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August 2011 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Car Bomb Kills 10 After Eid Prayers in Pakistan VOA 31 Aug 2011 -- Pakistani police say a suspected suicide car bomber killed 10 people, including women and children, in southwestern Baluchistan province.
- Explosion kills 2 'bombers' in Karachi IRNA 30 Aug 2011 -- Two persons riding a motorcycle were killed as a bomb they were taking exploded in the Pakistani port city of Karachi.
- US Officials Confident Al-Qaida's No. 2 Killed in Pakistan VOA 29 Aug 2011 -- U.S. officials say they are highly confident that al-Qaida's deputy chief has been killed in Pakistan.
- Pakistan Minister's Explosive Allegations Raise Concerns RFE/RL 29 Aug 2011 -- A senior provincial minister in Pakistan has claimed that the biggest political party in Karachi is behind a wave of violence.
- Violence claims 306 lives in Karachi in a month IRNA 29 Aug 2011 -- A total of 306 people were killed in Pakistan's port city of Karachi as the result of ethnic and sectarian attacks in a month time.
- Experts Discuss Significance Of Killing Of Al-Qaeda Number Two RFE/RL 28 Aug 2011 -- U.S. officials say Al-Qaeda's number two leader, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, was killed in Pakistan's Waziristan tribal area.
- US claims to have killed Qaeda No2 in N Waziristan IRNA 28 Aug 2011 -- A senior al-Qaeda operative and possibly the number two of the terror network, Atiyah Abdur Rahman, has reportedly been killed.
- U.S.: Major Blow To Al-Qaeda As Deputy Killed RFE/RL 27 Aug 2011 -- US officials say they believe another major loss has been inflicted on Al-Qaeda with the killing in Pakistan of group's suspected 2nd-in-command.
- Militants Kill at Least 36 in Pakistan Attacks VOA 27 Aug 2011 -- Hundreds of militants from Afghanistan have attacked Pakistani checkpoints on the Afghan border, killing 36 security personnel.
- Pakistan Protest After 25 Killed In Raid RFE/RL 27 Aug 2011 -- Pakistan has protested to the Afghan government following a cross-border strike by militants from Afghanistan.
- Militants kill 26 Pakistani security men IRNA 27 Aug 2011 -- Militants from Afghan territory attacked several Pakistani border checkpoints in northern Chitral district and killed at least 26 soldiers early Saturday.
- Expelled US trainers might be allowed to return IRNA 27 Aug 2011 -- Pakistan and the US are negotiating a fresh arrangement for allowing American military trainers back into the country.
- Pakistan army probing US spy plane crash IRNA 26 Aug 2011 -- Pakistan army says that investigation into the crash of a US spy aircraft in southwestern Balochisran has been started to determine its mission.
- Gunmen kidnap son of slain governor in Pakistan IRNA 26 Aug 2011 -- Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a son of the slain governor of Punjab province, who was shot dead by his guard in January.
- Bomb blast kills 11 people in NW Pakistan IRNA 25 Aug 2011 -- At least 11 people were killed when a bomb exploded near a hotel in northwestern Pakistan.
- Afghan national shot dead in Pakistan on spying charges IRNA 25 Aug 2011 -- Taliban militants have shot dead an Afghan national over espionage charges in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region.
- US drone crashes in southwest Pakistan IRNA 25 Aug 2011 -- A US surveillance drone crashed in southwestern Pakistan near a paramilitary base close to the Afghan border.
- 90 suspects detained in Karachi IRNA 25 Aug 2011 -- Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that law enforcement agencies have arrested 90 suspects on different charges in Karachi.
- Pakistan Denies Reports Kidnapped American Freed VOA 25 Aug 2011 -- Pakistani officials are denying reports that an American kidnapped from the eastern city of Lahore earlier this month has been rescued.
- Kidnapped U.S. national released in Pakistan RIA Novosti 25 Aug 2011 -- Warren Weinstein, a development expert from the United States who was kidnapped two weeks ago in Pakistan, was released on Thursday.
- Pakistan concerned at US aid suspension IRNA 24 Aug 2011 -- President Asif Ali Zardari told a US delegation that Pakistan was concerned about the reports of proposed slash in US assistance for the country.
- Pakistani forces begin search operation in Karachi IRNA 24 Aug 2011 -- Pakistani paramilitary forces and police launched a search operation in the country’s commercial hub of Karachi.
- Pakistan Denies Link to Chinese Terror Group VOA 24 Aug 2011 -- Pakistan's foreign minister is denying claims made by some Chinese officials that her country had anything to do with terrorist attacks in Xinjiang.
- Pakistani Police Make Arrests in Kidnapping of American VOA 24 Aug 2011 -- Police in Pakistan say they have arrested three people in connection with the kidnapping of an American in the city of Lahore earlier this month.
- 'Day of Mourning' Cripples Karachi VOA 23 Aug 2011 -- A general strike called to protest the ongoing political and ethnic violence in Karachi left Pakistan's largest city mostly deserted.
- Gunmen On Motorbikes Torch 19 NATO Fuel Tankers In SW Pakistan RFE/RL 22 Aug 2011 -- Gunmen on motorbikes in Pakistan have set ablaze at least 19 tanker trucks that were carrying fuel for NATO forces.
- Gunmen torch 10 NATO oil tankers in Pakistan IRNA 22 Aug 2011 -- Unidentified gunmen in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province attcked tankers, carrying oil for NATO troops in Afghanistan.
- US intelligence men dodge Pakistani security personnel IRNA 22 Aug 2011 -- The US military officials entered the northwestern city of Peshawar without any special permission to enter the area.
- Death Toll Nears 100 in Karachi, Pakistan VOA 22 Aug 2011 -- Nearly a week of political and ethnic violence has killed at least 91 people in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi.
- Pakistani PM rules out armyís Karachi deployment IRNA 22 Aug 2011 -- Pakistani PM Gilani has ruled out deployment of army in the country's financial hub of Karachi, where violence has claimed 80 lives in five days.
- Pakistan Provincial Education Minister Injured In Ambush RFE/RL 22 Aug 2011 -- The education minister of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province has been injured in a road accident after his car came under fire from unidentified militants.
- Pakistan Army ready for Karachi peace role: chief IRNA 21 Aug 2011 -- Pakistan army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, has expressed grave concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the port city of Karachi and said the Army was ready to restore peace to the mega city if asked by the government.
- Karachi Violence Kills 17 People, Pakistan Army Chief Ready to Intervene VOA 21 Aug 2011 -- Pakistani officials say ongoing violence in Karachi has killed at least 17 people since Saturday, prompting the country's army chief to say the military is ready to restore peace if the government asks for help.
- Interview: U.S. Special Envoy Marc Grossman On India-Pakistan Relations And Afghanistan's Future RFE/RL 20 Aug 2011 -- Marc Grossman, the U.S. senior representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, recently sat down at the State Department in Washington with Voice of America's Lina Rozbih to discuss a wide range of regional issues, from the future of Al-Qaeda and the Haqqani network to India-Pakistan relations and the recent instability in Afghanistan as the United States begins to draw down its troops.
- Pakistan's Tribal Area Reforms Too Little, Too Late RFE/RL 20 Aug 2011 -- On August 12, the Pakistani government announced that political parties would be allowed to freely campaign in FATA, located along the country's western border with Afghanistan. Also slated for revision are draconian Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR), which will undergo modest improvements to allow for more accountability and some conformity with modern human rights standards.
- Suicide Bomber Targets Mosque in Northwestern Pakistan VOA 19 Aug 2011 -- Officials say a suicide bomber has struck a mosque in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 47 people.
- US drone kills 4 people in Pakistan IRNA 19 Aug 2011 -- A US drone fired missiles on a house in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region and killed at least four people, tribesmen in the region said.
- Kidnapped US national alleged to get involved in intelligence work IRNA 18 Aug 2011 -- The US national, who had been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from his residence in the Pakistani city of Lahore at the weekend, was engaged in intelligence gathering, a provincial minister said in comments on Thursday.
- Pakistan rejects China access report to downed US helicopter IRNA 16 Aug 2011 -- Pakistan Army Monday rejected as malicious Western media reports that Islamabad let Chinese military engineers photograph and take samples from US helicopter that was left behind when American special forces killed Osama bin Laden.
- Pakistan suspends supplies to NATO forces IRNA 16 Aug 2011 -- Pakistani authorities Tuesday temporarily stopped supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan a day after nearly 10 NATO oil tankers were attacked and torched, local media said.
- FBI may join hunt for kidnapped American IRNA 16 Aug 2011 -- The American investigators are likely to join Pakistani police in hunt for a US national who was kidnapped from his residence in Lahore a few days ago, sources and local media said Tuesday.
- Woman pilot injured as Pakistan Air Force aircraft crashes IRNA 15 Aug 2011 -- A woman pilot was injured when an aircraft of Pakistan Air forces crashed in the eastern Punjab province on Monday.
- Pakistan Refutes Claims It Shared U.S. Stealth Technology With China RFE/RL 15 Aug 2011 -- The Pakistani military has moved quickly to refute allegations that Chinese military experts were allowed to examine and take samples from a top-secret U.S. helicopter destroyed in the early May raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
- Reports: Pakistan Let China See Downed US 'Stealth' Helicopter VOA 15 Aug 2011 -- U.S. officials say Pakistan likely gave China access to the wreckage of a stealth American helicopter that crashed during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
- Pakistan's ex-soldier to die for army headquarter attack IRNA 14 Aug 2011 -- A military court has handed down death sentence to a former soldier and jailed six other for the 2009 brazen attack on the army's headquarter in the garrison city of Rawalpindi near Islamabad, reports said Saturday.
- Zardari calls for Pak-US terror war terms of engagement IRNA 14 Aug 2011 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari reiterated call for specifying clear and unambiguous terms of engagements in the war against the militants in order to avoid adverse impacts on bilateral relations owing to differences of opinions and stances.
- Pakistan Continues Search for Leads in Case of Kidnapped American VOA 14 Aug 2011 -- Pakistani police continue to look for leads into the kidnapping of a U.S. citizen from his residence in the eastern city of Lahore.
- US Citizen Kidnapped in Pakistan VOA 13 Aug 2011 -- At least eight armed men have abducted an American citizen from his home in the Eastern Pakistani City of Lahore. U.S. authorities confirmed the incident and said they are working with Pakistani law enforcement to investigate what happened. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and no communication or demands have been received by authorities.
- Soldier Sentenced To Death Over Civilian Killing In Pakistan RFE/RL 12 Aug 2011 -- A Pakistani court has sentenced to death a soldier of a paramilitary unit for the killing of an unarmed youth.
- Pakistani Soldier Gets Death Sentence in Shooting VOA 12 Aug 2011 -- A Pakistani court has sentenced to death a paramilitary soldier for the June killing of an unarmed man.
- On Turban Bombs And Female Bombers RFE/RL 12 Aug 2011 -- Though suicide attacks have become almost routine in this city of more than 3 million over the past few years, the stunning aspect this time is the involvement of a woman suicide bomber.
- Why Is Pakistan The Center Of Gravity For Regional Insurgencies? RFE/RL 12 Aug 2011 -- Beijing had blamed Islamic extremists trained in Pakistan for the August 1 attacks in Kashghar that left 19 people dead.
- Gunmen kill 3 Pakistani policemen, free 2 militants IRNA 12 Aug 2011 -- Unidentified gunmen shot dead three policemen in northwest Pakistan on Friday and snatched two suspected militants from the police.
- Pakistan successfully launches communication satellite IRNA 12 Aug 2011 -- Pakistan has launched into space its communication satellite from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China.
- Twin Bomb Attacks Kill Seven In Pakistan RFE/RL 11 Aug 2011 -- At least seven people have been killed and nearly two dozen injured in two consecutive blasts in the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar.
- Female Suicide Bomber Targets Pakistan Police Post VOA 11 Aug 2011 -- A female suicide bomber has targeted police at the scene of another bombing earlier Thursday in northwest Pakistan.
- 25 militants die in US drone strike in Pakistan IRNA 11 Aug 2011 -- Up to 25 suspected Afghan and Pakistani Taliban militants were killed when a US spy plane fired missiles in Pakistan's North Waziristan.
- Key Bali Bombing Figure to Face Trial in Indonesia VOA 11 Aug 2011 -- The last key figure in the 2002 Bali bombings is back in Indonesia, where he will stand trial for that and other crimes.
- Pakistan Extradites Bali Bomb Suspect To Indonesia RFE/RL 11 Aug 2011 -- An Indonesian militant who allegedly played a key role in the 2002 Bali bombings has arrived in Indonesia.
- Suspected US Drone Strike Kills 21 in Northwest Pakistan VOA 10 Aug 2011 -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed at least 21 militants in the country's North Waziristan tribal region.
- 20 Reported Killed In U.S. Missile Strike In NW Pakistan RFE/RL 10 Aug 2011 -- In Pakistan, at least 20 suspected militants, including foreigners, are reported to have been killed in a missile strike.
- Pakistani PM wants sale of heavy weapons to Saudis: report IRNA 10 Aug 2011 -- PM Gilani met Saudi King Abdullah in Jeddah and reportedly reiterated its interest in selling heavy defence equipment to Saudi Arabia.
- Former US Intelligence Chiefs: Pakistan Must Stop Playing Both Sides VOA 09 Aug 2011 -- The relationship between the United States and Pakistan has been severely strained in recent months.
- Pakistanís top generals concerned at Karachi situation IRNA 09 Aug 2011 -- Pakistan’s top military generals expressed concern over law and order situation in port city of Karachi.
- CIA deploys new chief in Islamabad IRNA 08 Aug 2011 -- The new undercover Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Islamabad station chief has arrived in Pakistan days after the former CIA abruptly left Pakistan.
- Taliban Militants Burn Villages In Northwestern Pakistan RFE/RL 08 Aug 2011 -- Local residents say Taliban militants have burned three villages in northwestern Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan.
- Pakistani Activists Say Nearly 1,000 Killed In Karachi Violence In 2011 RFE/RL 08 Aug 2011 -- The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (says some 970 people have been killed in the ongoing violence in Karachi.
- Houses of militants dynamited in Pakistan tribal region IRNA 07 Aug 2011 -- Pakistani security forces Sunday dynamited houses of three militants, who are wanted by the authorities for their involvement in anti-state activities, in a tribal region, officials said.
- Complex Web of Violence Grips Karachi VOA 05 Aug 2011 -- The Pakistani city of Karachi is caught in a wave of violence that by some estimates has killed more people in the past three years than terrorist attacks in all the rest of Pakistan during that same period. It is the worst violence the city has seen since 1995, driven by a complex web of ethnic, political, and social tensions.
- Pakistan to impose tax on NATO trucks IRNA 05 Aug 2011 -- Pakistan is mulling to levy special tax on trucks, carrying oil and other items for foreign troops in the neighbouring Afghanistan, official sources said on Friday.
- PAKISTAN: Hunger stalks millions as food insecurity grows IRIN 05 Aug 2011 -- Saleem-ud-Din, 35, is happy today. The disabled beggar has been able to buy some cooked lentils as well as six 'rotis' [flat bread] for his family of six. 'Today we will have a feast. Usually we share two or three 'rotis', at best, between us - but someone put a Rs.100 [US$1.17] note in my bowl, and along with the other smaller notes and coins, it is enough to buy a proper meal,' Saleem told IRIN in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore.
- US does not pursue Afghan peace plan minus Pakistan IRNA 04 Aug 2011 -- US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman told Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani here Wednesday United States does not contemplate any reconciliation process in Afghanistan without Pakistan.
- Taliban chief presence in SW Pakistan denied IRNA 04 Aug 2011 -- A senior Pakistani government official told the US envoy Thursday that Taliban chief Mulla Mohammad Omar is not in southwestern Balochistan province which borders Afghanistan.
- Top US general skips Pakistan visit: report IRNA 04 Aug 2011 -- Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen skipped his last visit to Pakistan before retiring, signaling the continuing stalemate in bilateral military relations because of differences over counter-terrorism strategies, media reported.
- Pakistani Naval Officers Face Court Martial on Base Attack VOA 04 Aug 2011 -- Three senior Pakistani navy officers are facing court martial in connection with a brazen Taliban attack on a navy base in May that left 10 military personnel dead.
- Top US Envoy in Talks with Pakistani, Afghan Officials VOA 03 Aug 2011 -- U.S. special envoy Marc Grossman has held further talks with Pakistani leaders to discuss reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Asks US for Clarity in Joint War on Terror VOA 01 Aug 2011 -- Pakistan is calling on the United States to agree upon what it described as 'clear terms of engagement' in the fight against Islamist militants.
- 10 NATO oil tankers torched in southern Pakistan IRNA 01 Aug 2011 -- Unidentified gunmen in southern Pakistan torched 10 oil tankers, carrying oil for NATO forces in Afghanistan early Monday, police and witnesses said.
- US drone kills eight people in Pakistan IRNA 01 Aug 2011 -- A US spy aircraft fired missiles into Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region and killed at least eight people, correspondents in the region said.
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