Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
August 2012 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistani Court Extends Detention of Girl Accused of Blasphemy VOA 31 Aug 2012 -- A Pakistani judge has extended the detention of a Christian girl accused of blasphemy, a charge punishable by death in Pakistan.
- Pakistani Extremist Leader Held in Jail VOA 31 Aug 2012 -- A Pakistani court has ordered a two-week detention for a prominent Islamist militant.
- Pakistani Taliban Claims It Beheaded 12 Soldiers VOA 31 Aug 2012 -- The Pakistani Taliban has released video of what it says are the severed heads of 12 soldiers.
- Leader Of Banned Pakistani Extremist Group Arrested RFE/RL 31 Aug 2012 -- Police in Pakistan say the leader of a banned Sunni extremist group has been arrested.
- Pakistan Arrests Head of Banned Extremist Group VOA 30 Aug 2012 -- Pakistani police say they have arrested the Sunni Muslim founder of one of the country's most virulent anti-Shi'ite organizations.
- No Bail Set for Pakistani Girl Accused of Blasphemy VOA 30 Aug 2012 -- A Pakistani judge has delayed bail proceedings for a Christian girl accused of blasphemy, a charge punishable by death in Pakistan.
- Afghans Denounce Cross-Border Shelling From Pakistan RFE/RL 30 Aug 2012 -- Hundreds of Afghans have held a demonstration in Kabul to condemn shelling by Pakistani forces of areas of eastern Afghanistan.
- 9 Pakistani soldiers, 10 militants killed in clashes in Waziristan region IRNA 30 Aug 2012 -- At least 9 Pakistani soldiers and 10 militants were killed in clashes in South Waziristan tribal region.
- Mumbai Gunman's Death Sentence Upheld VOA 29 Aug 2012 -- Indiaís supreme court has upheld the death sentence handed out to a Pakistani gunman who was among 10 terrorists who carried out deadly terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008.
- Indian High Court Confirms Death Sentence For Mumbai Gunman RFE/RL 29 Aug 2012 -- India's Supreme Court has confirmed a death sentence handed down against the sole surviving gunman who helped carry out the 2008 attacks in the city of Mumbai.
- At Least 9 Soldiers Killed In South Waziristan Attack RFE/RL 29 Aug 2012 -- At least nine Pakistani soldiers have been reported killed in an attack by Taliban militants in remote western tribal region on Afghanistan's border.
- 31 militants, 3 Pakistani soldiers die in clashes: Military sources IRNA 28 Aug 2012 -- Clashes in Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal region have left 31 militants and three soldiers dead over the past three days.
- Christians Flee Their Homes in Pakistani Capital VOA 28 Aug 2012 -- Afraid for their lives, Christians have fled their homes in the Islamabad neighborhood where a young girl has been accused by Muslim neighbors of blasphemy.
- Pakistan Clerics Want Impartial Blasphemy Probe for Minor VOA 28 Aug 2012 -- The lawyer for a Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy says she is a minor and that her case will likely be heard in a juvenile court.
- Pakistani Christian Girl In Blasphemy Case Deemed A Minor RFE/RL 28 Aug 2012 -- An official medical review of a Pakistani Christian girl accused of desecrating the Koran has determined that the girl is a minor.
- Pakistani PM Given More Time to Comply with Graft Order VOA 27 Aug 2012 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has given PM Ashraf three more weeks to comply with its order to reopen corruption cases against the country's president.
- Supreme Court Extends Deadline For Pakistan PM RFE/RL 27 Aug 2012 -- The Pakistani Supreme Court has again ordered PM Ashraf to comply with an order to contact Swiss authorities to ask them to reopen a multimillion-dollar corruption probes into the activities of Pakistan's head of state.
- Taliban Deny Haqqani Drone Strike Death Claim RIA Novosti 26 Aug 2012 -- The radical Islamic Taliban group denied media reports that one of its key leaders, Badruddin Haqqani, was killed.
- Pakistan says discussing options to stop U.S. drone strikes IRNA 26 Aug 2012 -- Pakistan has again termed the U.S. drone attacks on its territory as violation of its integrity and sovereignty and said that various options are being considered to stop them.
- Air Strikes Hit Miltants in Pakstan, Afghanistan VOA 25 Aug 2012 -- Drone strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan have struck Taliban and Haqqani networks in the past week.
- Afghan Air Strike Kills Senior Pakistani Taliban Leader RFE/RL 25 Aug 2012 -- The U.S.-led military force in Afghanistan says a senior leader of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a coalition airstrike.
- Suspected US Drone Attack Kills 18 in Pakistan VOA 24 Aug 2012 -- Security officials in Pakistan say missiles fired from a U.S. drone have killed at least 18 suspected militants in the country's northwest.
- Pakistani Officials Say 16 Militants Killed In Three Drone Strikes RFE/RL 24 Aug 2012 -- Officials in Pakistan say three suspected U.S. drone strikes have killed at least 16 suspected militants in the North Waziristan tribal district on the Afghan border.
- PAKISTAN: Afghan refugees weigh their dwindling options IRIN 24 Aug 2012 -- The first Afghan refugees came to Pakistan when the war in Afghanistan started in the late 1970s.
- Pakistan Struggles to Protect Religious Minorities VOA 24 Aug 2012 -- Authorities in Pakistan have come under growing criticism for being unable to protect the rights of religious minorities.
- Pakistan Summons US Diplomat Over Drone Strikes VOA 23 Aug 2012 -- Pakistan has summoned a senior U.S. diplomat to protest against drone strikes on Pakistani soil.
- Militants Kill Three Pakistani Policemen In Northwest RFE/RL 23 Aug 2012 -- Officials in Pakistan say militants have shot dead three police officers in Pakistan's troubled northwest.
- Amnesty Urges Protection of Pakistani Girl Accused of Blasphemy VOA 22 Aug 2012 -- Amnesty International is urging the Pakistani government to ensure the safety of a Christian girl accused of violating the country's blasphemy laws.
- Amnesty Urges Islamabad To Protect Girl Charged With Blasphemy RFE/RL 22 Aug 2012 -- Amnesty International has urged Pakistan to reform its antiblasphemy laws and protect a young Christian girl arrested for allegedly burning pages with verses from the Koran.
- Pakistani President Seeks Report On Girl's Blasphemy Case RFE/RL 20 Aug 2012 -- Pakistan's president has called on officials to explain the arrest on blasphemy charges of a Christian girl with Down syndrome.
- Pakistani Mobile Networks Suspended Due To Security Fears RFE/RL 20 Aug 2012 -- Pakistani authorities temporarily shut down mobile phone networks in major cities in what officials describe as a move aimed at preventing Taliban attacks.
- How Safe Is Pakistan's Nuclear Arsenal? RFE/RL 19 Aug 2012 -- Militants' storming of a Pakistani Air Force base where some nuclear warheads are reportedly stored has once again sounded the alarms about the security of the country's atomic weapons.
- Pakistan, US military chiefs discuss cross-border cooperation IRNA 17 Aug 2012 -- Pakistani and American military leaders have concluded talks on 'a wide range of common security issues, to include militant network activities and measures to improve cross-border cooperation,' the US Embassy said Friday.
- Ten Killed In Battle At Pakistani Air Base RFE/RL 16 Aug 2012 -- Nine Islamic militants and one Pakistani soldier have been killed in a gun battle at an air force base in Pakistan.
- Militants Launch Deadly Assault on Pakistani Airbase VOA 16 Aug 2012 -- Authorities in Pakistan say they have killed all of the heavily-armed militants who assaulted a major air base early Thursday. Officials have also denied claims that the facility houses some of the country's nuclear weapons.
- Pakistani President Wants Self-Government In Tribal Regions RFE/RL 14 Aug 2012 -- President Asif Ali Zardari has announced the introduction of local self governments in tribal areas of northwestern Pakistan.
- Legal Controversies Continue to Hamper Pakistan VOA 10 Aug 2012 -- Pakistanís coalition government has held together for more than four years, marking a democratic milestone for a country challenged by coups and military rule.
- India, Pakistan reaffirms to seek an amicable solution to Siachen issue IRNA 09 Aug 2012 -- India and Pakistan have reaffirmed their resolve to seek an amicable solution to the Siachen issue but no consensus could be arrived at during the recent Defence Secretary-level talks.
- Pakistan May Free Taliban's Military Chief for Talks RIA Novosti 09 Aug 2012 -- Pakistan may free the Taliban’s top military commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, to give impetus to Afghanistan's ongoing reconciliation efforts with the Taliban.
- Taliban Threatens To Kill Pakistani Politician-Cricket Star Imran Khan RFE/RL 09 Aug 2012 -- The Taliban has threatened to kill a Pakistani cricket star-turned-politician if he holds a planned march to their tribal stronghold.
- Top Afghan Peace Negotiator Cancels Visit To Pakistan RFE/RL 08 Aug 2012 -- Top Afghan peace negotiator Salahuddin Rabbani has cancelled a visit to Pakistan.
- Pakistan Supreme Court Summons Prime Minister RFE/RL 08 Aug 2012 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered PM Ashraf to appear before it to explain why he has not taken action to reopen corruption investigations against the president.
- Pakistan Reinforcing Turbat After Bomb Kills 4 Police RFE/RL 08 Aug 2012 -- Police reinforcements were being sent to Pakistan's troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan after an attack near the town of Turbat killed four.
- India, Pak discussing ways to avert conflict on high seas IRNA 07 Aug 2012 -- To avert military confrontations on high seas, India and Pakistan are discussing the establishment of a mechanism of direct contact between the navies of the two countries.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan Tensions Flare Cross-Border Attacks VOA 06 Aug 2012 -- Tensions are rising between Pakistan and Afghanistan over deadly cross-border attacks on both sides of the porous border.
- Leader Of Islamic Movement Of Uzbekistan Killed In US Drone Attack RFE/RL 06 Aug 2012 -- A website associated with the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan announced on August 4 that its leader Osman Adil was killed in a drone attack in Pakistan.
- Pakistan's Supreme Court Strikes Down Contempt Law VOA 03 Aug 2012 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has struck down a law that would have given the prime minister immunity from contempt charges, as a fight between the judiciary and government heats up.
- Major Differences Persist for Pakistan, US VOA 02 Aug 2012 -- The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen, met Thursday with Pakistan's top military commander General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. The two countries continue to disagree about how to deal with militants based along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
- Allen Meets With Pakistani Military Chief AFPS 02 Aug 2012 -- Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, met in Islamabad, Pakistan, today with Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan's chief of army staff.
- Pakistan-U.S. ink MoU on NATO supply routes IRNA 01 Aug 2012 -- Pakistan and the United States signed a Memorandum of understanding regarding the formal restoration of supply routes for NATO forces in Afghanistan.
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