Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
June 2012 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistan, NATO generals against militants' safe havens IRNA 30 Jun 2012 -- Top NATO and Pakistan army generals have agreed to ensure that both Pakistan and Afghanistan's territory is no longer used as safe haven for cross border attacks.
- Pakistani security forces kill 6 militants in cross border attack IRNA 30 Jun 2012 -- Pakistani security forces have killed at least six militants in cross border attack in North Western Pakistan, local media report on Friday.
- RIMPAC Units Continue to Arrive in Hawaii NNS 30 Jun 2012 -- Naval surface forces from five different nations began arriving in Hawaii June 28, in preparation for the upcoming Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) maritime exercise.
- Portuguese Submarine Arrives in Groton NNS 30 Jun 2012 -- Portugal marked its first trip to the 'Submarine Capital of the World' when it arrived at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, June 30.
- Islamists Attack Timbuktu World Heritage Site RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2012 -- A religious shrine in Timbuktu, Mali, has been damaged in an attack by Islamists, news agencies reported.
- Militants Destroy Timbuktu Islamic Shrines VOA 30 Jun 2012 -- In northern Mali, members of the Islamic militant group Ansar Dine are systematically destroying mausoleums and revered Muslim tombs in Timbuktu. UNESCO has listed the historic city as a World Heritage site for its ancient mosques and shrines.
- S. Sudan Oil Shutdown Chokes Economy VOA 30 Jun 2012 -- Brave or reckless, South Sudan's decision to shut down its oil production to protest the north has had disastrous consequences for its citizens. The country's economy came to a jarring halt in January, when it shut down oil production due to a trade dispute with Sudan.
- Morsi Sworn In as Egypt's New President VOA 30 Jun 2012 -- Mohamed Morsi was sworn in as Egypt's fifth president Saturday, in a low-key ceremony before the country's Supreme Constitutional Court. Later, he addressed supporters and top officials at Cairo University.
- Egypt's Military Transfers Power After Morsi Sworn In RFE/RL 30 Jun 2012 -- Islamist Mohammed Morsi has been sworn in as Egypt's first freely elected civilian president, and Egypt's military has formally transferred power to him.
- Indian Man Freed After 30 Years in Pakistani Jail VOA 28 Jun 2012 -- An Indian man has been freed after spending more than three decades in a Pakistani prison for spying.
- Leader of anti-Taliban peace militia, 3 others killed in Pakistan IRNA 28 Jun 2012 -- Chief of an anti-Taliban peace militia and three other volunteers were killed in outskirts of northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar Wednesday.
- Pakistanis Tire of Water, Electricity Shortages VOA 27 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan's new prime minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf, faces a struggling economy and has said he will make the delivery of electricity a priority, but the nation is tired of constant shortages of water and power.
- Kayani: US, NATO Must Block 'Miscreants' VOA 27 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan's army chief is urging the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan to take action to curb incursions by militants who cross into Pakistan from Afghanistan.
- 4 die in U.S. drone strike in NW Pakistan IRNA 27 Jun 2012 -- A U.S. spy aircraft fired missiles on a house in Pakistan's north Waziristan tribal region Tuesday night and killed at least four people, security officials in the region said.
- Brother Says Jailed Doctor 'Disgraced' By U.S. After Helping Find Bin Laden RFE/RL 24 Jun 2012 -- The brother of a Pakistani doctor who was jailed after allegedly helping the CIA track down Osama bin Laden says the United States has "disgraced" his brother and put his family under "severe stress."
- Report: US Diplomats Harassed in Pakistan VOA 22 Jun 2012 -- An internal State Department report says American diplomats in Pakistan are facing "deliberate, willful and systematic" harassment.
- Pakistani Lawmakers Elect New Prime Minister VOA 22 Jun 2012 -- Pakistani lawmakers have elected a new prime minister to replace ousted Yousuf Raza Gilani, in a bid to end the country's political crisis.
- Pakistan Parliament Votes On Prime Minister RFE/RL 22 Jun 2012 -- The Pakistani parliament convenes to pick a replacement for ousted prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani.
- Pakistani Ruling Coalition Names New Prime Minister RFE/RL 22 Jun 2012 -- The nominee for prime minister from Pakistan's ruling coalition, Raja Pervez Ashraf, has been confirmed.
- Pakistan ruling party names Pervez Ashraf for PM slot IRNA 22 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan’s ruling party on Friday named Raja Pervez Ashraf as its candidate for the slot of Prime Minister.
- Two bomb blasts kill 4 in Pakistan IRNA 22 Jun 2012 -- Two bomb blasts in Pakistan have killed at least four people and injured dozens others, police and witnesses said.
- Pakistan's Political Crisis Grows as PM Nominee Faces Arrest VOA 21 Jun 2012 -- One of the candidates chosen to replace Pakistan's ousted prime minister is facing an arrest warrant.
- Exit of Yusuf Raza Gilani deepens Pakistan's political crisis IRNA 21 Jun 2012 -- Yusuf Raza Gilani lost the post of PM in a row of contempt of court as he had refused to accept the Supreme Court’s repeated orders to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
- Judge Said To Issue Warrant For Pakistani PM-Designate RFE/RL 21 Jun 2012 -- Judges have issued an arrest warrant for President Asif Ali Zardari's candidate to be the country's new prime minister.
- Arrest Warrant Issued for Pakistan PM Candidate RIA Novosti 21 Jun 2012 -- A court in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Makhdoom Shahabuddin.
- Zardari Nominates Party Stalwart For Pakistani PM Post RFE/RL 21 Jun 2012 -- Reports from Pakistan say President Asif Ali Zardari has nominated Makhdoom Shahabuddin, a veteran loyalist of the ruling party and current textiles minister, to be Pakistan’s next prime minister.
- Pakistani President nominates Shahabuddin for PM IRNA 21 Jun 2012 -- President Asif Ali Zardari has formally nominated Syed Makhdoom Shahabuddin as candidate of the majority Pakistan Peoples Party for the post of Prime Minister.
- Officials: Al-Qaida Leader Detained in Pakistan VOA 20 Jun 2012 -- Officials in Pakistan say an al-Qaida leader has been detained near the country's border with Iran.
- 'Important' Al-Qaeda Leader Captured Near Iran Border RFE/RL 20 Jun 2012 -- Pakistani security officials say they have arrested a suspected French militant of Algerian origin, whom they claim is an "important" Al-Qaeda leader.
- Political Crisis a Blow to Pakistan's Government VOA 20 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan is in a political crisis as the government's ruling political party and coalition partners try to find a solution to the Supreme Court's ouster of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
- Pakistani President summons parliament on Friday to elect new PM IRNA 20 Jun 2012 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has summoned the National Assembly to meet in Islamabad on June 22 to elect new Prime Minister.
- Pakistan Moves to Elect New PM VOA 20 Jun 2012 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has summoned lawmakers to meet later this week for discussions on electing a new prime minister.
- Crisis Talks On New Pakistani Prime Minister Enter Second Day RFE/RL 20 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan's president has summoned the country's parliament to meet on June 22 to elect a new premier.
- Pakistan's Supreme Court Ousts Prime Minister VOA 19 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan's highest court has declared Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani ineligible for office, throwing the country into a new round of political turmoil.
- High Court Disqualifies Pakistani PM From Holding Office RFE/RL 19 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan's highest court has declared Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani “disqualified” from holding office.
- Pakistan Supreme Court Disqualifies Prime Minister RIA Novosti 19 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday disqualified Yousuf Raza Gilani from the post of prime minister.
- Afghan Refugees in Pakistan Anxious as Year-End Looms VOA 19 Jun 2012 -- One out of every four refugees in the world is from Afghanistan, and 95 percent of them live either in Iran or Pakistan.
- Blast kills Five, injures 69 in SW Pakistan IRNA 19 Jun 2012 -- At least Five people were killed while 69 others injured in a powerful blast occurred near a university in south western city of Quetta.
- Pakistan Blast Kills 4, Wounds 40 VOA 18 Jun 2012 -- Authorities in southwestern Pakistan say a bomb has exploded near a university bus, killing four students and wounding more than 40 people.
- Pakistani Authorities Look For Safer Place To Incarcerate 'Bin Laden Doctor' RFE/RL 15 Jun 2012 -- Just weeks after a doctor who helped uncover Osama bin Laden's hideout was sentenced to a lengthy prison term in Pakistan, local authorities are looking for a more secure facility to house the divisive physician out of concerns for his safety.
- Zardari tells US delegation drone strikes counterproductive IRNA 13 Jun 2012 -- President Asif Ali Zardari has told a visiting US Congressional delegation American drone attacks in his country's are counterproductive and undermined the cooperative equation of the two countries.
- Panetta Backs Conditions For Pakistani Aid RFE/RL 14 Jun 2012 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Washington should consider putting conditions on aid to Pakistan.
- 2 die in US drone strike in Pakistan IRNA 14 Jun 2012 -- A US spy aircraft Thursday fired missiles on a residential apartment in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region and killed at least two people, sources in the region said.
- Iran, Pakistan sign deal for import of 1,000MW electricity IRNA 14 Jun 2012 -- A Pakistani news daily quoting a senior official of Pakistan's Ministry of Water and Power on Thursday said that Pakistan has signed an agreement with Iran for importing 1,000 megawatt electricity at 10 cents per unit.
- PAKISTAN: Uncertain future for Afghan refugees as deadline looms IRIN 13 Jun 2012 -- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is calling on the government of Pakistan not to hastily expel Afghan refugees, even as a deadline for their legal stay in the country approaches.
- US Awaits Pakistan's Decision on NATO Supply Routes VOA 13 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan and the United States appear to be edging closer to a deal on the re-opening of NATO supply routes into Afghanistan, according to comments made by Cameron Munter, the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan.
- Pakistan Air Force fighter plane crashes IRNA 12 Jun 2012 -- A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Mirage fighter aircraft on Tuesday crashed in the country's southwestern Balochistan province, the PAF said.
- Pakistan, India Standoff continues on Glacier Dispute VOA 12 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan and India's latest talks about whether to end decades of a military stand-off on the Siachen glacier ended with both sides failing to reach an agreement.
- Pakistan Downplays Stalemate With US on Supply Lines VOA 12 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan is downplaying a breakdown in U.S.-Pakistan negotiations on the re-opening of supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan, India Hold Talks on 'World's Highest Battlefield' VOA 11 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan and India are holding talks on whether to demilitarize the Siachen glacier, known as the world's highest battlefield.
- Work Continues Toward Opening Pakistan Supply Routes AFPS 11 Jun 2012 -- Though a team of U.S. negotiators is returning home after several weeks of discussing reopening ground supply routes in Pakistan, the talks are not mired.
- US Pulls Negotiators from Pakistan VOA 11 Jun 2012 -- The U.S. military says it is withdrawing negotiators from Pakistan after failing to secure an agreement from the Pakistanis to open supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Rejects US Rhetoric on 'Safe Havens' VOA 09 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan is reacting strongly to U.S. allegations it is letting militants use Pakistani soil as a safe haven and base of operations.
- UN rights official questions U.S. drones IRNA 08 Jun 2012 -- A top United Nations human rights official has questioned legality of the American drone strikes in Pakistan and called for a probe into the attacks and civilian casualties.
- Blast kills 14, injures over 48 other people in SW Pakistan IRNA 08 Jun 2012 -- A bomb blast near a religious seminary killed 14 people and injured nearly 48 others in the Pakistani city of Quetta.
- Blast near Gov't bus kills 21 in Pakistan IRNA 08 Jun 2012 -- A bomb blast near a bus of government employees killed at least 21 people, including women and children, in the northwest Pakistan.
- Pakistan Bus Bomb Kills 19 VOA 08 Jun 2012 -- A bomb has blown up a bus full of government employees in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing at least 19 people, Pakistan's second lethal blast in as many days.
- India’s CCS clears agenda for talks with Pak on Siachen IRNA 07 Jun 2012 -- India’s Cabinet Committee on Security cleared agenda for talks with Pakistan on Siachen, to be held in Islamabad on 11th and 12th June 11.
- Joint Press Conference with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak DoD 07 Jun 2012
- Remarks by Secretary Panetta to International Security Assistance Force Joint Command (IJC) Troops in Afghanistan DoD 07 Jun 2012
- US Losing Patience with Pakistan, Panetta Says VOA 07 Jun 2012 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that Washington is running out of patience with neighboring Pakistan, where Taliban, al-Qaida and Haqqani militants have safe havens.
- U.S. Reaching Limit of Patience With Pakistan on Safe Havens AFPS 07 Jun 2012 -- The US is reaching the limits of its patience with Pakistan serving as a safe haven for terrorists attacking American forces in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.
- Pakistan PM urges UN for early Afghan refugees' repatriation IRNA 07 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani has called upon the United Nations for urgent repatriation of 3.5 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
- Top UN official calls on Pakistan to increase efforts to protect human rights UN News Centre 07 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan must boost its efforts to protect the human rights of its citizens, a top United Nations official said.
- Pakistan Ponders Panetta's Visit to India VOA 06 Jun 2012 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s visit to Pakistan’s rival, India, highlights Washington’s increasingly friendly ties with New Delhi.
- Indo-Pak peace process should be 'irreversible': Pak High Commissioner IRNA 06 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik said there was a 'window of opportunity' that should be seized.
- U.S., India Must Find Ways To Work With Pakistan, Says Panetta RFE/RL 06 Jun 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says the United States and India need to find ways to work with Pakistan.
- Panetta: Drone Campaign Will Continue in Pakistan VOA 06 Jun 2012 -- The United States has no plans to curtail drone attacks on Pakistani soil, saying its right to target terrorist leaders "is about our sovereignty."
- White House: Elimination of al-Libi a Major Blow Against al-Qaida VOA 06 Jun 2012 -- The White House says the killing of al-Qaida's second-in-command has further degraded the organization's leadership.
- White House Confirms Death of Al-Qaida’s Second-in-Command AFPS 06 Jun 2012 -- The U.S. government has confirmed the death of Abu Yahya al-Libi, the second in command of al-Qaida.
- Taliban claim responsibility for Pakistani post attack IRNA 06 Jun 2012 -- Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for attack on a border post in a tribal region.
- Pakistan Tests Babur Cruise Missile RIA Novosti 05 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan carried out a successful test-firing on Tuesday of its Hatf-7 "Babur" nuclear-capable cruise missile.
- Pakistan condemns American drone strikes IRNA 05 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan has strongly condemned later series of strikes by American spy aircraft in the country’s tribal regions.
- Pakistan Lodges Official Protests Against Drone Strikes RFE/RL 05 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan has summoned a senior U.S. diplomat and lodged a protest over drone strikes on its northwestern tribal areas.
- US Drone Strike in Pakistan Kills Al-Qaida No. 2 VOA 05 Jun 2012 -- U.S. officials say a drone strike in northwestern Pakistan that killed al-Qaida's second in command, Abu Yahya al-Libi, is "a significant blow to the terror group."
- U.S. Confirms Death Of Al-Qaeda No. 2 RFE/RL 05 Jun 2012 -- The White House has confirmed the death of Al-Qaeda's second-in-command, calling it a "major blow" to the terror network.
- Al-Qaeda Second in Command Killed - U.S. RIA Novosti 05 Jun 2012 -- Al-Qaeda’s second in command, Abu Yahya al-Libi, is dead, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
- US Drone Strike in Pakistan Targets Al-Qaida No. 2 VOA 05 Jun 2012 -- U.S. officials say a drone strike in northwestern Pakistan targeted al-Qaida's second in command.
- U.S. Drone Strike Said To Target Al-Qaeda Leader In Pakistan RFE/RL 05 Jun 2012 -- Reports say a U.S. drone strike has targeted a senior Al-Qaeda leader, but it was unclear whether he was among those hit.
- Pakistani police confiscate arms from US officials IRNA 05 Jun 2012 -- Police in northwest Pakistan has confiscated arms recovered from two vehicles of American embassy officials, police said.
- Four Soldiers Killed in Pakistan Checkpoint Attack RIA Novosti 05 Jun 2012 -- At least four soldiers were killed when a group of militants attacked a military checkpoint in north-west Pakistan.
- EU, Pakistan establish counterterrorism body IRNA 05 Jun 2012 -- Pakistan and the EU have agreed to establish a joint body anti-terror body.
- Ashton Launches Strategic Dialogue With Islamabad RFE/RL 05 Jun 2012 -- The European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, has held talks with Pakistan's foreign minister to launch a "strategic dialogue."
- 15 people die in US drone strike in NW Pakistan IRNA 04 Jun 2012 -- An American unmanned aircraft fired missiles into Pakistan’s north Waziristan tribal region early Monday and killed 15 people, local tribesmen said.
- Drone Strike Kills 15 In North Waziristan RFE/RL 04 Jun 2012 -- Pakistani officials say 15 suspected militants have been killed in a suspected drone strike in northwestern Pakistan.
- EU's Ashton To Visit Pakistan For 'Strategic Dialogue' RFE/RL 04 Jun 2012 -- European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is headed to Pakistan to open a wide-ranging "strategic dialogue" covering security, development, and trade issues, officials say.
- 5 people die in US drone strike in NW Pakistan IRNA 03 Jun 2012 -- An American unmanned aircraft fired missiles into Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal area on Sunday and killed at least five people, tribesmen said.
- Fighter jets strike kills 5 militants in NW Pakistan IRNA 02 Jun 2012 -- Five militants were killed on Saturday when fighter jets pounded militant hideouts in Pakistan's north western tribal region, media reports said.
- US spy aircraft kills 4 more in NW Pakistan IRNA 02 Jun 2012 -- A US spy aircraft fired missiles into Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal area Saturday, killing at least four people, residents said.
- Pakistan inks accord to import 1,000MW from Iran IRNA 01 Jun 2012 -- Government of Pakistan signed an agreement with Iranian authorities on to import 1,000 megawatts (MW) electricity from Iran, local media reported on Friday.
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