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October 2012 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- U.S. Questions Islamabad's Balochistan Crackdown RFE/RL 31 Oct 2012 -- The U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Council has expressed "serious concern" over Pakistan's violent response to separatists in southwestern Balochistan Province.
- Pakistan draws up preliminary election road-map IRNA 31 Oct 2012 -- Pakistan has drawn up a preliminary road-map under which the National Assembly will be dissolved in January next year, a caretaker government installed, followed by general elections.
- Pakistani FM says U.S. drones cause civilian casualties IRNA 30 Oct 2012 -- Pakistani Hina Rabbani Khar said that U.S. drone strikes and resulting civilian casualties on Pakistan's territory undermine the country’s battle for hearts and minds.
- India's New FM to Focus on Pakistan, China Relations VOA 30 Oct 2012 -- India’s new foreign minister says he will strengthen relations with Pakistan and China. Salman Khurshid is expected to bring new energy to the government's efforts to improve ties with regional neighbors.
- UN: Pakistani Schools Need Protection From Terrorism, Disasters VOA 30 Oct 2012 -- United Nations officials say they are devising an "action plan" to help protect schools in Pakistan's northwest from militant attacks and natural disasters.
- Deadly Bomb Attack Hits Pakistan Shrine RFE/RL 28 Oct 2012 -- Four people were reported killed and at least 25 injured by a remote-control bomb that exploded outside a shrine in the city of Nowshera, in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region.
- Pakistani Defense Min issues conflicting statements on drone hits IRNA 26 Oct 2012 -- Defense Ministry issued 2 conflicting statements on drone attacks.
- Father of Wounded Pakistani Girl Says She Will `Rise Again' VOA 26 Oct 2012 -- The father of the 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban says her setback was temporary, and that she will "rise again."
- Pakistan shares info with Afghan gov’t on Taliban presence IRNA 25 Oct 2012 -- Pakistan said that it has handed down dossier about the presence of a senior Taliban leader in Afghanistan to the Afghan government and International Security Assistance Force.
- Taliban leader's presence in Afghanistan denied IRNA 25 Oct 2012 -- Afghan authorities have said that Islamabad has not shared with them any intelligence regarding the presence of fugitive Pakistani Taliban in eastern Afghanistan.
- Pakistani court issues notice to former president for allowing drone strikes IRNA 25 Oct 2012 -- Pakistani court issued a notice to former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf for allowing campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan.
- Border Talk Crosses The Line In Afghanistan RFE/RL 24 Oct 2012 -- Foreign diplomats visiting Kabul tread carefully when it comes to the Durand Line, knowing full well that the colonial-era border separating British India and Afghanistan is a touchy subject.
- Pakistan President, Politician Reassure Karzai Of Antiterror Cooperation RFE/RL 24 Oct 2012 -- Pakistan's president and the leader of a Pakistani party have sent separate letters to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, reassuring him of their cooperation in the joint fight against terrorism.
- U.S. Drone Strike Reportedly Kills Three In North Waziristan RFE/RL 24 Oct 2012 -- Reports from Pakistan say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed three people in a northwestern tribal region close to the Afghan border.
- US drone kills three in NW Pakistan IRNA 24 Oct 2012 -- At least three people were killed in a US drone strike Wednesday in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, tribesmen said.
- Osama panel rejects British paper report on findings IRNA 24 Oct 2012 -- A Commission, tasked to investigate US raid to kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last May, dismissed as 'concocted and baseless' a British paper's report that panel has cleared Pakistan's gov't and military establishment of involvement in protection of al-Qaeda chief.
- Pakistan dismisses Indian Home Minister's remarks on infiltration IRNA 24 Oct 2012 -- Pakistan dismissed as ‘baseless and unfounded’ remarks by Indian Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, that Islamabad is 'helping terrorists' enter Indian territory.
- PAKISTAN: Madrasas fill education gap in Karachi hotspot IRIN 24 Oct 2012 -- When ethnic riots erupt in Karachi, Qasba Colony is usually the worst affected: The violence has taken a dramatic toll on education and the main beneficiaries are Islamic religious schools, or madrasas.
- In Pakistan, Obama, Romney Debate Draws Little Notice VOA 23 Oct 2012 -- Pakistan media on Tuesday had yet to feature the event that took place at dawn, Islamabad time.
- Kabul Rejects U.S. Envoy Statement On Durand Line RFE/RL 23 Oct 2012 -- The Afghan government has strongly rejected a recent statement by the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the boundary dividing the two countries.
- Pakistani President opposes US drone strikes IRNA 22 Oct 2012 -- President Asif Ali Zardari said he is against US drone strikes in Pakistani tribal regions and said they are not helpful to fight armed militants.
- Pakistan, US to work on counter terrorism, boost border cooperation IRNA 22 Oct 2012 -- American Special Representative Ambassador Marc Grossman says the U.S. will continue to work with Pakistan 'to counter terrorism in the region.’
- Pakistan conveys concern at U.S. drones strikes to Grossman IRNA 21 Oct 2012 -- The visiting special U.S. envoy for the region and Pakistani Foreign Minister Saturday discussed Pakistan's reservations over the U.S. drone attacks in the country’s tribal regions.
- Pakistani court’s decision brings ripples in politics IRNA 21 Oct 2012 -- The decision by the Pakistani Supreme Court that the elections were rigged in 1990 by the security institutions has opened a new debate about the role of security institutions in political affairs.
- Pakistan Divided Over How to Deal with Militant Threat VOA 19 Oct 2012 -- Pakistan's government has failed to gather enough support for a military operation against the extremists believed to be behind the attack.
- Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s wanted leader arrested in Karachi IRNA 19 Oct 2012 -- A wanted leader of a banned Pakistani extremist group has been arrested in the Pakistani city of Karachi, a senior police officer said.
- Pakistan's Supreme Court to Military: Stay Out of Politics VOA 19 Oct 2012 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court says the country's military and intelligence agency should stay out of politics.
- Pakistani Supreme Court Rules Against Intelligence Agencies' Interference In Politics RFE/RL 19 Oct 2012 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the intelligence agencies and the presidency to refrain from interfering in politics.
- Doctors: Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban Is Able to Stand VOA 19 Oct 2012 -- Doctors in Britain said Friday the teenage Pakistani girl who was shot last week by Taliban gunmen is able to stand with help and write.
- Doctors: Wounded Pakistani Girl Improving VOA 19 Oct 2012 -- British doctors treating a Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban say she has been able to stand with help for the first time and is also able to write.
- Pakistani Teenager Back On Her Feet RFE/RL 19 Oct 2012 -- British doctors treating Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai said she has been able to stand with help for the first time.
- Gains in Pakistan's Polio Battle Threatened VOA 19 Oct 2012 -- World Health Organization officials say Pakistan has made “remarkable” progress in reducing the number of polio cases this year, and believe the country is in the “final stages” of eradicating the disease.
- Pakistan arrests Taliban leader IRNA 18 Oct 2012 -- Pakistani police have arrested a senior wanted Taliban leader in country's northwest, police sources said.
- 8 militants killed in air strikes in NW Pakistan IRNA 18 Oct 2012 -- Eight militants were killed and seven others injured when Pakistani fighter jets targeted militants hideouts in north western tribal region.
- Four bodies of Afghan soldiers found in Pakistani border region IRNA 18 Oct 2012 -- Four bodies of Afghan soldiers have been recovered in a Pakistani tribal region, sources in the area said.
- Pakistani Girl's Shooting Galvanizes Push For Offensive On Taliban Stronghold RFE/RL 17 Oct 2012 -- Pakistani politicians, media, and civil society are pushing for a robust offensive to finish off the Taliban in the aftermath of the militants' shooting of a girl peace campaigner.
- U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Three Pakistan-Based Men RFE/RL 17 Oct 2012 -- The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against three men in Pakistan accused of supporting the activities of terrorist organizations.
- Pakistani minister confirms Taliban attacks plan on media outlets IRNA 16 Oct 2012 -- Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik here Monday confirmed reports that Taliban have chalked out a plan to target Pakistan's media outlets following militants’ attack on a 14-year old school girl.
- British Police Question 2 'Well-Wishers' at Pakistani Girl's Hospital VOA 16 Oct 2012 -- Two people wanting to visit a Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban were detained and questioned after stopping by the British hospital where she is recovering.
- U.K. Doctors Say Malala Has Chance For 'Good Recovery' RFE/RL 16 Oct 2012 -- Medical specialists in Britain say Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head and neck by Taliban militants in a targeted assassination attempt, "has a chance of making a good recovery."
- Pakistani girl injured in Taliban attack sent UK for treatment IRNA 16 Oct 2012 -- The 14-year old Pakistani girl, who was injured in a Taliban attack last week, was flown out to Britain on Monday for further treatment, the army said.
- Attacks in Pakistan Prompt Questions of Military Offensive VOA 15 Oct 2012 -- Dozens of Taliban insurgents attacked a security post on the outskirts of Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least six security personnel.
- Six Pakistani Officers Killed At Checkpoint RFE/RL 15 Oct 2012 -- Pakistani police officials said militants attacked a checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan overnight, killing at least six police officers and wounding several others.
- 6 Pakistani policemen die in Taliban attack IRNA 15 Oct 2012 -- A senior police officer was among six security personnel who have been killed in a Taliban attack on a check post in outskirts of Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar.
- British Doctors Predict 'Good Recovery' for Pakistani Teen VOA 15 Oct 2012 -- British doctors treating the 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl shot last week by the Taliban say she has a chance of making a "good recovery."
- Pakistani Teenager Shot by Taliban Arrives in Britain For Medical Treatment VOA 15 Oct 2012 -- Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head last week by the Taliban, has arrived in Britain, where she was evacuated to receive further medical treatments.
- Wounded Pakistan Schoolgirl Activist Flying To Britain For Treatment RFE/RL 15 Oct 2012 -- Pakistan’s military says the government has sent a 14-year-old schoolgirl activist who was shot and seriously wounded by the Taliban to Britain for treatment.
- Schoolgirl Shot by Taliban Moved to UK for Treatment RIA Novosti 15 Oct 2012 -- Doctors have sent 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by Taliban gunmen last week, to the UK for treatment.
- Satellite phone recovered from CIA’s doctor in Pakistani prison IRNA 15 Oct 2012 -- Pakistani authorities recovered a satellite phone from the prison cell of a doctor, who has been jailed for helping the US intelligence to trace Osama bin Laden.
- Donations urgently needed for UN efforts to aid millions of Pakistani floods victims UN News Centre 12 Oct 2012 -- With nearly five million Pakistanis hit by floods that have already claimed some 400 lives, ruined tens of thousands of houses and vast swathes of crops, and left hundreds of thousands living in camps or simply under tarpaulins, the United Nations today appealed for more donations to bolster relief efforts.
- PAKISTAN: Fears of Taliban resurgence in north IRIN 12 Oct 2012 -- The shooting on 9 October of Malala Yusufzai, a 14-year-old girls' education campaigner from Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, is a reminder that militancy is still a significant threat in the north.
- Pakistan protests U.S. drone strikes in tribal regions IRNA 12 Oct 2012 -- Pakistan lodged protest with the American embassy in Islamabad over the recent two U.S. drone strikes in the country's tribal regions, which killed and injured scores of people.
- Suspected US Drone Strike in Pakistan Targets Militants VOA 11 Oct 2012 -- Pakistani officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed at least 16 suspected militants in the country's northwest, near the Afghan border.
- Pakistan Drone Strike, Blasts Kill Up To 30 RFE/RL 11 Oct 2012 -- A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region has reportedly killed at least 10 militants.
- Suspected US Drone Strike Kills 5 in Pakistan VOA 10 Oct 2012 -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed five people in the country's northwest, near the border with Afghanistan.
- U.S. drone kills 5 in Pakistan's tribal region IRNA 10 Oct 2012 -- American drone aircraft fired missiles on a house in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region early Wednesday and killed five people, tribesmen said.
- Security tightened in Pakistani capital IRNA 09 Oct 2012 -- Security of Islamabad have been tightened after intelligence reports warned of terrorists attacks at a five-star hotel, some sensitive installations and political personalities, a media report said Monday.
- Pakistan Military Blocks Anti-US Protest From Tribal Region VOA 07 Oct 2012 -- The Pakistani military has prevented a convoy of thousands of people with the goal of protesting U.S. drone strikes common in the country's tribal areas from reaching South Waziristan.
- Anti-Drone Rally Stopped By Pakistani Army RFE/RL 06 Oct 2012 -- Pakistani security forces have prevented a convoy protesting American drone strikes, headed by opposition politician Imran Khan, from entering a lawless tribal region along the border with Afghanistan.
- Imran Khan Leads March Against Drone Attacks To South Waziristan RFE/RL 06 Oct 2012 -- The Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan is leading a procession into the South Waziristan tribal region to protest U.S. drone missile strikes near the Afghan border.
- Pakistan has New Deadline on Corruption Showdown VOA 05 Oct 2012 -- Pakistan's highest court has given the government more time to prepare a letter asking Swiss authorities to reopen a corruption probe against Pakistan's president.
- Pakistan's Imran Khan to Go Ahead With 'Peace March' VOA 04 Oct 2012 -- Pakistani cricketeer turned opposition politician Imran Khan is dismissing government warnings about marching into South Waziristan to protest U.S. drone strikes.
- Pakistani Bounties Aimed At Winning Taliban Support RFE/RL 04 Oct 2012 -- Bounty setters are trying to cash in on anti-Western populism in the wake of the objectionable film "Innocence of Muslims."
- Pakistan, Russia Intensify Contacts to Improve Ties VOA 04 Oct 2012 -- Pakistan and Russia have held high-level discussions focusing on how to expand their political, economic and military relationship.
- Russian FM calls for restraint after Syrian firing into Turkey's territory IRNA 04 Oct 2012 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed shock at the casualties in cross border shelling into Turkey by the Syrian forces and called for restraint.
- Pakistan army chief says will back political solution in Balochistan IRNA 04 Oct 2012 -- Pakistan’s Army Chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, announced support to political solution to problem in the Balochistan problem.
- Afghanistan-Pakistan Border Tensions Flare Amid Bombardment Claims VOA 02 Oct 2012 -- Afghan forces say they are ready to retaliate against Pakistan for cross-border shelling along the country's northeastern border.
- US drone kills 3 in NW Pakistan IRNA 02 Oct 2012 -- An American spy aircraft on Monday killed three people in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region.
- Security forces kill 7 militants in NW Pakistan IRNA 02 Oct 2012 -- Pakistani security forces killed seven militants in the recent clashes in north western tribal region.
- Pakistan’s Anti-Blasphemy Laws Applied to Muslim-Hindu Clashes VOA 01 Oct 2012 -- Pakistan’s Hindu minority is using the country’s controversial anti-blasphemy laws against a group of Muslims that attacked a Hindu temple.
- At Least Two Killed In Drone Attack In Pakistan RFE/RL 01 Oct 2012 -- Pakistani security officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed at least two men in the country's northwest near the Afghan border.
- New Bounty Offered In Pakistan For Anti-Islam Filmmaker RFE/RL 01 Oct 2012 -- Former Pakistani legislator Ikramullah Shahid has offered to pay $200,000 to anyone who kills the maker of an anti-Islam video that has angered Muslims around the world.
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