.
- Taliban claim responsibility for intelligence office attack IRNA 09 Mar 2011 -- Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack on the office of the country’s major intelligence agency in the industrail eastern city of Faisalabad on Tuesday, which killed 32 people.
- Pakistan, 11 other countries launch naval exercises IRNA 09 Mar 2011 -- Pakistani and naval forces from 11 countries Tuesday began a five-day multinational naval exercise in Arabian Sea off coast Karachi.
- Suicide Bomber Attacks Funeral in Northwest Pakistan VOA 09 Mar 2011 -- A suicide bomber has killed at least 36 people in northwestern Pakistan, a day after a car-bomb in a central city left more than 20 people dead.
- Car bomb attack on Pakistan's intelligence office kills 32 IRNA 08 Mar 2011 -- A car bomb, targeting the office of Pakistan’s main intelligence agency in the industrial city of Faisalabad on Tuesday, killed at least 32 people, lawmaker from the area said.
- Pakistan Urges Strong Ties With US Despite Tensions VOA 07 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan's president said on Monday the United States and his country cannot afford a downturn in their strategic relationship.
- Pakistani Taliban kill pro-govt tribesman IRNA 06 Mar 2011 -- A pro-government tribesman was killed and seven others were wounded when Pakistani Taliban launched an overnight attack on their post in a tribal region, officials said Sunday.
- Pakistan ties imperative for region: US envoy IRNA 06 Mar 2011 -- The US Special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marc Grossman, said on Sunday that relations between Pakistan and the US are not only beneficial to the two countries but are also essentially imperative for the region.
- Pakistan supports Afghan reconciliation process IRNA 05 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan supports efforts of President Hamid Karzai and those of the High Peace Council led by Professor Burhannuddin Rabbani to promote reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan.
- Tripartite meet review security in Pak-Afghan border IRNA 04 Mar 2011 -- The Tripartite Commission comprised of senior military representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan met on Thursday.
- 9 Killed in Pakistan Mosque Blast VOA 04 Mar 2011 -- A bomb has ripped through a crowd of worshippers at a mosque in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least nine people and wounding 30.
- Bomb Attack In Northwest Pakistan Kills At Least Nine RFE/RL 04 Mar 2011 -- Police say a bomb blast near a mosque in northwestern Pakistan has killed at least nine people and wounded more than 30.
- Militants kill 6 Pakistani security men in northwest Pakistan IRNA 04 Mar 2011 -- Six Pakistani security men were killed in attack by suspected Taliban militants on Thursday in Khyber tribal region in northwest Pakistan.
- Pakistani PM Praises Slain Christian Minister At Memorial RFE/RL 04 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan's PM told mourners at a funeral mass that the government will do its "utmost" to bring his killers to justice.
- Grief-Stricken Pakistanis Bury Slain Minister VOA 04 Mar 2011 -- Mourners packed a church in Pakistan's capital Friday to pay tribute to the minister for minorities who was assassinated for challenging Pakistan's blasphemy law.
- Pakistan mulls over US shooter court's response IRNA 04 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Bashir: Country's courts have not yet asked about the status of US intelligence agent.
- Bomber kills nine people in NW Pakistan IRNA 03 Mar 2011 -- A suicide bomber on Thursday killed at least nine persons, including four policemen, and injured over 20 people in northwest Pakistan.
- Pakistan beefs up security after Christian minister's assasination IRNA 03 Mar 2011 -- Pakistani government has beefed up security for ministers after assassination of a minister in capital Islamabad.
- Pakistani President vows to fight against militants IRNA 03 Mar 2011 -- President Asif Ali Zardari sais here Wednesday government will not be deterred by extremists and militants and will continue fight against militant mindset till final victory.
- Pakistani parliament in unity to condemn minister murder IRNA 03 Mar 2011 -- Members of parliament in Pakistani showed rare unity to condemn the assassination the country’s Minorities Minister and demanded arrest and punishment to the culprits.
- Pakistanis Mourn Murdered Minister VOA 03 Mar 2011 -- Hundreds of Pakistanis have taken to the streets for a second day to protest the assassination of the country's only Christian cabinet member who challenged Pakistan's blasphemy law.
- Who Will Speak Out On Behalf Of Pakistan's Moderates? RFE/RL 03 Mar 2011 -- The cold-blooded murder of Shahbaz Bhatti, the only minister in the Pakistani cabinet representing minorities, is not the first such killing and is unlikely to be the last.
- US regional envoy to visit Pakistan next week IRNA 02 Mar 2011 -- US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman would travel to Pakistan next week.
- Pakistan agrees with Indian PM on dialogue IRNA 02 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan hopes proposed talks with India will lead to a'meaningful and sustained process of engagement' that will bridge the trust deficit.
- US Shocked, Outraged by Killing of Pakistani Minister VOA 02 Mar 2011 -- The United States is expressing shock and outrage at the assassination of Pakistan’s Minister for Minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti.
- Pakistan: UN officials condemn assassination of Government minister UN News Centre 02 Mar 2011 -- Top United Nations officials condemned the assassination of Pakistan’s Minister for Minority Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti.
- Pakistanis, World Leaders Protest Minister's Assassination VOA 02 Mar 2011 -- Grief-stricken Pakistanis are protesting the assassination of the country's minister for minorities who was a vocal opponent of Pakistan's blasphemy law.
- Taliban claim responsibility for Pakistani minister's murder IRNA 02 Mar 2011 -- Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the assassination of Pakistani minister for minorities, Shehbaz Bhatti.
- Pakistani Minister Assassinated VOA 02 Mar 2011 -- Gunmen assassinated Pakistan's minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, in this year's second attack on a high-profile figure who openly opposed blasphemy law.
- Pakistan's minorities minister shot dead RIA Novosti 02 Mar 2011 -- The Pakistani minister for religious minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, was killed in a gun attack in Islamabad.
- Christian Cabinet Minister Shot Dead In Islamabad RFE/RL 02 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan's minister for religious minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, who had been calling for changes in the country's blasphemy law, has been killed in a drive-by shooting.
- Gunmen shoot dead Pakistan minorities minister in Islamabad IRNA 02 Mar 2011 -- Armed men shot dead Pakistan's Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti in Islamabad.
- The Dynamics Of Outrage And Silence In Pakistan RFE/RL 02 Mar 2011 -- Activists from some Pakistani religious parties have been organizing demonstrations to demand that Raymond Davis be hanged.
- PAKISTAN: Picking up the pieces in Swat Valley IRIN 02 Mar 2011 -- In a few weeks the owners of a small, three-room flat above a tea-shop in a noisy Peshawar bazaar in northwestern Pakistan will be looking for a new tenant.
- Pakistan, China start joint venture of missile boats IRNA 02 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan and China have embarked on a joint venture for the construction of two missile craft boats in the Chinese port city of Tianjin.
- Pakistan Case Highlights US Reliance on Intelligence Contractors VOA 01 Mar 2011 -- Case of an American arrested in Pakistan has sparked anger in Pakistan and soured relations between Washington and Islamabad.
- US Drone Attacks Kill Six Pakistanis KCNA 01 Mar 2011 -- At least six people were killed on Feb. 24 when two U.S. drones fired missiles into the northwestern Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan.
- Coalition Collapse Sets A New Political Stage In Pakistan RFE/RL 01 Mar 2011 -- The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has finally decided to bid farewell to relationship with the ruling Pakistan People's Party.
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