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December 2011 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Paramilitary rangers directed to take US cargo in possession IRNA 31 Dec 2011 -- The government of Pakistan has directed paramilitary rangers to take possession of highly sensitive US cargo stranded in Pakistan, a media report said on Saturday.
- Pakistan army kills foreigners in Waziristan IRNA 31 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan Security forces said on Friday that they had killed several foreigners in the troubled South Waziristan tribal region.
- India rejects Pak proposal to move heavy artillery from LoC IRNA 30 Dec 2011 -- India has rejected Pakistan's proposal to move heavy artillery and mortars away from the Line of Control citing frequent ceasefire violations and asked Islamabad to come clear on its nuclear policy, including command and control over nuclear assets.
- Pakistan: Relations with US remained tense in 2011 IRNA 30 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan has admitted that its relations with the United States remained tense and experienced ups and down during the current year (2011) due to some incidents, including the US raid to kill Osama bin Laden and US-led NATO attack on border posts.
- Pakistan Court Approves Coup Memo Investigation VOA 30 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has approved an investigation into a controversial memo seeking Washington's support to prevent a possible military coup in Pakistan after the U.S raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The court on Friday set up a three-member judicial commission to probe the memo and collect evidence within and outside Pakistan in connection with the scandal.
- Pakistan: US report on NATO attack not based on facts IRNA 29 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan said on Thursday that it is reviewing a Pentagon report over the last month NATO attack on two Pakistani posts which killed 24 soldiers.
- Pakistani Officials Acknowledge Closer Ties with China VOA 29 Dec 2011 -- During a year marked by increasing strain on the relationship between Pakistan and the United States, Pakistani officials publicly emphasized closer ties with China.
- Pakistan, India term nuclear CBMs talks cordial IRNA 28 Dec 2011 -- Senior Pakistani and Indian officials have concluded two-day talks on conventional and nuclear Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) in Islamabad on positive note, a joint statement said.
- Pakistani intelligence official shot dead IRNA 28 Dec 2011 -- Unidentified gunmen shot dead an intelligence official in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday night, officials said.
- Pakistani PM rejects rumors of army, intelligence chiefs' removal IRNA 27 Dec 2011 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has rejected rumours about the removal of the country's army and intelligence chiefs and said that he was satisfied with the performance of both.
- Nato supply wouldn't be restored free of cost: Minister IRNA 27 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan's Defence Minister, Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar on Tuesday said that Nato supply would not be restored free of charge, local media reported.
- Extremist al-Qaeda-linked groups planned Benazir's murder: report IRNA 27 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan's top intelligence agency had informed the Interior Ministry about the assassination plan of two times Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto 17days before she was killed in firing and suicide bomb attack in 2007, a report said Tuesday.
- Conspiracy Warnings Fly on Anniversary of Bhutto Assassination VOA 27 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan's ruling party is warning the country's fragile democracy is at risk, delivering the dire message on the fourth anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
- 15 militants killed in NW Pakistan IRNA 26 Dec 2011 -- 15 militants were killed during a security forces operation in Pakistan's North Western tribal region, local media reported on Monday.
- Pakistan, India open nuclear CBMs talks IRNA 26 Dec 2011 -- Senior Pakistani and Indian officials Monday opened two-day talks on conventional and nuclear confidence-building measures (CBMs) in Islamabad, officials said.
- Pakistan government criticizes spy chief in memo case IRNA 26 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan Government on Monday criticized country's spy chief in a case related to a memo allegedly written to former US army chief seeking US support to avert a military takeover, a media report said here Monday.
- Defense Ministry confirms spy chief retirement RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2011 -- Col. Gen. Alexander Shlyakhturov has retired as chief of Russia's military intelligence agency and handed over his duties to Maj. Gen. Igor Sergun, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Monday.
- Pakistan, India to hold talks on nuclear CBMs next week IRNA 23 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan and India will hold talks on nuclear and conventional confidence-building measures (CBMs) next week as part of the bilateral dialogue process, the Foreign Ministry has said.
- NATO blames 'both sides' for its deadly airstrike on Pakistan base RIA Novosti 23 Dec 2011 -- NATO said its airstrike on a Pakistani base that killed 24 servicemen and further spoiled ties between Islamabad and Washington, was a result of mistakes made by both sides.
- Pakistan army dismisses NATO strike inquiry report IRNA 23 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan Army has rejected an investigation report into the last month's NATO strike on two of its border posts which had killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and injured 13 others.
- Pakistan Rejects US Findings on Border Attack VOA 23 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan's military has rejected the findings of a U.S. inquiry into last month's coalition attack that killed 24 Pakistan soldiers at Pakistan's border with Afghanistan.
- NATO brands lethal attack on Pakistani border troops 'legitimate' IRNA 22 Dec 2011 -- NATO on Thursday defended last month's deadly attack on Pakistani troops in the Afghan border region, labeling it 'legitimate.'
- Communications Failures Contributed to Border Incident AFPS 22 Dec 2011 -- U.S. forces acted in self-defense and responded with appropriate force after being fired upon during a Nov. 25-26 incident on Afghanistan's border with Pakistan, according to findings from a Defense Department investigation that was released today.
- Department of Defense Statement Regarding Investigation Results into Pakistan Cross-Border Incident DoD 22 Dec 2011-- The investigation into the 25-26 November engagement between U.S. and Pakistani military forces across the border has been completed. The findings and conclusions were forwarded to the Department through the chain of command. The results have also been shared with the Pakistani and Afghan governments, as well as key NATO leadership.
- Pakistan's ex-ambo says he was unaware of US Osama raid IRNA 22 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan's former ambassador to United States, Hussain Haqqani has dispelled impression that he was aware of American military raid to kill Osama bin Laden.
- Army rejects spy chief's Arab leaders meet report IRNA 22 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan army on Wednesday denied meeting of chief of Pakistan's top spy agency with Arab leaders to oust President Zardari's Government as claimed by an article published in western media.
- Pakistan army chief says U.S. memo is a reality IRNA 22 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has told the Supreme Court that a memo was sent to the U.S. allegedly by the former Pakistani ambassador Hussain Haqqani on behalf of President Asif Zardari to seek U.S. help against the army.
- Former president Musharraf announces return in January IRNA 19 Dec 2011 -- Former Pakistani president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has announced that he would return to Pakistan in January 2012, media report said Monday.
- Pakistani PM, Army chief meet, discuss memo controversy IRNA 17 Dec 2011 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani have met to dispel the impression of a confrontation between the military and civilian leaders over the memo case, media reported on Saturday.
- Pakistan Army Chief: Memo Scandal Attempt to Lower Morale VOA 16 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan's army chief: Memo that accused the military of plotting to overthrow the president was an attempt to lower the military's morale.
- Pakistani President not to submit reply in memo case IRNA 16 Dec 2011 -- Pakistani Attorney General, Maulvi Anwarul Haq, has said that President Asif Ali Zardari will not file his reply in memo gate scandal.
- Pakistani PM says a big NO to unilateral action IRNA 16 Dec 2011 -- PM Gilani: Pakistan is in the process of deciding terms of engagement with the US, NATO and ISAF and declared that ‘no unilateral actions inside Pakistan or against Pakistan’ will be allowed.
- U.S. Senate Passes Defense Bill That Targets Pakistan Aid, Iran RFE/RL 16 Dec 2011 -- The US Senate has passed a $662 billion defense bill, which includes measures that would suspend some U.S. aid to Pakistan and imposes sanctions targeting Iran's central bank.
- Pakistani Group Says It's Mediating Between Taliban, Government RFE/RL 16 Dec 2011 -- A pro-Taliban religious group in northern Pakistan says it is mediating between the government and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.
- 7 militants killed in clashes in NW Pakistan IRNA 16 Dec 2011 -- Pakistani security forces killed 7 militants in northern western tribal region.
- Pakistani spy chief visited Arab states to discuss coup IRNA 15 Dec 2011 -- Mansoor Ijaz has claimed chief of Pakistan's top spy agency visited Arab countries for discussions on a possible coup.
- Pakistan Downplays Proposed Freeze in US Military Aid VOA 15 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan is playing down the significance of a proposed suspension of hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military assistance.
- US freeze of $700m causes another dent in Pakistan's uneasy ties IRNA 15 Dec 2011 -- The United States decision to halt $700 million in aid to Pakistan is another serious blow to the already strained relations between the two allies.
- US responsible if Pakistan fails in terror war: FM IRNA 15 Dec 2011 -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Thursday said that US would be responsible if Pakistan failed in war against terror.
- NATO apology not enough to open supplies: Pakistan IRNA 15 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan army has said that Washington’s apology for the November 26th NATO attack on Army post would not help revive the pre-attack relationship.
- Scaparrotti: ISAF Border Operations Continue, But With Care AFPS 14 Dec 2011 -- International Security Assistance Force operations continue in Afghanistan along the Pakistan border, but are conducted with special care.
- Pakistani court admits former envoy’s plea in memo case IRNA 14 Dec 2011 -- Pakistani Supreme Court accepted the plea of Husain Haqqani, the former ambassador to the US.
- Pakistan's President to Leave Dubai Hospital Thursday VOA 14 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari is set to be discharged from a Dubai hospital on Thursday.
- Pakistan President To Be Discharged From Hospital RFE/RL 14 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari is expected to be discharged from hospital in Dubai on December 15.
- Pakistani security man, 2 volunteers die in attack IRNA 14 Dec 2011 -- A Pakistani security man and two pro-government volunteers were killed in an attack in Khyber tribal region.
- NATO asked to answer Pakistan's questions on attack IRNA 13 Dec 2011 -- Prime Minister Gilani asked NATO to answer ‘disturbing questions’ about its last month airstrikes on two Pakistani border posts, which had killed 24 soldiers.
- Pakistan to shoot down intruding US drones IRNA 13 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan will shoot down any US drone that intrudes its airspace as per new directives, a media report has quoted senior Pakistani official as saying.
- Taliban must surrender for talks, says Pakistani minister IRNA 13 Dec 2011 -- Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the government would not hold talks with Taliban until they surrender.
- Pakistani Police Rescue Dozens Of Students Chained In Islamic Seminary RFE/RL 13 Dec 2011 -- Police in southern Pakistan have found dozens of students chained and held in the basement of an Islamic seminary.
- Osama panel summons Pakistani envoy in UK IRNA 12 Dec 2011 -- A Pakistani panel, investigating the U.S. raid to kill Osama bin Laden summoned Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan.
- Pakistan Denies Holding Talks with Taliban VOA 12 Dec 2011 -- Top officials in Pakistan have denied the government is engaged in a peace dialogue with homegrown Taliban.
- Panetta: Stable Pakistan Relationship Critical to Afghanistan Success AFPS 12 Dec 2011 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta expressed confidence that the United States and Pakistan can patch up their differences.
- Islamabad Says Blockade On NATO Will Last Until 'Rules Of Engagement' Changed RFE/RL 12 Dec 2011 -- Pakistani PM Gilani says his country's blockade of NATO supply lines into Afghanistan is likely to stay in place for weeks.
- Pakistani PM: Blockade Likely to Last Weeks VOA 12 Dec 2011 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has told the BBC his country will likely continue to block NATO convoys into Afghanistan for several more weeks.
- Pakistan begins U.S. relations review in Envoys’ Conference IRNA 12 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan started a formal review of future relationship with the United States and its NATO allies in a two-day Envoys’ Conference.
- Pakistani Gunmen Torch NATO Cargo Again RFE/RL 12 Dec 2011 -- Local police said gunmen in southwestern Pakistan attacked a NATO supply convoy, killing one truck driver.
- Pakistan's President Recovering In Dubai RFE/RL 12 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan's prime minister says that President Asif Ali Zardari may need two weeks to rest in Dubai following medical treatment there before he returns home.
- Pakistan forces take control of Shamasi base as U.S. troops pull out RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan's border guards took control of the Shamasi Airbase, previously used by U.S. troops for drone airstrikes in border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the News Tribe newspaper said.
- Pakistan: US Military Vacates Pakistani Air Base by Deadline VOA 11 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan says the U.S. military has vacated an air base in the country's southwest, meeting a deadline set by the Pakistani government in response to a NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last month.
- Taliban Leader Claims Peace Talks Going On With Pakistan VOA 10 Dec 2011 -- A senior leader of the Pakistani Taliban says his group has opened peace talks with the government.
- Afghan President Vows to 'Confront Pakistan' Over Holy Day Terror Attack VOA 07 Dec 2011 -- A day after a suicide bomb tore through central Kabul and , Afghan President Hamid Karzai is blaming a Pakistan-based group for the attack. Another explosion Wednesday killed at least 19 more Afghan civilians.
- Pakistan President To Remain Under Observation In Dubai Hospital RFE/RL 07 Dec 2011 -- The office of Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said the country's president, Asif Ali Zardari, would remain in a Dubai hospital for medical checks related to a heart condition as officials sought to head off speculation that Zardari might be forced to resign.
- Pakistani President's Dubai Trip Spurs Rumors VOA 07 Dec 2011 -- President Asif Ali Zardari has traveled to Dubai for medical treatment of a heart condition, spurring rumors of his resignation.
- Pakistan, Taliban Make Presence Felt In Bonn By Their Absence RFE/RL 05 Dec 2011 -- The message coming from Bonn was clear: the international community intends to support Afghanistan after foreign combat troops leave the country, and that means new training for Afghanistan's security forces and further development aid for its economy.
- Pakistan Holds Firm to Afghanistan Conference Boycott VOA 05 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan is holding firm to its boycott of the Bonn international conference on Afghanistan, and warns it will stay away from any future peace process unless its sovereignty and security concerns are better respected.
- Karzai accuses Pakistan of torpedoing peace talks with Taliban IRNA 03 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan is torpedoing Afghan peace talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the news magazine Der Spiegel on Saturday.
- DOD News Briefing with George Little and Capt. Kirby from the Pentagon DoD 02 Dec 2011
- DOD Works to Repair Pakistan Relationship AFPS 02 Dec 2011 -- Cooperation with Pakistan is essential to the United States, and the Defense Department is working hard to shore up the damaged relationship.
- Pakistan to Respond 'Instantly' to Any Border Aggression VOA 02 Dec 2011 -- The head of Pakistan's military has ordered his country's forces to respond instantly to any future aggression along the border with Afghanistan.
- Pakistani Army On Afghan Border Get Permission To Return Fire RFE/RL 02 Dec 2011 -- The Pakistani military has given clearance for commanders in areas along the border with Afghanistan to return fire if they are attacked.
- White House Rejects Apology Over Pakistan Strike, Citing Probe RFE/RL 02 Dec 2011 -- The White House has rejected the idea of offering a U.S. apology to Pakistan over the NATO air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
- Reports: Former Ambassador To U.S. Barred From Leaving Pakistan RFE/RL 02 Dec 2011 -- Reports say Pakistan has barred the former Pakistani ambassador to the Us, Husain Haqqani, from traveling abroad.
- Pakistani Boycott Jeopardizes Conference on Afghanistan VOA 01 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan's decision to boycott an international conference on Afghanistan’s future is jeopardizing the meeting's success.
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