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January 2013 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Security forces kill 33 militants in Pakistanís tribal region IRNA 31 Jan 2013 -- Pakistani security forces have claimed that they have killed 33 militants affiliated to Lashkar-i-Islam and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan in northwestern tribal region.
- 2 Polio Workers Killed in Pakistan VOA 31 Jan 2013 -- A roadside bomb has killed two polio vaccination workers in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, where several attacks on such workers have taken place in the past two months.
- Two Pakistan Polio-Vaccination Workers Killed By Roadside Bomb RFE/RL 31 Jan 2013 -- Pakistani health officials say a bomb has killed two polio-vaccination workers in the troubled northwestern Kurram tribal region.
- Joint regional strategy stressed to fright terrorism IRNA 31 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman here Malik stressed need for joint regional cooperation to fight the menace of terrorism in the region.
- Two Clerics Shot Dead In Karachi RFE/RL 31 Jan 2013 -- Reports from Pakistan say two Sunni Muslim clerics have been shot dead in the port city of Karachi.
- Afghan minister, Pakistan army chief discuss defence cooperation IRNA 30 Jan 2013 -- The visiting Afghan Defence Minister, General Bismillah Khan Muhammadi, has held talks with Pakistan army chife, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and discussed defence cooperation.
- Pakistani Teenager Shot By Taliban To Undergo Skull Surgery RFE/RL 30 Jan 2013 -- Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage activist shot in the head by the Taliban, is to undergo major surgery in the next few days to reconstruct her skull.
- Pakistan's Former Oil, Gas Chief Arrested In Abu Dhabi RFE/RL 30 Jan 2013 -- Pakistani officials say the country's fugitive former oil and gas chief has been arrested in Abu Dhabi.
- Pakistan's Islamist Militia Ansar Ul-Islam And Its Fight For Influence RFE/RL 29 Jan 2013 -- A banned Pakistani militia is now positioning itself as the last bastion of hope against extremists intent on controlling regions surrounding the historic Khyber Pass.
- Afghan, Pakistani Defense Officials Discuss Military Cooperation RFE/RL 28 Jan 2013 -- Afghan and Pakistani defense officials are discussing bilateral military cooperation, including the prospects of having the Afghan National Army trained by Pakistani military specialists.
- Death Toll from Pakistani Militant Clashes Reaches 70 VOA 28 Jan 2013 -- Fighting between two banned Islamist militant groups in Pakistanís restive northwestern tribal belt along the Afghan border has killed at least 70 people and wounded scores more since fierce clashes broke out last week.
- Casualties Reported In Clashes Between Militant Groups RFE/RL 28 Jan 2013 -- Casualties were reported as fighting between Tehrik-i-Taliban and Ansar-ul-Islam militant groups entered its fourth day in Pakistan's Khyber tribal district near the Afghan border.
- 24 killed in militant clash in NW Pakistan IRNA 26 Jan 2013 -- At least 24 militants were killed and many others injured in a clash between Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Ansarul Islam (AI) militant groups on Friday in Pakistan's north western tribal region, local media reported.
- Pakistan says world is concerned at U.S. drone attacks IRNA 23 Jan 2013 -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Tuesday told the parliament that the world is raising concerns on the civilian casualties in the American drone strikes.
- Pakistan Unhappy Over Reports US Drone Strikes Will Continue VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- Leaders in Pakistan are outraged at reported U.S. plans to continue controversial drone strikes against suspected al-Qaida-linked sanctuaries on Pakistani soil. They are calling it 'close to a perpetual war,' and say it is exactly opposite to what President Barack Obama stated in his inaugural speech on Monday.
- Despite curbs on target killings, CIA to get free hand in Pakistan IRNA 21 Jan 2013 -- The Obama administration is finalising a rule book for target killings but these restrictions will not apply to Pakistan where the CIA will be free to direct drone strikes in Pakistani tribal areas.
- Pakistan's ISI Admits To Detentions Without Evidence RFE/RL 21 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan's powerful security service has admitted to holding seven suspected militants for more than a year without sufficient evidence to try them.
- Talibanís release sparks fresh tensions IRNA 21 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan cannot attach the condition on freed Afghan Taliban prisoners to negotiating with the Afghan government, a Pakistani official has said.
- Pakistan likely to release top Afghan Taliban leader IRNA 20 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan has decided to release all Afghan Taliban prisoners including the group deputy Mullah Baradar, senior Pakistani official has said.
- Pakistan Pledges To Free All Afghan Taliban RFE/RL 18 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan has said it plans to release all Afghan Taliban prisoners still in its custody.
- Pakistan military gunships bomb areas in North Waziristan IRNA 18 Jan 2013 -- Pakistani gunships shelled positions of suspected militants in North Waziristan tribal region.
- Pakistan Supreme Court Gives Six Days For PM Investigation RFE/RL 18 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has given the government's top anticorruption official six days to further investigate corruption charges against Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.
- Pakistani religious scholar ends protest after deal with gov't IRNA 18 Jan 2013 -- Pakistani government and a powerful religious scholar reached an agreement that peacefully ended a four-day sit-in outside the parliament house in Islamabad.
- Pakistan's Anti-Corruption Bureau Refuses to Arrest Prime Minister VOA 17 Jan 2013 -- The head of Pakistan's anti-corruption bureau says it has decided not to arrest PM Ashraf, despite orders to do so by the supreme court.
- Pakistani Official Rejects Court Order To Arrest PM RFE/RL 17 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan's top anticorruption official has refused an order by the country's Supreme Court to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.
- Pakistan's anti-corruption body refuses to arrest Prime Minister IRNA 17 Jan 2013 -- The anti-corruption body in Pakistan refused to arrest the country’s Prime Minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf, in a corruption case, saying that the evidences are not enough to arrest him.
- Pakistan Protest Ends After Talks VOA 17 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan's coalition government negotiated an end to a four-day protest in the nation's capital led by firebrand cleric Tahir-ul Qadri against the country's political leadership.
- Pakistani Cleric Qadri Says Deal Reached With Government RFE/RL 17 Jan 2013 -- Islamic cleric Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, the organizer of this week's antigovernment demonstrations in Islamabad, says he has reached an agreement with the government.
- Parliamentarian among four shot dead in Karachi IRNA 17 Jan 2013 -- Gunmen on Thursday shot dead at least four people, including a provincial lawmaker of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, in port city of Karachi.
- Pakistani Police Break Up Protest Over Killings RFE/RL 17 Jan 2013 -- Pakistani police fired bullets into the air and used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting killings they blame on Pakistani security forces.
- Police clashes with protestors in NW Pakistan IRNA 17 Jan 2013 -- Protesters and police clashed in north western city of Peshawar as the officials attempted to disperse the crowd staging sit-in against the ongoing operation in the Khyber tribal area.
- Pakistani Terrorist to be Sentenced in Chicago VOA 17 Jan 2013 -- Pakistani-born Tahawwur Rana, convicted in the United States of supporting terrorist plots, is to be sentenced in a Chicago federal courtroom.
- India, Pakistan Agree To Ease Kashmir Tensions RFE/RL 16 Jan 2013 -- India and Pakistan have agreed to ease tensions in disputed Kashmir and observe a decade-old cease-fire.
- Pakistani Interior Minister Warns Protesters To Disperse RFE/RL 16 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan's interior minister has warned influential Islamic cleric Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri and thousands of his supporters rallying in Islamabad to disperse.
- Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri: A Complex Man Full Of Contradictions RFE/RL 16 Jan 2013 -- He calls himself Sheikh-ul-Islam and gets his supporters to swear allegiance to him on the Koran, but he hates to be called "maulana," a term regularly used to refer to religious scholars in Pakistan.
- Qadri Wants Pakistan Elections Held On Schedule RFE/RL 16 Jan 2013 -- Influential Islamic cleric Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has told antigovernment protesters in Islamabad that he wants election reforms but no delay in elections scheduled for spring.
- Pakistan Protest Leader Demands Electoral Reforms VOA 16 Jan 2013 -- Firebrand Muslim cleric Tahir-ul Qadri said Wednesday his supporters would not abandon their sit-in on the streets of Pakistan's capital until the country implements his demands for clean and transparent national elections.
- Pakistani Villagers Protest Brutal Killings RFE/RL 16 Jan 2013 -- Hundreds of villagers in Pakistan's northwest Khyber tribal district are staging a protest against the deaths of at least 14 local residents allegedly killed by security forces.
- Pakistan Says One Of Its Soldiers Killed In Exchange With Indian Troops RFE/RL 15 Jan 2013 -- The Pakistani military says "unprovoked" firing by Indian troops has killed a Pakistani soldier in the latest violation of a ceasefire in disputed Kashmir.
- Who Stands To Benefit From Qadri's March? RFE/RL 15 Jan 2013 -- The protest march led by Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has electrified Pakistan by throwing a wrench into the government's plans for an orderly run-up to new elections.
- Pakistani Cleric Qadri Energizes Calls for Reform VOA 15 Jan 2013 -- Tahir-ul Qadri returned to a hero's welcome in Pakistan in December, attracting thousands with calls for reforms ahead of this year's elections.
- Pakistani Supreme Court orders arrest of Prime Minister in corruption case IRNA 15 Jan 2013 -- Pakistani Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of the country’s Prime Minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf in a corruption case.
- Pakistan's Supreme Court Orders Arrest Of Prime Minister RFE/RL 15 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of the prime minister in connection with a corruption case linked to power projects.
- Protest Leader Calls for 'Peaceful Revolution' in Pakistan VOA 15 Jan 2013 -- Populist Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri has called for a peaceful revolution in the country and the dissolution of the current government.
- Cleric Tells Crowd Pakistani Government Is A Failure RFE/RL 15 Jan 2013 -- An influential Islamic cleric has told tens of thousands of antigovernment demonstrators in the Pakistani capital that the country's government suffers from a "complete failure of political leadership."
- India Orders 'Aggressive' Response to Kashmir Provocation VOA 14 Jan 2013 -- India's army chief says he has ordered his commanders to deliver an "aggressive" response to any firing from Pakistani forces in disputed Kashmir.
- India, Pakistan Trade Accusations Over Recent Kashmir Deaths RFE/RL 14 Jan 2013 -- Indian and Pakistani military officials have traded accusations over the recent deadly clashes in disputed Kashmir.
- Pakistan protests Indian border ceasefire violation IRNA 14 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan defence officials lodged protest with Indian military over the ‘continuous ceasefire violations including an attempted raid by Indian troops’ along the Line of Control.
- Political Rally Shuts Down Pakistan Capital VOA 14 Jan 2013 -- Thousands of flag-waving protesters marched into Pakistan's capital to demand changes to the country's political system just months before scheduled elections.
- Anticorruption Marchers Reach Pakistani Capital RFE/RL 14 Jan 2013 -- Thousands of marchers led by influential Islamic cleric Tahir-ul Qadri have made their way to the Pakistani capital from Lahore to protest government corruption and demand election reforms.
- Four days long Shias sit-in ends in Pakistan IRNA 14 Jan 2013 -- The Qaumi Yakjehti Council announced that it was concluding its sit-in in the south western city of Quetta.
- Governorís rule imposed in Balochistan, Pakistan IRNA 14 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf early announced the imposition of governor’s rule in south western Balochistan province.
- Local Pakistani Government Sacked After Sectarian Attack RFE/RL 14 Jan 2013 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has agreed to dismiss the government of southwest Balochistan days after one of the bloodiest sectarian attacks there.
- Shias sit-in continues in Quetta IRNA 13 Jan 2013 -- The sit-in of Hazara Shia community entered second day as they refused to bury the dead of Thursday's bombings, till the army takes control of Quetta, local media reported on Saturday.
- Shiites refuse to end protest unless army deployed in Quetta IRNA 13 Jan 2013 -- Hundreds of Shiites Saturday refused to end sit-in unless the army is deployed in Quetta where a string of deadly blasts killed nearly 100 people on Thursday.
- Pakistan suspends cross-LoC bus service between J&K and PoK IRNA 12 Jan 2013 -- In yet another setback to cross-LoC travel, Pakistan on Friday decided to suspend 'Paigam-e-Aman' bus service between Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Jammu and Kashmir.
- India and Pakistan Square Up Over Kashmir RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2013 -- India and Pakistan are rushing to reinforce their armed forces in the disputed border area of Kashmir, following a spate of clashes between their armies last week across the so-called Line of Control which left several soldiers dead, Indian TV channel Zee News reported.
- Shiites refuse to end protest unless army deployed in Quetta IRNA 12 Jan 2013 -- Hundreds of Shiites Saturday refused to end sit-in unless the army is deployed in Quetta where a string of deadly blasts killed nearly 100 people on Thursday.
- Anger Rises in Pakistan Over Killings of Shi'ite Muslims VOA 12 Jan 2013 -- Anger and frustration rose in Pakistan Saturday over bomb blasts that killed almost 100 Shi'ite Muslims, with critics saying the government is failing to protect the nation's religious minority.
- Pakistan Mourns Hundreds Killed in Multiple Bomb Blasts VOA 11 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan on Friday declared three days or mourning after multiple bombings there killed almost 100 people and injured dozens more.
- Pakistan Protests Attacks Along Indian Border VOA 11 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan has lodged a strong protest against what it said are repeated, unacceptable and unprovoked attacks on Pakistani soldiers by the Indian army.
- Secretary-General 'strongly condemns' multiple deadly attacks in Pakistan UN News Centre 11 Jan 2013 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "strongly condemns" the multiple attacks that took place in Quetta and the Swat Valley, in Pakistan, which reportedly killed at least 100 people and injured at least 200 more, according to his spokesperson.
- Pakistan Bomb Blasts Kill More Than 110 VOA 10 Jan 2013 -- Four separate bombings killed more than 110 people and wounded nearly 250 across Pakistan Thursday, including 92 deaths in Quetta.
- India summons Pak High Commissioner IRNA 10 Jan 2013 -- India on Wednesday summoned the Pakistan High Commissioner to convey a 'strong protest' over the Pakistani Army action in which two Indian soldiers were killed and their bodies subjected to 'barbaric and inhuman mutilation' in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Pakistani army denies Indian statement on border firing IRNA 10 Jan 2013 -- Pakistani military has denied Indian statement that Pakistani troops crossed into Indian part of Kashmir and ambushed an Army patrol party, killing its two soldiers.
- Pakistan willing to probe Indian claim on cross-border attack IRNA 10 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan said it is ready to investigate Indian claim that Pakistani troops have crossed into Indian-administered Kashmir and killed two Indian soldiers.
- Pakistan Says Indian Troops Kill Pakistani Soldier in Kashmir VOA 10 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan's army said Indian troops have shot and killed a Pakistani soldier, the third deadly cross-border incident in the disputed Kashmir region in recent days.
- Pakistani Military Says Indian Fire Kills Soldier RFE/RL 10 Jan 2013 -- The Pakistani military says Indian troops shot and killed a Pakistani soldier in the third deadly cross-border incident reported in five days in the disputed region of Kashmir.
- US drone kills 4 in NW Pakistan IRNA 10 Jan 2013 -- An American spy aircraft Thursday attacked a house in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region and killed Four people, residents said.
- Army capable to handle spectrum of threats: Pakistan Army Chief IRNA 10 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan Army Chief Geneneral Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said the military is fully prepared to respond to threats of any kind whatsoever, be they direct, indirect, overt or covert, a media report said on Wednesday.
- India Vows Response To Pakistani Attack RFE/RL 09 Jan 2013 -- India's defense minister has condemned what he called the Pakistani Army's treatment of two Indian soldiers who were killed along the Line of Control in Kashmir.
- The Man Behind Pakistan's Democracy March RFE/RL 09 Jan 2013 -- Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri is best known internationally for an antiterrorism fatwa he issued in 2010. The influential Islamic scholar declared in his 600-page religious ruling that no Muslim has the right to shed the blood of civilians in the name of religion.
- India: Pakistani Troops Kill 2 Indian Soldiers in Kashmir VOA 08 Jan 2013 -- India said Pakistani troops have shot dead two Indian soldiers near the countries' disputed border in Kashmir, two days after Pakistan said one of its soldiers was killed in the area.
- U.S. spy aircraft kills 8 in NW Pakistan IRNA 08 Jan 2013 -- American spy aircraft rained down missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal early Tuesday and killed at least eight people, residents said.
- PAKISTAN: Growing risks for aid workers IRIN 07 Jan 2013 -- There was no warning when gunmen killed seven aid workers with local NGO Support With Working Solution (SWWS) in the Swabi District of Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province on 1 January.
- US drone strikes kill 17 in NW Pakistan IRNA 07 Jan 2013 -- At least 17 persons were killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region on Sunday, regional tribesmen said.
- Pakistan: Soldier Killed As Indian Troops Raid Military Post RFE/RL 06 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan's military says one of its soldiers was killed when Indian troops raided a military post along the de facto border in Kashmir.
- India-Pakistan Clash Unlikely to Affect Long-Term Relations VOA 06 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan is accusing India of a cross-border raid in the disputed Kashmir territory, killing at least one Pakistani soldier and critically wounding another. But Indian officials say their troops fired across the border after being attacked from Pakistan. The incident is unlikely to seriously affect the peace process that has dramatically improved diplomatic ties.
- Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami former chief laid to rest IRNA 06 Jan 2013 -- Former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan, Qazi Hussain Ahmed was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Peshawar on Sunday.
- Pakistan, U.S. to solve the drone strikes issue, spokesman IRNA 05 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan said Friday that it wants to resolve the issue of the American drone attacks in the country's through bilateral talks with the United States.
- Pakistani forces kill 20 militants in NW Pakistan IRNA 04 Jan 2013 -- Pakistani military gunship helicopters Friday shelled hideouts of the militants in a tribal region and killed at least 20 militants, state television reported.
- Pakistani Militant Commander Reportedly Killed In U.S. Drone Attack RFE/RL 03 Jan 2013 -- Large crowds have reportedly turned out in Pakistan's South Waziristan to mourn the death of senior Islamic militant commander Mullah Nazir.
- Pakistani Polio-Vaccination Campaign Resumes Under Tight Security RFE/RL 03 Jan 2013 -- Authorities in a district in Pakistan's troubled northwest have resumed a polio-vaccination campaign that had been halted after a wave of attacks last month on health workers involved in the program.
- Pakistan frees 8 Afghan Taliban leaders IRNA 02 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan has said it has released eight Afghan Taliban leaders including former Justice Minister, Mulla Noor-ud-Din Turabi.
- Seven NGO workers killed in NW Pakistan IRNA 02 Jan 2013 -- Seven teachers, six women and a man, working at Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) operated school were shot dead on Tuesday in north western district of Swabi, police said.
- 7 Aid Workers Gunned Down in Pakistan VOA 01 Jan 2013 -- Gunmen have ambushed a vehicle carrying Pakistani aid workers, killing seven people in northwest Pakistan.
- India, Pakistan Exchange Nuclear Facilities List VOA 01 Jan 2013 -- India and Pakistan have exchanged lists of their nuclear installations and facilities as part of an ongoing agreement.
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