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October 2011 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- PAKISTAN: Children paying high price for blasts IRIN 31 Oct 2011 -- According to the South Asian Terrorism Portal there have been 37,765 fatalities as a result of terrorist violence in Pakistan since 2003.
- US spy aircraft kills 6 in NW Pakistan IRNA 30 Oct 2011 -- A US spy aircraft fired six missiles on a house in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region on Sunday, killing at least 6 people, local media reported.
- Pakistani FM terms US drone strikes 'unjustified' IRNA 29 Oct 2011 -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Saturday termed the US drone attacks inside its territory as 'unjustified' saying these were counterproductive and decreased space for creating support against extremists.
- Pakistan successfully test-fires cruise missile IRNA 28 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan on Friday successfully test-fired Hatf-VII cruise missile, according to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release.
- Clinton Tells U.S. Lawmakers Pakistan Meetings Were 'Productive' RFE/RL 27 Oct 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told lawmakers in Congress that she delivered a tough message during her recent trip to Pakistan.
- Clinton Defends US Policy on Pakistan, Afghanistan to Congressional Panel VOA 27 Oct 2011 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has strongly defended Obama administration policies towards Pakistan and Afghanistan during an appearance Thursday before the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. Some lawmakers expressed frustration about continued terrorist safe havens in Pakistan that are undermining NATO efforts in Afghanistan.
- Suspected US Drone Strike Targets Key Pakistani Taliban Commander VOA 27 Oct 2011 -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed five militants linked to a top Taliban commander in Pakistan's northwest tribal region.
- US drone aircraft kills Taliban commanders in NW Pakistan IRNA 27 Oct 2011 -- A US drone strike in South Waziristan on Thursday killed six Taliban commanders, local media quotged Maulvi Nazir a faction's senior commander as saying.
- US drone aircraft kills 6 in Pakistan's tribal region IRNA 27 Oct 2011 -- A US spy aircraft fired missiles into Pakistan's insurgents-infested North Waziristan tribal region killing at least six people on Thursday, local media reported.
- China interested in setting up bases in Pakistan IRNA 26 Oct 2011 -- China is interested in setting up military bases either in Pakistani tribal region or the Northern areas which are closer to the Chinese province of Xinjiang.
- Pakistani Kashmir Chief Justice injured in murder attack IRNA 26 Oct 2011 -- Chief of Justice of Pakistan administered Kashmir High Court was seriously injured in an attack.
- Swiss couple seeks release in Pakistani Taliban video IRNA 26 Oct 2011 -- Pakistani Taliban have released two videos of the kidnapped Swiss couple who have been held hostage for the past four months.
- Pakistan buys hi-tech system for F-16 fighter jets IRNA 26 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan has bought ALQ-211, Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) from US for F-16 fighters.
- Ex-president says no deal with US on drone strikes IRNA 25 Oct 2011 -- Former Pakistani president General (retd) Parvez Musharraf has said that he had never allowed US to strike into Pakistan with unmanned drones, a media report said on Tuesday.
- Pak-US military commanders agree on surgical strikes IRNA 22 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan and US military commanders have agreed to act against militant sanctuaries at respective sides of Pak-Afghan border, media report said on Saturday.
- Clinton Urges Pakistan to Crack Down on Haqqani Militants VOA 21 Oct 2011 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other top U.S. officials pressed Pakistani leaders to do more against militant groups during the second day of her visit to Islamabad.
- Zardari tells Clinton US criticism undermines terror war IRNA 21 Oct 2011 -- President Zardari told the visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that public criticism of Pakistan's role undermines its common struggle against militancy in the region.
- US Confirms Talks with Militant Haqqani Network VOA 21 Oct 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has confirmed that the United States has reached out to the militant Haqqani network in a bid to end the violence in war-torn Afghanistan.
- Clinton describes Haqqani network threat to Pakistan, Afghanistan IRNA 21 Oct 2011 -- The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, termed the Taliban-linked Haqqani network as a serious threat to both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- Clinton Tells Pakistan To Deny Insurgents Safe Havens, Acknowledges Haqqani Meeting RFE/RL 21 Oct 2011 -- Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told Pakistan that the United States expects it to deny Afghan insurgents safe havens.
- Clinton Intensifies Pressure on Pakistan to Tackle Insurgents VOA 21 Oct 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is looking to Pakistan to "take strong steps" to deny Afghan insurgents safe havens.
- US presses Pakistan to target Taliban sanctuaries IRNA 21 Oct 2011 -- US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on Friday asked Pakistan to act against Afghan militants and target Taliban sanctuaries.
- Militants Grab Headlines - Again - As Clinton Visits Pakistan RFE/RL 21 Oct 2011 -- As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and senior Pakistani civilian and military leaders convened this week.
- US-Pakistan Tensions Could Harm Regional Security VOA 21 Oct 2011 -- India has expressed hopes that U.S. differences with Pakistan over Islamabad's alleged support to insurgents will be resolved amicably.
- Pakistan wants to take India dialogue process forward: FM IRNA 21 Oct 2011 -- Pakistani FM Khar told the top Indian envoy that her country is keen to take the Dialogue Process forward in a sustained and result-oriented manner.
- Pakistani military commanders review strategy IRNA 21 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan’s military commanders have discussed their strategy against the backdrop of high-level US delegation’s arrival in Pakistan.
- PAKISTAN: Reluctant to return IRIN 21 Oct 2011 -- The Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre says there are currently around 980,000 displaced persons in Pakistan.
- Pakistan Wins Seat On UN Security Council RFE/RL 21 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan has been elected as a nonpermanent member of the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term beginning in January.
- Clinton Presses Pakistan to Remove Militant Safe Havens VOA 20 Oct 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is demanding Pakistan remove militant safe havens and play a greater role in bringing peace to neighboring Afghanistan.
- US Officials to Press Pakistan on Confronting Militants VOA 20 Oct 2011 -- Top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and CIA Director David Petraeus, are due to visit Pakistan.
- Clinton due for Pakistanís ties revival push IRNA 20 Oct 2011 -- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on a two-day visit for talks to revive normal relations.
- Militants kill 4 Pakistani soldiers in attack IRNA 20 Oct 2011 -- At least four Pakistani soldiers were killed in an attack by suspected militants in the country's restive Khyber tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan, And Their 'Strategic Assets' RFE/RL 19 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan's demand for action against Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah, aka FM Mullah, is being seen as an effort to counter recent U.S. pressure.
- Pakistani Military Chief Warns US Against Unilateral Military Action VOA 19 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan is under pressure from the United States to launch a full-scale military offensive in the North Waziristan.
- Pakistanís army chief does not rule out US offensive IRNA 19 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan’s Army Chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani did not rule out the possibility of a US ground offensive in North Waziristan tribal region.
- Report: Pakistan Army Chief Tells U.S. To Focus On Afghanistan RFE/RL 19 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan's top military official has reportedly told parliament's defense committee that the US should focus on stabilizing Afghanistan.
- Pakistan deploys army in tribal city to secure key routes IRNA 19 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan started deployment of regular army in a volatile tribal region to secure key routes following a peace deal signed by rival factions.
- Pakistan: Militants Must Surrender Weapons Before Peace Talks VOA 18 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan's interior minister says the government is willing to enter into peace talks with militants if they lay down their weapons.
- Taliban must lay down arms before talks Ė Pakistani govt. RIA Novosti 18 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan will agree on peace talks with Taliban militants only if they lay down their arms first, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said.
- Pakistan interior minister says Taliban agrees to disarm for talks IRNA 18 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that several militant groups have contacted the government and expressed willingness to hold talks.
- Pakistan runs out of patience on US drone strikes IRNA 18 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan’s Defense Minister Ahmed Mukhtar has asked United States not to test his government’s patience on drones and that government would unveil a revised policy on drone attacks soon.
- NATO jets violate Pakistan airspace: Pak MPs IRNA 18 Oct 2011 -- Lawmakers in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province: NATO fighter planes have violated Pakistani airspace and demanded that the central government should halt the violations.
- 9 Pakistani soldiers, 16 militants die in clashes IRNA 18 Oct 2011 -- Officials in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal region said on Monday that nine paramilitary soldiers and 16 militants were killed in clashes.
- Militants Kill 9 Pakistani Troops in Ambush VOA 17 Oct 2011 -- Militants have ambushed Pakistani forces in the country's northwest tribal region, killing at least nine soldiers.
- Pakistan blocks NATO fuel supplies IRNA 15 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan has stopped all supplies of petrol and high-speed diesel to the US Defence Energy Supply Company, which is catering the energy requirements of Nato forces in Afghanistan, media report said on Saturday.
- Pakistani Taliban commander shot dead in tribal region IRNA 15 Oct 2011 -- Unidentified gunmen assassinated a wanted and senior Pakistani Taliban commander in insurgent-infested North Waziristan tribal region, witnesses in the region said Friday.
- UN agency ramps up food assistance to flood-affected Pakistanis UN News Centre 14 Oct 2011 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it is continuing to scale up the delivery of vital assistance to the worst-affected areas of Pakistan's Sindh province as part of its efforts to assist the country's 2.5 million flood victims.
- US spy aircraft kills 7 in Pakistan IRNA 13 Oct 2011 -- US spy aircraft Thursday carried out two strikes in Pakistan's Waziristan tribal region and killed seven people including a member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network, security sources said.
- Haqqani network commander dies in US drone strike: report IRNA 13 Oct 2011 -- A member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region on Thursday, local media reported.
- US hints to open talks with Haqqanis IRNA 13 Oct 2011 -- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that US is open to sign peace deal with all groups in Afghanistan including the Haqqani network, a media report said on Wednesday.
- Gunmen attack burn 3 NATO oil tankers in Pakistan IRNA 13 Oct 2011 -- Unidentified gunmen in southern Pakistan torched three oil tankers, carrying oil for US-led NATO forces in neighboring Afghanistan on Thursday, police and witnesses said.
- Suspected US Drone Strike Kills Senior Haqqani Militant VOA 13 Oct 2011 -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike in northwestern Pakistan has killed a senior member of the Haqqani network militant group.
- PAKISTAN: Flood impact to worsen unless aid increases IRIN 13 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan's monsoon floods have devastated millions of lives, but one month on, the international response remains sluggish, raising fears of a worsening humanitarian situation.
- Pakistan daily warns against expansion of US drone raids IRNA 12 Oct 2011 -- Pakistani news daily on Wednesday said that increasing US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region amounted to trampling of sovereignty of the country.
- Pakistani PM urges militants to renounce violence IRNA 11 Oct 2011 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday asked the militants to shun violence and work for the progress of the country.
- NATO Criticizes Pakistan On Terror Fight, As US Softens Tone VOA 10 Oct 2011 -- NATO is sharply criticizing Pakistan for failing to rein in terrorist and militant groups on its side of the border with Afghanistan. At the same time, ahead of a senior envoy’s visit to the Pakistani capital, Washington is softening its tone of recent weeks and focusing on shared interests.
- TTP wants Saudis to broker talks with Pakistan IRNA 10 Oct 2011 -- A top militant leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has said that the group will seek mediation by countries like Saudi Arabia, if the government of Pakistan offers them peace talks, media reported on Monday.
- Local Leaders Reject Need For Ground Operations In North Waziristan RFE/RL 10 Oct 2011 -- a widely held opinion that the Haqqanis are not in North Waziristan and that any operation seeking them there is misguided.
- CIA suspected behind dengue fever outbreak in Pakistan IRNA 08 Oct 2011 -- Experts in Pakistan feared that some kind of biological experiment or deliberate release of virus by American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has caused spread of dengue fever in the country.
- Pakistan army chief rules out another anti-Taliban offensive IRNA 07 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan's army chief has ruled out any another military operation against the militants and insisted that civilian administration now takes security responsibility in areas cleared of Taliban militants.
- Pakistan to Afghanistan: Stop 'Playing Politics' VOA 06 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan is calling on Afghanistan to refrain from 'playing politics' following Afghan allegations of Pakistani involvement in recent high-profile attacks.
- Karzai Reassures Pakistan on India Deal VOA 05 Oct 2011 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai is trying to reassure Pakistan that a strategic partnership pact signed with India will not affect his country's relations with Islamabad. Analysts say the deal, which forges stronger security and economic ties between the two countries, could be seen as an aggressive move by India's longtime rival, Pakistan.
- Pakistani Taliban accepts PM talks offer IRNA 04 Oct 2011 -- Pakistani Taliban Monday accepted talks offer by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, raising hopes for end of bloodshed if two sides would reach any ceasefire agreement.
- Judicial Commission briefed on Bin Laden US raid IRNA 04 Oct 2011 -- The judicial commission investigating US raid in the northern city of Abbottabad that had killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden recorded statements of officials of Pakistan's top intelligence agency, media report said on Tuesday.
- Pakistan denies involvement in envoy Rabbani assassination RIA Novosti 03 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan has rejected as 'baseless' allegations from Afghan officials that its intelligence agency ISI was behind the assassination of Kabul's chief peace negotiator with the Taliban.
- Pakistan Rebukes Afghan Accusation on Peace Envoy Killing VOA 03 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan is strongly denying Afghan accusations of involvement in the killing of Afghanistan's former president and senior peace envoy. Meanwhile, Pakistan's government is offering to open talks with militant groups that renounce violence.
- Afghanistan Urges Pakistan To Take Steps For Peace RFE/RL 02 Oct 2011 -- The Afghan government has urged neighboring Pakistan to take concrete steps to help end the Taliban insurgency.
- Afghanistan asks Pakistan to extradite people involved in murder of ex-president RIA Novosti 02 Oct 2011 -- Afghanistan asked Pakistan to extradite people involved in murder of Afghan former president Burhanuddin Rabbani, office of Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday.
- Former Afghan president Rabbani killed by Pakistani -president's office RIA Novosti 02 Oct 2011 -- The office of Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday that former president Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed by a Pakistani.
- US uses Pakistan as scapegoat for Afghanistan failure: Musharraf IRNA 02 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf has accused the United States of using Pakistan as a scapegoat for its failure in Afghanistan.
- Why Are Pakistan's Militant Groups Splintering? RFE/RL 01 Oct 2011
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