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December 2012 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Secular Pashtun Leaders Call For Decisive Pakistani Action Against Terror RFE/RL 31 Dec 2012 -- Two prominent secular ethnic Pashtun politicians in Pakistan have called on Islamabad to take decisive action to end extremist sanctuaries in the country's northwestern tribal areas.
- UN chief condemns latest violence in Pakistan, calls for perpetrators to be brought to justice UN News Centre 31 Dec 2012 -- Appalled by the "escalating terrorist violence" in Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken out on the matter, calling for those responsible to be held accountable, according to his spokesperson.
- Pakistani leaders condemn killing of security men IRNA 30 Dec 2012 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Sunday condemned the brutal killing of 21 security men who had been kidnapped by the Taliban militants in the Northwestern country.
- US, UK against Pakistan nukes: Pakistan Defence Secretary IRNA 29 Dec 2012 -- The United States and Britain are against Pakistan's nuclear programme and the CIA uses 'foreign agencies' for its operations in Pakistan, a media report quoted Defence Secretary Lt-Gen (retd) Asif Yasin Malik as saying on Saturday.
- Pakistani Minister Welcomes Taliban Negotiation Offer VOA 28 Dec 2012 -- Officials in northwest Pakistan say they welcome the Pakistani Taliban's offer to negotiate with the government.
- 6th round of India-Pakistan talks on Conventional CBMs held in New Delhi IRNA 28 Dec 2012 -- The Sixth Round of Expert Level talks on Conventional CBMs between India and Pakistan held here on Thursday.
- Bhutto's Son Launches Political Career in Pakistan VOA 27 Dec 2012 -- The only son of assassinated former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto told hundreds of thousands of supporters on Thursday, the fifth anniversary of his mother's death, that he would carry forward her legacy, an appearance designed to anoint him as a political heir.
- Bhutto's Son Vows to Fight for Democracy in Pakistan VOA 27 Dec 2012 -- The son of Pakistan's slain former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, launched his political career Thursday, vowing to continue his mother's fight for democracy.
- Pakistan's Parliament Nears Milestone VOA 24 Dec 2012 -- Parliamentary elections in Pakistan are expected between March and May 2013. They would mark the first time in the nation's history that a democratically-elected government completed its full term and transferred power to a successor. Previous elected governments have either been deposed in military coups or dismissed by presidents allied with the powerful army.
- Pakistan Minister Buried Amid National Mourning RFE/RL 23 Dec 2012 -- A Pakistani provincial minister killed by a Taliban suicide bomber has been buried amid national mourning.
- Top Pakistani Official, Seven Others, Killed In Suicide Attack RFE/RL 22 Dec 2012 -- At least eight people, including a top provincial official, have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a political gathering in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
- Pakistan Says Ties With US Improving VOA 22 Dec 2012 -- Pakistan says its political and military ties with the United States are on the upswing after nearly two years of setbacks and crises. The country's defense minister tells VOA that bilateral understanding has also improved on how to counter terrorism in Pakistani border regions and promote political reconciliation in neighboring Afghanistan.
- Suicide Blast in Pakistan Kills Provincial Minister VOA 22 Dec 2012 -- Pakistani officials say a suicide blast has killed nine people, including a top provincial minister, at a political rally held by a party that opposes the Taliban.
- Pakistani Clerics Want Protests Against Killings RFE/RL 21 Dec 2012 -- Some of Pakistan's most influential Islamic clerics are calling for nationwide protests December 21 against the killings of healthcare workers who were attempting to administer polio vaccines.
- UN's Ban Sees No Sign Of End To Syrian War; Condemns Pakistan Killings RFE/RL 20 Dec 2012 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there doesn't seem to be any prospect for peace any time soon in the Syrian conflict.
- Explainer: Why Polio Remains Endemic In Afghanistan, Pakistan, And Nigeria RFE/RL 20 Dec 2012 -- A global multibillion dollar immunization campaign over the past few decades has made most of the world polio-free. But in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria the crippling disease remains endemic.
- Pakistani Clerics Condemn Attacks on Polio Workers VOA 20 Dec 2012 -- An alliance of Pakistani clerics on Thursday condemned the attacks on U.N.-backed anti-polio teams in Pakistan, as the death toll from the violence rose to nine.
- Two More Deaths In Attacks On Polio Workers In Pakistan RFE/RL 19 Dec 2012 -- United Nations agencies have suspended a campaign against polio in Pakistan after deadly attacks on vaccination teams.
- Spate Of Pakistani Killings Suggests 'Humanitarian Space' Ignored RFE/RL 19 Dec 2012 -- Aid workers have warned for years that they must operate independently from military forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan or risk being seen by locals - and by militants - as part of the counterinsurgency campaign.
- In Brief: Attack halts polio drive in Pakistani province IRIN 18 Dec 2012 -- The government of Sindh Province in Pakistan has called off its polio vaccination campaign after unidentified militants carried out coordinated attacks today on vaccination teams in three different parts of Karachi, killing four women and injuring two men.
- Five Polio-Campaign Volunteers Killed In Pakistan RFE/RL 18 Dec 2012 -- Five polio vaccination workers in Pakistan have been shot dead in the past day and a half, prompting a suspension of the program in the area around the country's biggest city, Karachi.
- UN condemns deadly attacks on polio workers in Pakistan UN News Centre 18 Dec 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and two United Nations agencies have condemned the killing of at least six people working on a polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan in the past 24 hours.
- Gunmen Kill Five Polio Workers in Pakistan VOA 18 Dec 2012 -- Gunmen in Pakistan shot dead five polio workers in separate attacks Tuesday, forcing authorities to suspend the vaccination campaign in the country's largest city, Karachi.
- Pakistan Violence Leaves At Least 22 Dead RFE/RL 17 Dec 2012 -- Violence in Pakistan has left at least 22 people dead, with a bombing in the northwest tribal region, a Taliban attack on Pakistani soldiers, and a shooting apparently related to sectarian problems in the southwest.
- All Attackers on Pakistani Airport Killed RIA Novosti 17 Dec 2012 -- The five remaining members of a group of Taliban militants who carried out a daring attack on a Pakistani airport on Saturday have been killed in an ensuing operation conducted by police and the army, local media reported.
- Five Militants Killed In Pakistan Gunbattle RFE/RL 16 Dec 2012 -- Police say five militants were killed in a gunbattle in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, one day after an attack on an airport in the city left at least four civilians dead and more than 40 injured.
- Rockets Fired on Pakistan Airport, Five Dead, Dozens Injured VOA 15 Dec 2012 -- At least five people died and dozens more were injured in a rocket attack on Pakistan's Peshawar airport northwest of the capital, Islamabad, in a brazen assault Saturday night.
- Report Exposes 'Legal Wilderness' In Pakistani Tribal Areas RFE/RL 13 Dec 2012 -- Amnesty International says Pakistan's government is failing to respond to complaints of thousands of human rights abuses in its semiautonomous tribal regions.
- Afghanistan Deadline Pushes Pakistan, US Closer VOA 12 Dec 2012 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Kabul on a previously unannounced visit Wednesday to discuss the U.S. presence in Afghanistan after international combat troops complete their withdrawal in 2014. American, Afghan and Pakistani officials have recently ramped up talks on regional security and agreed to cooperate on defense priorities. Fear of the consequences of failure in Afghanistan appears to be pushing the sides closer together.
- Worry Grows Over Rising Sectarian Attacks In Pakistan RFE/RL 11 Dec 2012 -- Sunni-dominated Pakistan has seen an unprecedented spike in religious violence this year, with at least 375 minority Shi'ite Muslims killed across the country.
- Pakistan, Corruption Remain Stumbling Blocks in Afghanistan AFPS 10 Dec 2012 -- Safe havens in Pakistan, corruption and limited Afghan government capabilities are the greatest obstacles to stability in Afghanistan, according to a Pentagon report delivered to Congress and made public today.
- Karzai Cites Pakistan Link In Attack On Afghan Spy Chief RFE/RL 08 Dec 2012 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says that a suicide bombing attack that wounded his country's intelligence chief was planned in the Pakistani city of Quetta.
- Al-Qaida Leader Killed in Pakistan Drone Strike VOA 08 Dec 2012 -- A suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has killed a senior al-Qaida leader who was considered one of the group's most powerful figures in the region.
- Most Afghan Refugees Want to Remain in Pakistan VOA 06 Dec 2012 -- More than 1.6 million Afghan refugees registered in Pakistan are due to be repatriated by the end of the year. With just three weeks to go, however, a recent United Nations survey found that roughly 80 percent have no intention of returning to Afghanistan.
- Judge Warns Pakistan's Government Over Killings In Southwest RFE/RL 05 Dec 2012 -- Pakistan's most senior judge says he is determined to push the government over killings and disappearances in southwestern Balochistan Province.
- Three Soldiers Killed In Pakistan Suicide Bombing RFE/RL 05 Dec 2012 -- Officials in Pakistan say at least three soldiers have been killed and nine more wounded in a suicide bombing.
- Chinese State Firm Pleads Guilty In U.S. Over Pakistan Nuclear Exports RFE/RL 04 Dec 2012 -- A Chinese state-owned company has pleaded guilty in the United States and been fined $3 million for conspiring to violate U.S. nuclear export restrictions on Pakistan.
- Pakistani Judge To Probe 2007 Raid On Radical Mosque RFE/RL 04 Dec 2012 -- Pakistan's highest court has appointed a judge to investigate the military's assault in 2007 on a radical mosque.
- Tensions Follow Slaying In Karachi Of Religious Leader RFE/RL 03 Dec 2012 -- Students from a religious seminary have blocked roads and burned cars after the assassination of a senior cleric in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.
- NATO Supports Pakistan in Terrorism Fight VOA 03 Dec 2012 -- NATO's chief says the alliance stands together with Pakistan as the South Asian nation combats the "scourge" of terrorism.
- Pakistani Foreign Minister visits NATO, holds talks with North Atlantic Council NATO 03 Dec 2012 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomed Pakistanís Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to NATO headquarters.
- Pakistan gearing up for general election early next year IRNA 03 Dec 2012 -- Political atmosphere in Pakistan is heating up as all political parties have launched their election campaigns across the country after the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party has assured that there is no chance of delay in general election.
- U.S. drone kills 4 people in Pakistan IRNA 02 Dec 2012 -- A U.S. drone Saturday killed at least Four people in South Waziristan tribal region, the second American attack in the region in two days.
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