Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
April 2012 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Remarks of John O. Brennan: "The Ethics and Efficacy of the Presidentís Counterterrorism Strategy" The White House 30 Apr 2012
- Official Confirms U.S. Carries Out Drone Strikes RFE/RL 30 Apr 2012 -- White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan has publicly acknowledged the practice of drone strikes against Al-Qaeda targets.
- Top US Official: Drone Strikes 'Legal, Ethical and Wise' in Terror Fight VOA 30 Apr 2012 -- A senior counter-terrorism advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama says targeted drone strikes abroad are a legal, ethical and wise option in order to ensure national security.
- Pakistan says will take up drone strikes issue with US IRNA 30 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan said that the issue of American drone strikes will be taken up with the U.S. authorities a day after a spy aircraft killed at least four people in North Waziristan tribal region.
- Pakistan Issues New Condemnation After U.S. Drone Strike RFE/RL 30 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan has issued a fresh condemnation of U.S. drone strikes after an attack by an unmanned aircraft killed three suspected militants in northwest Pakistan.
- Bin Laden's Memory Lives On In Hideout Town RFE/RL 30 Apr 2012 -- Swaths of rubble are all that remain of Osama bin Laden's compound in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad.
- Obama Notes bin Laden Mission as Anniversary Nears AFPS 30 Apr 2012 -- President Barack Obama praised the U.S. military and intelligence communities as he reflected on the approaching one-year anniversary of the mission that killed al-Qaida leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
- Death toll from Karachi violence reaches 20 IRNA 30 Apr 2012 -- Police in the Pakistani southern port city of Karachi has faced stiff resistance from heavily armed men.
- Political crisis likely to deepen in Pakistan IRNA 29 Apr 2012 -- The decision of Supreme Court convicting the Prime Minister is likely to deepen political crisis in Pakistan as the main opposition party has mounted pressure on the PM Gilani to resign.
- US spy aircraft kills 3 in NW Pakistan IRNA 29 Apr 2012 -- A US spy aircraft fired missiles on a house in Pakistan's north Waziristan tribal region and killed at least three people on Sunday, tribesmen in the region said.
- Pakistani President for bridging trust-deficit with U.S IRNA 28 Apr 2012 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has told a top visiting U.S. diplomat that bridging the trust-deficit between the two countries holds the key to Pakistan re-joining the counter-terrorism cooperation.
- US, Pakistan Talks Fail VOA 28 Apr 2012 -- The talks failed to yield a remedy to the damage caused by a U.S. airstrike in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghanistan border.
- Year Later, Bin Laden Killing Still Colors Pakistan-US Ties VOA 28 Apr 2012 -- One year ago, one of the most expensive manhunts in history ended when U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The secret U.S. raid and the exposure of bin Laden's hideout near Pakistan's premier military academy jolted relations between Washington and Islamabad. Ayaz Gul reports from the Pakistani capital on how the countries are still struggling to move on.
- Afghan, Pakistani, US diplomats begin peace talks IRNA 27 Apr 2012 -- Top Afghan, Pakistani and U.S. diplomats Friday opened talks in Islamabad to review peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, officials and diplomats said.
- Pakistan deports Osama family members IRNA 27 Apr 2012 -- Osama bin Laden's three widows and other family members were deported to Saudi Arabia Thursday night days after they completed their jail term awarded to them for entering and living in Pakistan illegally.
- Pakistan Deports Bin Laden's Family To Saudi Arabia RFE/RL 27 Apr 2012 -- The family of Osama bin Laden has been deported from Pakistan.
- Pakistan Sends Bin Laden Family to Saudi Arabia RIA Novosti 27 Apr 2012 -- Pakistani authorities deported early on Friday fourteen members of slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's family to Saudi Arabia, CNN reported citing Pakistani officials.
- Pakistan forces NATO military aircraft to land IRNA 26 Apr 2012 -- A foreign military cargo aircraft was forced to land at the Karachi airport after information was received that it is carrying military equipment and to fly without permission over the country, local media reported.
- US Envoy: Pakistan 'Communication Lines' Should Be Reopened VOA 26 Apr 2012 -- A senior U.S. envoy says communication lines with Pakistan should be reopened, after relations between the two countries reached a new low late last year.
- Pakistan Supreme Court found PM guilty of contempt of court IRNA 26 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday found Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani guilty of contempt of court for failing to act on its directives to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
- Pakistan PM summons cabinet after court found him guilty of contempt IRNA 26 Apr 2012 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, who was found guilty in a contempt of court case on Thursday, summoned an emergency meeting of the federal cabinet to review implications of the court's verdict, a cabinet minister said.
- Conviction Heaps Pressure On Gilani To Exit PM's Post RFE/RL 26 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has found Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani guilty of contempt but did not order him to serve time in jail.
- Pakistan's Supreme Court Convicts Prime Minister of Contempt VOA 26 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday found Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani guilty of contempt for not obeying an order to reopen a corruption case against the President Asif Ali Zardari, but the justices spared Gilani any prison time.
- UN humanitarian official calls on donors to support ongoing Pakistan relief effort UN News Centre 25 Apr 2012 -- A senior United Nations humanitarian official has commended the ongoing efforts to assist some 7.2 million people affected by flooding and insecurity in Pakistan, while urging donors to step up support to sustain the response.
- Pakistan tests nuclear-capable missile IRNA 25 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan on Wednesday successfully conducted the launch of intermediate range ballistic nuclear capable missile, the military said.
- Pakistan Successfully Test Fires Upgraded Missile VOA 25 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan's military said it successfully test-fired an upgraded Shaheen-1 missile Wednesday. The Shaheen-1 is capable of hitting targets in India with a nuclear weapon, and this upgraded version is thought to have an even longer reach.
- Pakistan's first Fast Attack Craft (Missile) inducted into navy IRNA 24 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan's first Fast Attack Craft (Missile), built by China, has been inducted into the navy, officials have said.
- Pakistan Zardari says no unilateral troops withdrawal from Siachen IRNA 20 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan's President Zardari ruled out any unilateral withdrawal of troops from Siachen.
- John Kerry to visit Pakistan for apology over NATO strikes IRNA 20 Apr 2012 -- US President Barack Obama is sending his key trouble-shooter to Pakistan later this month in light of new foreign policy guidelines recently approved by parliament.
- India welcomes General Kayani's statement on Siachen IRNA 19 Apr 2012 -- India welcomed Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani's remarks on resolving the Siachen issue and demilitarisation there.
- Prominent Taliban Militant Appears In Video After Escape RFE/RL 19 Apr 2012 -- A prominent Pakistani Taliban fighter has appeared in a video following his recent escape from prison.
- Pakistan PM suggests roadmap for re-engagement with US IRNA 19 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan PM Yusuf Raza Gilani has said a roadmap for re-engagement with United States, negotiation of new terms of engagement and transparency in US diplomatic and intelligence footprint in Pakistan are country’s fundamental policy parameters.
- Pakistan Army Chief Calls for Demilitarization of World Highest Battleground VOA 18 Apr 2012 -- Pakistanís powerful military chief has made a rare call for the demilitarization of the Siachen Glacier.
- Pakistan postpones reopening of NATO supply line IRNA 18 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan has postponed decision of the restoration of supply line for U.S-led NATO forces in Afghanistan until the U.S. gives positive response to the country's demands and conditions.
- Violence in port city claims 8 lives IRNA 18 Apr 2012 -- At least eight people were killed and dozens sustained injuries in different firing incidents in port city of Karachi.
- Bin Laden Family Deportation From Pakistan Delayed RFE/RL 18 Apr 2012 -- The planned deportation of Osama bin Laden's family from Pakistan has been postponed due to what a lawyer for the family said was a delay in the preparation of legal documents.
- Osama family completes jail term, faces deportation IRNA 18 Apr 2012 -- Osama bin Laden's three widows and two eldest daughters Wednesday completed their 45-day sentence for living in Pakistan illegally and could be deported any time.
- Pakistan PM chairs meet on NATO supply route IRNA 17 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan’s top civilian and military leaders are scheduled to meet to make a final decision on the reopening of logistics supply line to NATO troops in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan says Taliban jail attack was intelligence failure IRNA 17 Apr 2012 -- Pakistani officials have said that Taliban attack on a prison in the country’s northwest was a total intelligence failure.
- Pakistan To Deport Bin Laden's Family RFE/RL 17 Apr 2012 -- Pakistani officials have confirmed that Osama bin Laden's family is expected to be deported from Pakistan early on April 18.
- Analysis: Pakistan's Parliament Takes Stand on US Ties VOA 16 Apr 2012 -- Relations between the United States and Pakistan have been in a downward spiral, reaching a low point after U.S. warplanes mistakenly attacked a border outpost in November.
- Pakistani Authorities Search for Escaped Prisoners VOA 16 Apr 2012 -- Authorities in northwest Pakistan are looking for more than 300 inmates who escaped from a prison after Taliban militants raided the facility.
- India, Pakistan Take Steps to Boost Trade VOA 16 Apr 2012 -- India and Pakistan have inaugurated a new trading post on the heavily militarized Attari-Wagah border between the two countries.
- 'Huge' Attack Frees Hundreds Of Pakistani Prisoners RFE/RL 15 Apr 2012 -- An early morning attack on a jail in northwestern Pakistan has freed nearly 400 prisoners, including many men scheduled for execution.
- UN relief operation helping thousands displaced by Pakistan military campaign UN News Centre 13 Apr 2012 -- More than 180,000 people have been displaced by an ongoing military campaign in north-western Pakistan, the United Nations refugee agency said today, adding that an inter-agency relief operation is under way in support of the country’s efforts to provide relief to those affected.
- Restoration of NATO supply route opposed IRNA 13 Apr 2012 -- Religious and political parties in Pakistan have opposed restoration of supply line for US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan.
- Thousands of Pakistanis Flee Fighting in Northwest VOA 11 Apr 2012 -- International aid agencies say Pakistan's counter-insurgency operations in a northwestern tribal district have forced thousands of families to flee the region. United Nations officials are warning that the number of internally displaced persons is growing by the day, and they say more funds are needed from international donors to help those affected.
- Pakistan army says rescue operation continues in avalanche-hit area IRNA 10 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan army said Tuesday that despite weather hazards, rescue work continues at Siachen where a massive avalanche has buried 135 soldiers and civilians since Saturday.
- Pakistani PM terms Zardari India visit successful IRNA 09 Apr 2012 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has described as fruitful the visit to India by President Asif Ali Zardari.
- Weather Hampers Avalanche Recovery Efforts in World's Highest Battlefield VOA 09 Apr 2012 -- Poor weather conditions are hampering recovery efforts two days after an avalanche buried more than 135 Pakistani soldiers and civilians in what is known as the world's highest battlefield.
- Pakistani Authorities Release Names Of Soldiers Buried By Avalanche RFE/RL 08 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan's military has released the names of the 124 servicemen and 11 civilians buried by a massive avalanche in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
- Pakistani President Zardari In India For Landmark Visit RFE/RL 08 Apr 2012 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have agreed in talks that the two neighboring countries should adopt a step-by-step approach to resolve their differences.
- Singh-Zardari meet, no structured agenda, focus on bilateral ties IRNA 08 Apr 2012 -- Focus will be on bilateral issues when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has a one-on-one meeting with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who is making a three-hour stopover here tomorrow.
- India, Pak willing to find pragmatic solutions to number of issues: PM IRNA 08 Apr 2012 -- Signalling a positive outcome, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday said the two countries are willing to find 'practical, pragmatic' solutions to a 'number of issues' affecting the bilateral relationship.
- Army launches operation to rescue trapped soldiers: spokesman IRNA 07 Apr 2012 -- Army has launched operation to rescue soldiers, buried in an avalanche in northern Pakistan, spokesman said on Saturday.
- Army recovers dead bodies of soldiers killed by avalanche IRNA 07 Apr 2012 -- Army rescue teams have recovered some dead bodies of Pakistani soldiers, who were buried in an avalanche in northern Pakistan, army said on Saturday.
- More Than 100 Pakistani Soldiers Buried In Avalanche RFE/RL 07 Apr 2012 -- The Pakistani Army has confirmed that more than 100 Pakistani soldiers have been buried by an avalanche in the disputed Kashmir region.
- Avalanche Buries More Than 117 Pakistani Soldiers VOA 07 Apr 2012 -- In Pakistan, rescue efforts are underway following an avalanche that smashed into a military base that buried more than 117 soldiers early Saturday on a Himalayan glacier along the India border. Rescue workers are racing against time to find survivors in this harsh climate and remote location.
- In Pakistan, US Bounty for Cleric Sparks Protests VOA 06 Apr 2012 -- Protesters across Pakistan rallied in the streetsto condemn the United States' $10 million bounty for Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.
- Pakistan Criticizes US Reward for Militant VOA 06 Apr 2012 -- The Pakistani government and opposition on criticized the $10 million U.S. reward posted for Hafiz Saeed.
- Pakistan says US has no evidence against religious leader IRNA 06 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan has said that it cannot take action against Hafeez Saeed in the absence of solid evidences.
- Coup rumours in Pakistan after Osama death denied IRNA 06 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan’s former intelligence chief has denied rumours about a coup plot after the killing of Osama bin Laden in US military operation in May.
- Pakistan's PM Criticizes US Bounty on Militant VOA 05 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan is criticizing the U.S. decision to place a $10 million bounty on the founder of a militant group blamed for attacks in India.
- Pakistani President: US drone strikes violate national sovereignty IRNA 05 Apr 2012 -- President Asif Ali Zardari has told a visiting top American diplomat that the U.S. drone attacks are counter-productive, violating national sovereignty of Pakistan.
- PAKISTAN: Fresh displacements in Khyber Agency IRIN 05 Apr 2012 -- It is not the first time that Wasim Khan and his family of five from Pakistan’s Khyber Agency near the border with Afghanistan have been displaced.
- Deadly Twin Attacks Target Police in Pakistan's Largest City VOA 05 Apr 2012 -- A suicide bomber and a group of gunmen carried out two deadly attacks targeting police in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi.
- Gunmen kill 3 policemen in Karachi IRNA 05 Apr 2012 -- Gunmen have shot dead three policemen in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, police said.
- Pakistan Wants Evidence Against Militant Leader Targeted by US VOA 04 Apr 2012 -- The Pakistani government says it needs "concrete evidence" to move legally against the founder of the militant group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
- Can U.S. Bounty Bring In Pakistani Militant Leader? RFE/RL 04 Apr 2012 -- Usually when governments offer bounties, it means a wanted man is in hiding and the public's help is needed to find him.
- Pakistani Militant Dismisses U.S. $10 Million Bounty RFE/RL 04 Apr 2012 -- An accused Pakistani militant leader has dismissed a U.S. reward of $10 million for information leading to his capture and conviction.
- Pakistan PM asks US to respect country's sovereignty IRNA 04 Apr 2012 -- PM Gilani reiterated in a meeting with a top American diplomat that new rules of engagements b must respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan.
- On The Afghan-Pakistan Border, A Daily Echo Of British Colonial Bureaucracy RFE/RL 04 Apr 2012 -- When Great Britain was at the height of its global power, its proudest denizens were fond of bragging that they inhabited an "empire on which the sun never sets."
- Army called out as 7 died in northern Pakistan IRNA 04 Apr 2012 -- Army has been called out in a northern Pakistani city after violence claimed seven lives.
- India Welcomes US Bounty for Alleged Plotter of 2008 Mumbai Attacks VOA 03 Apr 2012 -- India has welcomed the U.S. announcement of a $10 million bounty for the founder of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
- U.S. Puts $10 Million Bounty On Lashkar-e Taiba Founder RFE/RL 03 Apr 2012 -- The United States has announced a $10 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a founding member of the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e Taiba.
- US Offers $10 Million for Pakistan Islamist VOA 03 Apr 2012 -- The United States has offered a $10 million bounty for Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, founder of the outlawed Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
- Pakistan port city violence claims 5 more lives IRNA 03 Apr 2012 -- A local leader of ruling Pakistan People Party and four other people have been killed in firing in the violence-hit port city of Karachi.
- Curfew imposed as 4 die in violence in Pakistani city IRNA 03 Apr 2012 -- At least four people were killed and scores of others injured in sectarian clashes in a northern Pakistani city.
- Pakistan's President to Visit India As Relations Improve VOA 02 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan President Zardari will meet with Indian PM Singh on April 8 in the first visit to India by a Pakistani head of state since 2005.
- Pakistan Cross-Border Attack Kills 17 VOA 02 Apr 2012 -- Pakistani officials say dozens of militants launched an attack on a paramilitary checkpoint, killing at least three soldiers.
- Afghan-Pakistani Border Attack Leaves More Than Dozen Dead RFE/RL 02 Apr 2012 -- The Pakistani military says at least four soldiers have been killed in an attack on security posts by dozens of suspected Taliban militants in Pakistan's northwest, near the Afghan border.
- Pakistani Court Convicts bin Laden's Widows VOA 02 Apr 2012 -- A court in Pakistan jailed former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Ladenís three widows and two of his daughters for illegally staying in the country.
- Osama family members jailed for illegal stay in Pakistan IRNA 02 Apr 2012 -- A court in Pakistan handed down a 45-day jail term to family members of Osama bin Laden for illegal stay in the country.
- Pakistan Sentences Bin Laden Wives RFE/RL 02 Apr 2012 -- A Pakistani court has given 45-day jail sentences and 10,000-rupee ($110) fines to family members of Al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
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