Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
February 2014 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistan: Informal Afghan Peace Talks Are 'A Good Start' VOA 28 Feb 2014 -- Pakistan says recent "informal" talks between Afghan peace negotiators and leaders of a Taliban faction are "a good start" towards seeking a negotiated settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan. The hope is other warring groups will join the process.
- US Considers Targeting American Terrorism Suspect in Pakistan VOA 28 Feb 2014 -- The Obama administration is debating whether to approve a deadly drone strike on an American in Pakistan. A White House official is reported to have identified the man as being involved in producing explosive devices that have killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Denies Protecting Pro-Taliban Haqqani Network VOA 27 Feb 2014 -- Pakistan claims its "precision" air strikes against suspected militant bases in and around the volatile North Waziristan border region are "successfully" underway. It denies reports in the American media, however, that the country plans no action against the Haqqani network, a key ally of the Taliban in Afghanistan, which is entrenched in the tribal territory and known for staging attacks on Afghan and U.S. forces.
- Pakistan set to wage full-scale military offensive in Waziristan Iran Press TV 26 Feb 2014 -- The Pakistani government is on the verge of launching a major military offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region days after dialog process between Islamabad and Taliban reached a deadlock.
- Saudi Arabia to provide weapons from Pakistan to Syrian opposition VoR 26 Feb 2014 -- Saudi source has announced on Sunday that Saudi Arabia is in the middle of negotiations with Pakistan regarding the purchase of anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets in order to support Syrian rebels.
- Pakistan begins to issue new refugee cards to Afghan, UN confirms UN News Centre 25 Feb 2014 -- The United Nations refugee agency today confirmed that it assisting the Government of Pakistan to issue new refugee cards to more than 1.6 million Afghan refugees in the country, certifying that they are legally in the country and should be allow access to social services and basic rights.
- Pakistan Jets Bomb Militants VOA 25 Feb 2014 -- Pakistan jets pounded Taliban hideouts in the country's remote tribal northwestern region Tuesday, killing some 30 militants.
- Pakistan's Army Launches More Air Strikes In North Waziristan RFE/RL 25 Feb 2014 -- Pakistan's Army has launched another wave of air strikes in the tribal region of North Waziristan, targeting militant hideouts and killing at least 30 suspected Taliban fighters.
- Pakistan denies selling arms to Saudi Arabia for Syrian rebels IRNA 25 Feb 2014 -- Pakistan has rejected reports as baseless that Saudi Arabia has shown interest to buy Pakistani arms for Syrian rebels.
- Key Pakistan Taliban Commander Shot Dead VOA 24 Feb 2014 -- A key Pakistan Taliban commander was fatally shot Monday, and a top government official is saying Pakistan has reached a turning point in its dealings with the militants.
- Pakistani fighter jets kill 38 Taliban militants Iran Press TV 23 Feb 2014 -- Pakistani fighter jets have bombed militant positions in the country's rugged northwestern tribal regions close to the border with Afghanistan, killing at least 38 militants and injuring several others.
- Pakistani Military Jets Pound Suspected Militant Hideouts RFE/RL 23 Feb 2014 -- Pakistan's military said at least 38 suspected insurgents were killed after government fighter jets pounded militant hideouts in the country's lawless tribal areas.
- Deputy Minister: Pakistan's measures for securing joint borders not 'enough' ISNA 22 Feb 2014 -- Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour said Pakistan's measures for securing joint borders with Iran have not been sufficient.
- Pakistan-Taliban Talks on Verge of Collapse VOA 20 Feb 2014 -- Pakistan's attempts at peace talks with Taliban militants appeared on the edge of collapse Thursday.
- Saudi-Pakistan Military Ties Getting Stronger VOA 19 Feb 2014 -- Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, who is Saudi Arabia's deputy prime minister and defense minister has just concluded an official visit to Pakistan. Some defense experts say that Saudi Arabia's close military ties with Pakistan, though not new, now have a new dimension - namely countering the threat of a nuclear-capable Iran.
- Unnoticed conflict quietly shatters Pakistan lives IRIN 19 Feb 2014 -- In a classroom in a private school in Islamabad, Pakistan's capital city, a group of fifth graders doing their history lessons are adamant when asked a question about conflict.
- Pakistan's Musharraf arrives at court for first time VoR 18 Feb 2014 -- Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf arrived at court on Tuesday for the first time to face charges in a treason case he has denounced as a score-settling exercise by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
- US scopes out new bases for Pakistan drone missions VoR 17 Feb 2014 -- The United Sates is making contingency plans to transform airbases in Central Asia to execute drone attacks in Pakistan.
- Taliban Execution of Pakistani Security Forces Stalls Talks VOA 17 Feb 2014 -- Taliban militants in Pakistan claim to have slaughtered 23 security forces who were being held captive - a devastating blow to controversial peace talks aimed at ending the Islamist insurgency that has plagued parts of the country for years.
- Pakistan's Bugti return home after nine years' displacement IRIN 13 Feb 2014 -- Eighty-year-old Bakhtia Khan has finally gone home to Dera Bugt in Balochistan, Pakistan, after having fled nearly nine years ago during clashes between the army and Bugti tribal fighters.
- Pakistan Air Force will provide training to Iraqi air force IRNA 11 Feb 2014 -- Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has said that Pakistan will provide assistance to Iraq in fields of training and development.
- PM Sharif says Pakistan to provide training to Iraqi air force Voice of Russia 11 Feb 2014 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Monday said that Pakistan will provide assistance to Iraq in fields of training and development.
- Taliban Takes 'Positive' Approach to Pakistan Peace Talks VOA 10 Feb 2014 -- The Taliban-appointed team to negotiations with the Pakistan government say the militant leaders have adopted a 'positive' attitude to peace talks held last week with the government. The government says the negotiations are just one aspect of their counter-terrorism policy.
- Pakistani Taliban set several conditions for peace talks Iran Press TV 09 Feb 2014 -- Peace talks between the Pakistan government and Taliban have reached a new deadlock, as militants set several tough conditions for the ongoing dialog process.
- Pakistani Official says Afghanistan-Taliban Peace Deal Possible VOA 09 Feb 2014 -- A top Pakistani official says he believes a peace deal between Afghanistan and the Taliban is possible provided the government in Kabul shows flexibility.
- 'Pakistani Taliban concerned how to save their skin in peace talks with gov't' - expert Voice of Russia 07 Feb 2014 -- The first round of peace talks between the Pakistani Taliban and the government has been held in Islamabad following numerous delays. That's according to Al Jazeera.
- Taliban Questions Pakistani Government Talk Conditions VOA 07 Feb 2014 -- A Taliban representative on Friday questioned a key term set out by the Pakistani government for negotiations with the militant group.
- Pakistan wants complete halt to US drone attacks: spokesperson IRNA 06 Feb 2014 -- Pakistan said Thursday it wants complete halt to the American drone attacks instead of decreasing the frequency.
- Pakistani Government, Taliban Hold Landmark Talks VOA 06 Feb 2014 -- The talks were to have taken place this past Tuesday but were postponed after the government sought clarification on who was on the Taliban negotiating team. Thursday's meeting, which lasted some three hours, was aimed at charting a roadmap for future peace talks to end the militants' bloody insurgency.
- Pakistan govt., Taliban militants begin secret talks Iran Press TV 06 Feb 2014 -- The first secret meeting between the representatives of the Pakistani government and Taliban negotiators has begun at an undisclosed location.
- Pakistan govt. ends first round of talks with Taliban Iran Press TV 06 Feb 2014 -- Preliminary controversial peace talks between the Pakistani government and pro-Taliban militants have ended in Islamabad.
- Pakistani Government, Taliban Open Talks VOA 06 Feb 2014 -- Government peace negotiators on Thursday opened preliminary talks with representatives of the Pakistani Taliban in an attempt to end more than a decade of violent militancy in the country.
- Government Fails to Attend Talks With Pakistani Taliban VOA 04 Feb 2014 -- Preliminary peace talks between the Pakistani government and and the Pakistani Taliban have been delayed after the government team failed to show up for a meeting in Islamabad Tuesday.
- Pakistani government to open preliminary talks with the Taliban Voice of Russia 04 Feb 2014 -- In its most ambitious step yet to address Pakistan's most potent domestic threat, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government plans to hold preliminary talks Tuesday with representatives of the Pakistani Taliban.
- Olson: US-Pakistan Relations Still Challenging, Improving VOA 03 Feb 2014 -- U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson has been Washington's top diplomat in Islamabad since late 2012, at a time when the two countries have focused on repairing their often strained relationship. He expressed concerns over Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, the situation in Afghanistan and the fight against militant groups in Pakistan's tribal regions.
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