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March 2012 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistani MPs call for halt to US drone strikes IRNA 31 Mar 2012 -- Pakistani parliamentarians have called for halt to US drone attacks in the country's tribal regions and showing respect to the country's sovereignty.
- Pakistan route critical to reset, retrograde in Afghanistan Army News 30 Mar 2012 -- The Army would like to see the route through Pakistan available again to get things out of Afghanistan when the time comes, said one Army senior leader.
- Pakistanis Debate New Terms for Relationship with US VOA 30 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar says that the ongoing parliamentary review of her country's 'complex' ties with the United States may be painstakingly slow, but it will lay a lasting foundation for the future. Her remarks came as the parliament adjourned its joint session for a week to let lawmakers hammer out differences over a set of recommendations to reset Islamabad's relations with Washington and its Western allies.
- US drone kills 4 in NW Pakistan IRNA 30 Mar 2012 -- An American spy aircraft fired missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region and killed at least four people early Friday.
- 35 militants killed in clashes in Pakistani tribal region IRNA 30 Mar 2012 -- Pakistani security forces gunned down 35 militants in fresh clashes in northwestern tribal region on Friday, local media reported.
- Over 100,000 people displaced by fighting in north-west Pakistan – UN agency UN News Centre 30 Mar 2012 -- The United Nations refugee agency reported today that more than 100,000 people have become displaced since January by Pakistani military operations against militant groups in the north-western part of the country that borders Afghanistan.
- U.S.-Pakistani Military Relations Improving, Dempsey Says AFPS 29 Mar 2012 -- There may be more bumps in the road, but the military-to-military relationship between the United States and Pakistan is on the road to recovery, said Army Gen. Martin Dempsey today.
- High-Level Talks Help Ease US-Pakistan Tensions VOA 29 Mar 2012 -- Wednesday's meeting between U.S. and Pakistani military commanders, and discussions between President Barack Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani earlier this week are being described as productive first steps in re-establishing relations ruptured in November after a NATO airstrike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. But Pakistan's parliament must make its final recommendations before formal negotiations between the two countries can begin.
- Dempsey Pleased About U.S.-Pakistani Leaders Meeting AFPS 28 Mar 2012 -- Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said today he is pleased that U.S. and Pakistani military leaders have met to discuss mutual concerns.
- U.S., Pakistani Officials Discuss Military Relationship AFPS 28 Mar 2012 -- Senior U.S. officers met today with their Pakistani counterparts in Islamabad, Pakistan, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
- Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Gilani of Pakistan before Bilateral Meeting The White House 27 Mar 2012
- Press Briefing by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes on President Obama's Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Gilani of Pakistan The White House 27 Mar 2012
- U.S., Pakistan Need to 'Get it Right,' Obama Says AFPS 27 Mar 2012 -- President Barack Obama today met with Pakistan's prime minister and said he welcomes the Pakistani parliament's review of the countries' bilateral relationship.
- Pakistani Taliban asks MPs not to restore NATO supplies IRNA 27 Mar 2012 -- Pakistani Taliban have warned members of parliament against restoration of supply line for NATO troops in Afghanistan and said they would target MPs and their leaders if they recommended restoration of supplies.
- Obama Wants Pakistan To Respect U.S. Security Needs RFE/RL 27 Mar 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has met with Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in the highest-level official contact between the two countries since a U.S. commando raid last year killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
- Obama Calls for 'Balanced' Pakistani Review of Ties With US VOA 27 Mar 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says Pakistan's review of its ties with the United States should not only respect Pakistan's sovereignty but also U.S. security needs.
- PAKISTAN: Women-led households hit by war, floods in Swat IRIN 26 Mar 2012 -- Nissa Bibi, 40, carries a mobile phone on an orange ribbon round her neck in the hope that her sister - Shahina Bibi who recently returned to their home village in the Kabal area of Swat valley in northern Pakistan - will call.
- 7 Pakistani soldiers, dozens militants die in clashes IRNA 25 Mar 2012 -- At least seven Pakistani soldiers and dozens of militants have been killed in clashes in the country's volatile tribal regions, security officials said on Sunday.
- 18 militants killed in clashes in Pakistani tribal region IRNA 24 Mar 2012 -- Pakistani security forces have killed 18 militants in north western tribal region, official sources said on Saturday.
- Pakistan rallies oppose possible restoration of NATO supply route IRNA 24 Mar 2012 -- Rallies were held in Pakistan's major cities on Friday against the possible restoration of supply line for NATO forces in Afghanistan and the speakers warned stiff resistance against any such move.
- Taliban Bombing Against Rival Group Kills At Least Five RFE/RL 23 Mar 2012 -- At least five people have been reported killed in a suicide bomb attack in northwestern Pakistan.
- U.S. Envoy: Washington Wants Reset In Relations With Pakistan RFE/RL 21 Mar 2012 -- Cameron Munter, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, says Washington agrees that it's time for a reset in relations between Washington and Islamabad.
- US Lawmakers Reject Pakistani Calls to End Drone Strikes VOA 20 Mar 2012 -- American lawmakers are rejecting renewed calls by Pakistan for an end to U.S.-sponsored drone strikes in the country.
- U.S. Endorses Ties Based On 'Mutual Respect' With Pakistan RFE/RL 20 Mar 2012 -- The U.S. State Department says it supports calls by Pakistani lawmakers for "mutual respect" between the two countries.
- Pakistan Parliament Demands End to US Drone Strikes VOA 20 Mar 2012 -- A Pakistani government commission tasked with ending a four month freeze in relations with the Washington has demanded an end to U.S.-sponsored drone strikes in the country.
- Pakistani Commission Wants Halt Of U.S. Drone Strikes, Apology RFE/RL 20 Mar 2012 -- A Pakistani parliamentary commission has called for an end to U.S. drone-missile strikes targeting Islamist militants inside Pakistan.
- Pakistani parliament demands US apology over border attacks IRNA 20 Mar 2012 -- Pakistani parliament opened debate to reevaluate the country’s relationship with the United States.
- Pakistani Lawmakers Set To Debate U.S. Ties RFE/RL 19 Mar 2012 -- Pakistani lawmakers are expected to debate new terms of engagement with the United States this week.
- Pakistani Clashes Leave At Least 8 Dead RFE/RL 19 Mar 2012 -- At least eight people have been reported killed in clashes between the Pakistani army and militants in North Waziristan.
- Eight people killed in clashes in Pakistani tribal region IRNA 19 Mar 2012 -- At least 8 people were killed and 15 others injured in clashes in northwestern tribal region on Monday, security officials said.
- Pakistani PM refuses to open graft cases against President IRNA 19 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan PM Gilani was adamant not to accept repeated orders by the country's top court for reopening of graft cases against President Zardari.
- Pakistan begins trial of Osama family IRNA 18 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan has started trial of the three widows of Osama bin Laden for illegal stay in the country, official sources said Sunday.
- Pakistani officials recover 14 bodies in tribal region IRNA 18 Mar 2012 -- Security forces in a Pakistani restive tribal region have recovered 14 bullet-riddled bodies on Sunday.
- Air shelling kills eight militants in NW Pakistan IRNA 17 Mar 2012 -- At least eight militants were killed and several injured in aerial bombing in Pakistan north western tribal region on Saturday, security officials said.
- Pakistan PM refuses to accept court order IRNA 16 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, on Friday publicly refused to accept orders by the country's Supreme Court to write letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
- Pakistan decides in principle to reopen NATO supply routes: daily IRNA 15 Mar 2012 -- A leading news daily claimed on Thursday that Pakistan has decided in principle to reopen the NATO supply routes.
- Pakistan Confirms China Pullout From Pipeline Project, Eyes Other Options RFE/RL 14 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan says the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has 'no more interest' in funding a project to build a natural-gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan.
- 8 die in US spy aircraft strike in Pakistan IRNA 13 Mar 2012 -- An American spy aircraft Tuesday fired missiles into Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region and killed at least 8 people, security officials in the region said.
- Pakistan PM reluctant to reopen graft cases against President IRNA 12 Mar 2012 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani monday did not indicate willingness to follow the Supreme Court orders to write to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
- 10 die, over 30 injured in Pakistan suicide attack IRNA 11 Mar 2012 -- A bomb blast Sunday killed at least 10 people in a funeral near the northwestern city of Peshawar, police and heath officials said.
- Pakistan files cases against Osama's family IRNA 10 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Friday cases have been registered against family members of Osama bin Laden for entering in Pakistan illegally.
- 22 militants killed in Pakistani tribal region IRNA 10 Mar 2012 -- At least 12 militants were killed in aerial bombing and 10 in clashes with security forces in Pakistan north western tribal region on Saturday, security officials said.
- Taliban Threatens Pakistan with Attacks over Bin Laden Widows RIA Novosti 10 Mar 2012 -- Pakistani Taliban threatens massive government attacks and attacks on government officials if Islamabad does not release the three widows of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, DawnNews TV channel reported on Friday.
- Pakistan PM appoints new intelligence agency chief IRNA 10 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has appointed Lt. General Zaheer-ul-Islam as the new chief of the country's major intelligence agency, the Prime Minister office said.
- Pakistani PM asked to re-open graft cases against President IRNA 08 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan's top court on Thursday ordered Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani to write letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari without taking advice and submit a report to the apex court on March 21.
- Pakistan Considers Re-Opening NATO Supply Routes VOA 08 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan's parliament is expected draw up rules of engagement and increased transit fees the United States and NATO must agree to before it will reopen the border for military convoys heading into Afghanistan. Pakistan closed the vital supply route last November when American air strikes killed 24 Pakistani troops in a 'friendly fire' incident.
- Pakistan appoints new air chief IRNA 08 Mar 2012 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has approved the appointment of Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt as the country's new Air Chief, presidential spokesman said.
- 18 militants killed in mortar shelling in Pakistani tribal region IRNA 07 Mar 2012 -- At least 18 militants including a commander were killed on Wednesday in mortar shelling by Pakistani security forces in north western tribal region, official sources said.
- Interpol is likely to issue Musharraf's arrest warrant IRNA 07 Mar 2012 -- The Interpol is likely to issue Red Warrant against Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in a couple of days in connection with the 2007 murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a media report has said.
- Pakistan allows Osama family to leave: daily IRNA 06 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan has allowed family members of slain al-Qaeda chief, Osama bin Laden, to leave the country, a Pakistani daily reported on Tuesday.
- Pakistan tests fire nuclear capable ballistic missile: army IRNA 05 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan successfully test fired a nuclear-capable, short-range, surface-to-surface ballistic missile on Monday, the military said.
- Pakistan Taliban claims responsibility for attack on ex-minister IRNA 04 Mar 2012 -- Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a former interior minister of Pakistan, Aftab Ahmad Khan, who escaped unhurt in the attack in northwest of the country on Saturday.
- Attack Targets Former Pakistani Interior Minister RFE/RL 03 Mar 2012 -- A suicide bomber has attacked the convoy of former Pakistani Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao, killing one of his guards and wounding three other people.
- U.S. Puts Sanctions On Afghan Who Makes IEDs For Taliban RFE/RL 02 Mar 2012 -- The U.S. government has slapped sanctions on an Afghan national it says has helped manufacture improvised explosive devices for the Taliban.
- Pakistanís violence claims 71 in single day IRNA 02 Mar 2012 -- A suicide bomber targeted members of a rival faction and killed at least 23 people in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal area.
- Bomb Blast Kills At Least 23 In Pakistani Tribal Area RFE/RL 02 Mar 2012 -- Reports from Pakistan say at least 23 suspected militants have been killed and more than 20 people injured in a suicide bombing.
- Suicide Bomber Targets Rival Militants in Pakistan VOA 02 Mar 2012 -- At least 22 people are dead in a suicide bombing in northwestern Pakistan that apparently targeted rival militants.
- Ten Troops, 23 Militants Reported Killed In Pakistan Clash RFE/RL 02 Mar 2012 -- Officials in Pakistan are quoted as saying at least 10 Pakistani soldiers and 23 suspected militants have been killed in a clash in the northwestern Khyber tribal region, near the Afghanistan border.
- UN rights experts urge Pakistan to end sectarian violence, protect minorities UN News Centre 02 Mar 2012 -- A group of independent UN human rights experts urged the Government of Pakistan to take decisive measures to end sectarian violence and protect religious minorities.
- Pakistan ruling party secures majority Senate seats IRNA 02 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan ruling party on Friday secured majority seats in the Senate and has emerged as the single largest group in the Upper House of the parliament in nearly 15 years.
- US Congressional Resolution on Baluchistan Creates Uproar in Pakistan VOA 01 Mar 2012 -- A provocative resolution by an American congressman calling for the secession of Pakistanís largest province has gone virtually unnoticed.
- Pakistan fighter jets kill 22 militants IRNA 01 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan fighter jets bombed Taliban hideouts in a northwest tribal region, killing 22 insurgents.
- Pakistan Says It Will Pursue Gas Project With Iran, Despite U.S. Warning RFE/RL 01 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan's foreign minister says her country will pursue a gas pipeline project with Iran despite a U.S. warning.
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