16 SEPTEMBER 2016
Pakistan may be buiding new nuclear site: Defence experts
Pakistan, estimated to have the world’s fastest-growing nuclear stockpile, could be building a new uranium enrichment complex according to commercial satellite imagery analysed by Western defence experts
12 SEPTEMBER 2016
Cold War foes Russia and Pakistan forge closer ties, will hold joint war games
Pakistan and Russia will hold their first-ever joint military exercises later this year, say media reports. Islamabad is looking for new alliances in the region as its ties with Washington are rapidly deteriorating
11 SEPTEMBER 2016
Pakistan Refuses Fresh Calls for Afghan Trade with India Through Land Routes
Pakistan has rejected fresh calls by Afghanistan to allow the conflict-ridden landlocked country to engage in direct trade with India through its land routes, citing existing official arrangements between Islamabad and Kabul
1 SEPTEMBER 2016
Pakistan military admits IS presence in country
Pakistan’s military on Thursday (Sep 1) admitted for the first time that the Islamic State group had a presence in the country but said it had apprehended hundreds of its militants and prevented them from carrying out major attacks
26 AUGUST 2016
U.S. cuts aid to Pakistan due to warming relations with India
Pakistan’s continued support for resurgent militant groups hostile to the United States, coupled with warming U.S. military and business relations with India, is sharply diminishing Islamabad’s strategic importance as an ally to Washington, U.S. military, diplomatic, and intelligence officials and outside experts said
23 AUGUST 2016
Pakistan seals MQM office after attack on television media
Pakistan’s paramilitary forces sealed Karachi’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) office and detained five of its leaders after a riot turned deadly in the country’s financial hub
17 AUGUST 2016
Pakistan’s Islamization – before and after dictator Zia-ul Haq
Many people in Pakistan blame former dictator General Zia-ul Haq for the rise of extremism in their country. But was he really the architect of the Islamization drive in the South Asian nation?
8 AUGUST 2016
Taliban suicide bombing at hospital in Pakistan city of Quetta kills at least 70
A suicide bomber killed at least 70 people and wounded some 200 others in an attack that struck a gathering of Pakistani lawyers on the grounds of a government-run hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday
4 AUGUST 2016
Pentagon won’t pay Pakistan $300m military reimbursements
The Pentagon will not pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements after US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter decided not to tell Congress that Pakistan was taking adequate action against the Haqqani network, a US official said
31 JULY 2016
Farooq Haider Khan is elected PM of Pakistan-administered Kashmir
The new legislative assembly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Sunday elected Farooq Haider Khan of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) premier of the state
28 JULY 2016
Welcome to Pakistan’s Wild West, where guns are cheaper than smartphones
Sub-machine guns and Kalashnikovs can be bought as little as US$67 and US$125, respectively, in tribal town known as a hub for criminal activity
26 JULY 2016
Secular Pakistanis resist Turkey’s ‘authoritarian’ demands
Turkey has asked Pakistan to crack down on institutions run by US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara believes was behind the failed coup against President Erdogan. But many Pakistanis do not want to follow along
22 JULY 2016
Should Pakistan Put All Its Eggs in the China Basket?
How much is Pakistan really benefiting from its “all weather friendship” with China?http://thediplomat.com/2016/07/should-pakistan-put-all-its-eggs-in-the-china-basket/
19 JULY 2016
Pakistani court orders confiscation of Musharraf’s bank accounts
A special court hearing treason charges against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday ordered authorities to freeze his bank accounts and confiscate his property
18 JULY 2016
China upset over Pakistan’s handling of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)° project
Due to delays in the development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the authorities in Beijing have suggested Islamabad to formally rope in the Pakistan Army to ensure smooth execution of the project
8 JULY 2016
Death of humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, the Mother Teresa of Pakistan
Pakistan’s humanitarian worker Edhi has died in the port city of Karachi due to a protracted illness. Known as the ‘Mother Teresa’ of Pakistan, the activist worked altruistically, rising above religious prejudices
25 JUNE 2016
Pakistan and India move closer to SCO
The six-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization approved memorandums on Friday to pave the way for India and Pakistan to join the organization
22 JUNE 2016
Is Pakistan Secretly Testing a New Chinese Killer Drone?
According to IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, a Pakistani defense official speaking on the condition of anonymity said that the unmanned aircraft was on an “experimental flight.” This could indicate that the Pakistani military was evaluating a new UAV type for service in the PAF. Furthermore, IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly explains
22 JUNE 2016
Popular Pakistani Sufi singer Amjad Sabri shot dead in ‘act of terror’
One of Pakistan’s best known Sufi musicians has been shot dead by unknown assailants riding a motorcycle in Karachi, triggering an outpouring of grief over what police described as an “act of terror”
16 JUNE 2016
Pakistan’s Crippling Strategic Isolation Is Its Own Fault
Pakistan’s recent relations with Afghanistan have been one example of Pakistan as a state unable to define its foreign policy and national interests beyond a Cold War paradigm. An India-centric foreign policy has stalled Pakistan’s foreign-policy evolution and tainted its worldview of international politics. Pakistan currently has strained and difficult relations with all its neighbors except China
15 JUNE 2016
Pakistan and Afghanistan formally agree over ceasefire at Torkham
The border authorities of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday formally agreed over ceasefire at Torkham and waved white flags on both sides of the border
14 JUNE 2016
Pakistan, Afghanistan increase troops ar Khyber Pass border after clash
A Pakistani army officer died on Tuesday after being shot by Afghan forces in a border clash, Pakistan’s military said, a development likely to ratchet up tension between the neighbours who sources said were beefing up troop numbers on either side
31 MAY 2016
Pakistan Fails to Seal F-16 Deal
Pakistan failed to move forward with the purchase of eight U.S.-made F-16C/D Block-52 fighter aircraft following a dispute over financing
30 APRIL 2016
US Congress blocking founds for F-16 purchase by Pakistan
The United States (US) administration is withholding funds earmarked for Pakistan’s purchase of eight F-16 fighter jets, BBC Urdu reported, citing an unnamed senior US State Department official.
India, Pakistan diplomats meet after lengthy hiatus
India on Tuesday asked Pakistan to rein in terrorist groups operating from its soil and targeting India, expressing dissatisfaction with action taken so far against suspects of an attack on an Indian air force base in January.
23 APRIL 2016
Pakistan PM says to resign if found guilty in Panama Papers probe
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday pledged to resign if a probe related to the Panama Papers tax scandal found his family had committed any wrongdoing
21 APRIL 2016
Pakistan army sacks six senior officers amid corruption claims
At least six high-ranking Pakistani army officers, including a lieutenant-general and major-general, have been sacked amid corruption allégations.
3 APRIL 2016
At the global Nuclear Security Summit, Pakistan sought greater acceptance as a responsible nuclear state.
Pakistan assured the international community that it was strongly committed to the objective and had been proactively engaged with efforts to promote nuclear safety and security.
24 MARCH 2016
Can Iran’s Rouhani win over Pakistan?
Iranian President Rouhani’s Pakistan visit comes at a delicate time for both Tehran and Islamabad. The neighboring countries want to improve economic ties, but the Saudi-Iranian rivalry continues to be a big impediment
16 MARCH 2016
Prospects of Pak-US strategic relationship: Trust vs interests
It would take time to witness a transformation in the sentiment of the relationship that continues to be defined by concerns rather than pledges
15 MARCH 2016
Pakistan Air Force needs to replace 190 planes from its current fleet by 2020
Pakistan Air Force needs to retire 190 planes from its current fleet by 2020, senior officials told Dawn while commenting on a report that the country was seeking another batch of 10 F-16s from the United States.
3 MARCH 2016
Islamabad: Pope Francis accepts invitation to visit Pakistan
The Pakistani government has invited Pope Francis to visit the country and the pope has accepted, this according to a government press release that also noted that the pontiff prayed for “Pakistan and the victims of terrorism”.
1 MARCH 2016
Will Qadri’s hanging lead to blasphemy law reforms in Pakistan?
Mumtaz Qadri, the murderer of former Governor Salman Taseer, has been hanged in a prison in Rawalpindi. Is Qadri’s death a victory for anti-blasphemy law campaigners or will it fuel more religious violence in the nation?
29 FEBRUARY 2016
Pakistan hangs Mumtaz Qadri for murder of Salman Taseer
Pakistan has hanged the assassin of a governor who sought to reform the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, officials and supporters said
26 FEBRUARY 2016
Pakistan has 24 million children out of school: Government
Of the 50.8 million children aged five to 16 in the country, 47 per cent do not receive an education, according to the annual Pakistan Education Statistics report for 2014-2015.
22 FEBRUARY 2016
Pakistan was the tenth largest arms importer in the world in 2015
Pakistan was the tenth largest arms importer in the world in 2015, down one spot from number nine the previous year, a military think tank database reveals, while Saudi Arabia was the leading arms importer in the world, followed closely by India.
21 FEBRUARY 2016
The sixth round of ministerial level US-Pakistan strategic dialogue will focus on enhancing cooperation in trade, investments, defence and counter terrorism.
The dialogue will be held in Washington DC on February 29. Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on foreign affairs would be representing the Pakistan side, while Secretary of State John Kerry would be representing the US side.
18 FEBRUARY 2016
Pakistan ranks third on global executions list with 324 hangings in 2015
Pakistan hanged 324 people last year to rank third worldwide in terms of executions, but the vast majority of those put to death had no links to militant groups or attacks, rights groups said in a report
14 FEBRUARY 2016
The problem with Pakistan’s foreign policy
Diplomatic pressure continues to build on Pakistan from the West and China to dismantle anti-India militant groups.
12 FEBRUARY 2016
Pakistan’s balancing act between Iran and Saudi Arabia
Recent twists in Pakistan’s foreign policy to maintain a balance between Saudi Arabia and Iran reflect the country’s historical obsession with acting as the leader of the ‘Muslim Ummah’ and also the on-going sectarian tussle, roots of which can be traced to both the Mid-Eastern states, within the country.
10 FEBRUARY 2016
Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passes away
Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passed away on Wednesday in Karachi after prolonged illness, DawnNews reported.
6 FEBRUARY 2016
Pakistan: A dangerous alliance?
A key figure, often identified with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), has issued a video statement congratulating the faction of the Pakistan Taliban responsible for attacking a university in Charsadda, Pakistan, on January 20.
3 FEBRUARY 2016
With 115 killed, Pakistan is fourth on the list of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists
Pakistan is fourth on the list of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, and comes behind Mexico, Philippines and Iraq according to an International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) report released on Wednesday.
2 FEBRUARY 2016
Pakistani short story writer, novelist, journalist and poet Intizar Husain passed away
Veteran short story writer, novelist, journalist and poet Intizar Husain passed away at a hospital in Lahore. The 92-year-old was undergoing treatment at a local hospital
26 JANUARY 2016
Pakistan inches towards stability
After a dramatic end to 2014, Pakistan has gradually moved towards greater political and economic stability. This has been largely due to its successes in reducing terrorism, which injected new hopes about the country’s ability to handle crises. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/26/pakistan-inches-towards-stability/
25 JANUARY 2016
Pakistan’s army chief Raheel Sharif says he will step down when term ends
Pakistan’s influential army chief will step down at the end of his three-year term in November, the military’s public relations wing says.
24 ANUARY 2016
Obama said Pakistan “Can and must” do more against terrorism
US President Barack Obama has urged Pakistan to show it is “serious” about crushing extremist networks operating on its territory, saying the latest mass killing of students underlined the need for more decisive action.
22 JANUARY 2016
Pakistan Taliban vow more school attacks in video
A senior Pakistani Taliban commander released video footage on Friday of four fighters he said carried out Wednesday’s deadly assault on a university in Pakistan’s northwest that killed 20 people and vowed more attacks on schools in future.
20 JANUARY 2016
Pakistan attack: Gunmen kill 19 at Bacha Khan University
Security forces have ended a gun and bomb attack on a university in north-west Pakistan in which 19 people were killed and 17 injured.
18 JANUARY 2016
Pakistani court acquits former president Pervez Musharraf of rebel leader’s murder
A Pakistani court has acquitted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the 2006 killing of a Baloch rebel leader, one of three legal cases he faced after returning from exile
14 JANUARY 2016
Pakistan arrests militant group head suspected of attack on Indian air base
Pakistan has arrested the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group on suspicion his outfit masterminded an attack this month on an air base in India, two officials said on Wednesday.
12 JANUARY 2016
Pakistan reluctant to act against terrorism – US Congress stalls sale of F-16s
In a setback for Pakistan, Republican-controlled US Congress has stalled sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Islamabad, amid growing anti-Pakistan sentiments on Capitol Hill over its reluctance in taking action against terrorist groups
9 JANUARY 2016
Pakistani, Indian foreign secretaries to meet on January 15
Amid uncertainty in the wake of the Pathankot terror attack, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said foreign decretary-level talks with India are scheduled to take place on January 15
7 JANUARY 2016
Chinese pressure sees Pakistan mull status of region disputed by India
Pakistan is considering upgrading the constitutional status of its northern Gilgit-Baltistan region, which is also claimed by India, in a bid to provide legal cover to a multi-billion-dollar Chinese investment plan, officials said on Thursday (Jan 7)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/chinese-pressure-sees/2407538.html
5 JANUARY 2016
Pakistan and Sri Lanka sign eight memoranda of understanding (MoU)
Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday inked eight memoranda of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sri Lanka
29 DECEMBER 2015
Pakistan suicide bombing kills ‘at least 22’ in Mardan
A Pakistani Taliban faction has claimed responsibility for the attack in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The blast took place as people queued outside the government office
25 DECEMBER 2015
Indian PM Narendra Modi makes surprise visit to Pakistan; first time in more than a decade
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a surprise stopover in Pakistan to meet his counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, the first time an Indian premier has visited the rival nation in over a decade
11 DECEMBER 2015
Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable missile following peace conference
Pakistan has launched a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and hitting neighboring India. The test comes two days after Islamabad said it would resume peace talks with New Dehli.
9 DECEMBER 2015
Pakistan and India have agreed to restart comprehensive dialogue process
Pakistan and India have agreed to reinitiate the comprehensive dialogue process, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a joint press conference on Wednesday along with the prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz
6 DECEMBER 2015
National Security Advisors of India, Pakistan discuss terrorism, J&K in Bangkok
In a sudden breakthrough, National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan held talks in Bangkok today on a wide gamut of bilateral ties including terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir, and agreed to take forward the “constructive” engagement
23 OCTOBER 2015
Pakistan’s PM Sharif attacks ‘dangerous’ India in US speech
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today kept up his attack on India and warned that Pakistan will have to take “credible deterrent” measures in the face of Indian “arms build-up” and “dangerous military doctrines”
12 SEPTEMBRE 2015
Uncommon tongue: Pakistan’s confusing move to Urdu
While many nations are adopting English, Pakistan is going the opposite way, with the Supreme Court ruling for it to be replaced with Urdu as the official language
9 SEPTEMBER 2015
Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal ‘not against anyone’ : PM Nawaz
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that Pakistan would continue to maintain minimum nuclear deterrence for security purposes, but that these weapons are ‘not against any one”
28 AUGUST 2015
Border Firing Kills 9 on India-Pakistan War Anniversary
Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people on Friday, the day India marked the 50th anniversary of a war between the two South Asian nations
27 AUGUST 2015
Arrest warrant issued for former Pakistani PM Gilani
A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Thursday issued arrest warrants for former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as well as one of his senior ministers in a dozen graft cases against them
22 AUGUST 2015
Pakistan cancels security meeting with India
Pakistan has said it can not accept what it described as India’s “preconditions” for high-level talks, effectively cancelling a planned meeting between the two countries’ national security advisers (NSA)
19 AUGUST 2015
Pakistan and Russia sign a landmark defence deal
Pakistan and Russia on Wednesday signed a landmark defence deal that includes the sale of four Mi-35 ‘Hind E’ attack helicopters to Pakistan
16 AUGUST 2015
Punjab minister Shuja Khanzada killed in Pakistan blast
Mr Khanzada was seen as the man in charge of the anti-terror campaign in Pakistan’s biggest province
22 JULY 2015
Asia Bibi death sentence suspended by Pakistan court
Christian woman who became first female to be sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy law granted full hearing by supreme court
16 JUNE 2015
Pakistan hangs seven prisoners for murder
Pakistan reportedly hanged seven prisoners on Tuesday, bringing the total number put to death since executions resumed last December to 160, officials have said
12 JUNE 2015
Pakistan shuts down offices of NGO Save the Children
Pakistani authorities have sealed off the offices of the international aid group Save the Children, saying the charity was “working against the country”, police and government officials say http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11670128/Pakistan-shuts-down-offices-of-Save-the-Children.html
19 MAY 2015
Pakistan, Afghanistan sign intelligence-sharing deal
The spy agencies of Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to share intelligence and bolster cooperation in their fight against the Taliban, the latest sign of a thaw in once-frosty ties
8 MAY 2015
Norwegian, Philippine envoys among 6 dead in Pakistan helicopter crash
Ambassador of Philippines Domingo D Lucenario Jr, Ambassador of Norway Leif Larsen and the wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian ambassadors were among seven people killed in a helicopter crash in Naltar Valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan region on Friday
5 APRIL 2015
Ten men jailed in Pakistan over Malala attack
A Pakistani court jails 10 men for life for their involvement in the 2012 shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted for her campaign against the Taliban denying girls education
24 APRIL 2015
Pakistani human rights activist Sabeen Mehmud shot dead in Karachi
A leading Pakistani human rights activist has been killed in a drive-by shooting in Karachi after hosting a talk on allegations of torture in the province of Balochistan
21 APRIL 2015
Pakistan hangs 15, highest number since executions resumed
Pakistan hanged 15 people on Tuesday, officials said, the largest number of people executed on the same day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December
20 APRIL 2015
Pakistan and China sign 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor.
A historic ceremony was organised at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday, where Pakistan and China signed 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor
16 APRIL 2015
Pakistan Supreme Court halts executions given by military courts
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has suspended death sentences handed down by the country’s new military courts, set up in the wake of a Taliban massacre at a school in December last year
15 APRIL 2015
Pakistan successfully test fires nuclear-capable Ghauri missile
Pakistan test-fired on Wednesday ballistic missile Ghauri, which is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a distance of 1,300 kilometres
14 APRIL 2015
China gets 40-year rights at Pakistani port
China has been granted operation rights for 40 years at a port in Gwadar, a strategic deep-water seaport in Pakistan, Hong Kong-based Pheonix TV reported on Tuesday
10 APRIL 2015
Pakistan parliament rejects Saudi call to join Yemen coalition
Pakistan’s parliament on Friday urged the government to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, rejecting Saudi demands for Islamabad to join its coalition against Shiite Huthi rebels.
Pakistan frees alleged Mumbai attack mastermind
A Pakistani court has freed on bail the alleged mastermind of a 2008 assault on India’s financial capital Mumbai that killed 166 people and seriously strained ties between the neighbouring countries
8 APRIL 2015
US approves billion-dollar arms sale to Pakistan
The US State Department has approved Pakistan’s request for a billion dollars worth of military hardware and equipment, identifying Pakistan as a country of vital importance for US foreign policy and national interests
17 MARCH 2015
Pakistan hangs 12 in largest execution since moratorium lifted
Pakistan hanged 12 male convicts on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said, the largest number of people executed on the same day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December
10 MARCH 2015
Pakistan ends death penalty suspension after seven years
Pakistan is to resume executions for all death penalty offences, months after a moratorium was partially lifted to allow executions of terror convicts
9 MARCH 2015
Pakistan tests missile that could carry nuclear warhead to every part of India
Pakistan on Monday test-fired a ballistic missile that appears capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to every part of India, another escalation in Islamabad’s effort to keep pace with its neighboring rival’s formidable military advancements
Death sentence over ‘blasphemy’ killing of Pakistan governor
A Pakistani court Monday upheld the death sentence for the killer of a politician who sought blasphemy law reform, but struck out a terrorism conviction, making it unlikely he will be executed soon
7 FEBRUARY 2015
YouTube to remain blocked in Pakistan ‘indefinitely’: officials
YouTube will remain blocked in Pakistan ‘indefinitely’, an official said Saturday, as experts have failed to find a way to filter content deemed offensive and blasphemous in the Muslim majority country
Pakistan to continue supporting Kashmiris’ freedom struggle: Nawaz
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday vowed that Pakistan would continue its political and diplomatic support for the people of Kashmir in their struggle for freedom and right to self-determination.
29 JANUARY 2015
Pakistan opposes UN Security Council’s permanent seat to India
Pakistan on Thursday reiterated its opposition to grant permanent UN Security Council’s seat to India and insisted on reforms to make the forum more democratic.
28 JANUARY 2015
‘More journalists killed in Pakistan than any other democracy’
For a democratic country, Pakistan ranks worryingly high when it comes to the number of attacks on journalists. http://www.asianewsnet.net/‘More-journalists-killed-in-Pakistan-than-any-ot-71075.html
16 JANUARY 2015
In Karachi, Charlie Hebdo protesters clash with police at French consulate
About 200 protesters clashed on Friday with Pakistani police outside the French consulate in the southern city of Karachi after a demonstration against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo turned violent.
6 JANUARY 2015
Pakistan legislators approve military courts for terrorism
Pakistan’s parliament Tuesday approved the setting up of military courts to hear terrorism-related cases, after a Taliban massacre at a military-run school in the northwest shocked the nation
5 JANUARY 2015
Pakistani cleric calls Taliban freedom fighters
A prominent Pakistani cleric and leader of the political party Jammat-e-Islami Pakistan, Sirajul Haq, has sought to legitimize the insurgency in Afghanistan and in a recent interview with Geo TV he told his followers, who are primarily Pakistani, that fighting foreign troops in Afghanistan is a fight for freedom
26 DECEMBER 2014
Pakistan judge issues arrest warrant for Abdul Aziz
A judge in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for a cleric at a radical mosque in Islamabad who has refused to condemn the massacre of children at an army-run school.
22 DECEMBER 2014
Pakistan to execute 500 Islamist terrorists after Taliban school attack
Pakistan announced on Monday that it planned to execute an estimated 500 Islamist terrorists in the coming days as part of a “decisive war” against the Taliban in response to the massacre of 133 children at a school last week.
19 DECEMBER 2014
Pakistan kills 50 militants
Pakistani security forces killed 50 suspected militants on Friday, bringing the two-day death total to 77 as operations against insurgents intensified in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that killed 149 people.
Pakistan resumes executions after Peshawar school attack
Pakistan has carried out two executions, the first since a death penalty moratorium since 2008 was lifted after a deadly attack on a Peshawar school.
16 DECEMBER 2014
Pakistan’s indigenous defence production reaches $1.5 billion
The country’s indigenous defence production has reached $1.5 billion per annum, according to a report published in the Jane’s Defence Weekly. The journal quoted an unnamed Pakistani official as saying: “We have substituted imported defence equipment worth $1.5 billion (per year), which for us is a huge bonus.”
Pakistan Taliban: Peshawar school attack leaves 141 dead
At least 142 people, including 132 children, have been killed in a horrific attack by Pakistani Taliban fighters (TTP) on a military-run school in Peshawar in Pakistan’s northwest
10 DECEMBER 2014
Malala and Kailash Satyarthi receive joint Nobel award
Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi have received the Nobel Peace Prize awards.
9 DECEMBER 2014
Leading Pakistan communist Sobho Gianchandani dies
Sobho Gianchandani, one of Pakistan’s last leaders from its first generation of Marxists, has died at the age of 94
28 NOVEMBER 2014
Pakistani actress Veena Malik faces 26-year prison sentence for ‘blasphemy’
Bollywood actress Veena Malik and her husband are sentenced to 26 years for roles in television programme based on marriage of Prophet Mohamed’s daughter
27 NOVEMBER 2014
EU urges Pakistan to overhaul blasphemy laws
The European parliament on Thursday called on Pakistan to overhaul its blasphemy laws with a view to repealing them, saying they were “increasingly used to target” Christians and other minorities.
25 NOVEMBER 2014
Pakistan defense minister says US policies in region have failed
Pakistan Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said Tuesday that the American policies have failed in the region, calling for solution to problems in the region by regional countries. The minister told reporters in Islamabad that the region is suffering from the US policies
24 NOVEMBER 2014
Pakistan has the world’s fastest growing nuclear programme in the world, a US-based think tank says
“Pakistan.is believed to have enough fissile material to produce between 110 and 120 nuclear warheads,” says the report Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age Council released by the influential Council on Foreign Relations.
15 NOVEMBER 2014
Afghan, Pakistan leaders pledge to end turbulent ties
Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged to begin a new era of economic cooperation Saturday, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani saying three days of talks had ended 13 years of differences
13 NOVEMBER 2014
Pakistan successfully test fires Hatf-VI missile
Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful training launch of intermediate range Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) ballistic missile, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
8 NOVEMBER 2014
Pakistan says will help China fight Xinjiang-militants
Pakistan will help China with its fight against extremists that Beijing says are active in its unruly far western region of Xinjiang, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
2 NOVEMBER 2014
Pakistan bomb kills 50 at Wagah border with India
More than 50 people have been killed and at least 100 injured in a suicide bombing close to Pakistan’s only border crossing with India.
22 OCTOBER 2014
Pakistan cleric Qadri ends Islamabad protest
An anti-government cleric who has been campaigning in Islamabad, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has ended his 65-day-long protest. Tahirul Qadri, who has been calling for resignation of PM, says he will now tour cities in a “revolution of the poor”.
17 OCTOBER 2014
Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to hanging for row over sharing water glass
Ruling against Asia Bibi, a 50-year-old mother of five, upheld after blasphemy conviction over row in which Muslim women objected to Bibi using their drinking glass because of her religion
8 OCTOBER 2014
Tens of thousands flee Kashmir clashes
Indian and Pakistani troops have fired bullets and mortar shells across the border between India- and Pakistan-administered Kashmir for the second day, forcing tens of thousands of villagers from their homes, officials have said.
6 OCTOBER 2014
India, Pakistan skirmish at Line of Control kills 9 civilians
Nine civilians were killed and at least 25 wounded on Monday in fighting along a stretch of the disputed border between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region.
5 OCTOBER 2014
Pakistani Taliban only loyal to Mullah Omar, says TTP spokesperson
Pakistani Taliban said on Sunday that they have declared allegiance only to Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Afghan Taliban supremo, rejecting the media reports that the group has declared allegiance to the Islamic State.
4 OCTOBER 2014
Pakistan Taliban pledges support to ISIL
The Pakistan Taliban has declared allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and ordered fighters across the region to help the group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate.
15 SEPTEMBER 2014
Pakistani Court sends 100 activists to jail
A court in Pakistan has ordered 100 opposition activists to be sent to jail for staging illegal protests and committing several other violations, causing chaos and anger among activists.
12 SEPTEMBER 2014
Taliban gunmen who shot schoolgirl Malala finally arrested
Militants boarded the teenage activist’s school bus and shot her in the head in October 2012 for her outspoken views on girls’ education, in an attack that also wounded two of her friends
4 SEPTEMBER 2014
Islamic State claims Pakistan and Afghanistan for its ‘caliphate’
The Islamic State is challenging the Taliban and al-Qaeda in its Afghanistan and Pakistan heartlands and claiming both countries as part of its ‘caliphate’.
2 SEPTEMBER 2014
Pakistan Parliament Reaffirms Support for Embattled PM
Pakistan’s parliament opened an emergency session Tuesday to rally political support for embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as thousands of protesters continued their agitation just outside the building.
31 AUGUST 2014
Pakistani protests turn deadly as prime minister refuses to resign
Clashes between police and anti-government protesters have continued outside Pakistan’s parliament, resulting in the deaths of at least three people, and injuries to 494 more, witnesses and hospital officials have told Al Jazeera.
29 AUGUST 2014
Pakistan military to mediate amid protest stand-off
Pakistan’s powerful army chief has stepped in to the political deadlock between the PM and two opposition figures leading huge anti-government rallies in the capital, Islamabad
28 AUGUST 2014
Pakistan police launch PM murder probe to defuse crisis
Political crisis in Pakistan took a new turn today with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreeing to face a murder case relating to the killing of 14 followers of cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, as Imran Khan kept up pressure insisting on the embattled premier’s resignation
23 AUGUST 2014
India and Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir leaving four dead
India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region earlier, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said.
20 AUGUST 2014
Pakistan army pushes for talks amid protests
Pakistan’s powerful military has called for talks to resolve a week-long political drama as tens of thousands of protesters marched on parliament in a bid to depose the prime minister.
18 AUGUST 2014
India calls off Pakistan talks in Kashmir row
India has called off high-level talks with its neighbour Pakistan after the latter’s envoy to New Delhi held a meeting with Kashmiri pro-independence leaders, India’s foreign ministry has said
Pakistan’s third largest party to quit parliament to force PM resignation
Lawmakers from Pakistan’s third largest party will resign from Parliament to try to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down, a party official said Monday
17 AUGUST 2014
Pakistan’s Khan calls for ‘civil disobedience’ movement
Pakistan’s Imran Khan on Sunday called on thousands of protesters rallying in Islamabad to launch a civil disobedience movement against the government, as a leading cleric declared that only a “revolution” would bring about change
15 AUGUST 2014
Imran Khan convoy reaches Pakistan capital
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad following the arrival of convoys led by a cricket star-turned-politician and a fiery anti-Taliban cleric
14 AUGUST 2014
Pakistan: Imran Khan, Tahirul Qadri lead protest march
Two convoys are taking thousands of anti-government protesters from the Pakistani city of Lahore to Islamabad, the capital, amid tight security
9 AUGUST 2014
Qadri supporters clash with Pakistan police
Supporters of a Pakistani anti-government cleric have clashed with police in the country’s second largest city resulting in at least four deaths, 500 arrests and six police officers missing, officials said
31 JULY 2014
Russia’s Strategic Pakistan Play
Russia’s decision to go ahead with the sale of Mi-35 attack helicopters to Pakistan, even in the face of official Indian concerns, is being seen by some quarters as evidence of a “major” regional re-alignment in the wake of the American drawdown in Afghanistan
15 JULY 2014
Pakistan captures key Taliban commander
The Pakistani military has captured a high-ranking Taliban commander who once tried to assassinate former president Pervez Musharraf and later escaped jail with hundreds of other prisoners, security officials have said
23 JUNE 2014
Clashes erupt as Qadri returns to Pakistan
Anti-government Pakistani leader Tahir-ul-Qadri has arrived in Lahore after his plane was diverted from the capital Islamabad, as hundreds of his supporters clashed with police outside an airport
20 JUNE 2014
Pakistan helicopters pound rebels as 200,000 civilians flee
Pakistani helicopter gunships pounded militant targets in the country’s northwest Friday, killing up to 20 rebels, as the number of civilians fleeing an expected ground offensive passed 200,000
15 JUNE 2014
Pakistan army launches assault in tribal area
Pakistan says it has launched a “comprehensive operation” against armed groups northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, after killing scores of fighters in air raids.
12 JUNE 2014
US resumes drone strikes in Pakistan
The US has resumed its drones programme in Pakistan, with two strikes on militant strongholds in the North Waziristan tribal region overnight
Pakistan court backs Musharraf request to leave country
The Sindh High Court removed Mr Musharraf’s name from an exit control list on Thursday. The former leader is currently barred from leaving Pakistan
4 JUNE 2014
Pakistan’s Karachi on knife-edge after arrest of Altaf Hussain
The 60-year-old is revered by his fiercely loyal supporters — mainly ethnic Mohajirs who migrated from India at the time of partition, while critics accuse him of running his party as a violent mafia-like organisation
3 JUNE 2014
Pakistan MQM leader Altaf Hussain arrested in London
Police in London have arrested the leader of Pakistan’s powerful MQM party, Altaf Hussain, on suspicion of money-laundering
29 MAY 2014
Police in Pakistan accuse murdered woman of illegal marriage
Lahore’s police chief has hit back at allegations his officers failed to prevent the murder of a pregnant woman in broad daylight, accusing the victim of an illegal marriage and her husband of killing his first wife
27 MAY 2014
Let’s turn back the clock for peace, Nawaz Sharif urges Narendra Modi
Reviving a 1999 agreement for nuclear disarmament and talks on Kashmir could be the key to peace between India and Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif tells Narendra Modi http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10858512/Lets-turn-back-the-clock-for-peace-Nawaz-Sharif-urges-Narendra-Modi.html
24 MAY 2014
Pakistan’s Sharif to attend Modi inauguration
Pakistan has accepted an invitation to Nawaz Sharif, prime minister, to attend the inauguration of Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister-designate, officials say
13 MAY 2014
Pakistan police charge 68 Pakistani lawyers with blasphemy
Pakistani police have charged 68 lawyers with blasphemy in what is thought to be the biggest ever case of its kind in the country.
8 MAY 2914
Notable human rights lawyer Rashid Rehman Advocate was shot dead at his office in Multan Wednesday (7) evening
1 MAY 2014
Violence against women in politics rising in Pakistan
A recent study by the Centre for Social Research and UN Women shows that violence against women in politics is on the rise in three South Asian countries namely Pakistan, India and Nepal
30 APRIL 2014
Pakistan under fire for media attacks
Pakistani authorities should investigate the country’s powerful military and intelligence agency for human rights abuses against journalists following attacks on leading reporters, Amnesty International has said
25 APRIL 2014
Pakistan journalist Hamid Mir issues defiant statement
The Pakistani journalist shot last week has issued his first statement, once again blaming the country’s intelligence agency for the attack
21 APRIL 2014
Pakistan mulls tighter controls on madrassas
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation’s madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism
20 APRIL 2014
Famous Pakistan TV host Hamid Mir shot by gunmen
Police in Pakistan say gunmen have shot a famous television talk show host amid a wave of attacks on journalists in the country.
16 APRIL 2014
Pakistani Taliban declares end to ceasefire
The Pakistani Taliban has formally ended a 40-day ceasefire but is still open to talks with the government, according to a spokesman for the group
5 APRIL 2014
Pakistani couple get death sentences for blasphemy
A Pakistani Christian couple have been sentenced to death for blasphemy after allegedly sending a text message insulting the Prophet Muhammad
3 APRIL 2014
Pakistan’s Musharraf survives new assassination attempt
Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is currently on trial for treason, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off along a route on which his convoy was due to pass early on Thursday
31 MARCH 2014
Pervez Musharraf indicted for treason by Pakistani court
A Pakistani court on Monday indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason, a landmark move in a case seen as a test of civilian authority in a country long dominated by the military
26 MARCH 2014
Pakistan officials open first ever direct talks with the Taliban
A first day of peace talks between the Pakistani government and the Pakistani Taliban has concluded in the tribal region of North Waziristan
14 MARCH 2014
Pakistan rape victim sets herself on fire
The victim of a gang-rape in Pakistan has died after setting herself on fire in protest against a police report that led to the release of a key suspect, a doctor and her brother said
11 MARCH 2014
Pakistan laws prohibiting underage marriage un-islamic: CII
The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) concluded its 191th meeting, here Tuesday with the ruling that the laws related to minimum age of marriage were un-Islamic and that children of any age could get married if they attain puberty.
2 MARCH 2014
Pakistan’s madrassas reined in by government
Pakistan plans to bring all of its madrassas, or religious schools, under its national education system in a landmark security policy aimed at combating extremism.
Pakistan halts air strikes against Taliban
Pakistan on Sunday said it was halting air strikes against Taliban militants in response to a month-long ceasefire announced by the insurgents a day earlier, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks
1 MARCH 2014
Pakistan Taliban announce one month truce
The Pakistani Taliban have announced a month-long ceasefire aimed at reviving stalled peace talks with government
Polio vaccination teams attacked by Pakistani militants
Militants ambush convoy of health workers with roadside bomb, killing 12 of their security team and wounding dozens more
25 FEBRUARY 2014
Pakistan court orders end to blockade on NATO supply route
In a boost to U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, a provincial court on Tuesday ordered that protesters end their blockade of the main NATO supply route through Pakistan
24 FEBRUARY 2014
Top Pakistan Taliban commander Asmatullah Shaheen ‘shot dead’
Asmatullah Shaheen was ambushed as he drove through a village near Miranshah in North Waziristan, reports said. Three aides in the vehicle also died.
20 FEBRUARY 2014
Pakistan halts talks with Taliban
The announcement comes after Pakistani jets bombed Taliban hideouts in the country’s northwest, killing at least 15
Taliban Execution of Pakistani Security Forces Stalls Talks
A Pakistan Taliban faction announced the execution of 23 soldiers on Monday, dealing a fresh blow to already dwindling hopes that peace talks might end years of violence
10 FEBRUARY 2014
Pakistan Taliban sets tough terms for peace
Tehreek-e-Taliban says government has to free all jailed fighters if peace negotiations are to make headway
6 FEBRUARY 2014
Pakistan enters peace talks with Taliban
The first formal meeting between Pakistan’s government and a Taliban-nominated team has been held in Islamabad, officials say.
5 FEBRUARY 2014
No peace until Pakistan embraces Islamic law: Taleban negotiators
Negotiators representing Taleban insurgents said on Wednesday there was no chance of peace in Pakistan until the government embraces Islamic sharia law and US-led forces withdraw completely from neighbouring Afghanistan.
31 JANUARY 2014
Musharraf barred from leaving country
A court in Pakistan trying former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason has refused to allow him to go abroad for medical treatment, saying it did not have the authority to lift his travel ban
18 JANUARY 2014
Pakistan-India agree to expedite process of trade liberalization
In a bid to strengthen bilateral relations, Pakistan and India Saturday decided to allow greater trade through land route, signalling a thaw in relations after a year’s standoff over military tensions on the border http://www.nation.com.pk/business/18-Jan-2014/pak-india-agree-to-expedite-process-of-trade-liberalization http://www.dawn.com/news/1081131/pakistan-india-agree-over-greater-trade-through-land-route
17 JANUARY 2014
Former Pakistani PM Ashrad indicted in rental power case
An accountability court in Islamabad indicted former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and six others in the rental power case on Friday, DawnNews reported.
9 JANUARY 2014
The economic role of women in Pakistan
Women constitute half of the Pakistan’s 190 million population and represent a big part of the labor force. However their vitality and potential has never been fully realized in the past 66 years after independence despite having surpassed their male counterpart in every field of life.
2 JANUARY 2014
Pakistan’s Musharraf ‘rushed to hospital’
Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was rushed to hospital after suffering a “heart problem” on his way to court for a hearing in his treason case.
1 JANUARY 2013
Musharraf’s Treason Trial Begins Without his Presence
Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf went on trial for treason Wednesday but defense lawyers told the court security threats prevented him from attending the proceedings
30 DECEMBER 2013
Pakistan appoints first female judge to sharia court
Pakistan’s national sharia court, which hears cases under the country’s Islamic legislation, on Monday appointed a female judge for the first time in its 33-year history.
24 DECEMBER 2013
Musharraf’s Pakistan treason trial delayed after explosives found
The trial of Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has been postponed after explosives were found on his route to court in Islamabad.
Pakistan, Indian army commanders meet on Kashmir
Leading army commanders from Pakistan and India met on Tuesday in a bid to reduce tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir after a year of intermittent clashes on the de facto border.
12 DECEMBER 2013
Lawyer For Doctor Who Helped CIA Flees Pakistan
Samiullah Afridi, the lawyer for the doctor who collected DNA samples for the CIA to help find Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has fled Pakistan after receiving death threats
27 NOVEMBER 2013
Pakistan names new army chief
Pakistan named a new army chief on Wednesday, promoting a veteran infantry commander to the most powerful position in the troubled nuclear-armed nation battling a homegrown Taliban insurgency. General Raheel Sharif will take over as head of the 600,000-strong army from General Ashfaq Kayani, who is retiring after six years at the helm.
Malala Yousafzai tops list of most powerful Asians in the UK
Malala Yousafzai has topped a list of the 101 most powerful British Asians and Asians resident in the UK, knocking Labour MP Keith Vaz off the number one spot he held last year
23 NOVEMBER 2013
US Drone Protesters in Pakistan Block NATO Supply Route
Thousands of right-wing Pakistani activists led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Saturday staged a protest against US drone strikes, threatening to block NATO supply routes if strikes continue.
22 NOVEMBER 2013
Doctor who helped find Osama bin Laden faces charges in child’s death
A Pakistani doctor accused of helping the United States find Osama bin Laden has been charged with murder over a surgery that authorities claim he was not authorized to perform, authorities said Friday.
20 NOVEMBER 2013
Malala Yousafzai gets EU’s Sakharov human rights prize
Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has received the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize at a ceremony in Strasbourg.
17 NOVEMBER 2013
Pakistan to try ex-military ruler Musharraf for treason
Pakistan announced Sunday it would put former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason, punishable by death or life imprisonment, for imposing emergency rule in 2007
10 NOVEMBER 2013
Pakistan private schools ban Malala book
Private schools association say Taliban victim’s work is « tool of the West » and does not represent Pakistan.
4 NOVEMBER 2013
Musharraf granted bail in last legal case
Ruling means former Pakistan president is on bail in all the cases brought against him since his return from exile.
3 NOVEMBER 2013
Pakistan to review US ties after ‘attack on peace’, says interior minister
Calling the drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud on Friday “an attack on regional peace by America,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saturday said bilateral ties with the US will now be reviewed
Pakistani legendory folk singer Reshma dies
According to the hospital sources, Reshma had been in coma for a month after being diagnosed with throat cancer years ago.
2 NOVEMBER 2013
Pakistan Criticizes US Killing of Pakistani Taliban Leader
The Pakistan government has criticized the United States for the drone-strike death of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, saying his killing jeopardizes peace talks with the militant group.
Khan Said named as new Pakistani Taliban leader
Senior members of the Pakistani Taliban on Saturday picked the group’s No. 2 commander, Khan Said, to be their new leader following the death of their former chief in a US drone attack the day before.
1 NOVEMBER 2013
Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud killed in US drone strike
Hakimullah Mehsud, head of the Taliban in Pakistan, was killed by a US drone strike in the country’s restive North Waziristan region on Friday, security sources and a senior Taliban commander have said.
31 OCTOBER 2013
Three per cent of drone deaths civilian: Pakistan
The number, which was provided by Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence to the Senate, is much lower than past government calculations and estimates by independent organisations that have gone as high as 300. The ministry said 317 drone strikes have killed 2,160 Islamic militants and 67 civilians since 2008.
29 OCTOBER 2013
India, Pakistan agree to maintain ceasefire at working boundary
India and Pakistan Tuesday agreed to observe calm along the Sialkot-Jammu working boundary after days of skirmishes which have been the worst in a decade
24 OCTOBER 2013
Pakistan’s PM Sharif urges Obama to stop drone strikes
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (photo) pressed US President Barack Obama on Wednesday to stop drone strikes in his country, as the two leaders sought to strengthen ties after years of strained relations.
19 OCTOBER 2013
Pakistan playback singer Zubaida Khanum passes away
One of the best playback singers in the Pakistani film industry, Zubaida Khanum breathed her last on Saturday night after suffering a fatal heart attack.
U.S. releases $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan
The Obama administration has decided to release more than $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan, a senior administration official said.
11 OCTOBER 2013
The bravest girl in the world
Christiane Amanpour’s interview with Malala Yousafzai, The Bravest Girl in the World, will air Sunday, October 13 at 7 pm ET, and reair during Amanpour’s normal Monday timeslot.
Pakistani Taliban gloat after Malala misses Nobel
The Taliban was « delighted » that Malala Yousafzai, the teenager it tried to assassinate last year for supporting girls’ education, had not won the Nobel Peace Prize, a spokesman in Pakistan said on Friday.
10 OCTOBER 2013
Malala Yousafzai wins EU’s Sakharov human rights prize
Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has won the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize.
Malala Yousafzai leaves Jon Stewart speechless on Daily Show
Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for standing up for women’s education, received a standing ovation on a US chat show for her message to the man who had tried to kill her.
Musharraf arrested in Pakistan over Red Mosque case
Pakistani ex-President Pervez Musharraf has been arrested over a 2007 mosque raid a day after the country’s supreme court granted him bail in another case.
9 OCTOBER 2013
Former Pakistan ruler Musharraf granted bail
Pakistan’s former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, has been granted bail by country’s top court, his lawyers have said, bringing closer his possible release after nearly six months of house arrest. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/former-pakistan-ruler-musharraf-granted-bail-2013109131449534224.html
7 OCTOBER 2013
Taliban says it would again target Malala Yousafzai, who pushed girls’ education
The Pakistani Taliban would again target 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai an advocate of education for girls who survived an assassination attempt last year, a spokesman for the militant group told CNN on Monday.
4 OCTOBER 2013
Pakistan: Malala Yousafzai , the Girl Shot by Taliban Wins a Rights Award
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last October is in London declared the winner of the Anna Politkovskaya award given annually by the group Reach All Women in War to a woman who defends human rights. The group said Ms. Yousafzai, 16, had been chosen “for her courage to speak out when nobody else dared,” for giving a voice to many women and girls and for promoting education for girls.
30 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan forced to rethink India policy
As Pakistan increasingly realizes that terrorism and militancy are by-products of its strategic depth maneuvers in the 2000s, instinctive mistrust of India is fading. The benefits of peace will also soon become clear, with high hope invested in the success of bilateral dialogue that such as that between the countries’ prime ministers on Sunday
29 SEPTEMBER 2013
Indian, Pakistani PMs meet in shadow of violence
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday held his first talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has demanded the neighbor must crack down on Islamic extremists for any improvement in ties. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has advocated an end to historic tensions with India since he swept to power in May elections, met Singh at a New York hotel on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/29-Sep-2013/indian-pakistani-pms-meet-in-shadow-of-violence
26 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan’s dismal education prospects
The Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child recently published a report noting that Pakistan has the world’s second-largest number of children out of school, while in April 2012 UNICEF indicated that some 20 million Pakistani children, including an estimated 7.3 million of primary school age, are not in school.
23 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistani Christians protest church attack
Pakistani Christians have protested across the country to demand better protection for their community after a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a historic church in Peshawar, killing more than 80 people and wounding at least 140 others.
22 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan Church Bombing Kills 81
At least 75 people have died and more than 120 wounded in a suicide attack against a church in northwestern Pakistan. A number of women and children are among the victims of Sunday’s violence, being described as the deadliest ever assault on the country’s Christian minority.
21 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan Frees Afghan Taliban Deputy Commander
Pakistan has freed Afghan Taliban deputy commander Abdul Ghani Baradar in a attempt to jumpstart a tumultuous peace process in neighboring Afghanistan as most NATO troops prepare to leave the war-torn country by the end of 2014.
17 SEPTEMBER 2013
Malala nominated for EU’s Sakharov prize
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ education, and US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden have been nominated for the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.
14 SEPTEMBER 2013
Can Nawaz rescue Pakistan?
Over 46 million people exercised their right to vote in Pakistan in May earlier this year — close to 55 per cent of the population and a record turnout since 1988. Pakistan’s first transition from one civilian government to another is an incredible achievement for a country that has been under military rule for a large part of its history.
Pakistan’s nuclear father dissolves political party
The father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan, has dissolved his political party after it failed to win a single seat in the May 11 elections.
9 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan’s new President Hussain takes office
Pakistan’s new President Mamnoon Hussain took office on Monday, presiding over a government battling to overcome a Taliban insurgency, resolve an energy crisis and repair the economy.
8 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan’s president Zardari steps down as term ends
Benazir Bhutto’s widower stepped down as president of Pakistan on Sunday, winning praise for completing a full five-year term but attracting criticism for leaving a country mired in economic and security strife.
7 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan releases Taliban in peace move
Pakistan has announced the release of seven senior Taliban figures to facilitate a peace process aimed at reaching a political resolution to the war in neighbouring Afghanistan, the country’s foreign ministry has said.
6 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan: Drones kill senior militant commander who appeared in video with kidnapped US soldier
The American State Department accused Mullah Sangeen Zadran of orchestrating kidnappings, bombings and co-ordinating the movement of hundreds of fighters across the border into Afghanistan to engage international forces.
4 SEPTEMBER 2013
IMF extends $6.7 bn lifeline to Pakistan
The International Monetary Fund threw Pakistan a $6.7 billion lifeline Wednesday to help the struggling nuclear-armed country achieve economic reforms, particularly in its troubled energy sector.
2 SEPTEMBER 2013
Police to investigate Pervez Musharraf’s role in Red Mosque operation
Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military ruler, could face a fresh murder charge dating back to his role in clearing the Red Mosque of armed radicals in 2007 which ended with the deaths of more than 100.
29 AUGUST 2013
Pakistan orders retrial of Bin Laden doctor
A Pakistani judicial official has overturned the 33-year jail sentence passed on Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped CIA agents hunting for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed in 2011.
26 AUGUST 2013
Karzai arrives in Islamabad for first official visit in more than 18 months
Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has urged Pakistan to help his country defeat fighters who he says are bent on destabilising both countries.
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25 AUGUST 2013
Pakistan realease over 300 fishermen in “goodwill gesture”
Following clashes this month along the Kashmir border Pakistan has freed 362 Indian fishermen detained over the past two years as a goodwill gesture. They were detained, says Pakistan, after straying into their territorial waters. The newly-elected Pakistani government is seeking to ease its often-troubled relations with India.
19 AUGUST 2013
Pakistan PM invites extremists for talks
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Monday called for dialogue with extremists to end bloodshed that has left thousands dead in the country in more than a decade of violence.
18 AUGUST 2013
Pakistan: Don’t Resume Executions, Says HRW
Pakistan’s government should revoke its decision to resume executions and renew its moratorium on the death penalty, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists said in a joint letter to the Pakistani government today.
17 AUGUST 2013
Pakistan drops charges in Rimsha ‘blasphemy’ cleric case
A Pakistani court has dismissed charges against a Muslim cleric who had been arrested on suspicion of framing a Christian girl accused of blasphemy.
13 AUGUST 2013
Pakistani prime minister calls for better ties with India
Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, has called for a « new beginning » in relations with India, amid high tension over the disputed region of Kashmir.
11 AUGUST 2013
Pakistan says India fired on border posts
Pakistan has accused Indian forces of firing on its border posts close to eastern city of Sialkot in Punjab province, prompting an « intermittent exchange of fire » between the two sides.
6 AUGUST 2013
Pakistan Rebels Target Bus Convoy
A local official in southwest Pakistan says rebel separatists have kidnapped and killed at least 13 people after stopping their convoy of buses as it headed to Punjab province.
Indian says soldiers killed along Kashmir border. Pakistan denies
Five Indian soldiers have been killed in an attack on their post along the disputed border with Pakistan in northern Kashmir province just as the two nuclear rivals were readying to resume long-stalled peace talks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10224886/Indian-soldiers-killed-along-Kashmir-border.html http://www.france24.com/en/20130806-pakistani-soldiers-kill-five-indian-troops-kashmir-srinagar http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-denies-killing-indian-soldiers-kashmir
2 AUGUST 2013
John Kerry pledges early end to Pakistan drone strikes
US Secretary of State John Kerry has concluded a visit to Pakistan by pledging to end drone strikes against militants « very, very soon ».
1 AUGUST 2013
US and Pakistan agree to restart security talks
America and Pakistan have announced a new chapter in their turbulent alliance, agreeing to upgrade ties dominated in recent years by rows over drone strikes and Islamic terrorists.
30 JULY 2013
Mamnoon Hussain is elected 12th president of Pakistan
Ruling party candidate Mamnoon Hussain was elected as the 12th President of Pakistan on Tuesday, replacing Asif Ali Zardari whose five-year term expires in September.
About 200 inmates escape in Pakistan Taliban attack on prison
Taliban gunmen wearing police uniforms attacked the largest jail in a northern Pakistani province early Tuesday, allowing about 200 inmates to escape, authorities said.
26 JULY 2013
Pakistan Opposition Boycotts Presidential Vote
Pakistan’s main opposition party says it will boycott the upcoming presidential election to protest the change in the date of the poll without being consulted.
20 JULY 2013
Women ‘banned from shopping alone’ in northern Pakistan
Islamic clerics and tribal elders in Pakistan’s north-west Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province have barred women from shopping without a male relative.
14 JULY 2013
First Pakistani women paratroopers make history
Pakistan’s first group of female paratroopers completed their training on Sunday, the military announced, hailing it as a « landmark achievement » for the deeply conservative Muslim country.
12 JULY 2013
Malala’s forgotten sisters
Girls as young as 5 are still being sold into marriage in Pakistan. And no one will stop it. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/07/12/malalas_forgotten_sisters_girls_marriage_pakistan
Shot Pakistan schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai addresses UN
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban, has told the UN that books and pens scare extremists, as she urged education for all. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23282662 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10175821/The-Taliban-have-failed-brave-schoolgirl-Malala-Yousafzai-tells-UN.html http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-pakistans-malala-celebrates-sixteenth-birthday-with-un-education-appeal/1700490.html
10 JULY 2013
Pakistan bomb kills Zardari security chief
The chief security officer of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has been killed in a bomb attack in the port city of Karachi, police say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23259860 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/2013710143218541754.html
5 JULY 2013
China, Pakistan ink transport pact
China and Pakistan signed an agreement on Friday on the blueprint for a huge transport project linking northwestern China to the Arabian Sea. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-07/06/content_16739853.htm http://asiancorrespondent.com/110307/pakistan-china-set-sights-on-arabian-sea-link/
5 JULY 2013
Death penalty back in Pakistan
Pakistan’s new government has allowed a ban on the death penalty to expire, in a move condemned as « shocking and retrograde » by London-based rights group Amnesty International. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/2013758546675143.html
3 JULY 2013
Pakistan condemns US drone attack
Pakistan has strongly condemned a US drone strike that killed at least 17 people and wounded many others in North Waziristan’s Miranshah bordering Afghanistan. In a press release on Wednesday, the Pakistan foreign ministry said the strikes were a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/201373145444176859.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/110159/us-drone-kills-16-suspected-militants-in-pakistan/
24 JUNE 2013
Pakistan: Sharif says Musharraf should face treason charges
Pakistan’s government says it’s planning to put former President Pervez Musharraf on trial on treason charges. Newly-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made the announcement in parliament on June 24. http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/24/pakistan-sharif-says-musharraf-should-face-treason-charges/
23 JUNE 2013
Pakistan Taliban claims responsibility for killing nine foreign tourists
Nine foreign tourists and their local guide were murdered when Taliban gunmen dressed as policemen forced their way into a climbing camp during the night in a remote northern region of Pakistan. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10137506/Pakistan-Taliban-claims-responsibility-for-killing-nine-foreign-tourists.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/23/tourists-killed-in-pakistan/
15 JUNE 2013
Gunmen in Pakistan bomb female students’ bus then attack hospital
At least 23 people were killed in the twin attacks – including 12 women on the bus, travelling to a university in Quetta, capital of the troubled Baluchistan province. Eleven others died when a bomb exploded in the emergency ward of the city’s Bolan Medical Complex where the wounded were taken. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10122549/Gunmen-in-Pakistan-bomb-female-students-bus-then-attack-hospital.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/06/201361510251151772.html
12 JUNE 2013
Pakistan Female Fighter Pilot Wins Battle of Sexes
With an olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet, Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pakistan. Farooq, from Punjab province’s historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade – there are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat. http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-female-fighter-pilot-wins-battle-of-sexes/1680672.html
5 JUNE 2013
Nawaz Sharif formally elected Pakistan Prime Minister for historic third time
After securing 244 votes in the 342-member parliament on Wednesday, Nawaz Sharif was formally elected as Pakistan’s 18th prime minister returning to power after surviving a military coup, a seven-year exile in Saudi Arabia, and a government dismissal http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/06/05/nawaz_sharif_formally_elected_pakistan_prime_minister_for_historic_third_time
Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif urges end to US drone strikes
Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for an end to US drone strikes in his first address since being re-elected to the post. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22779669 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22788570
1 JUNE 2013
New Pakistan parliament sworn-in
Pakistan’s new parliament was sworn-in on Saturday, completing the country’s first-ever democratic transition of power in a country ruled for half its history by the military. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/new-pakistan-parliament-sworn-in/694660.html http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-marks-first-peaceful-democratic-transition/1673338.html
30 MAY 2013
Pakistani Taliban withdraw talks offer after leader killed
The Pakistani Taliban have withdrawn their offer of peace talks with the government following the death of their second in command in a US drone strike. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10089719/Pakistani-Taliban-withdraw-talks-offer-after-leader-killed.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135301492770448.html
29 MAY 2013
Top Pakistan Taliban leader ‘killed by drone’
A US drone strike has killed the number two of the Pakistani Taliban, Wali-ur-Rehman, in North Waziristan region, according to three security officials in Pakistan. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/201352955158237275.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22698363
27 MAY 2013
Imran Khan’s party won second most votes in Pakistan election
Imran Khan’s party won the second largest number of votes in Pakistan’s general election, according to newly released data, despite finishing third in terms of seats. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10082600/Imran-Khans-party-won-second-most-votes-in-Pakistan-election.html
22 MAY 2013
Chinese premier begins Pakistan visit
Chinese premier Li Keqiang has arrived in Pakistan for a two-day visit where he will meet prime minister-elect Nawaz Sharif, as the long-time allies look to boost trade ties. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135224581824859.html
20 MAY 2013
Pakistan election results in full
Here are the results of the 11 May general elections in Pakistan, which were won by Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. Polling was postponed in some areas, with the results of re-runs still to come in http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22558474
19 MAY 2013
Senior Pakistani politician killed in Karachi
Zahra Shahid Hussain, central vice-president of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party and one of its founding members, was killed late on Saturday, just hours before re-elections took place on Sunday. The motives behind the attack remained unclear. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/2013518193629150615.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/19/pakistan-senior-female-politician-in-khan-s-pti-party-shot/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10066786/Imran-Khan-blames-London-based-rival-for-Zahra-Shahid-Hussain-killing.html
14 MAY 2013
Video shows ‘vote rigging’ in Pakistan
Amateur mobile phone footage allegedly showing vote rigging at a polling station during Pakistan’s general elections has surfaced amid growing complaints from various political parties over vote fraud in Saturday’s election. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10056503/Video-shows-vote-rigging-in-Pakistan.html
12 MAY 2013
Nawaz Sharif poised to return as Pakistan PM
Nawaz Sharif, winner of the Pakistani elections, is holding talks to form a new government, with fixing the economy and tackling the armed insurgency likely to be his two biggest challenges. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/201351215947745266.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/12/former-pakistan-prime-minister-makes-triumphant-return/
11 MAY 2013
Nawaz Sharif claims victory in Pakistan presidential election
The frontrunner to become Pakistan’s next prime minister on Sunday night promised to stand together with the West in taking on the forces of terrorism, hours after voting finished in the country’s historic general election. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10051440/Nawaz-Sharif-claims-victory-in-Pakistan-presidential-election.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/nawaz-sharif-imran-khan-elected-to-parli/671718.html
10 MAY 2013
Record number of women fight to be heard in Pakistani election
Saturday’s general election in Pakistan will see a 129.8 per cent rise in the number of women candidates compared to the previous elections in 2008. But about 10 million women are not registered to vote, and even the activists face serious obstacles. http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20130510-record-number-women-fight-be-heard-pakistani-election
9 MAY 2013
Gunmen abduct Pakistan ex-PM Gilani’s son at election rally
The son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen during an election rally. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22462410 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135985715497546.html
9 MAY 2013
Infographic: How the Pakistan elections work
Explaining polling process in the May 11 vote for national and provincial assemblies across the nation of 182 million. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2013/05/20135815269941163.html
6 MAY 2013
Second Afghan-Pakistan border clash in a week
Afghan and Pakistani troops have clashed across the border between the two countries for the second time in a week. http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/05/06/skirmishes_erupt_again_on_afghan_pakistan_border http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22427641
29 APRIL 2013
Pre-election violence continues in Pakistan
At least eight people, including the son of an influential Afghan cleric, have been killed and 45 others wounded after a suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle into a bus in Peshawar, police have said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/2013429144211458515.html
23 APRIL 2013
Pakistan’s Musharraf Appears Before Anti-Terrorism Court
An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has ordered the country’s former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, to be made part of an ongoing investigation into assassination of Benazir Bhutto five years ago. Also on Tuesday police say they found a vehicle packed with explosives near the Musharraf residence. http://www.voanews.com/content/article/1647276.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201342352843862374.html
22 APRIL 2013
Pakistan Government Declines Treason Charges Against Musharraf
Pakistan’s caretaker government will not file treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf, saying the move would be beyond its limited mandate. http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistani-government-declines-treason-charges-against-musharraf/1646208.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10010152/Pakistans-government-refuses-to-try-Pervez-Musharraf.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22253247
20 APRIL 2013
Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf in custody for two weeks
Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf has been remanded in judicial custody for two weeks over claims he illegally detained judges in 2007. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22229320 http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/20/pakistan-s-ex-president-in-custody-for-two-weeks/ http://www.voanews.com/content/musharraf-to-remain-in-custody/1645465.html
19 APRIL 2013
Pakistani police arrest Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad
He was initially placed under house arrest at his home in Islamabad but later transferred to the police headquarters in the city. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22211766 http://dawn.com/2013/04/19/musharraf-surrenders-to-authorities-appears-in-court/ http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/19/world/asia/pakistan-politics/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
18 APRIL 2013
Musharraf placed under house arrest
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been placed under house arrest, his spokeswoman said Thursday. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/18/world/asia/pakistan-politics/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/20134185552874909.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22196101
17 APRIL 2013
Deadly blast hits Pakistan election rally
At least 16 people killed and dozens wounded after bomb strikes campaign rally of secularist politician in Peshawar http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201341616343565646.html
16 APRIL 2013
Pakistan court bars Musharraf from elections
Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military ruler, has been barred from running for parliament in the only seat he had been approved to contest http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/2013416103441625181.html http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-180413.html
13 APRIL 2013
Pakistan’s democracy is yet to be substantive
When Pakistan holds elections on 11 May 2013 it will be the first time in Pakistan’s history that an elected government hands over power to another elected government. Though this is a positive development, most Pakistani and international observers are not optimistic that the elections form part of a broader transition from procedural to substantive democracy http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/04/13/pakistans-democracy-is-yet-to-be-substantive/
11 APRIL 2013
Pakistan: Dynamics of Failing State Theory
“Pakistan speaks of America’s continual betrayal. America finds Pakistan duplicitous wants it to focus on global threats, be it communalism or Jihadist. Pakistan wants to concentrate on the threat next door –India. http://southasianidea.com/geopolitics/pakistan-dynamics-of-failing-state-theory/
8 APRIL 2013
30 Pakistani soldiers killed in northwest valley
Four days of fierce fighting in northwestern Pakistan left 30 soldiers and nearly 100 militants dead as the army attempted to wrestle control of a remote, mountainous valley from the Taliban and their allies, military officials said http://asiancorrespondent.com/104721/30-pakistani-soldiers-killed-in-northwest-valley/
8 APRIL 2013
Pervez Musharraf ordered to answer treason allegations
Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf has been ordered to appear in court over treason allegations and has barred him from leaving the country. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9978894/Pervez-Musharraf-ordered-to-answer-treason-allegations.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22062324
6 APRIL 2013
Malala charity to fund education of girls in Pakistan
Malala Yousafzai – the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban last October – has started a fund to educate other girls in Pakistan. http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/05/pakistani-schoolgirl-shot-by-taliban-launches-malala-fund-charity/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22045269
4 APRIL 2013
How my brother tried to kill me in ‘honor attack’
This Pakistani girl’s life of misery and suffering began at the tender age of 12, when instead of going to school she was married to a man old enough to be her grandfather. She says: « My family married me off when I was 12 years old. My husband was 60. Every day he would beat me. I would cry and beg him stop. But he just kept on beating me. » http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/04/world/asia/afghanistan-honor-killing-survivor/index.html?hpt=ias_t2
30 MARCH 2013
Pakistan gunmen attack primary school in Karachi
Gunmen on Saturday hurled a firecracker and opened fire at a primary school in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, killing its principal and wounding eight children, police said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9962446/Pakistan-gunmen-attack-primary-school-in-Karachi.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/2013330132359756777.html
29 MARCH 2013
Pakistan’s Musharraf granted bail to run in election
Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf has won a legal victory in a Karachi court which means he cannot be immediately arrested on charges of conspiracy to murder and illegally removing from office a number of judges, including the Supreme Court chief justice. http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/29/pakistan-s-musharraf-granted-bail-to-run-in-election/
28 MARCH 2013
Teacher’s murder sparks calls for school protection for Pakistan’s girls
The murder of a teacher has prompted a petition calling for Pakistan’s government to take a greater role in protecting girls and teachers attending school http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/27/world/asia/pakistan-teacher-death-petition/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
20 MARCH 2013
UN denounces US drone use in Pakistan
The United States has violated Pakistan’s sovereignty and destroyed tribal structures with unmanned aerial drone strikes in its counterterrorism near the Afghan border, a UN human rights investigator has said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201331523115707202.html
19 MARCH 2013
Pakistani Taliban suspend peace talks with government
The Pakistani Taliban have suspended peace talks with the Pakistani government, claiming the stakeholders are “not serious” with the peace initiative, a spokesman for the banned outfit said in a video released Monday http://dawn.com/2013/03/18/ttp-suspends-talks-with-government/
16 MARCH 2013
Pakistan’s Ashraf government makes history
Pakistan’s PM has hailed as « a victory » for democracy the completion of a full term by an elected government for the first time in the country’s history. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21817492
15 MARCH 2013
Balochistan govt to be dissolved on March 19
The disgruntled chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raisani on Friday agreed to end the ongoing constitutional crisis in the province after a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari. http://dawn.com/2013/03/15/balochistan-govt-to-be-dissolved-on-march-19/
11 MARCH 2013
Pakistan defies US with gas pipeline to Iran
Iranian and Pakistani leaders have inaugurated the construction of a much-delayed section of a $7.5bn gas pipeline linking the two neighbours, defying the threat of US sanctions. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/03/201331110555932441.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/11/pakistan-iran-gas-pipeline-inaugurated-defying-us-opposition/ http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-01-130313.html?goback=%2Egde_3681308_member_222310431
10 MARCH 2013
Police Arrest Dozens in Pakistan Christian Attack
Police in central Pakistan have arrested dozens of men a day after a mob burned a Christian area in Punjab province over alleged blasphemy. The incident has outraged Christians and civil society activists, who took to the streets on Sunday to demand effective protection of minorities and reforms in the controversial blasphemy laws of majority-Muslim Pakistan http://www.voanews.com/content/christian-homes-set-ablaze-in-pakistan/1618681.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1259092/1/.html
9 MARCH 2013
Dozens of Christian homes set on fire by Muslim mob, Pakistani authorities say
More than 100 homes of Christians were set on fire by outraged Muslims in the Badami Bagh community in Lahore on Saturday after police arrested Sawan Masih, a Christian in his mid-20s accused of speaking against the Muslim prophet Muhammad, officials said. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/09/world/asia/pakisan-unrest/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
9 MARCH 2013
Pakistan PM arrives in India to ‘open arm’ welcome
Pakistan’s premier Raja Pervez Ashraf arrived in India Saturday for a pilgrimage to a revered Muslim shrine, with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid welcoming him with « open arms ». http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130309-407463.html
5 MARCH 2013
Benazir Bhutto’s friends attempt to seize party from her husband
Benazir Bhutto loyalists are launching an attempt to wrest control of her party back from President Asif Ali Zardari, her widower, hurling accusations that he is destroying her legacy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9909851/Benazir-Bhuttos-friends-attempt-to-seize-party-from-her-husband.html
3 MARCH 2013
Deadly bombings hit Shia district in Karachi
A bomb attack in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi killed at least 35 people, including women and children, and wounded 70 others, police said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/20133315617954671.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21649412
23 FEBRUARY 2013
Pakistan’s nuclear weapons safety and security
22 FEBRUARY 2013
Pakistan ‘militant leader’ Malik Ishaq arrested
Pakistani police have detained Malik Ishaq, founder and former head of militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), at his home in Punjab province. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21553492
19 FEBRUARY 2013
Pakistan Shiites call off protest, agree to bury dead
Thousands of Pakistani Shiite Muslims called off nationwide protests Tuesday and agreed to bury the dead from a bombing that killed 89 people, after the government promised to arrest those responsible http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1255192/1/.html http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2013-02-20/hundreds-arrested-over-quetta-bomb-attack/1090936
Afghan forces arrest Pakistan Taliban commander
Prominent Pakistani Taliban commander Maulvi Faqir Mohammad has been arrested in eastern Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21504250
Gwadar: a potential base for Chinese expansion?
After inheriting the Pakistani port of Gwadar from Singapore on Feb. 18, China now has a promising base to project its influence over the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, reports the Global Times, a nationalistic tabloid produced under the auspices of the party mouthpiece People’s Daily. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130219000016&cid=1101
18 FEBRUARY 2013
Quetta: Shia Hazaras refuse to bury Pakistan bomb dead
Ethnic Hazara women in the Pakistani city of Quetta are refusing to bury the bodies of scores of people killed by a huge bomb in a Shia commercial area. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21495975
16 FEBRUARY 2013
Bomb rips through Shiite enclave in Pakistan
A blast targeting Shiites in a busy Pakistani marketplace killed at least 67 people on Saturday. The strike occurred the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/16/world/asia/pakistan-blast/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1254678/1/.html
15 FEBRUARY 2013
Kashmir border: India kills Pakistani soldier
A Pakistani soldier who strayed over the border in the disputed territory of Kashmir has been killed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21469446
26 JANUARY 2013
Pakistan’s battle for democracy
Democratic forces in Pakistan continue to fight an uphill battle despite a multitude of national challenges. http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/26/pakistan-democracy/
17 JANUARY 2013
Derailing Democracy in Islamabad
Official refuses court order to arrest Pakistan PM
Pakistan’s anti-corruption chief refused a Supreme Court order to arrest the prime minister in a graft case Thursday, citing a lack of evidence, in the latest clash between the government and the country’s top court. http://asiancorrespondent.com/95630/official-refuses-court-order-to-arrest-pakistan-pm/
Pakistan cleric signals end to Islamabad sit-in
Tahir-ul Qadri made the announcement as the country’s corruption watchdog told the Supreme Court it did not yet have enough evidence to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on graft allegations, as the top judge had ordered. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130117-396264.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21055900
15 JANUARY 2013
Pakistan top court orders PM arrest
The Pakistani Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of Raja Pervez Ashraf, the country’s prime minister, in connection with a corruption case, officials say. The court ordered the arrest of Ashraf on Tuesday morning, in case relating to contracts for the purchase of rental power plants by the federal government when Ashraf was the federal minister for water and power. ttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/201311592859175153.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21022855
12 JANUARY 2013
Talks fail to quell Pakistan Shia protests
Talks between Pakistani officials and Shia leaders have failed to quell a protest that brought thousands of people out onto cold, wet streets for a second night to watch over the bodies of 96 people killed in Quetta in one of the country’s worst sectarian ttacks. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/2013112182336231791.html
11 JANUARY 2013
More than 100 dead in bombings across Pakistan
At least 115 people have been killed in a series of bombing across Pakistan, including 81 who died after two successive bombs exploded minutes apart in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta late Thursday, police sources said. http://www.france24.com/en/20130110-quetta-pakistan-50-dead-twin-explosions http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20989329
10 JANUARY 2013
Another Pakistani soldier dies as Kashmir border crisis continues
A Pakistani soldier has died after coming under fire from Indian troops in Kashmir, according to Pakistan’s military, in the latest tit-for-tat death even as politicians tried to take the heat out of a developing border crisis. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9793692/Another-Pakistani-soldier-dies-as-Kashmir-border-crisis-continues.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/10/pakistan-soldier-in-kashmir-killed-by-india-troops/
8 JANUARY 2013
India claims two troops killed by Pakistan over Kashmir border
Two Indian troops have been killed, one of whom was ‘mutilated’, in a gunfight with Pakistan forces on Indian-controlled territory close to the line of control which marks the unofficial border between the two states. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9788051/India-claims-two-troops-killed-by-Pakistan-over-Kashmir-border.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/201318131527741342.html
6 JANUARY 2013
Pakistani soldier killed in border clashes with Indian troops
A Pakistani soldier has been killed and another injured in clashes with Indian troops along the disputed border in divided Kashmir, in a serious test of the recent improved relations between the two nuclear-armed rivals. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9783738/Pakistani-soldier-killed-in-border-clashes-with-Indian-troops.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/94840/pakistan-says-1-dead-in-border-clash-with-india/
4 JANUARY 2013
Bahawal Khan to succeed Pakistan militant leader Mullah Nazir
A successor to Pakistani militant leader Mullah Nazir, who was killed in a US drone strike, has been announced. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20909841
Malala Yousafzai leaves Queen Elizabeth Hospital
The Pakistani schoolgirl activist shot in the head by the Taliban has been discharged from a Birmingham hospital as an inpatient. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-20908439 http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/04/world/europe/uk-pakistan-malala-discharged/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
3 JANUARY 2013
US drone kills senior Pakistan tribal leader
Commander Mullah Nazir, known to have ties to Afghan Taliban, among at least nine fighters killed in separate strikes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9778161/Mullah-Nazir-very-much-an-American-target.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/2013135203260995.html
Shot schoolgirl given peace award
A 15-year-old schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban will be honoured for her courage and determination. http://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/national/shot-schoolgirl-given-peace-award-1-4633462
2 JANUARY 2013
Pakistan’s tactical nukes
Pakistan is developing a new generation of smaller « tactical » nuclear weapons. The dangers and challenges such arms present are very real. http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/02/pakistans-new-nuclear-problem/
30 DECEMBER 2012
Pakistan’s bleak outlook lightened by the game-changer with India
With a general parliamentary election likely to be held early in the year, and changes to the leadership of the army and judiciary due by the end of the year,Pakistan faces some daunting challenges as it enters 2013. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/12/30/pakistans-bleak-outlook-lightened-by-the-game-changer-with-india/
Pakistani Taliban execute captured policemen
Government officials say 21 out of 23 tribal policemen believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban have been executed by their captors in northwest Pakistan. Naveed Akbar Khan, a local government official, told the AFP news agency on Sunday: « We found 21 bullet riddled bodies of security personnel a short while ago in an uninhabited area. » http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/12/20121229214853934265.html
20 DECEMBER 2012
Clerics call for protests over polio worker killings
In Pakistan hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of another victim of the attacks on UN-backed polio eradication teams. The total number of deaths has now risen to nine.
4 NOVEMBER 2012
Pakistan court orders action against Taliban, armed groups in Karachi
In an interim order issued Saturday, the Supreme Court’s bench five-member hearing a case for the implementation of the apex court’s earlier order in a suo motu case related to the law and order situation in Karachi directed the provincial government to arrest all prisoners released on parole and present them before it. http://dawn.com/2012/11/03/sc-orders-action-against-taliban-armed-groups-in-karachi/
3 NOVEMBER 2012
Pakistani Taliban target female students with acid attack
It’s the latest cruel tactic in the Pakistani Taliban’s battle to stop girls and women from getting an education: acid thrown in their faces to scar them for life and deter others from following in their footsteps.
19 OCTOBER 2012
Pakistan court rules army must stop interfering in politics
In a rare challenge to Pakistan’s powerful generals, the country’s Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the military should stop interfering in politics
15 OCTOBER 2012
Fourteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Swat, has arrived in the UK for medical treatment.
9 OCTOBER 2012
Shot down because demanding the right for girls to go to school
Leaders from around the world have condemned the shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, an education and rights activist in the northwestern Pakistani region of Swat. Yousafzai was shot by Taliban gunmen on Tuesday in her hometown of Mingora while on her way home from school.
6 OCTOBER 2012
Pakistani politician, Imran Khan, is leading a “peace march” in protest against US drone strikes
1 OCTOBRE 2012
Setback for Pakistani teen facing blasphemy charges
Three witnesses whose testimony could absolve a 14-year-old Pakistani girl facing life in prison have changed their statements.
22 SEPTEMBER 2012
Anti-Islam film: Pakistan minister offers bounty
A Pakistani government minister has offered a $100,000 (£61,616) reward for the death of the maker of an anti-Islam film produced in the US
21 SEPTEMBER 2012
Insults to Islam stir mass Pakistan protests
Reports say more than 17 people have died as demonstrations against an anti-Islam video erupted across Pakistan, a day after protesters tried to storm the US embassy in the capital, Islamabad
19 SEPTEMBER 2012
Pakistan’s government has declared Friday a national holiday to allow protests against the anti-Islam film.
The announcement came hours after hundreds of lawyers surrounded the Islamabad compound that houses the US Embassy on Wednesda
18 SEPTEMBER 2012
Pakistan to ‘reopen Zardari fraud cases’
Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf says he will obey Tuesday’s Supreme Court order to reopen a corruption case against the country’s president
17 SEPTEMBER 2012
Reports: Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable missile
Pakistan on Monday conducted a successful test fire of the indigenously developed multi tube Cruise Missile Hatf-VII (Babur), having a range of 700 kilometers
Protestors go on rampage in Karachi
One person was killed and nine others were injured after protestors led violent protests in front of the US consulate in Karachi
Pakistan’s blasphemy law ‘vaguely formulated and arbitrarily enforced’
With Muslim leaders in many countries calling for a global law barring what they call insults to Islam, the main non-Catholic world Christian grouping on Monday said just such a law in Pakistan is used to persecute other religions
12 SEPTEMBER 2012
Hundreds killed in Karachi factory inferno
Factory fires in two major cities in Pakistan have killed more than 300 people and injured dozens more, including some who had to leap from windows to escape the flames, officials and survivors have said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/20129124543681430.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19566851
8 SEPTEMBER 2012
India and Pakistan Sign Visa Agreement, Easing Travel
Pakistan and India signed a new visa agreement on Saturday, easing restrictions for travelers in a move seen as a tentative step between the rival South Asian countries to normalize their troubled relations http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/world/asia/india-and-pakistan-sign-visa-agreement-easing-travel.html?ref=asia
Pakistan frees Christian girl jailed in blasphemy case
A young, mentally-challenged Christian girl who was accused of blasphemy after she was found to be in possession of burned pages of the Koran has been released from jail, Pakistani officials said Saturday, a day after a court granted her bail http://www.france24.com/en/20120908-pakistan-frees-christian-girl-accused-blasphemy-case-rawalpindi-rimsha-koran-burning
6 SEPTEMBER 2012
Save the Children foreign staff ordered out of Pakistan
Save the Children’s foreign staff have been ordered to leave Pakistan within two weeks, the aid agency confirms http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19500103 http://www.france24.com/en/20120906-save-children-foreign-staff-expelled-deported-pakistan-afridi-osama-bin-laden-usa
3 SEPTEMBER 2012
Asif Ali Zardari ‘extending Pakistan political dynasty’ with son
Pakistan’s ruling political dynasty has been accused of abusing its power after it emerged that President Asif Ali Zardari’s 23-year-old son met several world leaders during a recent summit in Tehran.
2 SEPTEMBER 2012
Palistani cleric arrested for falsifying evidence in blasphemy case
A Pakistani cleric has been arrested on suspicion of tampering with evidence after he submitted burned pages of the Koran as proof against a 14-year-old Christian girl accused of blasphemy, police said on Sunday. http://www.france24.com/en/20120902-cleric-imam-arrested-tampering-evidence-blasphemy-case-rimsha-khalid-chishti-pakistan
15 AUGUST 2012
Pakistan frees 55 Indians for independence day
Pakistan on Wednesday released 55 Indian fishermen, 15 of them teenagers, as a « goodwill gesture » to mark independence day in India
3 AUGUST 2012
Pakistan jails Brig Ali Khan and four other top officers
A Pakistani military court has convicted five senior officers of links with a banned organisation.
Pakistan court strikes down contempt law Pakistan’s top court on Friday struck down a new law exempting members of the government from being tried for contempt, clearing the way for legal proceedings against the prime minister
2 AUGUST 2012
India overturns ban on Pakistan investments
India has reversed its ban on foreign investment from Pakistan in a move designed to build goodwill amid a renewed push for a peace settlement between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/08/20128264238428195.html http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=418737&catid=35
1 AUGUST 2012
Report blasts Myanmar treatment of Rohingya
Myanmar security forces have killed, raped or carried out mass arrests of Rohingya Muslims after deadly sectarian riots in the northeast in June, a rights group has said, adding the authorities had done little to prevent the initial unrest. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/20128154245751775. htmlhttp://asiancorrespondent.com/86908/human-rights-group-cites-atrocities-in-western-burma/
Top Bangladesh opposition leaders indicted
Forty-six opposition leaders, including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will go on trial this week in a case filed for torching a bus. http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=244348
31 JULY 2012
World’s biggest ever blackout as India is brought to a standstill
The world’s biggest ever blackout brought half of India to a standstill, as a catastrophic power outage left 670 million people without electricity. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9441940/Worlds-biggest-ever-blackout-as-India-is-brought-to-a-standstill.html
30 JULY 012
Vietnam blogger’s mother ‘dies in self-immolation’
The mother of a prominent Vietnamese blogger has died after setting herself on fire ahead of her daughter’s trial for propaganda against the Communist state, sources close to the family said Monday. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120730-362340.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19053910 http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Catholic-dissident’s-mother-sets-herself-on-fire.-Anger-and-bewilderment-of-Vietnamese-25431.html
29 JULY 2012
Anna Hazare begins fifth hunger strike in 16 months
Anna Hazare, the Indian activist, began his fifth hunger strike in 16 months on Sunday as he pushes for strong anti-graft legislation. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9436316/Anna-Hazare-begins-fifth-hunger-strike-in-16-months.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1216398/1/.html
2 AUGUST 2012
India overturns ban on Pakistan investments
India has reversed its ban on foreign investment from Pakistan in a move designed to build goodwill amid a renewed push for a peace settlement between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/08/20128264238428195.html http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=418737&catid=35
27 JULY 2012
British ambassador says Pakistan is ‘world leader’ in visa application fraud
During a news conference to publicise the London Olympics, Adam Thomson said UK visa officials had sifted out thousands of forged documents submitted by Pakistanis trying to obtain travel documents for Britain during the past year.
24 JULY 2012
Pakistani Taliban chief warns Islamabad
Mualana Wali-u-Rehman, known in militant circles as « Molvi Sahib », carries a Turkish-made Zigana-K pistol and a Russian AKS-74U assault rifle. Rehman, a former activist from Pakistan’s largest religious-political party, Jamiat-ul-Ulema Islam, was one of the founding members of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban, or TTP) in South Waziristan, when it emerged in late 2007.
19 JULY 2012
Pakistan’s courts take on the ISI
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency to close a notorious cell that focused on monitoring internal politics, in a direct challenge to the ISI’s ability to operate as a « state within a state ».
10 JULY 2012
Protests in Islamabad against the government’s decision to re-open NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.
There have been protests in the Pakistani capital Islamabad against the government’s decision to re-open NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.
8 JULY 2012
Ex Pak IB chief hid bin Laden in Abbotabad with Musharraf’s approval: ex ISI chief
A retired Pakistani military officer, Brigadier Ijaz Shah is alleged to have harboured Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan for years, former head of Pakistan’s spy agency, the directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), General Ziauddin Butt, has claimed.
4 JULY 2012
Pakistan mob burns man to death for ‘blasphemy’
A Pakistani mob has taken a man accused of blasphemy from a police station and burnt him to death, police say.
3 JULY 2012
Pakistan ends blockade of Nato supply routes
Pakistan has announced it will end its blockade of Nato supply routes into Afghanistan, after the US finally apologised for a mistaken attack that killed 24 of its troops. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9373772/Pakistan-ends-blockade-of-Nato-supply-routes.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18691691
22 JUNE 2012
Pakistan elects Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime minister
Pakistan’s parliament on Friday elected a former water and power minister and ruling party member Raja Pervez Ashraf as the country’s new prime minister. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/201262244252924620.html
21 JUNE 2012
Pakistan courts order arrest of new prime minister nominee
Having already ousted one prime minister this week, Pakistan’s courts on Thursday sabotaged the appointment of a replacement by ordering the arrest of the man nominated to take up the job.
19 JUNE 2012
Pakistan Supreme Court bars PM Gilani from office
Pakistan’s top court has disqualified Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from holding office, two months after convicting him of contempt of court. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18506728 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/2012619104352956999.html
18 JUNE 2012
Taliban to U.S.: End drone strikes in Pakistan, or no more polio vaccines
A Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan has announced a ban on polio vaccines for children as long as the United States continues its campaign of drone strikes in the region, according to a statement by the Taliban.
13 JUNE 2012
Pakistani singer Mehdi Hassan dies
Ustad Mehdi Hassan, Pakistan’s legendary classical singer who captivated millions of music fans across South Asia, has died. He was 84. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/2012613105952254143.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18421080
11 JUNE 2012
US withdraws supply route negotiators from Pakistan
US negotiators who have been trying to reach a deal with Pakistan over a supply route to Nato troops in Afghanistan have quit the talks. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18401465
India and Pakistan in talks over Siachen Glacier
Indian and Pakistani defence officials held a fresh round of talks on Monday seeking to end decades of dispute over the Siachen Glacier, dubbed the world’s highest battlefield.
5 JUNE 2012
US Drone Strike in Pakistan Kills Al-Qaida No. 2
U.S. official says a drone strike in northwestern Pakistan has killed al-Qaida’s second in command, Abu Yahya al-Libi, dealing what is said to be a major blow to the terror group. Tuesday’s 5 confirmation of al-Libi’s death came a day after missiles from a U.S. drone hit a vehicle and compound in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing at least 15 people, including foreigners
23 MAY 2012
Pakistan jails doctor who helped CIA find Bin Laden
A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama Bin Laden has been jailed for at least 30 years, officials say http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/2012523111832779910.html
18 MAY 2012
No-confidence vote only way to unseat me, Gilani tells opposition
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani challenged the opposition Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz on Friday, daring the Sharifs to bring a vote of no-confidence against him
27 APRIL 2012
Defiant PM vows not to cede office
Armed with the support of his party, allies, and some argument, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani took his turn on Friday 27 to hit back hard at his political foes, telling the National Assembly he would not cede office owing to his conviction by the Supreme Court for contempt unless the house disqualified him
United States Talks Fail as Pakistanis Seek Apology
The latest high-level talks on ending a diplomatic deadlock between the United States and Pakistan ended in failure on Friday 27 over Pakistani demands for an unconditional apology from the Obama administration for an airstrike http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/28/world/asia/talks-between-us-and-pakistan-fail-over-airstrike-apology.html?_r=1&ref=asia#
26 APRIL 2012
Pakistani PM Gilani guilty of contempt but spared jail
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has found Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani guilty in a contempt of court case. However, the court gave Mr Gilani only a symbolic sentence and he will not have to serve any time in jail.
25 APRIL 2012
Pakistan conducts ballistic missile test
Pakistan has successfully conducted a test of an intermediate range ballistic missile, the country’s military has said. The Hatf-IV Shaheen-1A missile is capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads, a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) department said on Wednesday http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/04/201242545255746331.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/25/world/asia/pakistan-missile-test/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
18 APRIL 2012
Pakistan’s army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, has called for the demilitarization of the disputed high-altitude Siachen Glacier where thousands of Pakistani and Indian troops have been stationed for decades
30 MARCH 2012
More than 100,000 flee clashes between Pakistani troops, Islamists
More than 100,000 people have fled the north-west Khyber tribal region since government troops launched a January offensive against Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants, the UN refugee agency said on Friday
25 MARCH 2012
Taliban threaten Pakistani lawmakers who support resumption of NATO supplies to Afghanistan
The Taliban on Sunday 25 threatened to attack Pakistani lawmakers and their families if they support allowing NATO to resume shipping supplies through the country to troops in neighboring Afghanistan http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/taliban-threaten-pakistani-lawmakers-who-support-resumption-of-nato-supplies-to-afghanistan/2012/03/25/gIQA3B3aZS_story.html
9 MARCH 2012
Pakistan bans Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat Islamist group
Pakistan’s government has issued orders banning the country’s largest Islamic extremist group. Activists from the pro-al-Qaeda group formerly known as the Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP), or Soldiers of the Companions of the Prophet, have been convicted of killing hundreds of Shia Muslims
21 FEBRUARY 2012
Pakistan appeals to Interpol over Musharraf arrest
Pakistan is in the final stages of asking Interpol to help arrest former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the murder of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Tuesday
13 FEBRUARY 2012
Pakistani Court Indicts Prime Minister for Contempt
Yousuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan’s prime minister, has been charged with contempt of court by the country’s supreme court, after he disobeyed a court order to open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/world/asia/pakistani-court-indicts-prime-minister-for-contempt.html?_r=1&ref=asia http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/201221344753846407.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/12/world/asia/pakistan-gilani-court/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
11 FEBRUARY 2011
Crowds swarm Suu Kyi as campaign begins
9 FEBRUARY 2012
US drone in Pakistan kills ‘al-Qaeda ally’
The second US drone attack in two days in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region killed has killed four people, including a senior militant commander with links to al-Qaeda, Pakistani intelligence officials and Taliban sources said
1 FEBRUARY 2012
Profile: Pakistan’s ISI
The charge that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence is supporting Taliban fighters in Afghanistan is just the latest of many charges directed at Pakistan’s shadowy intelligence service, which for decades has been accused of plotting assassinations, backing armed groups, and organising attacks against neighbouring countries
27 JANUARY 2012
Pervez Musharraf postpones Pakistan return, aide says
Mr Musharraf had previously vowed to end his self-imposed exile and fly back to Pakistan by the end of this month to revive his political career
16 JANUARY 2012
Amid tensions, Pakistani lawmakers vote to support ‘democracy’
Pakistani lawmakers on Monday passed a resolution supporting the country’s democratic system, a vote that came after weeks of public speculation and political intrigue about the possibility of a coup in the volatile nation http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/16/world/asia/pakistan-politics/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
11 JANUARY 2012
Firing of Pakistan’s Defense Secretary Raises Tension With Army
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani fired his defense secretary, a retired general and confidant of Pakistan’s army chief, on Wednesday 11 as the civilian government appeared headed for a collision with the country’s powerful military leadership
10 JANUARY 2012
Pakistani Judges Press Prime Minister to Defy President
The political and legal crisis in Pakistan took a new turn on Tuesday when the Supreme Court threatened to dismiss Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for failing to comply with court orders to reopen corruption cases against his political boss: President Asif Ali Zardari
8 JUANURY 2012
Former Pakistan President Announces Plans to Return Home
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has announced plans to return to the country later this month. Musharraf told supporters in Karachi via telephone Sunday that he would arrive between January 27 and January 30 http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Former-Pakistan-President-Announces-Plans-to-Return-Home-136906133.html
29 DECEMBER 2011
Pakistan murder testimony doctor Baqir Shah shot dead
A doctor who testified that Pakistani security forces had killed a group of unarmed foreigners has, himself, been shot dead. Dr Baqir Shah was gunned down in the city of Quetta after he contradicted police reports from earlier this year
25 DECEMBER 2011
Thousands rally for Pakistan’s Imran Khan
More than 100,000 people have rallied in support of Pakistani cricket legend and opposition politician Imran Khan in the southern city of Karachi. Sunday’s rally further cemented Khan’s status as a rising force in Pakistani politics, ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in 2013
23 DECEMBER 2011
Pakistan Military Denies Conspiracy to Seize Power
Pakistan lurched between crises on Friday with its military chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, dismissing talk of a coup and canceling a visit from a top American general, a sign that Pakistani fury at the United States over air strikes that killed 26 soldiers is far from abating
22 DECEMBER 2011
Tumultuous Year Strains US Pakistani Relations
Pakistan and the United States have maintained a critical strategic partnership for the past 10 years despite tense relations over the war in Afghanistan and U.S. suspicions that Islamabad maintains ties to militant groups