Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
January 2012 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Obama Confirms Drone Strikes in Pakistan VOA 31 Jan 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has publicly acknowledged for the first time that the United States uses drone strikes against militants in Pakistan.
- Obama Confirms Drone Strikes In Pakistan RFE/RL 31 Jan 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has made a rare admission about U.S. unmanned "drone" aircraft attacks in Pakistani territory.
- Pakistan Repeats Condemnation of Drone Strikes VOA 31 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan has repeated its condemnation of U.S. drone strikes a day after President Barack Obama for the first time publicly acknowledged the use of such attacks against militants in Pakistan.
- Pakistan terms US drone strikes counterproductive IRNA 31 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan said that the US unmanned drone strikes inside its territory are illegal and counterproductive.
- Clashes in Northwest Pakistan Kill 50 VOA 31 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani officials say at least 50 people have been killed in fighting between the military and Taliban in the country's northwest.
- Dozens Reported Killed As Pakistan Army, Taliban Fight For Mountaintop RFE/RL 31 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani military officials say more than 300 Taliban fighters attacked a military post in the Kurram tribal region shortly after midnight on January 31.
- Human Rights Watch Blasts Impunity Of Pakistan Security Agency RFE/RL 31 Jan 2012 -- Human Rights Watch is criticizing what it calls "impunity" for Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency.
- Pakistan's former U.S. envoy allowed to travel abroad IRNA 30 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan's former ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani was allowed by Supreme Court that he can travel abroad with the court’s permission.
- Pakistan Court Lifts Travel Ban On Former Envoy To U.S. RFE/RL 30 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has lifted restrictions barring the country’s former envoy to the United States from leaving Pakistan.
- Suicide Bomber Kills At Least Three In Pakistan RFE/RL 30 Jan 2012 -- A suicide bomber has reportedly killed an Islamist militant commander and at least two other people in northwest Pakistan.
- Top Pakistan Diplomat to Meet Afghan Leaders in Kabul VOA 29 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan says its foreign minister is expected to travel Wednesday to neighboring Afghanistan to discuss the war against terrorism and political reconciliation efforts aimed at ending the Afghan armed conflict. The visit comes amid reports of fresh contacts between Taliban insurgents and U.S. officials.
- Pakistani PM: People to decide NATO supply restoration IRNA 29 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that the people will decide whether or not to restore supplies for US-led troops in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan's ex-president cancels return IRNA 28 Jan 2012 -- Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, who was scheduled to end his three-year self-exile and to return to the country by the end of January, has decided to cancel his arrival, media reported Saturday.
- 2 rockets land at Pakistani military academy IRNA 28 Jan 2012 -- Two rockets were fired on Pakistan's major military academy in Abbotabad early Friday, officials said.
- Pakistan Air Force aircraft crashes IRNA 26 Jan 2012 -- A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft crashed Wednesday in the country's eastern province of Punjab, official sources said.
- Pakistani PM says tension with army removed IRNA 26 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani Wednesday stepped forward to dispel the growing impression of confrontation with the powerful army and said, 'discrepancies made by certain functionaries' have been removed.
- Pakistani Prime Minister Drops Criticism Of Army RFE/RL 25 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan's prime minister has distanced himself from earlier remarks that the military had acted unconstitutionally.
- Statement by Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights concerning the launch of an inquiry into the civilian impact, and human rights implications of the use drones and other forms of targeted killing for the purpose of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency United Nations Human Rights 24 Jan 2012
- US jets, helicopters committed omission in raid IRNA 23 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani Army Monday said that the US/NATO and ISAF forces had made a 'major omission' in their border operation in November, which had caused deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers.
- US drone strike kills 4 in NW Pakistan IRNA 23 Jan 2012 -- At least four people were killed in a US drone strike in northwest Pakistan on Monday, security sources said.
- Pakistan Rejects US Findings on Deadly Border Attack VOA 23 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan's military has formally rejected the findings of a U.S. inquiry into last year's NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the Afghan border.
- Pakistan to allow US forces to return: official IRNA 21 Jan 2012 -- US military trainers will be invited back into Pakistan 'as early as April or May,' but the nation has ruled out allowing CIA drones back into the country, local TV channels reported while quoting a foreign TV channel.
- No intention of sacking army chief, ISI chief, says govt IRNA 21 Jan 2012 -- The government has told the Supreme Court that it had no plans to sack Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Ahmed Shuja Pasha for filing replies in Memo case, media reported on Saturday.
- President, Army Chief agree to keep NATO supplies block IRNA 21 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kiyani, in a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari, has proposed to keep NATO supplies blocked till the parliament takes a decision in this regard, a media report said on Saturday.
- Pakistan clamps down on German spy office in Peshawar: DPA IRNA 21 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani police on Saturday cracked down on the Peshawar-based office of Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency, the German Press Agency dpa cited security circles as saying.
- Pakistan-US ties still on hold: Pakistan's FM IRNA 20 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that relations between US and Pakistan are still on hold.
- Pakistan denies restoration of NATO supply line IRNA 20 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan Foreign office has rejected speculative reports that supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan have been restored.
- US Relations Still on Hold, Says Pakistan VOA 19 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan's foreign minister says relations with the United States remain on hold following November's NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the Afghan border.
- Norway Security Chief Quits After Pakistan Agents Disclosure RFE/RL 19 Jan 2012 -- Norway’s security chief has resigned after she revealed confidential information, including that Norway has intelligence agents in Pakistan.
- Pakistani PM Appears Before Supreme Court VOA 19 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan’s beleaguered PM Gilani has made a rare appearance before the country's supreme court.
- Pakistani PM Appears In Court To Face Contempt Charge RFE/RL 19 Jan 2012 -- Embattled Pakistani PM Gilani has appeared before the Supreme Court in Islamabad to face contempt of court proceedings.
- Pakistani PM says he will respect courts IRNA 19 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani PM Gilani, who appeared in the Supreme Court on a contempt of court notice, told the apex court that he respects the judiciary.
- Pakistani PM holds consultations ahead of court appearance IRNA 19 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani PM Gilani had been involved in consultations with legal experts ahead of his appearance in the Supreme Court in a contempt of court notice.
- Musharraf May Delay Return to Pakistan VOA 19 Jan 2012 -- Aides to Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf say he may delay a planned return from self-imposed exile because of a warning from the government that he could be arrested.
- Pakistan's ex-President Musharraf postpones return: spokesman IRNA 19 Jan 2012 -- Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has postponed his arrival in view of the ‘emerging political developments’.
- Pakistan Delays US Envoy's Visit VOA 18 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan is delaying a visit by U.S. Special Envoy Marc Grossman until Islamabad completes a review of U.S.-Pakistani relations.
- Official: Pakistan Putting Off Visit By U.S. Envoy RFE/RL 18 Jan 2012 -- A Pakistani government spokesman says Pakistan is postponing a visit by a special U.S. envoy.
- Pakistan refuses to welcome US special envoy IRNA 18 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani daily reported that the US State Department has confirmed that Pakistan had asked US not to send its special envoy to the country.
- Pakistani Taliban Claims Responsibility for Killing VOA Reporter VOA 17 Jan 2012 -- The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibilty for killing of Pakistani reporter Mukarram Khan Aatif, who worked for the Voice of America.
- Pakistani pilot dies in Turkey air crash IRNA 17 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan Air Force pilot, posted in Turkey was killed as his plane crashed while on a routine training mission.
- Pakistani PM Ordered To Appear In Court RFE/RL 16 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has declared PM Gilani in contempt and ordered him to testify personally before the court on January 19.
- Pakistan PM Faces Contempt Charges VOA 16 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has issued a contempt notice to PM Gilani for failing to follow the court's orders and open a corruption probe into the president.
- PM Gilani to appear before Supreme Court IRNA 16 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani PM Gilani will appear before the Supreme Court on January 19 after the court had issued contempt of court notice to him.
- Pakistan Taliban Spokesman Denies Leader Is Dead RFE/RL 16 Jan 2012 -- A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Asimullah Mehsud, has denied allegations that the group’s leader was killed in a recent U.S. drone strike.
- Pakistan Minister Wants Evidence of Taliban Leader's Death VOA 16 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan's interior minister says he is unable to confirm reports that the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed in a US drone strike.
- Pakistan dismisses US report on NATO strikes IRNA 15 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan's top leaders have rejected a US central command, Centcom, report about the inquiry report of the November NATO strikes on two border posts which had killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
- Pakistani Intelligence: Taliban Leader Believed Killed in US Drone Strike VOA 15 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani intelligence officials say the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, may have been killed in a January 12 U.S. drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal region.
- Pakistan Army chief. President discuss security IRNA 14 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan's Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani met President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday evening amidst deteriorating relations between the civilian government and the military leaders.
- Pakistani President, Army Chief Meet With Aim to Diffuse Rising Tensions VOA 14 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has met with the country's army chief for talks, amid rising tensions between Pakistan's civilian government and its powerful military that threaten to destablize the country's weak civilian government.
- Pakistan's PM Appeals for Support Amid Tensions VOA 13 Jan 2012 -- Amid growing tensions between Pakistan's government and the country's powerful military, PM Gilani is appealing for support from parliament.
- Pakistan PM Looks to Bolster Democracy Amid Tensions With the Military VOA 13 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan's prime minister has told lawmakers they must choose between democracy or a dictatorship.
- Pakistan President Returns From Abroad RFE/RL 13 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan's president, Asif Ali Zardari, has said he's not worried about his political future amid an escalating dispute between government and military.
- Pakistan army decides to support judiciary against Govt IRNA 13 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan army has decided to throw its weight behind Supreme Court against the government.
- Militants storm Pakistani post, kill three security men IRNA 13 Jan 2012 -- Three Pakistani security personnel, who had been injured in an overnight militants attack in the country’s northwest, died.
- 16 Pakistan soldiers killed in bomb attack, firing IRNA 12 Jan 2012 -- At least 16 Pakistani paramilitary soldiers were killed in a bomb attack and firing in the volatile southwestern Balochistan province, officials said Thursday.
- Pakistani PM defends sacking of top defense official IRNA 12 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani defended his decision to dismiss the country's top defense official amidst increasing tension with the military over an alleged memo.
- US resume drone strikes in Pakistan as 4 die in attack IRNA 11 Jan 2012 -- The United States Wednesday resumed drone strikes in Pakistan after a two-month lull and killed four people in a pre-dawn attack in the country's tribal region, tribesmen in the area said.
- PAKISTAN: Mutilated for venturing outdoors IRIN 11 Jan 2012 -- In Bajaur Agency, one of seven tribal areas in northwestern Pakistan, very few girls go to school due to threats by the Taliban.
- PM Gilani fires Secretary of Defence IRNA 11 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday sacked Secretary of Defence Lt Gen (Retd) Khalid Naeem Lodhi, media reported.
- Pakistan Army angrily reacts to PM's memo statement IRNA 11 Jan 2012 -- Reacting angrily to Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani's allegation of bypassing the executive by army and intelligence chiefs, the pakistan army Wednesday warned that his remarks could result in dire consequences.
- Pakistani cabinet to back PM, President amid crisis IRNA 11 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani Federal Cabinet Wednesday expressed confidence in President Asif Ali and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani a day after the country's Supreme Court warned the Prime Minister of disqualification for failing to act on an earlier court order.
- Pakistani PM Fires Defense Secretary RFE/RL 11 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan's prime minister has dismissed the country's defense secretary, retired Lieutenant General Naeem Khalid Lodhi, in a move expected to increase tensions between Pakistan's powerful military and its civilian leadership.
- Gilani says Army Chief, Spy Chief replies in memo case illegal IRNA 10 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani here Monday said that depositions of Army Chief and Spy Chief in memo case were illegal.
- Truck Bomb Kills 35 in NW Pakistan VOA 10 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani officials say a bomb blast near the Afghan border has killed at least 35 people and wounded more than 60 others, in one of the deadliest attacks in the country's northwest in months.
- US to resume drone strikes inside Pakistan IRNA 09 Jan 2012 -- A Pakistani daily on Monday reported that America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is likely to resume the drone campaign inside Pakistan.
- Ex-Pakistani prime minister seeks US memo players be unmasked IRNA 09 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani opposition leader and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif Monday called for introducing players behind 'memogate' scandal that centers on a memo allegedly sent last May to then Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Ex-Pakistani Envoy Denies Link to Controversial Memo VOA 09 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan's former ambassador to the United States has denied any connection to a memo sent to Washington asking for U.S. help in preventing a purported army coup.
- Former Pakistani President vows to return to country this month IRNA 08 Jan 2012 -- Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Sunday announced to end his nearly three-year self-exile and to return to the country between January 27 and January 30.
- Musharraf will be arrested on return: Pakistani minister IRNA 08 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that former president Pervez Musharraf will be arrested upon his return to home as arrest warrant has been issued for him.
- Pakistani President says ready to discuss snap polls IRNA 07 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has hinted snap parliamentary polls and said he is ready to discuss the issue with the opposition leader Nawaz Sharif.
- Despite Possible 'Reset,' Pakistan Keeps Afghan Border Closed To NATO RFE/RL 06 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan has blocked NATO supply trucks from entering Afghanistan since November 26, when NATO attacks killed two dozen Pakistani border guards.
- Five suspected militants killed in Pakistani tribal region IRNA 06 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani security forces on Friday killed five suspected militants in Orakzai tribal region.
- Pakistan President Says No 'War' With Army RFE/RL 06 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari says his civilian government is not at "war" with the country's powerful military, as reports continue to focus on tensions between the two.
- Pakistani Sentenced In U.S. Over Taliban Smuggling Plot RFE/RL 06 Jan 2012 -- Man sentenced to more than four years in jail for trying to smuggle into the country someone he thought was a Pakistani Taliban.
- Pakistani Taliban Kills 15 Abducted Security Officers VOA 05 Jan 2012 -- The Pakistani Taliban says it killed 15 paramilitary soldiers after abducting them late last month along the country's restive border with Afghanistan.
- Pakistani Taliban kill 15 abducted security men IRNA 05 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani Taliban said they have killed 15 security personnel who had been kidnapped last month.
- ICRC Employee Kidnapped In Pakistan RFE/RL 05 Jan 2012 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says one of its workers has been kidnapped in the city of Quetta in southwestern Pakistan.
- British national kidnapped in Pakistan IRNA 05 Jan 2012 -- A British national working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was kidnapped by unidentified armed men in southwestern Pakistan.
- India would deal with any gov't in Pakistan: Foreign secretary IRNA 05 Jan 2012 -- India Thursday said it would prefer democracy in Pakistan but was willing to work with any dispensation to normalise ties.
- U.S. Senators Protest Treatment Of Former Pakistani Ambassador RFE/RL 05 Jan 2012 -- The statement says senators are “increasingly troubled by Ambassador Haqqani's treatment since he returned home to Pakistan, including the travel ban imposed on him.”
- Former Pakistani US envoy fears life threat IRNA 05 Jan 2012 -- Former Pakistani ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, has said he would be murdered if he leaves official residence of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
- ‘AfPak Hands’ Program Pays Dividends in Afghanistan, Pakistan AFPS 04 Jan 2012 -- Just over two years since its inception, the Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands program is delivering the capability it was designed to provide.
- 18 suspected militants killed in Pakistani tribal region IRNA 04 Jan 2012 -- 18 suspected militants were killed on Wednesday in Pakistani tribal region.
- Iranian Guards Face Murder Charges In Pakistan RFE/RL 04 Jan 2012 -- A Pakistani official says three Iranian border guards held in Quetta face murder charges after gunning down a man inside Pakistani territory while chasing people smugglers.
- U.S. Military Dialogue Continues With Pakistan AFPS 03 Jan 2012 -- The U.S. relationship with Pakistan is important, and military dialogue between the countries continues despite recent serious setbacks.
- Pakistan security agencies, Taliban talks in decisive phase IRNA 03 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani news daily reported that secret talks between Pakistan’s security agencies and the local Taliban have entered a decisive phase.
- 3 die as rocket hit market in NW Pakistan IRNA 03 Jan 2012 -- At least three people were killed and several others injured when a rocket landed at a busy marketplace in a Pakistani tribal region.
- One person dies, 19 injured in blast in NW Pakistan IRNA 03 Jan 2012 -- One person was killed and 19 others injured in a bomb blast in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar.
- Iran closes border with Pakistan over military arrest RIA Novosti 03 Jan 2012 -- Iran closed the border with Pakistan on Tuesday after Pakistani border guards detained three Iranian military.
- Iran in talks with Pakistan for release of border guards ISNA 03 Jan 2012 -- Commander of Iranian border security forces Hossein Zolfaghari said the country is in talks with Pakistan for release of the three border guards.
- Commander: Border guards entry into Pakistan unintentional IRNA 03 Jan 2012 -- Iranian Border Guards Commander Brigadier General Hossein Zolfaghari on called on Islamabad to release three Iranian border guards.
- Pakistani PM announces support for creation of new province IRNA 03 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday expressed support for creation of new province in southern Pakistan.
- Reports: Afghan, Pakistani Militants Unite to Fight US-led Troops in Afghanistan VOA 02 Jan 2012 -- Reports from Pakistan say al-Qaida and Afghan Taliban leaders have asked Pakistani militants to stop targeting Pakistani security forces.
- 8 militants killed in clashes in NW Pakistan IRNA 02 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan security forces have killed eight militants in north western tribal region.
- 606 died in Pakistan's 41 suicide attacks in 2011 IRNA 02 Jan 2012 -- A total of 51 suicide bombers were used in 41 suicide attacks in Pakistan in 2011, killing 606 and injuring over a thousand.
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