Return to home 2006 Jan 1, A
coalition of thousands of Islamic schools vowed to resist a
Pakistani government plan to deport their foreign students, calling
the proposal immoral.
2006 Jan 5, Pakistan said it
had taken all "appropriate action" to break up the underground
nuclear network run by its former chief nuclear scientist Abdul
2006 Jan 7, Cross border firing
at a Pakistani village near the Afghan border killed eight people in
Saidgi village. Pakistan protested the incident to the US military.
2006 Jan 7, In Pakistan
assailants armed with rockets and assault rifles attacked a newly
built checkpoint near the Afghan border before dawn, killing all
eight security forces.
2006 Jan 7, In Pakistan some 50
survivors of the Oct 8 earthquake commandeered 2 UN relief
helicopters to flee the disaster zone.
(WSJ, 1/7/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 10, A battle between
Pakistani security forces and suspected Islamic militants firing
rockets and assault rifles left 21 dead in a tribal region near the
2006 Jan 11, Pakistani security
forces killed 12 suspected militants in a gunfight following the
deaths of 3 soldiers whose vehicle struck a land mine in the
country's restive southwest.
2006 Jan 13, A local lawmaker
said a US airstrike on a Pakistani village near the border with
Afghanistan killed at least 17 people, including women and children.
The American military said it had no reports of an attack. The
provincial government said at least four foreign terrorists died in
the purported US airstrike aimed at al-Qaida's No. 2 leader in
Damadola. The strike destroyed three houses and killed 18 people.
The US missile strike in Pakistan killed a relative of al-Qaida's
No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri and a terror suspect.
(AP, 1/17/06)(AP, 1/13/07)
2006 Jan 14, Pakistan condemned
a purported CIA airstrike on a border village, and said it was
protesting to the U.S. Embassy over the attack that killed at least
(AP, 1/14/06)(WSJ, 1/16/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 19, Pakistani security
officials said Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar, an al-Qaida explosives
and chemical weapons expert and a relative of the terror network's
No. 2 leader, were among four top operatives believed killed in a US
missile strike last week, as authorities arrested five more militant
2006 Jan 21, A helicopter used
by the Red Cross for earthquake relief operations in Pakistan went
missing with seven crew members on board. The wreckage of the copter
and the bodies of the seven people on board were found in June 2006.
2006 Jan 22, Thousands of angry
Pakistanis protested against a US airstrike that killed civilians,
chanting "Long live Osama bin Laden!" as anti-American rallies in
the country entered their second week.
2006 Jan 23, The US government
cleared Pakistan from the threat of having its trade preferences
withdrawn after the country took action to clamp down on copyright
theft. The announcement coincided with a visit to Washington by
Pakistani PM Shaukat Aziz, who told the US Chamber of Commerce that
his government was serious about clamping down on copycat piracy.
2006 Jan 25, A minibus struck a
land mine in southwestern Pakistan, killing six passengers and
2006 Jan 26, Under request from
Pakistan Interpol said it has issued international notices seeking
the arrest of former PM Benazir Bhutto and her husband on corruption
charges. Both were currently visiting the US.
2006 Jan 26, In southwestern
Pakistan suspected tribal militants blew up a stretch of railway
track, severing train links with rest of country.
2006 Jan 28, In Pakistan
suspected tribal rebels have fired rockets at a major gas field,
blasted a main power line and tried to blow up a rail track in the
restive southwestern province of Baluchistan.
2006 Jan 29, A Pakistani
express train with up to 600 passengers aboard derailed, killing at
least three people and injuring as many as 40.
2006 Jan 31, India and Pakistan
signed an agreement to restart a second cross-border train service
next month, the latest step in peace talks between the nuclear-armed
2006 Jan 31, NATO ended its
earthquake relief operation in Pakistan, the first big disaster
mission involving ground troops outside an alliance country.
2006 Feb 4, About 250 Afghan
forces fought more than 200 rebels in the area's fiercest fighting
in months. At least 19 people were killed in Afghanistan and
2006 Feb 5, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb ripped through a passenger bus, killing at least 13
people and wounding 20 others.
2006 Feb 9, In Pakistanís
Northwest Frontier province a suspected suicide bombing and gunfire
killed at least 29 minority Shiite Muslims and gunmen killed at
least four more people in an attack on a bus in Hangu.
(AP, 2/9/06)(SFC, 2/10/06, p.A3)
2006 Feb 10, In northwestern
Pakistan Shiites and Sunnis battled each other with rockets and
gunfire, raising the death toll of two days of Muslim sectarian
violence to 38.
2006 Feb 11, In Pakistan tribal
insurgents killed three soldiers and injured 10 others in two
attacks on paramilitary forces in southwestern Baluchistan province.
2006 Feb 11, Suspected US
military fire struck the tent of a nomad family on the Pakistan side
of the rugged border with Afghanistan, killing two women and
injuring at least four children.
2006 Feb 13, In northwestern
Pakistan police fired tear gas and wielded batons to stop about
7,000 students protesting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad from
marching on the governor's residence.
2006 Feb 13, In Lahore gunmen
on a motorcycle killed Ahmad Javed Khawaja (72), a Pakistani doctor
who spent six months in jail on suspicions of harboring al-Qaida
suspects and possessing illegal weapons.
2006 Feb 14, In Pakistan
thousands of protesters rampaged through Islamabad and Lahore,
storming into a diplomatic district and torching Western businesses
and a provincial assembly in Pakistan's worst violence against the
Prophet Muhammad drawings. At least two people were killed and 11
2006 Feb 15, More than 70,000
people joined Pakistan's biggest protest yet against Prophet
Muhammad cartoons, burning movie theaters, a KFC restaurant and a
South Korean-run bus station. Three people died and dozens were
injured in two cities.
2006 Feb 15, Pakistan deported
nearly 600 Afghans who had been jailed in the southern city of
Karachi for up to six months on charges of illegal immigration.
2006 Feb 15, Gunmen on a
motorcycle killed three Chinese engineers and their Pakistani driver
in a remote tribal region of southwestern Pakistan.
2006 Feb 15, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai pressed his Pakistani counterpart on to root out
militants Afghanistan claims have launched a spate of recent
cross-border suicide bombings.
2006 Feb 16, In Karachi,
Pakistan, some 40 thousand people shouting "God is Great!" marched
and burned effigies of the Danish prime minister in the country's
fourth day of protests over cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.
2006 Feb 17, Pakistan security
forces seized heavy weapons and munitions destined for Islamic
militants in a northwestern tribal region near Afghanistan.
2006 Feb 17, A Pakistani cleric
announced a $1 million bounty for killing a cartoonist who drew
Prophet Muhammad, as thousands joined street protests and Denmark
temporarily closed its embassy and advised its citizens to leave the
2006 Feb 18, India and Pakistan
restored train service along a line that was severed during their
war 40 years ago, establishing a second rail link between the two
South Asian rivals.
2006 Feb 18, In southwestern
Pakistan insurgents blew up four gas pipelines and two people were
injured in landmine explosions in Baluchistan province.
2006 Feb 19, Pakistani security
forces arrested hundreds of Islamic hard-liners, virtually sealed
off the capital and used gunfire and tear gas to quell protests
against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
2006 Feb 19, Pakistani
President Pervez Musharraf arrived in China on a visit that analysts
said would focus on anti-terrorism cooperation, trade and
2006 Feb 21, In Pakistan 11
Islamic militants were sentenced to death for an assassination
attempt on a Pakistani army general that killed 10 people in 2004.
2006 Feb 24, In Pakistan
thousands of Muslims defied a ban on rallies in Islamabad, joining
protesters across the country in condemning the Prophet Muhammad
cartoons printed by some Western newspapers.
2006 Feb 26, In Pakistan about
25,000 people, some chanting "Death to America," rallied against the
Prophet Muhammad caricatures in Karachi, but police prevented a
rally in the eastern city of Lahore by arresting the religious
ringleader and detaining scores of supporters. Assailants fired
rockets at the home of a provincial Cabinet in Pakistan's restive
southwestern Baluchistan province, killing a guest and wounding
eight other people.
2006 Feb 27, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb explosion on a railroad track derailed a passenger
train shortly after it was attacked by gunmen.
2006 Mar 1, Pakistani security
forces backed by helicopter gunships struck a militant hide-out in a
tribal region near the Afghan border, killing 45 fighters, including
a Chechen commander linked to al-Qaida.
2006 Mar 2, In Pakistan a
suicide attacker rammed a car packed with explosives into a vehicle
carrying an American diplomat in Karachi, killing the diplomat and
three other people before President Bush's visit to Pakistan.
Fifty-two people were wounded. An Uzbek national, arrested in
Pakistan in July, told interrogators that Al-Qaeda had organized the
(AP, 3/2/06)(AFP, 7/26/06)
2006 Mar 3, Thousands rallied
across Pakistan against cartoons of Prophet Muhammad and a planned
visit by President Bush as radical Islamic groups called a strike
that shut shops and businesses in several major cities.
2006 Mar 4, President Bush and
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf recommitted their nations to
the difficult task of hunting down terrorists still hiding here and
across the globe. Police detained former cricket star Imran Khan and
arrested dozens of his opposition party's supporters to block a
rally against President Bush. Bush praised Pakistan's fight against
terrorism as unfaltering but turned down an appeal for the same
civilian nuclear help the US intends to give India.
(AP, 3/4/06)(AP, 3/5/06)
2006 Mar 5, Hundreds of people
lugging bags and bundles of clothes fled Miran Shah, a northwestern
Pakistan, town after a battle between pro-Taliban tribesmen and
security forces killed at least 51 people. The fighting came just
days after the army attacked a suspected al-Qaida camp in the
village of Saidgi near the Afghan border.
2006 Mar 5, Tens of thousands
of people massed in Pakistan and Turkey to protest cartoons of
Islam's Prophet, Muhammad, that have fired anger throughout the
2006 Mar 6, In comments aimed
at Afghanistan's leader, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said
that the "bad-mouthing" of his country must stop and that Pakistani
officials have caught terrorists "and will continue to do so."
2006 Mar 6, Pakistani
authorities clamped a curfew on a Miran Shah and negotiated with
tribesmen to try to end three days of clashes that have left more
than 120 pro-Taliban rebels dead. Thousands of residents joined an
exodus out of the town.
2006 Mar 8, Train services
linking Pakistan with neighboring Iran were suspended indefinitely
following bombings and rocket attacks on the rail in southwestern
2006 Mar 10, In southwestern
Pakistan a crowded bus carrying a wedding party hit an anti-tank
mine in Baluchistan province, killing 28 people, mostly women and
2006 Mar 10, Pakistani soldiers
backed by helicopter gunships attacked a suspected militant hideout
near Miran Shah, the volatile tribal region near the Afghan border,
and killed about 30 militants.
2006 Mar 11, In Lahore,
Pakistan, hundreds of kites filled the skies on the opening day of a
traditional spring festival, despite a ban that followed the deaths
of seven people killed by glass-coated or wire kite strings.
2006 Mar 12, In northwestern
Pakistan villagers found the bodies two tribesmen shot dead by
suspected Islamic militants, with a note on one of the bodies
warning that anyone who spied for the US would meet the same fate.
2006 Mar 12, In Lahore,
Pakistan, skies normally alive with colorful kites to mark a spring
festival were largely empty after police arrested 1,400 people over
three days to enforce a ban imposed because of a series of fatal
2006 Mar 16, In southwestern
Pakistan 7 homemade bombs toppled two high-power electricity
transmission towers and disrupted power to thousands of homes for
2006 Mar 19, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected Islamic militants detonated a roadside bomb near
a police van, killing seven people and wounding four others.
2006 Mar 23, President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf ordered all foreign militants to leave Pakistan or
be killed. Pakistan protested the killing by Afghan soldiers of 14
people Pakistan claims were its citizens, the latest source of
tension between the neighboring countries amid increasing violence
along their rugged border.
2006 Mar 24, India's PM invited
Pakistan to join his country in a "treaty of peace, security and
friendship" to end nearly six decades of tension between the
2006 Mar 24, Pakistani security
forces backed by helicopter gunships killed at least 15 suspected
Taliban sympathizers in the latest flare-up of violence near the
2006 Mar 25, In Pakistan police
said they had arrested 57 renegade tribesmen over the last 24 hours
in connection with recent bomb and rocket attacks that have killed
several people in southwestern Pakistan.
2006 Mar 26, In southwest
Pakistan rebel tribesmen set off a bomb near the home of a senior
government official and launched a separate attack on a military
post, triggering a gunbattle that left two attackers and a soldier
2006 Mar 27, Gunmen loyal to
rival pro-Taliban clerics fought street battles in Pakistan's tribal
belt bordering Afghanistan, leaving at least 25 people dead.
2006 Apr 1, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected Islamic militants attacked a military base in a
tribal region, killing one soldier and injuring four others.
2006 Apr 2, In Pakistanís
neighboring South Waziristan the bullet-riddled body of Maulana
Zahir Shah, was found. The cleric was killed by suspected Islamic
militants over suspicion he was a spy for the US and Britain. Ten
people including five tribal police were killed and 13 injured in
separate bomb blasts in the restive southwestern Pakistani province
(AP, 4/2/06)(AFP, 4/2/06)
2006 Apr 3, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed five people riding a minibus and security
forces shot dead two suspected militants in North Waziristan
2006 Apr 5, Pakistani security
forces and suspected Islamic militants battled for a second day near
the Afghan border, leaving four soldiers and 16 fighters dead.
2006 Apr 9, In Pakistan
provincial police chief Chaudhry Mohammad Yaqub said "The federal
government has declared Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) as
terrorist organization over its involvement in sabotage and
2006 Apr 9, In Pakistan at
least 29 women and children were suffocated or crushed to death in a
stampede at a religious gathering in southern Pakistan. More than 70
people were injured.
2006 Apr 11, In Karachi,
Pakistan, a bomb exploded during evening prayers at a park, killing
at least 50 people and injuring over 100. The bombing killed the
entire leadership of Sunni Tehreek, a moderate Muslim group.
(SFC, 4/12/06, p.A13)(AP, 4/14/06)
2006 Apr 12, In Karachi,
Pakistan, mobs of youths rioted for a second straight day to protest
a suicide bombing that killed at least 56 people, which a top
Pakistani official said was aimed at "eliminating" the leadership of
a moderate Sunni Muslim group.
2006 Apr 12, Pakistani army
helicopters struck a militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan in an
attempt to kill a wanted senior al-Qaida operative. Seven suspected
militants and two children were believed killed. Mohsin Musa
Matawalli Atwah (45), an Egyptian and al-Qaida member wanted for his
suspected role in the bombings of US embassies in East Africa, was
(AP, 4/13/06)(SFC, 4/14/06, p.A15)
2006 Apr 14, Commercial life
halted in several Pakistani cities in a strike called by an Islamic
party to protest this week's suicide attack that killed its top
leaders and some 50 others.
2006 Apr 15, Saudi Arabia's
Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz began a two-day visit to Pakistan
during which he is expected to discuss a possible arms deal.
2006 Apr 16, Suspected
pro-Taliban militants beheaded two tribesmen in a remote part of
Pakistan for allegedly working for US forces across the border in
2006 Apr 18, Noor Jehan, a
14-year-old Pakistani girl, was shot 5 times by male relatives over
a rebuffed marriage proposal and left for dead on the outskirts of
Karachi. She died at a hospital in Karachi on May 21.
2006 Apr 20, Militants ambushed
a convoy of Pakistani troops in a northwestern tribal region near
the Afghan border, killing seven soldiers and wounding 22. A
suspected foreign Islamic militant linked to al-Qaida and a security
official were killed in a gunfight at a roadblock near Afghan
2006 Apr 25, Pakistani attack
helicopters pounded suspected Islamic militant hideouts near the
Afghan border as clashes killed three militants and two soldiers. In
northwestern Pakistan the body of Khan Mati, a taxi driver missing
since April 17, was found. Suspected Islamic militants decapitated
him over suspicions he was a US spy and a frequent visitor to an
American military base in Afghanistan.
(AP, 4/25/06)(AP, 4/26/06)
2006 Apr 30, In Pakistan an
army spokesman said Mohammed Farooq, a senior Pakistani scientist
suspected of helping leak nuclear weapons technology to Iran, Libya,
and North Korea, has been released after two years in detention.
2006 May 3, In New Delhi Muslim
separatists met India's prime minister for fresh peace talks on the
future of Kashmir. Hours before the talks were due to begin, four
rebels and three security men died in gunbattles in Kashmir.
2006 May 3, India and Pakistan
agreed to launch a truck service and a second passenger bus route
this summer linking the parts of Kashmir held by each country.
2006 May 3, In Pakistan gunmen
attacked a police post in a remote northwestern tribal region near
the Afghan border, killing three policemen.
2006 May 7, In Pakistan an
11-year-old boy was strangled by relatives who killed him rather
than obey a tribal elders' order for them to marry one of their
womenfolk to the child.
2006 May 11, In southwestern
Pakistan 5 bombs ripped through a firing range at a police training
school, killing six members of an anti-terrorism unit and wounding
2006 May 13, In Saroki,
Pakistan thousands of people gathered for the funeral of Amir Cheema
(28), a Pakistani student found dead in a German jail while awaiting
trial for an alleged assault over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
Cheema was found dead from suicide in his cell at the Moabit prison
in Berlin on May 3.
2006 May 14, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected Islamic militants stormed a roadside security
post in a tribal region and shot dead an officer.
2006 May 14, Officials said a
searing heatwave in central Pakistan has killed at least 84 people
with temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in
the past week.
2006 May 14, Exiled former
Pakistan prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif met in
London and agreed to a ďcharter of democracy" and to join in
opposition to the rule of Pres. Musharraf.
(Econ, 5/20/06, p.46)
2006 May 16, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected Islamic militants ambushed a convoy of security
forces, setting off a shootout that left at least 7 militants and
one security official dead.
2006 May 17, A powerful bomb
blew up a gas pipeline in a remote town of southwestern Pakistan,
killing a 7-year-old girl.
2006 May 19, In Morocco the
prime ministers of Morocco and Pakistan expressed hopes for closer
bilateral ties, especially economically, after inking several
agreements during a visit by Pakistan's Shaukat Aziz.
2006 May 21, Pakistan and Iran
officials met again in Islamabad to discuss a proposed 1,735-mile
pipeline that would deliver Iranian gas to Pakistan and India.
2006 May 23, Pakistani
officials said at least 7 people have died and thousands of others
have fallen sick after drinking contaminated water in Faisalabad, a
city famous for its textile mills. The outbreak of gastroenteritis
began May 14. The last two fatalities happened May 21.
2006 May 28, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected militants shot dead tribal elder, Malik Takhti
Khan, in a North Waziristan town while he was shopping at a weekly
2006 May 29, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected Islamic militants fired at a car carrying
Meherdil Khan Shamankhel, a pro-government tribal elder, killing him
and wounding two other people in the vehicle.
2006 Jun 1, In Pakistan
officials said sewage contamination in Faisalabad's water system has
caused an outbreak of gastroenteritis, sickening more than 19,000
people and killing nine. In southwestern Pakistan police raided a
militant hideout and arrested Habib Ullah, a leader of the outlawed
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Sunni militant group, at a home in Quetta. He was
the alleged mastermind of sectarian attacks that killed more than
100 Shiite Muslims in July, 2003, and March, 2004.
(AP, 6/1/06)(AP, 6/2/06)
2006 Jun 2, In northwestern
Pakistan 2 suicide attackers detonated an explosives-laden car amid
a military convoy on a strategic road, killing four soldiers and
2006 Jun 10, Pakistani security
forces destroyed a militant hideout in a pre-dawn strike near the
Afghan border, killing at least 15 suspected militants.
2006 Jun 12, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb ripped through a roadside tea stall in Quetta,
killing five people and wounding 17.
2006 Jun 13, Pakistani security
forces backed by helicopter gunships destroyed a camp for suspected
tribal militants in the insurgency-wracked southwestern part of the
country, killing five suspects and capturing seven others near Dera
2006 Jun 16, Hayatullah Khan, a
Pakistani journalist who reported on a US airstrike that killed an
al-Qaida operative, was found shot to death in a remote tribal
region six months after vanishing.
2006 Jun 18, Pakistani troops
battling an insurgent attack on a military post killed two suspected
militants in a northwestern tribal region.
2006 Jun 19, In Pakistan
militants in South Waziristan shot dead Nazimuddin Gangikhel, a
senior Pakistani tribesman with close ties to the US-backed Afghan
2006 Jun 20, Pakistani
authorities negotiated a temporary truce after at least 14 people
died and 35 were wounded in a gunbattle near Parachinar between two
tribes over access to water.
2006 Jun 20, A second bus
service rolled between the Indian and Pakistani zones of disputed
Kashmir, a move hailed as a boost for the peace process between the
2006 Jun 21, In Karachi,
Pakistan, police arrested Usman Kurd, a Sunni Muslim extremist,
allegedly behind multiple attacks that killed more than 150 people,
mainly Shiite Muslims, in southwestern Pakistan since 1999. 3
Pakistani soldiers were killed and 3 wounded when a bomb exploded
near a military convoy in the restive tribal belt bordering
Afghanistan. The attack came hours after a Pakistani military
helicopter crashed into a dam shortly after take-off from Bannu,
leaving one soldier dead and three missing.
(AP, 6/21/06)(AFP, 6/21/06)
2006 Jun 26, In
tribal-dominated northwestern Pakistan a suicide car bomber attacked
a military checkpoint, killing six soldiers and wounding 10 others.
(AP, 6/26/06)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.40)
2006 Jun 28, Pakistani
authorities released 50 detained tribesmen in a goodwill gesture in
the northern tribal region. The releases came amid efforts to end
four years of violence between pro-Taliban militants and the
Pakistani military in the North and South Waziristan regions.
2006 Jun 29, Four Pakistani men
were hanged for gang-raping a Christian woman at gunpoint during a
2006 Jun 29, The US State
Department said it had notified the Congress of plans to sell F-16
fighter jets to Pakistan in a multibillion-dollar deal with Lockheed
2006 Jun 30, At least eight
suspected Islamic militants trying to cross into India's portion of
disputed Kashmir from the Pakistani side were killed during a
gunbattle. Federal security forces shot dead music composer
Inayatullah Bhat (31) near his home in Srinagar. The next day at
least two dozen people were hurt as thousands of protesters hurled
bricks and stones in a violent demonstration over his killing.
(AP, 6/30/06)(AFP, 7/1/06)
2006 Apr, Anwar Kamal Marwat, a
PML-Nawaz politician in Peshawar, Pakistan, led 4,000 tribesmen in
an attack on a neighboring Pushtun tribe and killed 80 people. They
incurred a fine of $60,000.
(Econ, 7/8/06, Survey p.7)(Econ, 12/23/06, p.36)
2006 Jul 3, In northwestern
Pakistan an explosion hit a bus carrying paramilitary troops,
killing at least 6 soldiers and wounding 5 others.
2006 Jul 5, In southwestern
Pakistan security forces backed by helicopter gunships targeted
hideouts of tribal militants accused of blowing up gas pipelines and
attacking officials, killing 25 suspects in a 2-day operation.
2006 Jul 7, Pakistan's
president amended a controversial Islamic law so that women facing
charges for adultery and other minor crimes can be released on bail.
The much-awaited amendment by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to the
Hudood Ordinances allowed the release of 1,300 female prisoners.
(AP, 7/7/06)(SSFC, 7/9/06, p.A18)
2006 Jul 10, In eastern
Pakistan a Fokker F-27 twin-engine aircraft operated by Pakistan
International Airlines slammed into a wheat field and burst into
flames minutes after takeoff. All 45 people on board were killed.
(AP, 7/10/06)(AP, 7/28/10)
2006 Jul 11, In northwestern
Pakistan torrential rains triggered flooding that washed away homes
in a village, killing 13 people and injuring about 300.
2006 Jul 14, In Karachi,
Pakistan, a suicide bomber killed a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric
and two other people in an attack that was likely to heighten
sectarian tensions. About 80% of Pakistan's 150 million people are
Sunni; most of the rest are Shiite.
2006 Jul 14, India's PM Singh
said the Bombay train bombers were "supported by elements across the
border" and that Pakistan must rein in terrorists before a peace
process can move ahead.
2006 Jul 15, In Karachi,
Pakistan, hundreds of youths set fire to a Pizza Hut, two gas
stations and a dozen vehicles after a funeral for an Islamic Shiite
cleric killed in a suicide attack.
2006 Jul 18, Pakistan welcomed
a move by Britain to ban one of the major rebel groups, the
Baluchistan Liberation Army. Islamabad outlawed the group in April.
In eastern Pakistan 3 men convicted of gang-raping a woman during a
robbery in 2000 were hanged after President Musharraf rejected their
plea for mercy.
(AP, 7/18/06)(AFP, 7/21/06)
2006 Jul 19, Pakistani police
mounted more raids to catch suspected Taliban fighters living in
Baluchistan province. Police said more than 200 Afghans have been
arrested in the last 3 days.
2006 Jul 20, In southwest
Pakistan 300 tribal militants surrendered to authorities, where
President Pervez Musharraf says an insurgency is dying down. In a
search near the former rebel stronghold of Dera Bugti, troops seized
10 surface-to-air missiles, 195 anti-personnel and anti-tank mines,
270 hand grenades, 205 rockets and 201 mortar shells.
2006 Jul 21, India urged
Pakistan to hand over a top Kashmiri militant as a gesture of its
determination to fight terrorism.
2006 Jul 28, In Quetta,
Pakistan, a bomb believed rigged to a motorcycle exploded outside a
bank and wounded 21 people, one critically.
2006 Jul, In Pakistan some 7%
of Sindh province landowners hold over 40% of the Sindhís land.
(Econ, 7/8/06, Survey p.12)
2006 Aug 3, Pakistani Interior
Minister Aftab Sherpao and US envoy Ryan Crocker signed a memorandum
of understanding for $2.7 million in security and communications
gear and to help build more posts on the Afghan frontier.
2006 Aug 4, In northern
Pakistan monsoon rains triggered fresh landslides and floods, as
officials and reports said 37 people had died over the last 4 days
in weather-related incidents.
2006 Aug 5, In northwestern
Pakistan a bridge collapsed amid heavy rains, killing at least 23
2006 Aug 7, In northwestern
Pakistan a discarded ordnance shell exploded in a tribal village,
killing three young brothers who were playing with the explosive.
2006 Aug 11, British officials
identified 19 of the suspects accused of planning to blow up
US-bound aircraft in the biggest terrorist plot to be uncovered
since 9/11, while investigators probed their movements, background
and finances. In addition, five Pakistanis have been arrested in
Pakistan as suspected "facilitators" of the plot, as well as two
Britons arrested there about a week ago. A Pakistani intelligence
official said 10 Pakistanis were arrested in Bhawalpur district, 300
miles southwest of Islamabad, in connection with the terror plot in
(AP, 8/11/06)(AP, 8/12/06)
2006 Aug 12, Rashid Rauf and
Tayib Rauf (22), brothers arrested in Pakistan and England, emerged
as key figures in the suspected plot to destroy US-bound aircraft
during flight. Prominent Muslims in Britain accused the government
of encouraging extremism through its foreign policy. In 2007 a court
in Rawalpindi ordered the release of Rashid Rauf, a British Muslim
of Pakistani origin, after the prosecution withdrew the case against
(AP, 8/12/06)(WSJ, 8/12/06, p.A1)(AP, 11/16/07)
2006 Aug 15, Pakistani forces
arrested 29 suspected Taliban militants in a raid on a private
hospital after they came from neighboring Afghanistan.
2006 Aug 23, The Afghan and
Pakistani armies agreed to conduct coordinated and simultaneous
patrols with the US alongside their volatile border. The accord was
reached during the 17th meeting of Tripartite Commission. In
southern Afghanistan 18 Taliban rebels and an Afghan soldier were
killed in a clash that erupted after the militants attacked an army
post in Zabul province.
(AP, 8/23/06)(AFP, 8/23/06)
2006 Aug 26, In Pakistan
government forces killed Nawab Akbar Bugti (79), the most prominent
leader in the rebellion by Baluch tribesmen, in a raid on his cave
hideout in the mountainous area of the southwestern provinces of
Baluchistan. A top security official said at least 16 security
forces, including four officers, were killed.
2006 Aug 27, Hundreds of
rioters angered by the killing of a rebel Baluch tribal leader
rampaged through Quetta in southwestern Pakistan, burning shops,
banks and police vehicles. Police arrested 450 rioters who rampaged
2006 Aug 28, In Quetta,
Pakistan, mobs burned shops, banks and buses in a second day of
rioting over the killing of a top tribal chief by Pakistani troops,
raising fears that a decades-old conflict in the country's volatile
southwest could widen.
2006 Aug 29, In Quetta,
Pakistan, gunfire and rioting broke out for a fourth straight day
after the funeral service for a prominent tribal chief killed by
Pakistani government forces. One policeman was killed and dozens of
shops destroyed. Three factory workers were killed in a restaurant
bombing in the Baluchistan town of Hub.
2006 Aug 30, In southwestern
Pakistan protesters angry over the killing of a rebel tribal chief
blocked highways in Quetta, preventing workers from reaching the
provincial capital and forcing most shops to close. In northwestern
Pakistan militants decapitated an Islamic cleric and an Afghan
refugee accused of spying for US and Afghan authorities.
2006 Sep 1, A strike paralyzed
Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province after the controversial
burial of a top rebel leader whose killing sparked days of deadly
rioting. Partial strikes also hit southern Sindh and central Punjab
2006 Sep 3, In Pakistan Abdul
Rahim Muslim Dost and his brother, Badruz Zaman Badar Dost,
published ďThe Broken Shackles of Guantanamo," an account of their 3
years in detention at the US prison. On Sep 29 Abdul was jailed by
the Pakistani intelligence service in apparent response to criticism
of the agencyís role in the US-led war on terrorism.
(SFC, 12/28/06, p.A17)
2006 Sep 3, A bomb damaged a
gas pipeline in southwestern Pakistan, cutting supplies to thousands
of homes in the region.
2006 Sep 5, Pakistan's
government and pro-Taliban militants signed an agreement in Miran
Shah to ensure "permanent peace" in a tribal region bordering
Afghanistan, seeking to end five years of violent unrest in the
area. Under the truce the Pakistan army pulled back to barracks tens
of thousands of troops that had been involved in bloody operations
against suspected Taliban and al-Qaida hideouts, and militants
agreed to halt attacks in Pakistan and over the border against
foreign troops in Afghanistan. Tribal elders were supposed to police
the deal. The truce ended in July 2007. Lawmakers from a coalition
of six Islamic groups threatened to vacate their parliamentary seats
if the government changes a rape law criticized by human rights
(AP, 9/5/06)(AP, 9/5/06)(AP, 7/16/07)
2006 Sep 6, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf held
talks on counterterrorism in Kabul. In southern Afghanistan a
NATO soldier was killed and six others wounded after their patrol
strayed into an unmarked minefield.
2006 Sep 8, In Pakistan a bomb
killed at least five people in restive Baluchistan province. 21
other people were wounded in the explosion near a bus station in the
town of Barkhan.
2006 Sep 10, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb explosion outside a roadside restaurant wounded 14
people in Quetta. In northwestern Pakistan suspected Islamic
militants killed a tribal elder.
(AP, 9/10/06)(AP, 9/11/06)
2006 Sep 11, Pakistan's
government agreed to a compromise deal with hardline Islamic
lawmakers over proposed changes to a law that has long made
punishing rapists almost impossible in the country. Senator S.M.
Zafar said the government had agreed to compromise by letting rape
victims choose between prosecuting suspects under the four-witness
rule, the 1979 Hudood Ordinance, or under Pakistan's civil
2006 Sep 13, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai, while opening a road linking to Pakistan, said
Pakistan and Afghanistan must unite to save their people from the
menace of terrorism. Afghan and US-led coalition forces killed
as many as 30 Taliban in raids on three villages in Ghazni province.
In southern Helmand province police killed 16 Taliban in a
mountainous area outside the town of Garmser. NATO announced that
suicide bombings have killed 173 people in Afghanistan this year.
151 of the year's suicide attack victims were Afghan civilians,
(AP, 9/13/06)(AFP, 9/13/06)
2006 Sep 16, Pakistani
President Pervez Musharraf and Indian PM Manmohan Singh held
"historic" talks on the disputed Kashmir region, on the sidelines of
a developing-world summit in Havana. They also agreed to restart
peace talks suspended since train bombings killed more than 200
people in Mumbai in July.
(AFP, 9/16/06)(AP, 9/16/06)
2006 Sep 22, US President
George W. Bush and Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf met at the
White House for key anti-terror talks jarred by his public critiques
of US strategy. Musharraf used the pretext of his upcoming book to
dodge questions regarding US threats to bomb Pakistan in the days
following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
(AP, 9/22/06)(SFC, 9/23/06, p.A3)
2006 Sep 23, In Pakistan at
least 8 people were killed and 55 injured when a bus collided with
another on the main highway near the Islamabad. According to
official statistics Pakistan has the world's third highest death
rate from road accidents.
2006 Sep 23, Indian security
officials in the western desert state of Rajasthan shot dead three
suspected militants who were trying to cross over from Pakistan.
2006 Sep 25, Pakistan's
President Pervez Musharrafís memoir ďIn the Line of Fire," was
published. He noted that the CIA has paid Pakistan millions for
catching al-Qaida fighters.
(SFC, 9/23/06, p.A3)(SFC, 9/26/06, p.A3)
2006 Sep 27, In northwestern
Pakistan drive-by gunmen killed two militants and wounded three in
another car. The militants who came under attack were believed to be
loyal to a pro-Taliban tribesman known only as Hanan, who had
started a campaign to oust Uzbek militants living in the Shakai
mountain valley region north of Wana.
2006 Sep 27, President Bush
hosted a peacemaking dinner at the White House for the bickering
leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Hamid
(WSJ, 9/28/06, p.A1)(AP, 9/27/07)
2006 Sep 28, A leaked UK
Ministry of Defense (MoD) paper said Pakistan's intelligence
service, ISI, indirectly backs terrorism by supporting religious
parties in the country.
2006 Sep 29, A new report by
Amnesty International alleged that Pakistani authorities have
illegally detained innocent people on suspicion of terrorism and
secretly imprisoned them or handed them to the US for money.
2006 Sep 30, Pakistan and
United States signed a letter of acceptance for a multi-billion
dollar package to supply the Pakistan Air Force with F-16 warplanes.
2006 Sep 30, President Hamid
Karzai said that he and the Pakistani president will jointly lead a
series of tribal gatherings along their countries' shared border to
quell attacks on Afghanistan by Pakistan-based Taliban rebels. A
suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a busy pedestrian alley
next to the Interior Ministry in Kabul, killing at least 12 people
and wounding more than 40.
2006 Sep 30, A.N. Roy, Mumbai's
police chief, said his team had cracked the July 11 bombing case and
found solid evidence as that ďthe whole attack was planned by
Pakistan's ISI and carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba and their
operatives in India." ISI or the Inter-Services Intelligence agency
is Pakistan's military spy agency while Lashkar is a frontline
Islamist group fighting against Indian rule in the disputed region
of Kashmir. Pakistan and Lashkar rejected the allegations.
2006 Sep, In Pakistan scores of
wives, mothers and children began protesting outside government
offices on behalf of hundreds of men arrested in secret and demanded
that Pres. Musharraf release them.
(SFC, 12/28/06, p.A17)
2006 Oct 1, Pakistani police
arrested six Afghan Taliban fighters at a private hospital in
Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta.
2006 Oct 1, India said it will
give Islamabad evidence that Pakistan's spy agency planned the
Mumbai train bombings in July which killed more than 200 people.
2006 Oct 4, Afghanistan's
intelligence agency said security agents have arrested 17 people
allegedly trained in Pakistan who they believe planned to launch
suicide attacks in three Afghan provinces.
2006 Oct 5, In northwestern
Pakistan a gunbattle between rival Sunni and Shiite Muslims left at
least 13 people dead and seven wounded in a remote tribal area.
2006 Oct 6, In southwestern
Pakistan police acting on a tip raided several militant hide-outs in
Quetta and arrested 48 suspected Taliban who had arrived in small
groups from Afghanistan.
2006 Oct 8, In Pakistan on the
first anniversary of the earthquake that killed 73,000 people, the
US ambassador said the US will train 30,000 teachers and build 50
schools in quake affected areas of Pakistan.
2006 Oct 13, Pakistanís
Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao said security forces had arrested 8
militants with suspected links to Al-Qaeda for an attempted rocket
blitz in and around Islamabad. Authorities also seized rockets,
grenades, explosives and hundreds of sniper rifle rounds in the
arrests at undisclosed locations.
2006 Oct 16, Eight Pakistanis
released from US detention facilities in Afghanistan and Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, returned home.
2006 Oct 20, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb left in a fruit cart struck a crowded market,
killing at least seven people and wounding dozens in Peshawar.
2006 Oct 27, Ghulam Ishaq Khan
(91), who became Pakistan's president in 1988 after the death of his
predecessor in a plane crash, died following a bout of pneumonia.
2006 Oct 28, In Pakistan some
5,000 pro-Taliban tribesmen held an anti-America rally in a remote
tribal region near the Afghan border, vowing to keep waging a holy
war against "infidels."
2006 Oct 29, In eastern
Pakistan a passenger bus collided with a tanker truck carrying oil,
killing 22 people and injuring 23.
2006 Oct 30, Pakistani troops
backed by helicopters raided a religious school purportedly being
used as an al-Qaida training center, killing 80 people in the
country's deadliest strike ever against suspected Islamic militants.
The attack happened about two miles from the Bajur tribal town of
2006 Oct 31, In Pakistan an
appeals court overturned the convictions of four terror suspects in
a 2002 car bombing outside the US Consulate in Karachi that killed
14 Pakistanis. Some 15,000 bearded men wearing turbans burned
effigies of US President George W. Bush and shouted "Death to
Musharraf" in the troubled Bajaur tribal region, which borders
2006 Oct 31, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 3 NATO soldiers. A suicide
bombing in southern Ghazni province's Taliban-dominated Ander
district killed one policeman. Polio cases were reported to be on
the rise along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
(AFP, 10/31/06)(WSJ, 11/1/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct, Iftikhar Chaudhry,
Pakistan's chief justice, decided to take up the cases of some 400
men who had disappeared since 2001 at the hands of the military and
intelligence services. On March 9, 2007, Pres. Musharraf replaced
him on the grounds of ďmisuse of authority."
(SFC, 7/19/07, p.A12)
2006 Nov 2, In the southwestern
Pakistani city of Quetta a car bomb exploded near the police chief's
headquarters, killing two policemen and wounding four other people.
2006 Nov 3, In northwestern
Pakistan thousands of tribesmen protested a Pakistani airstrike that
killed 80 people at an Islamic school. The seminary was run by
fugitive cleric Liaquat Hussain, whom officials said was an
associate of al-Qaida's No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri. Hussain was
killed in the airstrike. A strike closed shops and halted public
transport in Khar, the Bajur tribal region's main town.
2006 Nov 5, Pakistan, under
international pressure to stop militants from crossing over its
border with Afghanistan, said it was willing to fence off the
2006 Nov 8, A suicide attack at
Pakistan's main army training base killed at least 42 soldiers.
Suspicion fell on pro-Taliban militants who had vowed revenge for a
deadly helicopter attack on an Islamic school last month.
2006 Nov 9, In Pakistan's part
of Kashmir 5 high-school students who mistook a bomblet for a toy
were fatally wounded when the explosive went off as they played with
it in a field.
2006 Nov 10, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb hit a vehicle carrying a prominent pro-government
tribal elder in a volatile region near the Afghan border, killing
him and eight other people.
2006 Nov 13, Lawmakers from an
Islamic coalition ruling Pakistan's deeply conservative northwest
approved a law to set up a Taliban-style department to suppress
2006 Nov 14, Nuclear-armed
India and Pakistan resumed peace talks with alleged
Pakistan-sponsored terrorism high on the agenda as a car bomb
exploded in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, injuring 16 people.
2006 Nov 15, Pakistani
lawmakers approved a women's rights bill amending harsh Islamic laws
on rape and adultery, despite fierce opposition from hardliners who
said the change would promote "free sex."
2006 Nov 15, Pakistan's foreign
secretary said India and Pakistan have agreed on measures to combat
terrorism and prevent an accidental nuclear conflict in South Asia
at the first peace talks since a terrorist attack on Mumbai's train
network in July.
2006 Nov 16, Pakistan President
Pervez Musharraf commuted a British man's death sentence, officials
said, paving the way towards his likely release after 18 years
awaiting the hangman's noose. Mirza Tahir Hussain will instead be
given a life sentence for the 1988 murder of a taxi driver, meaning
the 36-year-old could be eligible to go free because of the time he
has already served in prison. Hussain was freed the next day and
(AP, 11/16/06)(AP, 11/17/06)
2006 Nov 17, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber wounded two policemen in the latest attack
targeting security forces.
2006 Nov 18, British PM Tony
Blair arrived in Pakistan for talks with President Pervez Musharraf
on how to defeat a resurgent Taliban, pool counter-terrorist
intelligence and tackle militancy in Pakistan's religious schools.
2006 Nov 19, In Pakistan the
decapitated body of Maulana Hashim Khan (45) was found. Militants
had beheaded the Islamic school teacher, accusing him of spying for
the US in North Waziristan.
2006 Nov 19, British PM Tony
Blair acknowledged the West had changed strategy in the fight
against terrorism, telling Pakistan's president that brokering a
broad Mideast peace deal was now as crucial as using force to battle
2006 Nov 21, In Quetta,
Pakistan, police arrested 39 Afghans suspected of being Taliban
fighters. An Islamist group insisted the detainees were only
2006 Nov 23, Pakistan's Senate
approved a controversial bill to help rape victims, despite vehement
protests by hard-line Muslim lawmakers who claim the legislation
violates Islamic law. The bill is now set to go before President
Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who is expected to sign it.
2006 Nov 23, Chinese President
Hu Jintao received a red carpet welcome to Pakistan on a trip aimed
at expanding economic ties with Beijing's longtime ally, including
signing a free trade agreement between the two countries.
2006 Nov 24, China signed a
five-year free trade pact with Pakistan, promised to continue joint
development of nuclear energy, and pledged to play a "constructive"
role in resolving disputes between Pakistan and neighboring rival
2006 Nov 24, Police said
Pakistan has handed over 240 suspected Taliban fighters to Afghan
authorities this week as a hunt for the Islamist militants continues
in the country's southwest.
2006 Nov 26, In eastern
Pakistan a passenger van veered off the road and plunged into a
canal, killing 10 people.
2006 Dec 1, Pakistanís
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf signed into law an amendment to the
country's controversial rape statute to make it easier to prosecute
sexual assault cases. In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber
struck outside a military facility in Peshawar, killing himself but
causing no other casualties.
2006 Dec 4, In Pakistan at
least eight people were killed in torrential rains and flooding,
which blocked roads and caused widespread disruption in several
2006 Dec 5, Pakistan President
Gen. Pervez Musharraf said he is willing to give up its claim to all
of Kashmir if India agrees that the disputed Himalayan region should
become self-governing and largely autonomous. Troops shot dead three
Islamic militants in Indian Kashmir, while 19 civilians were injured
and a guerrilla was killed in a grenade blast.
(AP, 12/5/06)(AFP, 12/5/06)
2006 Dec 14, In Pakistan
government critics alleged that Pakistan was providing sanctuary to
Taliban militants and had a policy to project Pakistan's power
2006 Dec 15, In Pakistan a man
was killed and 10 others injured in riots that sparked during a
strike by public transport operators in Karachi.
2006 Dec 16, A fire erupted in
a wedding tent in eastern Pakistan, triggering a stampede and the
collapse of a wall that killed 27 women and children.
2006 Dec 19, In southwestern
Pakistan a former anti-government tribal chief was killed and six
other men were wounded in a land mine explosion.
2006 Dec 22, India and Pakistan
started a two-day swap of detained illegal fishermen and immigrants
including children as part of attempts to improve ties between the
2006 Dec 26, Pakistan said it
would fence and mine parts of its border with Afghanistan to try to
stop Taliban rebels crossing to wage their growing rebellion.
2006 Dec 29, In Pakistan more
than 30,000 people were crowded into two camps, one for Bugti
tribesmen, the other for Marri tribesmen, in desert terrain at Murid
Bugti, about 160 miles east of the Baluchistan capital, Quetta. Over
the past three months, at least 61 Marri refugees, most of them
children, died because of the effects of malnutrition, weather and
other hardships. Camp residents said at least 15 Bugti refugees also
2006 Dec 30, At least 14 people
were killed and seven injured when a bus collided with an oil tanker
amid heavy morning fog in central Pakistan.
2006 Gordon Corera authored
ďShopping for Bombs: Nuclear Proliferation, Global Insecurity and
the Rise and Fall of the A.Q. Khan Network."
(Econ, 7/29/06, p.75)
2006 Some 15 million Pushtuns
lived in Afghanistan, making up about 50% of the population. Another
28 million lived in Pakistan, mostly in the North-West Frontier
Province (NWFP), and they represented about 15% of Pakistanís
(Econ, 12/23/06, p.36)
2007 Jan 4, Authorities lifted
a ban on kite-flying in Pakistanís Punjab province after the sport
was forbidden last year following a series of deaths caused by
glass-coated or metal reinforced kite strings. The ban was lifted
ahead of Basant, Feb 25, an annual festival that heralds spring.
2007 Jan 5, In Pakistan's part
of Kashmir a landslide triggered by recent heavy rains swamped a
minibus and a car on a narrow mountainous road, killing 15 people
and injuring three others.
2007 Jan 9, More than 100
Indian fishermen left for home after Pakistan set them free in a
goodwill gesture to its longtime rival.
2007 Jan 11, NATO forces
overnight fought two large groups of suspected Taliban militants
crossing the border from Pakistan, and scores of insurgents were
2007 Jan 13, Pranab Mukherjee,
Indiaís foreign minister, visited Islamabad to discuss Sir Creek and
other disputes. 2 days later Indian and Pakistani surveyors began
mapping the creek in preparation for settling their maritime border
(Econ, 1/20/07, p.52)
2007 Jan 14, Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton ate breakfast with soldiers from New York and Indiana
at the main US base in Afghanistan before meeting with the top
American general in Afghanistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
After leaving Kabul, Clinton went to Lahore, Pakistan, where she met
with the Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. A suicide
bomber blew himself up near a convoy of foreign construction workers
and Afghan soldiers in southern Afghanistan, wounding one civilian.
2007 Jan 15, Some 2,000 ethnic
Pashtun tribesmen rallied in this Pakistani border town near
Afghanistan to condemn the Pakistani government for new border
2007 Jan 16, Pakistan's army
destroyed suspected al-Qaida hideouts in an airstrike near the
Afghan border, killing 10 people. A resident said the slain men were
2007 Jan 19, Pakistan's
president discussed the "deteriorating situation" in the Middle East
with his Iranian counterpart ahead of his tour of the region.
2007 Jan 22, Pakistan's
military lodged a protest saying US-led forces in Afghanistan
mistakenly fired at a Pakistani border post and killed a soldier. A
suicide car bomber attacked a military convoy in northwestern
Pakistan, killing himself and at least four soldiers.
2007 Jan 25, In northwestern
Pakistan a car bomb exploded in the shopping district of Hangu,
killing at least two passers-by and wounding four other people.
2007 Jan 26, A Pakistani
security guard died when he blocked a suicide bomber outside the
Marriott Hotel in Islamabad. At least seven other people were
(AP, 1/26/07)(WSJ, 1/27/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 27, Nancy Pelosi, the
speaker of the US House of Representatives, held talks with Pakistan
President Pervez Musharraf focusing on the fight against terror. A
bomb went off near a Shiite Muslim mosque in the northwestern
Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing 15 people and wounding 35.
(AFP, 1/27/07)(AP, 1/28/07)
2007 Jan 28, In southern
Pakistan dozens of people sitting on the roof of a crowded passenger
train were by hit by an overhead power line. At least 15 people were
killed and 40 were injured.
2007 Jan 29, In northwestern
Pakistan 2 rockets exploded near a Shiite Muslim mosque in the city
of Bannu, wounding 11 people, two seriously. A suicide bomber killed
a police officer protecting a Shiite Muslim procession. In eastern
Pakistan 2 brothers beat to death their sister and her lover with
bricks for bringing shame upon the family with their out-of-wedlock
affair. The woman had lived with her brothers in the village of
Donga Bonga, Punjab province.
(AP, 1/29/07)(AP, 1/30/07)(AP, 2/1/07)
2007 Jan 30, Pakistan's PM
Musharraf appealed to the European Union to help repatriate some 3
million Afghan refugees, a move he said would help clear his country
of militants blamed for attacks in border regions. A rocket or a
grenade exploded at a Shiite procession, sparking violence in Hangu
in which two Sunni Muslims were fatally shot and 13 other people
were wounded, many of them policemen.
(AP, 1/30/07)(AP, 1/31/07)
2007 Jan 31, In a northwestern
Pakistan a mortar round struck a home in Hangu, killing two men and
wounding another amid sectarian tensions.
2007 Feb 2, President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf said Pakistan will erect fencing to reinforce parts
of its porous mountain border with Afghanistan, acknowledging for
the first time that some outgunned Pakistani frontier guards have
allowed militants to cross. The United States handed over eight
Cobra attack helicopters to Pakistan, which is under growing
pressure to stop Taliban guerrillas crossing into Afghanistan to
fight NATO forces.
(AP, 2/2/07)(Reuters, 2/2/07)
2007 Feb 3, In northwest
Pakistan a suspected Islamic militant rammed his explosive-laden car
into a Pakistan army convoy near Tank, killing two soldiers and
wounding six others.
2007 Feb 4, In eastern Pakistan
a passenger train crushed to death a group of six young boys as they
played on a railway track.
2007 Feb 6, In Pakistan a
suicide attacker detonated a bomb in a parking area at the
international airport in Rawalpindi, which serves Pakistan's
capital, wounding at least two police and killing himself.
2007 Feb 12, Helmand Governor
Asadullah Wafa said at least 700 Taliban fighters have crossed from
Pakistan into Afghanistan to reinforce guerrillas attacking the key
Kajaki dam, a major source of electricity and irrigation. Several
Taliban fighters were killed in an attack targeting a senior
2007 Feb 13, Pakistan's ruling
party introduced a bill to outlaw forced marriages, including under
an ancient tribal custom in which women are married off in order to
2007 Feb 16, Abdul Ghani, a
Pakistani health official in charge of a campaign to inoculate
children against polio, was killed in a bomb blast following rumors
the vaccination was a US plot to sterilize them. Police in southern
Pakistan announced they had arrested five suspected militants from
the southern city of Karachi and Rawalpindi, a garrison city near
Islamabad, and that the suspects were planning suicide attacks on
foreigners and minority Shiite Muslims. Police also arrested three
Islamic militants who were planning suicide attacks to take place at
forthcoming Shiite Muslim gatherings in Sindh province.
(AFP, 2/16/07)(AP, 2/17/07)
2007 Feb 17, In southwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber killed 15 people, including a judge, after
blowing himself up inside a courtroom in Quetta.
2007 Feb 18-2007 Feb 19, In
northern India 2 bombs exploded on a train headed from India to
Pakistan, sparking a fire that swept through two coaches and killed
at least 68 people. Most of the dead were Pakistani. Officials said
the attack was aimed at undermining the peace process between the
(AP, 2/19/07)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.47)
2007 Feb 19, In Pakistan
suspected Islamic militants killed an Afghan refugee they accused of
spying for the US and dumped his beheaded body by a road in North
2007 Feb 20, Pakistani
authorities shut down a zoo in Islamabad and slaughtered dozens of
birds after the deadly H5N1 flu virus was found in peacocks and
geese. This marked the fourth case of the virus detected in Pakistan
2007 Feb 20, Mohammad Sarwar, a
suspected Islamist zealot, shot dead Zil-e-Huma (37), social welfare
minister of the Punjab government, because he believed women should
not be in politics. Sarwar was immediately arrested.
2007 Feb 21, India and Pakistan
signed a deal to reduce the risk of a nuclear arms accident in a
show of cooperation and defiance against terror attacks that killed
68 people from both countries.
2007 Feb 23, Pakistan
successfully test-fired a new version of its long-range
nuclear-capable missile, two days after Pakistani and Indian
officials signed an agreement in New Delhi to reduce the risk of an
accidental nuclear war between them.
2007 Feb 24, The foreign
ministers of seven key Muslim nations started arriving in Pakistan
for talks on a collective push to end the turmoil in the Middle
East. Three Islamic militants died in eastern Pakistan when a
powerful bomb they were carrying on a bicycle accidentally exploded
in Cheecha Watni, Punjab province. Pakistani police arrested two men
in southern Sindh province and accused them of hacking two young
women to death for allegedly having sex outside marriage.
(AP, 2/24/07)(AFP, 2/24/07)
2007 Feb 25, Pakistan PM
Shaukat Aziz told foreign ministers from seven key Muslim states
meeting in Islamabad that a joint push by the Islamic world is
needed to end the turmoil in the Middle East.
2007 Feb 25, In eastern
Pakistan at least 11 people were killed and more than 100 people
injured by sharpened kite strings, stray bullets and other accidents
at the annual two-day Basant kite-flying festival. Five of those who
died were hit by stray bullets, including a 6-year-old boy who was
struck in the head.
2007 Feb 26, Pakistani security
forces in Quetta reportedly captured Mullah Obaidullah Akhund, the
former Taliban defense minister. US VP Cheney, accompanied by CIA
deputy director Steve Kappes, made an unannounced stop in Pakistan
en route to Afghanistan. Cheney held detailed talks with Pres.
Musharraf, including a one-on-one lunch.
2007 Feb 27, Pakistani
officials said police are seeking 10 men, including several tribal
elders, accused of pressuring a Pakistani woman to hand over her
teenage daughter as payment for a 16-year-old poker debt.
2007 Mar 2, In eastern Pakistan
a bomb rigged to a bicycle exploded near a car carrying a judge,
seriously wounding him and killing at least three people in Multan.
2007 Mar 3, Pakistan
successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of carrying a
2007 Mar 5, The bodies of two
Pakistani tribesmen, accused of being US informers, were found near
the Afghan border shot dead by suspected pro-Taliban militants.
2007 Mar 6, In northwestern
Pakistan armed tribesmen attacked suspected Uzbek militants,
triggering a battle in which 15 people were killed.
2007 Mar 7, In Pakistan senior
officials from India and Pakistan wrapped up the first meeting of a
joint panel on counterterrorism set up in September under a peace
process begun in 2004. They pledged to share information and help
each other prevent terrorism. In southwestern Pakistan a bomb
attached to a motorcycle exploded near a vehicle carrying
pro-government tribal elders, killing one of them and wounding 12
2007 Mar 9, Pakistan's state
media reported that President Gen. Pervez Musharraf replaced
Iftikhar Chaudhry, the Islamic nation's chief justice, for "misuse
of authority." Chaudhry refused to resign and mass demonstrations
for his support soon followed.
(AP, 3/9/07)(Econ, 5/19/07, p.23)
2007 Mar 10, Pakistani security
forces killed three suspected Islamist militants in a clash in the
North Waziristan region on the Afghan border.
2007 Mar 12, In Pakistan
lawyers boycotted court proceedings, clashed with riot police, and
burned an image of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in a countrywide
protest against the ouster of the country's top judge.
2007 Mar 14, In northwestern
Pakistan 2 men and a woman were stoned and shot to death on the
orders of a tribal council that found them guilty of adultery.
2007 Mar 16, In Pakistan police
fired tear gas at rock-throwing demonstrators and detained scores of
political activists, including an opposition party leader and a
former national president, in a bid to stifle protests at the ouster
of the countryís top judge.
2007 Mar 17, Authorities eased
restrictions on Pakistan's chief justice and sacked 15 police for
attacking a private news channel that had criticized the
government's handling of the judge's dismissal.
2007 Mar 18, In Pakistan the
lawyer for a man convicted of killing Wall Street Journal reporter
Daniel Pearl said he will file an appeal using an al-Qaida
lieutenant's recent confession that he beheaded the reporter.
2007 Mar 18, In Jamaica Bob
Woolmer (58), Pakistan cricket coach, was found dead in his hotel
room, hours after Pakistan was upset by Ireland and eliminated from
advancing at the Cricket World Cup. A pathologist report found
Woolmer's death was due to "asphyxia as a result of manual
strangulation." An inquest into Woolmer's death ended with the
Jamaican jury unable to reach a ruling.
(AP, 3/21/07)(AP, 3/23/07)(AP, 3/18/08)
2007 Mar 19, In northwestern
Pakistan pro-government tribesman and Uzbek militants clashed,
leaving about 30 dead in fighting that began after an Arab was found
shot to death in the area.
2007 Mar 20, Heavy rains
triggered landslides that buried three homes in Pakistan's portion
of Kashmir, leaving 31 people dead.
2007 Mar 21, Thousands of
protesters urged President Pervez Musharraf to quit over his removal
of Pakistan's top judge, as the new acting chief justice flew back
home and into the eye of the storm. In northwestern Pakistan
fighting between local and Uzbek militants escalated, and the death
toll from three days of clashes rose to at least 70.
(AP, 3/21/07)(AFP, 3/21/07)
2007 Mar 22, In Pakistan
lawyers held fresh protests over the removal of the chief justice,
as an inquiry into the beating of attorneys by police at another
demonstration got under way. Pakistan successfully test-fired a
nuclear-capable cruise missile with the capability to avoid radar
(AFP, 3/22/07)(AP, 3/22/07)
2007 Mar 23, In Pakistan Ali
Mohammed Jan Aurakzai, the North West Frontier Province governor,
said clashes between Pakistani tribesmen and foreign militants near
the Afghan border this week have left up to 160 people dead,
including about 130 Uzbek and Chechen fighters. Officials said
warring tribesmen and foreign Al-Qaeda militants have agreed to a
ceasefire after four days of bloodshed in the border region.
2007 Mar 24, A senior judge
from Pakistan's tiny Hindu minority was sworn in as acting chief
justice amid a judicial crisis embroiling the government of
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
2007 Mar 26, In Pakistan
supporters of opposition parties rallied against President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf's removal of Pakistan's top judge, raising the
stakes in a judicial crisis that threatens to undermine the military
ruler's hold on power. In northwestern Pakistan police challenged a
group of suspected militants at a high school in Tank after hearing
that they wanted to "motivate" students for holy war, sparking a
gunbattle that left six people dead.
2007 Mar 27, Residents and
officials said Pakistanis living along the Afghan border have signed
a third peace deal with the government promising not to shelter
foreign militants. In Islamabad female and male Islamic students on
an anti-vice drive abducted Aunty Shamin, an alleged brothel owner,
and locked her up at their fundamentalist seminary. A grenade attack
in Bajaur killed 5 ISI officers.
(AP, 3/27/07)(SFC, 3/29/07, p.A9)(Econ, 4/14/07,
2007 Mar 28, In Tank, Pakistan,
hundreds of militants fired rockets, killed one security official
and kidnapped a school principal where police had slain two men
accused of recruiting students for suicide attacks.
2007 Mar 29, In Pakistan a
woman kidnapped by female seminary students and accused of running a
brothel was freed after a hard-line cleric forced her to repent in
public. A suicide bomber blew himself up among troops resting near
an army base in Kharian, killing a soldier.
(AP, 3/29/07)(AFP, 3/29/07)
2007 Mar 30, In Pakistan
fighting between local and foreign militants near the Afghan border
killed 52 people.
2007 Mar 31, Pakistan
successfully tested a short-range, nuclear-capable missile.
Avalanches struck two villages in a remote part of northwest
Pakistan, killing at least 29 people and leaving 14 others missing.
(AP, 3/31/07)(AP, 4/1/07)
2007 Mar, In Pakistan the
Chamalang coal mine, which had been shuttered for more than 30
years, reopened after a deal was brokered between two warring
tribes. By 2010 the mine, which taps into one of Asia's largest coal
fields, produced more than $70 million worth of coal and employed
about 70,000 people.
2007 Apr 2, Around 5,000
tribesmen gathered in a Pakistani border area to enlist for ongoing
battles against foreign Al-Qaeda militants.
2007 Apr 3, Thousands of
flag-waving protesters rallied at Pakistan's Supreme Court to urge
President Pervez Musharraf to step down for controversially
dismissing the country's top judge.
2007 Apr 3, UN officials in
Afghanistan said avalanches and floods triggered by heavy rains and
spring snow melt have killed about 150 people in recent days in the
mountains of central Asia. The toll in Afghanistan reached 88 with
over 50 killed in Pakistan.
2007 Apr 4, Heavy fighting
between Pakistani tribesmen and foreign militants allegedly linked
to al-Qaida killed 60 people near the Afghan border. About 50 of
those killed in the past 24 hours in the South Waziristan region
were Uzbeks. The main commander of the tribal militia battling the
foreign militants is Maulvi Nazir, a known Taliban sympathizer who
the government says has come over to its side. Nazir recently
established Islamic courts throughout South Waziristan, a
10,000-square-mile area with some 500,000 inhabitants.
(AP, 4/4/07)(SFC, 6/1/07, p.A9)
2007 Apr 5, In eastern Pakistan
a speeding tractor plowed into a roadside school, killing nine
children and injuring 18 others.
2007 Apr 6, Pakistani mullah
Abdul Aziz said he had set up a Taliban-style Islamic court at his
mosque in Islamabad and pledged "tens of thousands" of suicide
attacks if the government tries to shut it down.
2007 Apr 7, In northern
Pakistan some 40 people were killed and more than 70 injured in 2
days of sectarian clashes between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in
(AFP, 4/7/07)(Econ, 4/14/07, p.43)
2007 Apr 8, The body of a
murdered South African national, Kenneth Scott Andrew (26), was
found in a plastic bag on the outskirts of the northwestern
Pakistani city of Peshawar.
2007 Apr 9, Pakistanís army
announced that the Talibs had cleared foreigners from South
(Econ, 4/14/07, p.43)
2007 Apr 12, Pakistanís
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said that tribesmen have killed
about 300 foreign militants during a weekslong offensive near the
Afghan border and acknowledged for first time that they received
military support. Gunfights erupted again in villages near the
Afghan border where clashes between Sunni and Shiite Muslims have
killed at least 49 people over the past week.
2007 Apr 13, Protesters burned
an effigy of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and demanded his
resignation, as thousands rallied across Pakistan during a court
hearing for a top judge removed by the government.
2007 Apr 15, In Pakistan some
100,000 people rallied in Karachi against a radical Islamic mosque
and seminary that launched a Taliban-style anti-vice campaign in
Islamabad last week.
2007 Apr 17, Pakistan executed
four brothers convicted of killing 13 of their relatives in a feud
over land. A video began circulating showing the grisly death of
Ghulam Nabi, a Pakistani militant accused of betraying a top Taliban
official who was killed in a December airstrike in Afghanistan. The
video showed a boy about 12 hacking off the head of Nabi.
(AP, 4/17/07)(AP, 4/21/07)
2007 Apr 19, Chanting "down
with Talibanization," hundreds of human rights activists marched
through Pakistani cities, urging the government to rein in clerics
who have launched an anti-vice campaign in the capital.
2007 Apr 24, Pakistani
President Pervez Musharraf arrived in Spain, part of a four-nation
tour of Europe, for talks expected to focus on Islamic radicalism
and NATO's mission in Afghanistan.
2007 Apr 27, An apparent US
missile strike killed 4 people in Saidgi, a village in the North
Waziristan of Pakistan near the Afghan border.
2007 Apr 28, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide attacker detonated a bomb as Aftab Khan Sherpao,
the interior minister, finished speaking at a public meeting,
killing 28 people and wounding the official. Saud Memon (44), a
suspect in the death of WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl, was dumped, badly
injured and weighing less than 80 pounds, in front of his Karachi
home. He had been secretly detained and interrogated by US and
(Reuters, 4/28/07)(AP, 4/29/07)(WSJ, 11/12/07,
2007 Apr 30, The presidents of
Afghanistan and Pakistan, a meeting arranged by Turkish leaders,
agreed to share intelligence on extremist groups to bolster efforts
to deny sanctuary, training and financing to terrorists in both
countries. Hundreds of British troops swept into the lush poppy
fields of southern Afghanistan, drawing hostile fire at the start of
a NATO operation to expel the Taliban from a valley stronghold.
2007 May 1, Thousands of
laborers rallied across Pakistan demanding better wages and living
conditions to mark May Day.
2007 May 6, Chief Justice
Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Pakistan's sacked top judge, declared
the "era of dictatorship is over" to cheers from tens of thousands
as he took his battle with President Pervez Musharraf to the eastern
city of Lahore. In northwestern Pakistan a passenger bus veered off
a mountain road and fell about 600 feet into a ravine, killing 21
people and injuring seven others.
(AFP, 5/6/07)(AP, 5/7/07)
2007 May 6, In Pakistanís North
Waziristan tribal region Islamic militants began confiscating music
cassettes from public buses and ordering shops to only sell CDs
promoting jihad in the latest push to Talibanize the lawless
2007 May 7, Pakistan's Supreme
Court suspended a judicial inquiry into misconduct charges against
the country's top judge that triggered weeks of nationwide protests.
2007 May 8, NATO Secretary
General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and President Pervez Musharraf agreed
to strengthen security along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border to
contain the Taliban insurgency.
2007 May 9, Pakistan and the
Czech Republic agreed to boost diplomatic links and promote
relations in trade, health and science.
2007 May 10, The Pakistani
military said it has completed building a fence on a first section
of its border with Afghanistan, a disputed measure designed to
prevent militants from crossing the mountainous frontier.
2007 May 12, Gunbattles and
attacks killed at least 27 people and wounded dozens as Pakistan's
political crisis descended into violence between rival parties over
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's suspension of the chief justice.
2007 May 13, Pro-government and
opposition groups blamed each other for Pakistan's worst political
violence in years, as new riots broke out and the toll from street
battles in Karachi rose to 41 dead and over 150 wounded.
(AP, 5/13/07)(WSJ, 5/14/07, p.A1)
2007 May 13, A Jamaican
newspaper reported that Scotland Yard investigators have concluded
that Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer died of natural causes and
was not strangled as local police have said.
2007 May 14, In Pakistan
militants opened fire on a group of US, Afghan and Pakistani
military officials meeting near the Afghan border, killing one
American and a Pakistani soldier. In 2011 it was reported that a
Pakistani soldier had opened fire with an automatic rifle, pumping
multiple rounds from just 5 or 10 yards away into American officer,
Maj. Larry J. Bauguess Jr., (36) killing him almost instantly.
Separately Karachi storefronts were shuttered and the streets of the
commercial hub emptied of cars on as residents angry over a weekend
of deadly political violence honored a general strike called amid
growing discontent over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's ouster of
the chief justice.
2007 May 15, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber with a warning to spies for America taped to his leg
attacked a crowded restaurant in Peshawar near the Afghan border,
killing at least 25 people days after a relative of the Taliban's
slain commander was arrested there.
2007 May 16, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected pro-Taliban militants firing mortars and machine
guns attacked a police checkpoint, and at least five civilians were
killed in the ensuing gunbattle.
2007 May 18, President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf acknowledged that Islamic militancy was increasing
across Pakistan and said tough measures were needed to counter it,
as religious students from a pro-Taliban mosque abducted four police
officers. Musharraf said that he would not allow his two primary
political opponents to come back to Pakistan before elections,
slated for this year. Dozens of gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying 8
government officials and kidnapped them in North Waziristan. Saud
Memon (44), owner of the shed and land outside Karachi where the
body of Daniel Pearl was found, died. Memon was found lying
unconscious outside his house on April 28.
(AP, 5/19/07)(SFC, 5/19/07, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/21/07,
2007 May 19, In Islamabad
hardline clerics holding four Pakistani police at a mosque won the
release of four extremists after a tense day-long stand-off between
armed police and baton-wielding students.
2007 May 20, In Pakistan
hardline clerics said that they had released two policemen held
hostage at an Islamabad mosque, after a deal was struck with
authorities to free 4 extremists.
2007 May 20, It was reported
that the US continued to pay Pakistan some $1 billion a year in
reimbursements for military counterterrorism efforts along the
Afghan border. Over the last 5 years Pakistan has received $5.6
billion. Payments averaged $80 million a month.
(SSFC, 5/20/07, p.A6)
2007 May 21, In Pakistan
radical Islamist students kidnapped three policemen in Islamabad,
creating a second tense police hostage stand-off.
2007 May 22, Pakistani security
forces backed by helicopter gunships attacked a militant training
camp near the Afghan border, killing at least four suspected
2007 May 23, The BBC reported
that Pakistani UN peacekeepers charged with disarming Congolese
militia instead engaged in gold and weapons trafficking with militia
members. The Pakistani unit in question deployed to Mongwalu in
2007 May 24, In Pakistan
thousands of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's opponents
demonstrated in several, the first street protests since a burst of
political violence deepened a crisis clouding his plans to stay in
2007 May 25, Pakistani police
busted a gang trading in kidneys and arrested eight people,
including five doctors.
2007 May 26, In northwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb exploded near a military convoy, killing at
least two soldiers and wounding seven others.
2007 May 28, In Pakistan a
court sentenced a same-sex couple to three years in jail on perjury
charges, prompting the defendants to ask the president for help. The
case of Shumail Raj, who was born female but had two operations to
remove her breasts and uterus 16 years ago, and Shahzina Tariq has
made waves by raising issues of homosexuality and transsexuality
that are taboo in this conservative Muslim society. Pakistani police
killed four pro-Taliban militants in a gun battle in the
northwestern town of Bannu. Hours later unidentified gunmen shot
dead a military commander on the outskirts of the northwestern town
of Tank. A suicide attacker rammed his bomb-laden vehicle into a
military convoy in Pakistan, killing two soldiers and wounding
(AP, 5/28/07)(AFP, 5/28/07)
2007 May 30, In Pakistan a
court sentenced Younis Masih (29), a Christian, to death under
Pakistan's blasphemy laws. Masih was arrested in Sep 2005 on the
outskirts of the eastern city of Lahore after residents told police
he made derogatory remarks against Islam and Muhammad. Masih has
said that dozens of Muslims had thrashed him on Sept. 10, 2005, when
he asked them not to sing loudly because his nephew had died, and
his body was still lying at home.
2007 May 30, Afghanistan and
Pakistan agreed to increase cooperation after meeting with Group of
Eight foreign ministers amid concerns that enmity between the
neighbors is helping the Taliban inflict mounting losses on NATO
troops and Afghan civilians.
2007 May 31, In northwestern
Pakistan about 100 suspected pro-Taliban militants attacked the
house of a government official before dawn, killing 13 people.
2007 Jun 2, In Pakistan tens of
thousands of demonstrators joined the biggest rally yet against the
president's suspension of the chief justice, giving the jurist a
joyous reception ahead of a speech in an opposition stronghold.
Officials said a nursing school was shut down and its Christian
principal and four Christian students suspended after Muslim pupils
accused unknown people of desecrating verses from the Quran.
(AP, 6/2/07)(AP, 6/3/07)
2007 Jun 4, Pres. Musharraf
signed a decree giving a government regulating agency stronger
powers over the news media and the ability to rewrite regulations
without recourse to Parliament. Hundreds of demonstrators chanted
slogans against President Pervez Musharraf after the alleged
blocking of three private television news channels by the Pakistani
authorities. Police arrested Attaur Rehman and Faisal Bhatti in
Kashmor, a town about 300 miles northeast of Karachi, in association
with the 2002 murder of Daniel Pearl. Police later said the 2 men
had been in custody since 2002.
(SFC, 6/7/07, p.A4)(AFP, 6/4/07)(AP, 6/5/07)(WSJ,
2007 Jun 5, Pakistani police
said they have filed a preliminary complaint against about 200
journalists for defying a ban on rallies in the capital by
protesting curbs on the media, the latest sign of government
intolerance of coverage of a political crisis.
2007 Jun 6, Pakistan's PM
Shaukat Aziz ordered the immediate withdrawal of complaints
initiated against about 200 journalists after they defied a ban on
rallies to protest curbs on the media.
2007 Jun 7, Thousands of
lawyers, journalists and opposition activists staged a sit-in
protest in the Pakistani city of Lahore, demanding President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf resign for suspending a popular Supreme Court judge
and enacting restrictions on the media.
2007 Jun 8, In Pakistan's
southwestern Baluchistan province 3 people were killed and five
wounded when a roadside bomb blasted a passing bus.
2007 Jun 9, President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf withdrew new curbs on media covering Pakistan's
growing political crisis, backing down after a week of nationwide
protests by journalists and opposition parties. Pakistan said it
will join an international initiative aimed at keeping nuclear
materials out of the hands of terrorists. The initiative, however,
only applies to civilian "facilities and activities."
(AP, 6/9/07)(AP, 6/10/07)
2007 Jun 12, Shahid Jamil
Qureshi, Pakistanís minister of state for communications, resigned
after police named him as a suspect in the death of Kafila Siddiqui,
a Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin, at their shared home in
2007 Jun 14, In eastern
Pakistan thousands rallied against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf,
demanding the ouster of the military ruler for suspending the
country's top judge. Gunmen opened fire on government troops in the
southwestern city of Quetta, considered a Taliban hideout, shortly
after the visit of a top US official, killing seven soldiers and two
2007 Jun 17, Thousands of
Pakistanis braved the rain in Faisalabad to cheer the country's top
judge, keeping the pressure on President Pervez Musharraf to end a
crisis over the chief justice's ouster.
2007 Jun 18, Pakistan demanded
that Britain withdraw a knighthood awarded to author Salman Rushdie,
as a government minister said the honor gave a justification for
suicide attacks by Muslims.
2007 Jun 19, In Pakistan an
explosion killed at least 26 Taliban allies in the North Waziristan
tribal region. Security officials said it appeared to be a missile
attack from Afghanistan targeting a training camp for foreign
militants. A Pakistani military spokesman said the explosion was
from a bomb being made by the militants.
(SFC, 6/20/07, p.A3)(WSJ, 6/20/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 21, In Pakistan
thousands rallied in support of the suspended chief justice,
accusing President Gen. Pervez Musharraf of attacking the judiciary
and burning a US flag to protest Washington's backing for the
general's continued rule. Pakistani traders announced a reward of 10
million rupees (165,000 dollars) for anyone who beheads Salman
Rushdie following Britain's decision to award the novelist a
knighthood. Islamic scholars bestowed a top honor on Osama bin Laden
in response to the British accolade.
(AP, 6/21/07)(AFP, 6/21/07)
2007 Jun 22, Pakistani police
arrested Muhammad Shahid Jamil Qureshi, a former government
minister, after a court cancelled his bail in connection with the
death of a Canadian woman.
2007 Jun 23, In Pakistan
radical Islamic students kidnapped nine people, including 6 Chinese
women, from an alleged brothel in Islamabad. The nine were released
after about 17 hours. Collapsed houses and severed electrical cables
killed at least 228 people after heavy rains and thunderstorms
lashed Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi.
(Reuters, 6/23/07)(AP, 6/24/07)
2007 Jun 26, Tropical cyclone
Yemyin lashed Pakistan's coastline with heavy rains and strong
winds, killing over 400 people. 250,000 people were left homeless.
Flooding killed more than 50 people in neighboring Afghanistan.
(AFP, 6/26/07)(AFP, 6/27/07)(AFP, 6/28/07)
2007 Jun 29, In southwestern
Pakistan hungry victims of monsoon-spawned floods rioted, protesting
slow, meager aid reaching their marooned villages where many feared
the receding waters would yield numerous bodies. Pakistani police
fired tear gas to disperse a protest by some of the 1.1 million
victims of a cyclone, as fresh storms hit India and flooded villages
awaiting help in Afghanistan. The death toll rose to about 500.
2007 Jul 2, President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf's attempt to remove Pakistan's chief justice
received a setback when a Supreme Court judge rejected government
evidence and ordered a sweep of courts and judges' homes for spying
2007 Jul 2, The UN and other
agencies offered aid and helicopters to Pakistan after floods
unleashed by a cyclone and days of torrential rain devastated 1.5
million people leaving over 600 people dead.
2007 Jul 3, Pakistani security
forces clashed with militants outside the radical Lal Masjid mosque
in Islamabad, where students have carried out a string of
kidnappings of police officers and alleged prostitutes, killing at
least 9 people.
(SFC, 7/4/07, p.A5)
2007 Jul 4, In Pakistan Maulana
Abdul Aziz, one of the leaders of the radical-held Red Mosque, was
arrested while fleeing his government-besieged mosque in a woman's
burqa and high heels. He said that the nearly 1,000 followers
still inside should flee or surrender. At least 16 people, including
eight militants, have been killed and scores injured in the
(AP, 7/5/07)(Econ, 7/26/08, p.50)
2007 Jul 6, The head of a
radical mosque besieged by government forces in the heart of
Pakistan's capital rejected calls for an unconditional surrender,
saying he and his die-hard followers were ready for martyrdom.
2007 Jul 7, President Pervez
Musharraf told Islamist militants barricaded in a mosque to
surrender or die, while concern grew for hundreds of women and
children inside the besieged compound in the Pakistani capital.
2007 Jul 8, Pakistan's army
tried to blast through the wall of a besieged radical Islamic
seminary to help free hostages held by a cleric and his militant
supporters, leaving one commando dead.
2007 Jul 9, Pakistanís
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf gave clerics more time to persuade
defiant militants to lay down their arms and surrender a mosque they
have defended against thousands of government troops.
2007 Jul 10, Pakistani troops
flushed out holdouts entrenched inside a women's religious school,
taking control of the sprawling Red Mosque room by room in fighting
that left about 50 militants and eight soldiers dead. Abdul Rashid
Ghazi, the chief cleric of the Red Mosque and brother of Abdul Aziz,
was killed as Pakistani troops flushed out entrenched militants.
Umme Hassan, the wife of Aziz and head of a seminary for female
(AP, 7/10/07)(Econ, 7/26/08, p.50)
2007 Jul 11, Pakistani
commandos cleared the warren-like Red Mosque complex of all its
die-hard defenders, following an assault that ended a bloody
eight-day siege and left more than 80 dead, including a pro-Taliban
2007 Jul 12, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up, killing three people and wounding
three more in Miranshah. A bomb killed 5 people, including 3 police,
and wounded several others outside a religious centre in the
Himalayan tourist town of Mingora. Islamist protests broke out in
several parts of Pakistan following the army raid on the pro-Taliban
2007 Jul 13, In Pakistan Muslim
protesters burnt effigies of Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf
and American icon "Uncle Sam" in mass rallies against this week's
deadly Red Mosque army raid.
2007 Jul 14, Islamic militants
launched a deadly suicide attack, detonated a roadside bomb and
fired rockets as thousands of Pakistani troops deployed to the
northwestern frontier to thwart the launch of a holy war. A suicide
bomber struck in North Waziristan, his explosives-laden vehicle
killing at least 26 soldiers and wounding 29 others in a military
(AP, 7/14/07)(AP, 7/15/07)
2007 Jul 15, Militants in
northwest Pakistan disavowed a peace pact with the government.
Suicide attacks and a roadside bomb together killed 44 people and
wounded more than 100.
2007 Jul 16, Pakistan held
crisis talks with tribal elders to save a peace deal with
pro-Taliban militants, amid fears of fresh violence after 3 weekend
suicide attacks left more than 70 dead.
2007 Jul 17, A suicide bomber
killed four Pakistanis, including three soldiers, in the North
Waziristan region on the Afghan border, hours after pro-Taliban
militants vowed to launch attacks on security forces. An apparent
suicide bomber in Islamabad killed 16 people and injured 44 at a
rally where the former chief justice was scheduled to speak.
(SFC, 7/18/07, p.A13)(AP, 7/19/07)
2007 Jul 18, Marian Pearl, the
widow of journalist Daniel Pearl, filed suit in Brooklyn federal
court against Habib Bank Limited of Karachi, Pakistan, as well as
over a dozen reputed terrorists for the torture and slaying of her
husband in 2002.
(SFC, 7/19/07, p.A17)
2007 Jul 19, In Pakistan 30
elders from several tribal regions in the northwest traveled to
North Waziristan in the latest government-backed effort to persuade
militants to reverse their decision to end a peace deal. In southern
Pakistan suicide bombers hit a convoy of Chinese workers passing
though the main bazaar in Hub killing 30 people including 7 police.
A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives when guards prevented
him from entering the parade ground of the police academy in Hangu.
The bomber killed six bystanders and one policeman, and another 24
people were wounded.
2007 Jul 20, Pakistanís Supreme
Court reinstated Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, ruling
that his suspension by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was illegal.
Clashes broke out between Pakistani troops and militants in North
Waziristan after a suicide car bomber hit a security checkpoint,
killing four people. In northwestern Pakistan lightning and heavy
rain caused landslides that destroyed homes in two villages, killing
more than 70 people.
(AP, 7/20/07)(AP, 7/21/07)
2007 Jul 22, Islamic militants
detonated bombs close to military convoys and attacked government
positions in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal region, sparking
gunfights that left 19 insurgents dead. A 45-member delegation of
tribal elders was in North Waziristan on a government-backed mission
to try to salvage the peace accord.
2007 Jul 23, In North
Waziristan, Pakistan, 2 security posts came under rocket attack and
an army convoy was attacked. At least 20 militants and two soldiers
were killed in fighting.
(AP, 7/23/07)(AP, 7/24/07)
2007 Jul 24, Abdullah Mehsud, a
former Guantanamo Bay inmate who led pro-Taliban militants in
Pakistan after his release, died when he blew himself up with a
grenade to avoid arrest. He was released in March 2004 and quickly
took up arms again, leading militants in South Waziristan. The
beheaded bodies of two soldiers abducted the previous night were
found in the Bajur tribal area.
2007 Jul 25, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected militants fired four rockets into Bannu, killing
10 people as they slammed into houses and a mosque.
2007 Jul 26, Pakistan said it
successfully test-fired a cruise missile capable of delivering
nuclear warheads deep into India.
2007 Jul 27, Pakistanís Pres.
Musharraf held secret talks in Abu Dhabi with former PM Benazir
Bhutto. In Islamabad hundreds of students clashed with security
forces and a nearby bombing killed 13 people during the reopening of
the Red Mosque for the first time since a bloody army raid to oust
Islamic militants from the complex. In Quetta gunmen opened fire on
the vehicle of Raziq Bugti, the official spokesman for a provincial
government in Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan, killing him.
(AP, 7/27/07)(AP, 7/28/07)(SSFC, 7/29/07, p.A14)
2007 Jul 29, In Pakistan some
70 pro-Taliban militants occupied the shrine of renowned Pashtun
freedom fighter Sahib Turangzai and its accompanying mosque in the
town of Lakarai in Mohmand tribal region.
2007 Jul 30, In Pakistan 3
paramilitary soldiers and four civilians died in militant attacks in
the North Waziristan tribal region.
2007 Jul 31, In northwestern
Pakistan government troops backed by helicopter gunships repelled an
attack on a military checkpoint near Miran Shah, killing 18 Islamic
militants. A local lawmaker said the 18 people killed were tribesmen
and not militants.
(AP, 7/31/07)(SFC, 8/1/07, p.A15)(AFP, 8/2/07)
2007 Aug 2, An Islamic militant
and a policeman died when officers foiled a suicide bombing at a
Pakistani police school in Sargodha.
2007 Aug 4, Javed Hashmi, one
of Pakistan's top opposition leaders, was released to the raucous
cheers of supporters after four years in prison and immediately
vowed to resume his campaign against President Gen. Pervez
Musharraf. He left prison a day after the Supreme Court granted him
bail in his 23-year sentence on charges of treason and inciting an
army mutiny against Musharraf. A suicide attacker detonated a car
bomb at a busy bus station in Parachinar, North West Frontier
Province, killing at least nine people and wounding 35 others. 4
soldiers and 10 militants were killed in a checkpoint shootout.
2007 Aug 7, In Pakistan
government forces attacked two militant bases with helicopter
gunships and artillery in some of the army's toughest action in the
lawless Afghan border region since militant attacks began surging
last month. Low-level al-Qaida members, including Arabs and
Chechens, were among 12 militant fighters killed. 2 gunmen on a
motorcycle opened fire on paramilitary forces in a town in North
West Frontier Province, killing one.
(AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/8/07)
2007 Aug 8, Pakistani security
forces killed three separatist militants after they were fired on
while surveying a flood-hit area in southwestern Baluchistan
2007 Aug 9, President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf decided against declaring a state of emergency in
Pakistan and will press ahead with plans to hold free and fair
2007 Aug 9, President Bush held
a news conference in which he publicly prodded Pakistani President
Pervez Musharraf, his embattled war-on-terror partner, to hold free
presidential elections, share intelligence and take "swift action"
against terrorist leaders in his country.
2007 Aug 13, A monsoon storm
unleashed landslides and collapsed houses in a village in Pakistan's
mountainous northwest, killing 22 people.
2007 Aug 19, Pakistan army
helicopter gunships killed at least 15 al-Qaeda militants, mostly
Uzbeks, in a pre-dawn raid near the Afghan border. Intelligence
officials in Mir Ali said two women and two children also died in
2007 Aug 20, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden car at a
roadside security post, killing at least three troops and wounding
at least eight others. A passenger bus plunged off a mountain road
into a river bank in northern Pakistan, killing 25 people and
2007 Aug 22, Suspected
militants attacked a military checkpoint in northwest Pakistan
before dawn, triggering a shootout that left three soldiers dead.
2007 Aug 23, In Pakistan a
Supreme Court ruling said former PM Nawaz Sharif, a key rival to
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, can return to Pakistan from exile.
2007 Aug 24, In Pakistan six
soldiers were killed in a suicide attack and roadside bombing near
Miran Shah. Hours later the army said a month of fierce fighting
near the Afghan border has killed about 250 militants and 60
Pakistani troops. Pro-Taliban militants kidnapped an army officer,
two guards and a government official near an army base. A Pakistani
army helicopter had fired on a vehicle near Miran Shah, the main
town in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing three suspected
militants. A villager said the slain men were not militants.
(AP, 8/24/07)(AP, 8/25/07)
2007 Aug 25, Pakistan
successfully test-fired a new air-launched cruise missile capable of
carrying a nuclear warhead.
2007 Aug 26, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber in a car killed four policemen and wounded
two in an attack in Swat.
2007 Aug 27, Pakistan's PM Aziz
called for reconciliation between the country's main political
parties as President Gen. Pervez Musharraf prepares to seek
re-election. But he said the government had no plans to allow two
banned opposition leaders to become premiers again. In northwest
Pakistan militants and soldiers exchanged fire, killing one militant
and injuring three civilians and a soldier in North Waziristan.
(AP, 8/28/07)(AP, 8/27/07)
2007 Aug 28, A Pakistani
cabinet minister and a ruling party MP said they had resigned to
protest President Pervez Musharraf's plan to remain army chief.
Pro-Taliban militants released 19 Pakistani soldiers who were
abducted earlier this month in the rugged tribal belt bordering
2007 Aug 29, A senior official
said Pakistanís President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and former rival
Benazir Bhutto have reached an agreement regarding Musharraf's
military role, a key step toward a power-sharing deal.
2007 Aug 30, Pakistanís
President Pervez Musharraf rejected pressure from former premier
Benazir Bhutto to make a snap decision on a power-sharing deal that
would see him quit as army chief. Pro-Taliban fighters, led by
Pakistani Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud, captured over 200
Pakistani troops in South Waziristan. On Nov 4 they released 211
troops. Baitullah Mehsud had this year cobbled together the
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which became known as the Pakistani
(AP, 8/30/07)(AP, 11/4/07)(Econ, 8/15/09, p.34)
2007 Sep 1, Former Pakistani PM
Benazir Bhutto said in London that talks on a power sharing deal
with President Pervez Musharraf had stalled but she would return to
Pakistan very soon even without an agreement. A suicide bombing
killed four Pakistani troops near the Afghan border, as tribal
elders met with Islamic militants elsewhere to seek the release of
at least 120 Pakistani soldiers. In Karachi a section of a newly
constructed highway bridge came crashing down. At least 6 people
were killed and 13 others injured. Authorities suspended six
officials from the state-run National Highway Authority, which is
responsible for supervising highways in Pakistan, and the National
Logistic Cell, a military-run construction company that built the
(Reuters, 9/1/07)(AP, 9/1/07)(AP, 9/2/07)
2007 Sep 2, Pro-Taliban
militants said they had abducted scores of Pakistani soldiers,
demanding the withdrawal of troops from tribal areas near the Afghan
border in exchange for their release.
2007 Sep 4, In Pakistan suicide
bombers attacked a bus filled with government workers and a
commercial area near Islamabad, killing at least 25 people and
deepening the sense of crisis in a country beset with political
uncertainty and Islamic militants.
2007 Sep 5, Militants freed six
soldiers who were among more than 100 Pakistani troops abducted over
the weekend near the Afghan border.
2007 Sep 7, In Pakistan lawyers
said government has reopened corruption cases against former PM
Nawaz Sharif. A court ordered the arrest of his brother in a murder
case, three days before their expected return to Pakistan to
challenge its Pres. Gen. Musharraf. In northwest Pakistan suspected
Islamic militants beheaded two women on the outskirts of Bannu after
accusing them of being prostitutes. In Mingora, a town south of
Bannu, a bomb blast destroyed 48 shops in a downtown market, 33 of
them selling music and movie CDs. Suspected militants shot dead the
son and a nephew of a pro-government tribal elder in Bajur, a
tribally governed region bordering Afghanistan.
2007 Sep 8, Saudi Arabia and an
influential Lebanese politician joined calls by Pakistan for former
prime minister Nawaz Sharif to scrap plans to return to the country
2007 Sep 9, Pakistani police
manned roadblocks and rounded up supporters of former PM Nawaz
Sharif as he prepared to end seven years in exile and return to
Pakistan to lead a campaign to topple the country's US-allied
military ruler. Suspected pro-Taliban militants ambushed a military
convoy in troubled northwestern Pakistan, triggering a shootout that
killed 10 militants and wounded seven soldiers.
2007 Sep 10, Former PM Nawaz
Sharif returned to Pakistan from a seven-year exile, hoping to
campaign against the country's US-allied military ruler, but was
immediately charged with corruption and deported to Saudi Arabia
hours later. Pro-Taliban militants freed more than 260 Pakistani
troops who were kidnapped nearly two weeks ago in a restive tribal
region near the border with Afghanistan.
2007 Sep 11, Lawyers for former
PM Nawaz Sharif filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging
his expulsion to Saudi Arabia, setting up another confrontation
between the judiciary and Pakistan's military ruler as he battles to
hold onto power. A suicide bomber killed 17 people in northwest
Pakistan as police tried to arrest him in Dera Ismail Khan. Islamic
militants tried to blow up a statue of the Buddha carved into a
mountainside in the small village of Jehanabad but did not damage
the structure. The statue was built around the 1st century, during
the Gandhara era.
(AP, 9/11/07)(AFP, 9/11/07)(AP, 9/12/07)
2007 Sep 12, Allies of
Pakistan's military ruler blocked opposition leader Imran Khan from
entering, Karachi, the country's biggest city, just days after the
government sent a former prime minister back into exile. City police
chief Azher Farooqi said the former cricket star was barred because
his presence could cause unrest. Rebels armed with rocket launchers
surrounded a security post on the outskirts of the troubled city of
Bannu, which borders North Waziristan. They wounded a policeman and
a soldier before whisking away 12 paramilitary troops. Pakistani
helicopter gunships and artillery pounded pro-Taliban militant
hideouts in a tribal region near the Afghan border, killing up to 40
(AP, 9/12/07)(AFP, 9/12/07)
2007 Sep 13, In Pakistan
militants attacked a military base near the Afghan border, sparking
a battle that drew in army helicopters and left about 30 insurgents
and two soldiers dead. In fighting near Razmak, a town in South
Waziristan, army forces repelled repeated militant attacks, and
tribesmen informed officials that up to 50 rebels died in
counter-strikes. Two soldiers were killed and eight wounded. A
suicide attacker penetrated Ghazi Tarbela base, a high-security
military base about 60 miles south of Islamabad, and detonated an
explosive-laden vehicle, killing 16 soldiers from an elite
counterterrorism task force.
2007 Sep 14, Her party said
former PM Benazir Bhutto will return to Pakistan from an eight-year
exile on Oct. 18. The government said she was free to come back but
would have to face corruption cases against her.
2007 Sep 15, Pakistan's ruling
party assured President Gen. Pervez Musharraf he will be elected to
a new five-year term, and the vote will likely take place the first
week of October. Maulana Hassan Jan, a prominent pro-Taliban cleric,
was shot and killed by assailants in a car in Peshawar. He was a
senior leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, a religious party that
controls the provincial government of the Northwest Frontier
(AP, 9/15/07)(SSFC, 9/16/07, p.A17)
2007 Sep 16, An alliance of
Pakistani opposition parties said they would resign from national
and provincial assemblies if President Pervez Musharraf tried to
seek re-election from the sitting parliament.
2007 Sep 17, Pakistanís
Election Commission announced a rule change that would apparently
allow President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to seek a new, five-year term
while still serving as army chief.
2007 Sep 18, A government
lawyer announced that President Gen. Pervez Musharraf will step down
as army chief and restore civilian rule to Pakistan, but only after
he is re-elected president.
2007 Sep 19, In northwest
Pakistan dozens of gunmen raided a checkpoint near a stronghold of
Taliban and al-Qaida militants and abducted 7 soldiers. Authorities
sent a delegation of tribal elders to South Waziristan to seek the
release of a group of 260 soldiers abducted Aug. 30.
2007 Sep 20, Al-Qaida chief
Osama bin Laden called on Pakistanis to rebel against President
Pervez Musharraf in a new recording, saying his military's siege of
a militant mosque stronghold this year makes him an infidel.
2007 Sep 20, Spainís Interior
Ministry said Spanish police and the FBI had arrested two Pakistani
nationals in a joint operation in Madrid and Barcelona on suspicion
of being involved in financing international terrorism. The men,
identified as Anar Muhammad Shan and Preces Mehmood Sandhu, were
also held on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organization.
2007 Sep 21, President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf appointed a new intelligence chief and promoted
five other generals in a staff shake up just days after signaling he
would quit the military if elected to a new five-year term. Outside
the Supreme Court, hundreds of flag-waving supporters of Pakistan's
biggest Islamic party held an anti-Musharraf rally as judges heard
petitions challenging his right to run for re-election. Police said
At least 40 people have died after consuming poisonous alcohol in
southern Pakistan. Around 25 soldiers were released after hectic
negotiations between a government-backed tribal jirga and rebels in
(AP, 9/21/07)(AP, 9/22/07)
2007 Sep 22, Pakistani police
served four leaders of a pro-democracy alliance with 30-day
detention orders and kept them under heavy guard at their
parliamentary lodgings in Islamabad before arresting and taking him
to jail. In NW Pakistan a suicide bomber blew up his car near a
paramilitary convoy, wounding a soldier. In neighboring Bajaur
tribal district authorities reported that a soldier and two women
were killed in overnight attacks by pro-Taliban militants. Also in
Bajaur an Afghan national and a local tribesman were found shot dead
(AFP, 9/22/07)(AFP, 9/23/07)
2007 Sep 24, Pakistani police
intensified a crackdown that opposition parties say has left
hundreds of activists in custody while the Supreme Court dismissed
three challenges to the re-election bid of Pakistan's military
2007 Sep 25, Pakistanís the
attorney general said President Gen. Pervez Musharraf will stay on
as army chief if he is not re-elected president, as the Supreme
Court prepared for a ruling that could decide the fate of his bid
for another five-year term.
2007 Sep 27, Pakistan's chief
justice ordered the immediate release of detained opposition members
as President Gen. Pervez Musharraf formalized his disputed candidacy
for a new five-year term.
2007 Sep 28, Pakistan's Supreme
Court removed the main obstacle to President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's
bid for another 5 years in power as it dismissed legal challenges to
2007 Sep 29, Riot police fired
tear gas and used batons on protesting lawyers as Pakistan's
Election Commission approved President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's
candidacy for re-election.
2007 Sep 30, Pakistan's key
opposition parties vowed to lodge a last-ditch Supreme Court
challenge aimed at stopping President Pervez Musharraf standing for
re-election on October 6. Pakistani journalists protested against
police violence against colleagues covering a protest against
President Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad a day earlier.
(AFP, 9/30/07)(Reuters, 9/30/07)
2007 Oct 1, A burqa-clad woman
blew herself up and killed at least 16 people at a crowded police
checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan. It was believed to be the first
time a female suicide bomber has struck inside the country.
Pakistan's top court ordered three officials suspended over a
crackdown that wounded dozens of journalists and lawyers during
protests against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's re-election bid.
(AP, 10/1/07)(AFP, 10/1/07)
2007 Oct 2, Pakistan agreed to
grant ex-premier Benazir Bhutto an amnesty on corruption charges.
Opposition legislators resigned to undercut President Gen. Pervez
Musharraf's re-election bid, but the Pakistani leader pushed ahead
with plans for an expected victory, naming Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, a
former spymaster, to head the military in his place.
(AP, 10/2/07)(AFP, 10/2/07)(Econ, 10/6/07, p.48)
2007 Oct 4, Militants holding
some 230 Pakistani troops killed three of the captive soldiers
before dawn in apparent retaliation for army raids on guerrilla
hide-outs near the Afghan border.
2007 Oct 5, On the eve of
Pakistan's presidential vote the highest court ruled that no
election winner can be declared until it decides whether Pres. Gen.
Musharraf is an eligible candidate. Musharraf pushed toward an
alliance with a former premier signing an amnesty clearing her of
corruption charges. Pres. Musharraf issued a National Reconciliation
Ordnance (NRO) as part of a political deal to allow former PM
Benazir Bhutto to return from years of exile to Pakistan. By 2009
over 8,000 government officials were reported to have benefited from
the decree. The amnesty lapsed on Nov 28, 2009, by order of the
Supreme Court. On Jan 19, 2010, the Supreme Court released a
287-page judgement explaining why it had ruled the NRO
(AP, 10/5/07)(SFC, 11/23/09, p.A3)(Econ,
11/27/09, p.29)(Econ, 1/23/10, p.40)
2007 Oct 6, Pakistan's Gen.
Pervez Musharraf swept the presidential election, according to
unofficial results, but the Supreme Court could still disqualify the
military leader in the vote boycotted by nearly all of Pakistan's
opposition. Opposition parties resigned from the parliaments and
members of Miss Bhuttoís party abstained from the vote.
(AP, 10/6/07)(Econ, 10/13/07, p.17)
2007 Oct 7, In northwest
Pakistan 2 suspected al-Qaida fighters and a dozen villagers were
among about 80 people killed in fierce fighting between soldiers and
militants. The early morning operation was launched in retaliation
for overnight attacks by extremists on two military convoys in the
region that left two soldiers dead and another 30 wounded.
(AFP, 10/7/07)(AP, 10/8/07)
2007 Oct 8, Pakistan President
Pervez Musharraf installed a loyalist and former spymaster as deputy
army chief, handpicking his successor as leader of the military in a
key step to restoring civilian rule. One of three helicopters
escorting President Gen. Pervez Musharraf crashed in Pakistan's
portion of Kashmir, killing four passengers and injuring five.
2007 Oct 9, Airstrikes hit a
village bazaar in North Waziristan tribal region, killing more than
50 militants and civilians and wounding scores more. Pakistanís army
said fierce fighting between Islamic militants and security forces
near the Afghan border has killed as many as 250 people over four
2007 Oct 12, Pakistanís Supreme
Court refused to suspend a corruption amnesty for former PM Benazir
Bhutto but injected uncertainty into Pakistan's turbulent politics
by saying the law was reversible.
2007 Oct 18,
India and Pakistan pledged to maintain a ceasefire after
resuming talks as part of their slow-moving peace process but
reported no specific progress on issues under discussion.
2007 Oct 18,
Benazir Bhutto made a dramatic return to Pakistan, ending
eight years of exile to reclaim a share of power with the country's
US-backed military leader. More than 150,00 jubilant supporters
gathered in Karachi to greet her amid massive security. A suicide
attack killed up to 136 people. Bhutto said there were two attackers
in the deadly bombing, and that her security guards found a third
man armed with a pistol and another with a suicide vest. Ahead of
her arrival, she said, she was warned suicide squads were dispatched
to kill her. In February, 2008, Bhuttoís book ďReconciliation:
Islam, Democracy, and the West," was published. In it she alleged
that Qari Saifullah Akhtar was involved in the October 17 bombing in
Karachi. Akhtar was released from custody in December, 2010, after
authorities found no grounds for charges.
(AP, 10/18/07)(AP, 10/19/07)(SFC, 1/10/11, p.A2)
2007 Oct 19,
India and Pakistan reviewed their efforts to cut the risk of
accidents involving nuclear weapons and discussed arms and security
2007 Oct 20,
A bomb ripped through a bus parked at a terminal in
southwestern Pakistan, killing seven people and wounding six others.
2007 Oct 22,
The United States handed over 30 military helicopters to key
ally Pakistan to help fight extremism and provide humanitarian
relief in the region.
2007 Oct 24, In Pakistan a
senior official said the senior detective leading the investigation
into the suicide attack on Benazir Bhutto has withdrawn from the
case after the opposition leader accused him of involvement in the
torture of her husband in 1999. Pakistan's army said that new troops
have been deployed to Swat, a mountain valley popular with tourists
until violence flared there this summer, to quell Maulana Fazlullah,
who has called for Taliban-style rule and holy war against Pakistani
(AP, 10/24/07)(AP, 10/25/07)
2007 Oct 25, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide car bomber hit a truck carrying Frontier
Constabulary paramilitary troops through a crowded area of Mingora,
killing 19 soldiers and a civilian, and wounding 35 people.
2007 Oct 26, In northwestern
Pakistan paramilitary troops battled supporters of radical cleric
Maulana Fazlullah, killing at least one in a fierce fight with heavy
weapons. Militants seized and beheaded 7 civilians and 6 security
officers after government troops launched an assault on the radical
cleric's hideout. The clashes at the hideout of Fazlullah in the
village of Imamdheri also left three rebels and two civilians dead.
16 paramilitary troops were killed when militants blew up their
truck in the Nawakili area.
(AP, 10/26/07)(AFP, 10/27/07)(AP, 10/29/07)
2007 Oct 28,
In northwestern Pakistan security forces backed by helicopter
gunships militant hideouts in the mountains of the district. Over 60
militants died in the fierce fighting.
(AP, 10/29/07)(SFC, 10/30/07, p.A8)
2007 Oct 29, Pro-Taliban
militants and security forces reached a cease-fire in a troubled
district of northwest Pakistan.
2007 Oct 30, In Pakistan a
suicide attacker set off a bomb at a checkpoint a quarter-mile from
the military headquarters in Rawalpindi where President Gen. Pervez
Musharraf was staying, killing 3 officers and 4 civilians.
2007 Oct 31, Pakistan military
helicopter gunships strafed Islamic militant positions in the
northwestern Swat Valley as a shaky truce collapsed.
2007 Nov 1, Pakistani security
forces in the Swat region killed at least 60 militant supporters of
a pro-Taliban cleric, hours after a suicide attack on a Pakistan Air
Force bus killed eight and wounded 40. Militants said they had
captured 44 members of the Frontier Corps and were holding them
(AP, 11/1/07)(SFC, 11/2/07, p.A21)
2007 Nov 2, Pakistan
International Airlines had to cancel 40 percent of its international
and domestic flights after aircraft engineers went on mass sick
leave in a protest over pay. A missile strike on a pro-Taliban
militant camp in Pakistan's tribal belt killed 10 people, as rebels
in another area paraded 48 men said to be troops captured during
2007 Nov 3, Pakistanís
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf launched his 2nd coup and declared a
state of emergency ahead of a crucial Supreme Court decision on
whether to overturn his recent election win and amid rising Islamic
militant violence. Eight Supreme Court judges immediately rejected
the emergency, which suspended the current constitution.
(AP, 11/3/07)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.31)
2007 Nov 4, Pakistani police
wielding assault rifles rounded up opposition leaders and rights
activists after Gen. Pervez Musharraf suspended the constitution,
ousted the top justice and deployed troops to fight what he called
rising Islamic extremism. Pro-Taliban militants set free 211
Pakistani troops they have held captive since late August in a
tribal region near the Afghan border. In exchange Pakistan released
25 Taliban including Sohail Zeb (22), who was sentenced to 24 years
in jail a month earlier after being arrested with 2 suicide belts.
(AP, 11/4/07)(Reuters, 11/4/07)(Econ, 11/10/07,
2007 Nov 5, Pakistani police
fired tear gas and clubbed thousands of lawyers protesting President
Gen. Pervez Musharraf's decision to impose emergency rule, as
Western allies threatened to review aid to the troubled Muslim
nation. More than 1,500 people have been arrested in 48 hours, and
authorities put a stranglehold on independent media. The government
said it would hold a national election by mid-January.
(AP, 11/5/07)(Reuters, 11/5/07)
2007 Nov 6, Pakistan's deposed
chief justice called on lawyers nationwide to defy police and
protest President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's imposition of emergency
rule, while the government debated whether to delay parliamentary
elections by as much as three months.
2007 Nov 7, Former premier
Benazir Bhutto urged Pakistanis to hold mass protests against a
state of emergency declared by President Pervez Musharraf. Police
swung batons and fired tear gas at supporters of former PM Bhutto
demonstrating near Pakistan's parliament. The Bush administration
warned Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf that US patience is not
"never-ending," and that it expects him to return "soon" to the path
(AP, 11/7/07)(AFP, 11/7/07)
2007 Nov 8, Pres. Musharaff
said Pakistan's parliamentary elections will he held by
mid-February, a month later than planned, a day after Pres. Bush
urged him to hold the vote on time. Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto
denounced the pledge as insufficient and said Musharaff should step
down as army chief within a week.
2007 Nov 9, Pakistani police
placed opposition leader Benazir Bhutto under house arrest,
uncoiling barbed wire in front of her Islamabad villa, and
reportedly rounding up thousands of her supporters to block a mass
protest against emergency rule. A suicide bombing at a government
minister's home in the northwestern city of Peshawar killed four
2007 Nov 10, Pakistan announced
plans to lift its state of emergency within one month and allowed
opposition leader Benazir Bhutto to leave her villa following a day
under house arrest. Police blocked opposition leader Benazir Bhutto
from visiting Pakistan's deposed chief justice. Militants abducted
8, who were stopped at a makeshift roadblock and overpowered.
(AP, 11/10/07)(Reuters, 11/10/07)
2007 Nov 10, Iranian state
television reported that Iran and Pakistan have reached a deal to
build a multi-billion-dollar pipeline to transport natural gas
between the two countries.
2007 Nov 11, Pakistan's
military ruler said elections would be held by January but set no
time limit on emergency rule that has suspended citizens' rights,
claiming it was essential for fighting terrorism and ensuring a free
and fair vote.
2007 Nov 12, Pakistani
opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was placed under house arrest for
the second time in four days ahead of a planned march to protest
2007 Nov 13, Opposition leader
Benazir Bhutto called on Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf
to resign and ruled out serving under him in a future government
after she was placed under house arrest for the second time in five
days. Bhuttoís plan for a ďlong march" from Lahore to Islamabad was
foiled by her house arrest.
(AP, 11/13/07)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.50)
2007 Nov 14, President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf said he expects to step down as army chief by the
end of November and begin a new presidential term as a civilian,
warning that Pakistan risked chaos if he gave into opposition
demands to resign. In the northwest 33 insurgents were reported
killed when the military pounded their positions with helicopter
gunships and artillery.
(AP, 11/14/07)(AFP, 11/15/07)
2007 Nov 15, Officials said
Pakistani troops have launched a counter-offensive against
pro-Taliban militants in the northwest, pushing them back into
forests and mountains.
2007 Nov 16, Between 35 and 40
rebels were killed as Pakistani gunship helicopters launched fresh
attacks on pro-Taliban bunkers in the troubled northwest. The
clashes left nearly 100 militants dead as they entered a 4th day.
(AP, 11/16/07)(AP, 11/17/07)
2007 Nov 17, Pakistanís army
said some 15,000 troops have massed for a major assault on Islamic
militants in a scenic northern valley, whose fall has raised concern
about Pakistan's ability to withstand rising extremism.
2007 Nov 17, US Deputy
Secretary of State John Negroponte delivered a blunt message to
Pakistan's military ruler, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, telling
him emergency rule had to be lifted and his opponents freed ahead of
2007 Nov 18, President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf's government dismissed a last-ditch US call to end
emergency rule, a day after a visit by Deputy Secretary of State
John Negroponte. Security officials and state media reported that
fighting between rival Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the northwestern
tribal belt has claimed at least 90 lives.
(AP, 11/18/07)(AP, 11/18/08)
2007 Nov 19, Pakistanís Supreme
Court, hand-picked by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, swiftly
dismissed legal challenges to his continued rule, opening the way
for him to serve another five-year term, this time solely as a
civilian president. Imran Khan, captain of Pakistanís 1992 world
championship cricket team, began a hunger strike in prison where he
was being held for protesting against Pres. Musharraf.
(AP, 11/19/07)(SFC, 11/20/07, p.A17)
2007 Nov 20, Pakistanís
Interior Ministry said more than 3,000 people jailed under emergency
rule have been released, the latest sign that President Gen. Pervez
Musharraf was rolling back some of the harsher measures taken
against his opponents. Over 2,000 remained jailed. The government
said the army had killed 15 militants in Shangla as Pres. Musharraf
left for a visit to Saudi Arabia.
2007 Nov 21, Pakistan asked a
key international forum comprising Britain and its former colonies
to delay a decision on whether to suspend it from the Commonwealth.
Law Minister Afzal Hayder said the government had freed 5,634
political activists and anti-government lawyers, including cricketer
Imran Kahn. 623 people remained in government custody. The army said
security forces attacked mountaintop positions of pro-Taliban
militants in the Swat region of northwestern Pakistan, leaving 40
2007 Nov 22, Pakistanís Supreme
Court, stacked with judges loyal to President Gen. Pervez Musharraf,
cleared the way for him to rule as a civilian president, throwing
out a final challenge to last month's election.
2007 Nov 22, A committee of the
53-nation Commonwealth, meeting in Uganda, suspended Pakistan from
the organization for failing to end emergency rule.
2007 Nov 24, Militants struck
at the heart of Pakistan's security establishment, killing up to 35
people in suicide attacks on a checkpoint outside army headquarters
and a bus carrying intelligence agency employees. The attacks in
Rawalpindi coincided with the announcement that Nawaz Sharif, a
former prime minister overthrown in 1999 by the country's current
military leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf, would return from exile the
2007 Nov 25, Pakistanís exiled
former PM Nawaz Sharif returned home to a hero's welcome and called
on President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to end emergency rule before
elections, a fresh challenge to the US-backed leader. The army said
that 30 pro-Taliban fighters and one Pakistani soldier died in an
operation to capture militant positions in the Swat valley.
2007 Nov 25, In Uganda
Commonwealth leaders called on Pakistan to remain engaged with the
group as they wrapped up a summit here that saw the suspension of
President Pervez Musharraf's country.
2007 Nov 26, Former Pakistani
prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif signed up to run in
a January election while a spokesman for President Pervez Musharraf
said he would be sworn in as a civilian on Nov 29.
2007 Nov 27, Officials said
Pakistani government troops have retaken a strategic peak from
pro-Taliban rebels in the northwest Swat valley and shut down their
radio station. Major General Waheed Arshad said 45 militants had
been killed in the past two days of clashes.
2007 Nov 28, Pervez Musharraf
stepped down as Pakistan's military commander, fulfilling a key
opposition demand a day before he was to be sworn in as civilian
president. Musharraf handed over his ceremonial baton to his
successor, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani (b.1952), who is widely expected to
maintain the army's pro-Western policies. A shell aimed at Islamic
militants in northern Pakistan killed 11 civilians, while a roadside
bomb killed five soldiers in another troubled region near the Afghan
2007 Nov 29, Pakistanís Pervez
Musharraf embarked on a new five-year term as a civilian president,
promising to lift a state of emergency by Dec. 16 and restore the
constitution before January elections, a key demand of his domestic
opponents and foreign backers.
2007 Nov 30, Former Pakistani
prime minister Benazir Bhutto published her manifesto for a January
election, promising jobs for the poor if victorious but keeping open
the option of boycotting the vote.
2007 Nov, Pakistan police and
intelligence agents snatched Mazhar ul Haq from his home on the
outskirts of Islamabad. In May, 2010, a court ordered him and 10
others released, but intelligence agents spirited him away. He
remained in custody in 2013 without trial or conviction of any
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.43)
2007 Dec 1, In northwestern
Pakistan former PM Benazir Bhutto launched her election campaign, a
day after unveiling her party's platform despite calls from other
opposition groups to boycott the Jan. 8 vote.
2007 Dec 3, Opposition leader
Nawaz Sharif risks disqualification from Pakistan's crucial
parliamentary elections after an official rejected his nomination
papers. Sharif was said to be ineligible because of a conviction on
charges related to the 1999 coup, in which Musharraf ousted his
government. A bomb exploded inside an Islamic school in southwestern
Pakistan, killing six students and wounding four others.
2007 Dec 4, Former PM Nawaz
Sharif said that Pakistan's major opposition parties will demand the
end of emergency rule and the release of former Supreme Court judges
as a condition for their participation in parliamentary elections.
2007 Dec 6, Thousands of
lawyers boycotted courts across Pakistan while police blocked former
PM Nawaz Sharif and his supporters from marching to the heavily
guarded home of the deposed Supreme Court chief justice.
2007 Dec 8, In Naseerabad,
Pakistan, gunmen killed three people in an attack on a party office
of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, the first reported deaths
apparently linked to the current election campaign. Pakistan's army
claimed it has cleared almost all militants from embattled
northwestern Swat valley after killing 290 rebels and arresting
another 143 in recent weeks.
(AP, 12/8/07)(AFP, 12/8/07)
2007 Dec 9, In Pakistan former
PM Nawaz Sharif's opposition party decided to run in next month's
parliamentary elections, a move could clear the way for other
members of Pakistan's largest opposition coalition to participate. A
suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a police outpost
near Imam Dheri, the headquarters of pro-Taliban cleric Maulana
Fazlullah, killing 8 people. The military there has been battling
Islamic militants loyal to the fugitive cleric.
2007 Dec 10, A suicide car
bomber struck near a bus carrying children of Pakistani air force
employees to school at a northern army base. At least five children
2007 Dec 11, Pakistan's
military vowed a strong response to any international attempt to
seize its atomic arsenal as the army successfully test-fired a
nuclear-capable cruise missile.
2007 Dec 12, Pakistani troops
killed 20 militants in an ongoing offensive against supporters of a
pro-Taliban cleric in the restive northwestern valley of Swat.
Residents said troops shot dead one person and wounded two others
for violating curfew restrictions in the town of Fizaghat.
2007 Dec 13, In southwest
Pakistan twin suicide bombers blew themselves up close to a military
checkpoint in Quetta, killing five soldiers and wounding 22 people.
2007 Dec 15, President Pervez
Musharraf lifted a six-week-old state of emergency and said in a
nationally televised address that he imposed it as a last resort to
save Pakistan from destruction from an unspecified conspiracy. In
northwest Pakistan a suicide bomber on a bicycle killed at least 2
soldiers and 3 civilians at a checkpoint near the gate of an army
2007 Dec 15, Rashid Rauf, a
British suspect in an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic
jetliners, escaped after appearing before a judge at a court in
Islamabad. Rauf, who is of Pakistani origin, was arrested in August
2006 on a tip from British investigators.
2007 Dec 15, Pakistan's Health
Ministry issuing a statement saying six people had initially tested
positive for the virus last month, while the WHO said eight had been
reported. International health experts were dispatched to Pakistan
to help investigate the cause of South Asia's first outbreak of bird
flu in people and determine if the virus could have been transmitted
through human contact.
2007 Dec 17, In Pakistan the
Election Commission rejected former PM Nawaz Sharifís appeal against
the rejection of his nomination for next month's parliamentary
elections. Police used batons and fired tear gas in a clash with
protesters who hurled rocks and bricks at them in Islamabad. A
suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of Pakistani army
recruits returning from a soccer game in northwestern Pakistan,
killing nine of them. The attacker struck near an army
communications center in Kohat, about 30 miles from the city of
(AFP, 12/17/07)(AP, 12/17/07)(AP, 12/18/07)
2007 Dec 19, In southern
Pakistan an express train crowded with holiday travelers derailed,
killing 40 people and leaving hundreds of terrified survivors to
claw their way out of the wreckage in total darkness. A trailer
truck hit a rickshaw crowded with children going to school in
eastern Pakistan, leaving 14 people dead.
(AP, 12/19/07)(AP, 12/20/07)
2007 Dec 21, In Pakistan a
suicide attacker detonated a bomb packed with ball bearings and
nails amid hundreds of worshippers at the residential compound of a
former top security official for President Pervez Musharraf, killing
56 people in Sherpao, a village 25 miles northeast of the city of
(AP, 12/21/07)(AFP, 12/22/07)
2007 Dec 22, In northwestern
Pakistan clashes started, four days after the Shiite Turi and
Sunnite Mengal tribes signed a ceasefire agreement following weeks
of fighting which left more than 100 people dead. The rival tribes
were using heavy weapons and by Dec 30 the death toll had reached
2007 Dec 23, A suicide bomber
killed four Pakistani soldiers and five civilians in an attack on a
military convoy in the northwest Swat Valley.
2007 Dec 24, The New York Times
reported that more than five billion dollars in US aid to Pakistan
has often never reached the military units it was intended for to
fight Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and was instead diverted to other
2007 Dec 26, Pakistan's Pres.
Pervez Musharraf and Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai vowed to boost
intelligence cooperation to meet the menace of terrorism that was
destroying both countries.
2007 Dec 27, Pakistanís
opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a suicide
attack in Rawalpindi that also killed at least 20 others at the end
of a campaign rally. Doctors reported that Bhutto died from a bullet
wound. Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif announced his party was
boycotting next month's elections following the assassination. He
demanded that President Pervez Musharraf resign immediately. Within
hours Sindhis began to rampage. After the 1st frenzy over 50 people
were killed and damages were later estimated at $200 million. In
February, 2008, her book ďReconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the
West," was published. In it she alleged that Qari Saifullah Akhtar
was involved in an October bombing in Karachi that killed some 150
(AP, 12/27/07)(SFC, 12/31/07, p.A3)(Econ, 1/5/08,
p.22)(Econ, 2/16/08, p.93)(AP, 8/6/08)
2007 Dec 28, In Pakistan
hundreds of thousands of mourners, weeping and chanting for justice,
thronged the mausoleum of Pakistan's most famous political dynasty
in a raw outpouring of grief for Benazir Bhutto. The government
blamed al-Qaida and the Taliban for the assassination of the
opposition leader, who was buried alongside her father. Furious
supporters rampaged through several cities in violence that left at
least 23 dead. The government said that Benazir Bhutto was not
killed by gunshots or shrapnel as originally claimed but by a skull
fracture suffered when her head slammed against her car during a
suicide attack. A transcript released by the Pakistani government of
a purported conversation between militant leader Baitullah Mehsud,
who is referred to as Emir Sahib, and another man identified as a
Maulvi Sahib, or Mr. Cleric. The government alleges the intercepted
conversation proves al-Qaida was behind the assassination of Benazir
(AP, 12/28/07)(AP, 12/29/07)
2007 Dec 29, In Pakistan an
Islamic militant group said it had no link to Benazir Bhutto's
killing and the opposition leader's aides accused the government of
a cover-up, disputing the official account of her death. The
government said mass rioting has killed 38 people and caused tens of
millions of dollars in damage.
2007 Dec 30, Bilawal Zardari
(19), Benazir Bhutto's son, was chosen to succeed her as chairman of
her opposition party, while her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, will
serve as co-chairman, extending Pakistan's most famous political
dynasty to another generation. Zardari, who became investment
minister in Bhutto's second government, was nicknamed "Mr. 10
Percent" for allegedly skimming off commissions on government
contracts. 3 days of unrest left more than 40 dead and tens of
millions of dollars in damage. In eastern Pakistan 2 suspected
suicide bombers died when they prematurely detonated their bomb near
the residence of a senior leader of the ruling party.
2007 Dec 31, A newly released
video of Benazir Bhutto's assassination and an inconclusive medical
report raised new doubts about the official explanation of her death
and were likely to intensify calls for an independent, international
2007 Dec, Abu Obaidah al-Masri,
al-Qaidaís chief operational planner, was reported in 2008 to have
died of hepatitis at about this time in Pakistanís tribal area.
(SFC, 4/10/08, p.A3)
2007 Catherine Collins and
Douglas Frantz authored "The Nuclear Jihadist: The True Story of the
Man Who Sold the Worldís Most Dangerous SecretsÖ and How We Could
Have Stopped Him," in which they covered Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan
(b.1935), founder of Pakistanís nuclear program.
(SSFC, 12/16/07, p.M4)(Econ, 1/5/08, p.79)
2007 Zahid Hussain authored
"Frontline Pakistan: The Struggle With Militant Islam."
2007 Ayesha Siddiqa authored
ďMilitary Inc.: Inside Pakistanís Military Economy."
(Econ, 6/23/07, p.94)
2007 In Pakistan the population
numbered about 160 million with over 100 million under 25.
(WSJ, 9/5/07, p.1)
2008 Jan 1, Pakistan's election
commission said that unrest following the killing of Benazir Bhutto
would almost certainly force the postponement of Jan. 8 elections,
despite opposition threats of street protests if the poll is
delayed. Militants abducted four Pakistani paramilitary soldiers in
a tribal area. Pakistani troops killed 25 militants close to the
Afghan border in fighting following the abduction of four soldiers.
(AP, 1/1/08)(AFP, 1/1/07)(AP, 1/2/08)
2008 Jan 2, Authorities said
Pakistan's elections will be delayed six weeks until Feb. 18 because
of unrest following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Opponents
condemned the postponement but said they would take part in the vote
anyway. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said that he had
requested a team of investigators from Britain's Scotland Yard to
assist in the investigation into the killing of opposition leader
2008 Jan 6, In northwest
Pakistan suspected Islamic militants in 2 attacks fatally shot 8
tribal leaders involved in efforts to broker a cease-fire between
security forces and insurgents.
(AP, 1/7/08)(SFC, 1/8/08, p.A14)
2008 Jan 10, In eastern
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up among police deployed
outside a court in Lahore, killing at least 25 people, including 21
policemen, and wounding more than 70. Pakistani troops killed more
than 50 Taliban militants after fighting off an attack overnight on
a military fort near the town of Ladha in rugged South Waziristan.
(AP, 1/10/08)(WSJ, 1/11/08, p.A1)(AFP, 1/12/08)
2008 Jan 12, In Pakistan
security forces arrested 59 insurgents after they attacked police
with rockets near the town of Ladha in South Waziristan.
2008 Jan 14, Pakistani security
forces killed 23 Taliban fighters and lost seven of their own men
during clashes, while a Taliban spokesman said 17 troopers were
captured. A bomb killed 10 people in Karachi as Pres. Musharraf was
visiting, sparking violent protests. Six British detectives left
Pakistan bound for London with evidence collected from their
investigation into the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader
(Reuters, 1/14/08)(AP, 1/14/08)(AFP, 1/15/08)
2008 Jan 15, In Pakistan some
200 Islamic militants overran the Sararogha Fort close to the Afghan
border breaking through the walls with rockets. The battle killed
seven soldiers and left 20 missing. The military said 50 attackers
2008 Jan 17, In Pakistan a
suspected Sunni extremist opened fire in a Shiite mosque, in the
northwestern city of Peshawar, and then blew himself up, killing 9
people and wounding at least 20 on the eve of the Ashoura religious
festival. Helicopter gunships opened fire on two suspect cars near a
third fort in South Waziristan, killing eight militants. A teenager
(15) who said he was part of a team of assassins sent to kill former
PM Benazir Bhutto was arrested near the Afghan border. The teen was
also involved in a plot to attack Shiites during an Ashoura
(AP, 1/17/08)(AFP, 1/18/08)(AP, 1/19/08)
2008 Jan 18, In South
Waziristan, Pakistan, ďsecurity forces used artillery, mortars and
small-arms fire to engage the miscreants. Reportedly, 50-60
miscreants were killed and (the) rest of them dispersed." Militants
ambushed a convoy moving from the main town of Wana, in the
Chaghmalai area of South Waziristan, prompting a fierce-one hour
gunbattle. Between 20 and 30 rebels were killed. Security forces
captured 40 militants in the Chaghmalai area. 2 Sunni extremists on
death row for a 2004 attack on a procession that killed 42 Shiites
escaped from their cell in southwest Baluchistan province.
(AFP, 1/18/08)(AP, 1/18/08)(Reuters, 1/19/08)
2008 Jan 20, Pakistan villagers
said army helicopter gunships launched strikes in an area regarded
as a stronghold of a Taliban commander linked with the assassination
of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.
2008 Jan 21, President Pervez
Musharraf in Brussels pledged to hold free elections as he began a
European trip aimed at bolstering outside support, but urged the
West not to hold Pakistan to unrealistic rights standards.
2008 Jan 22, An influential
group of retired officers from Pakistan's powerful military urged
President Pervez Musharraf to immediately step down, saying his
resignation would promote democracy and help combat religious
militancy. Islamic militants in Pakistan attacked a fort near the
Afghan border, one of two clashes with government forces that left
seven troops and 37 fighters dead. In Europe, President Pervez
Musharraf said border attacks were "pinpricks" that his government
(AP, 1/22/08)(AP, 1/23/08)
2008 Jan 24, Pakistani troops
backed by tanks and gunships cleared militant hideouts near the
Afghan border in a major offensive that left ten soldiers and 40
2008 Jan 25, Pakistani troops
battled Islamic militants during a search for several hijacked
trucks full of ammunition, with up to 30 rebels and two soldiers
killed. Militants said only a few fighters were killed along with 6
(AFP, 1/25/08)(SFC, 1/26/08, p.A6)
2008 Jan 27, In northwest
Pakistan security forces retook the Kohat Tunnel, which was captured
a day earlier, and killed at least 24 militants.
(SFC, 1/28/08, p.A12)
2008 Jan 28, In London
demonstrators staged noisy protests as Pakistan's President Pervez
Musharraf held talks with PM Gordon Brown, amid criticism over human
rights and concern over elections.
2008 Jan 28, Pakistani
authorities found the body of Keith Ryan (37), a US immigration and
customs enforcement attache, with a bullet wound in his head at his
home in Islamabad and were investigating a suspected case of
suicide. A US missile from a Predator drone destroyed a suspected
militant hideout in Torkhali village in North Waziristan, killing 12
people inside. Later reports said there were seven Arabs and six
Central Asians killed. Abu Laith al-Libi, a top al-Qaida commander,
was among the dead.
(Reuters, 1/28/08)(Reuters, 1/31/08)(AP, 1/31/08)
2008 Jan 29, Pakistanís
President Pervez Musharraf returned home after a weeklong trip to
Europe. Security forces exchanged gunfire with Islamic militants
holed up at a house in Karachi, with 3 militants and two policemen
dead. A fourth militant, who was wounded in the shootout, died later
in the day. Hundreds of students in Miran Shah protested Pakistan's
support for the US-led war on terror.
(AFP, 1/29/08)(AP, 1/29/08)(AP, 1/30/08)
2008 Jan 30, In Pakistan 3
suspected militants allegedly planning suicide attacks died when a
bomb detonated early in Miran Shah.
2008 Jan 31, Thousands of
Pakistani lawyers burned effigies of President Pervez Musharraf
during nationwide protests to press for the release of the country's
deposed chief justice. Two Pakistani soldiers were killed and two
others wounded when a bomb exploded near their convoy in Wana in
(AFP, 1/31/08)(AP, 2/1/08)
2008 Feb 1, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber attacked a military checkpoint in North Waziristan,
killing five government soldiers about two miles from the scene of a
US missile attack that had killed a top al-Qaida commander.
2008 Feb 2, A police raid in
Pakistan's northwest triggered a shootout that killed two officers
and three militants and led the insurgents to use women and children
as human shields.
2008 Feb 4, India and Pakistan
signed an agreement to exchange security information, opening up a
new channel of communication between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
2008 Feb 4, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber on a motorbike rammed into a minibus carrying
security personnel, detonating a blast that killed at least six
people and wounded more than 30 in the latest attack in the
Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi.
2008 Feb 6, A coalition of
Taliban militants in northwestern Pakistan declared an "indefinite"
cease-fire in fighting against security forces. The government said
it was preparing for peace talks. A Pakistani army helicopter
crashed in the same region, killing three generals and five other
soldiers. Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead a ethnic Pashtun
politician in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, raising
tensions ahead of elections later this month.
(AP, 2/6/08)(AFP, 2/6/08)
2008 Feb 7, Pakistani police
arrested two suspects in the suicide attack that killed opposition
leader Benazir Bhutto. A team from Scotland Yard returned to
Pakistan to report the conclusions of their probe into the
assassination. 3 men were killed and 13 others wounded when a bomb
exploded in southwestern Baluchistan province.
2008 Feb 8, Scotland Yard
released a report saying that Pakistan's opposition leader Benazir
Bhutto died as a result of a suicide bomb blast, not a gunshot. The
findings supported the Pakistani government's version of the events.
2008 Feb 9, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber struck at an election rally in Peshawar,
killing 27 people and wounding more than 25.
(AP, 2/9/08)(AP, 2/10/08)
2008 Feb 11, Pakistani security
forces critically wounded Mansoor Dadullah, a top figure in the
Taliban militia, among six militants captured after a firefight near
the border. Nisar Ali Khan, an independent candidate running in next
week's parliamentary elections, was killed along with seven
supporters in a suicide attack in North Waziristan. Pakistani
lawyers began a nationwide boycott of the courts to pressure the
president to reinstate senior judges he sacked under a state of
emergency more than three months ago. Pakistani envoy, Tariq
Azizuddin, was heading to the Afghan capital Kabul with his driver
when they disappeared in the lawless Khyber tribal district.
Azizuddin was released on May 17. 2 technicians from the Pakistan
Atomic Energy Commission were abducted by masked men in the
(AP, 2/11/08)(AFP, 2/12/08)(AP, 5/17/08)
2008 Feb 12, In Pakistan new
army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani ordered the withdrawal of
military officers from the governmentís civil departments.
(SFC, 2/13/08, p.A4)
2008 Feb 13, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb exploded as a crowd was leaving a political rally in
the Swat Valley, killing one man and wounding a candidate for next
2008 Feb 16, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into
an independent parliament candidate's election office, killing at
least 40 people and wounding more than 90 days before a crucial
vote. A second car bombing near a checkpoint killed two civilians
and wounded eight security personnel.
(AP, 2/16/08)(AP, 2/17/08)
2008 Feb 17, In southwest
Pakistan a military pickup truck struck a land mine that killed four
troops and wounded two others. The Baluch Republican Army, a little
known rebel group, claimed responsibility for the attack.
2008 Feb 18, Pakistanis voted
for a new parliament in elections shadowed by fears of violence and
questions about the political survival of President Pervez
Musharraf. 56% of the votes cast in Baluchistan province were fake.
(AP, 2/18/08)(SSFC, 9/25/11, p.A4)
2008 Feb 19, Pakistan's ruling
party conceded defeat after opposition parties routed allies of
President Pervez Musharraf in parliamentary elections.
2008 Feb 22, In Pakistan
roadside bomb exploded as a wedding party was passing nearby in the
volatile northwest, killing at least 10 people and wounding four
2008 Feb 25, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber hit a car carrying Lt. Gen. Mushtaq Ahmed Baig,
the army's surgeon general, in Rawalpindi, killing him along with at
least seven other people. Gunmen opened fire and hurled grenades at
the office of a British-run aid group in northwest Pakistan, killing
at least four local staff and wounding 10 others.
(AP, 2/25/08)(AFP, 2/25/08)
2008 Feb 28, In Pakistan a
predawn explosion killed up to 12 suspected militants in South
Waziristan. A US drone was suspected.
(SFC, 2/29/08, p.A10)
2008 Feb 29, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed at least 44 people and injured up to 90 in
Peshawar. In the Swat Valley a police officer was killed in the
northwestern Lakki Marwat district in a bomb blast along with three
others. Later in the day during funeral ceremonies a suicide bomber
rammed his car into a security vehicle, killing a civilian, a
security official and injuring 21 others.
2008 Feb, A Pakistani military
assault into the Mehsud territory of South Waziristan was
unaccountably called off after it killed over 1,000 Mehsud and Uzbek
(Econ, 10/17/09, p.36)
2008 Feb, Turkey and Pakistan
signed agreements to produce cluster bomb munitions.
(Econ, 5/24/08, p.80)
2008 Mar 1, In Pakistan police
formally charged top Pakistani Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud
with plotting the murder of Benazir Bhutto.
2008 Mar 2, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up at a large meeting called
by tribal elders pushing for peace, killing at least 40 people and
injuring more than 100 in Darra Adam Khel in North West Frontier
Province about 25 miles south of Peshawar.
2008 Mar 4, In Pakistan 2
suicide bombers blew themselves up at a prestigious naval college in
the eastern city of Lahore, killing at least five people and
2008 Mar 5, In Pakistan a court
quashed corruption cases against Asif Ali Zardari, the husband of
slain former PM Benazir Bhutto. In the North West Frontier (NWFP)
the Awami National Party (ANP) signed a provincial power sharing
agreement with the Pakistan Peopleís Party.
(AP, 3/5/08)(Econ, 3/22/08, p.46)
2008 Mar 6, A massive power
outage struck Pakistan's largest city of Karachi and left the entire
city of more than 15 million people without electricity.
2008 Mar 9, Former Pakistani PM
Nawaz Sharif said he would join the late Benazir Bhutto's party in a
coalition, raising the prospect of a government hostile to President
Pervez Musharraf. Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif declared they would
work together in what came to be called the Murree declaration.
(Reuters, 3/9/08)(Econ, 3/15/08, p.52)
2008 Mar 11, In Lahore,
Pakistan, massive suicide bombs ripped through a seven-story police
headquarters and a business, killing 27 people and wounding more
than 200 others in attacks that deepened the security crisis. The
wounded included 32 girls who were hit by flying debris at a school
near the police building.
(AP, 3/11/08)(AP, 3/12/08)
2008 Mar 12, US-led forces in
Afghanistan fired a missile into Pakistan that killed 4 women and 2
boys. Pakistan lodged a protest the next day with coalition forces
(AP, 3/13/08)(SFC, 3/14/08, p.A17)
2008 Mar 13, In Pakistan more
than 1,000 tribesmen protested against the killing of eight
civilians by Pakistani forces this week in the lawless Bajaur tribal
2008 Mar 15, In Pakistan a bomb
struck an Italian restaurant crowded with foreigners, killing a
Turkish aid worker and wounding at least 12 other people.
2008 Mar 16, In Pakistan a
drone dropped 7 missiles on a compound outside Wana in South
Waziristan, killing at least 20 people.
(AP, 3/16/08)(SFC, 3/17/08, p.A9)
2008 Mar 19, Legislators
elected Pakistan's first female speaker of parliament, seating
Fehmida Mirza, a follower and lookalike of assassinated former PM
2008 Mar 20, A suicide car bomb
killed five Pakistani soldiers and wounded nine others near the
2008 Mar 21, Pakistani troops
shut down three FM radio stations and arrested eight employees after
the stations aired a speech by a pro-Taliban cleric.
2008 Mar 23, In Pakistan 25
trucks carrying fuel to US-led forces in Afghanistan were destroyed
in a possible bomb attack near the Torkham customs post. At least 50
people were injured.
(SFC, 3/24/08, p.A12)
2008 Mar 24, Pakistan's
National Assembly elected as prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, a
top official in assassinated former PM Benazir Bhutto's party.
Gilani ordered the release of all judges detained after President
Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency rule last year.
(Reuters, 3/24/08)(AFP, 3/24/08)
2008 Mar 27, Suspected
militants attacked an ambulance in a Pakistani tribal region on the
Afghan border killing at least six people, including two
paramilitary soldiers. A gunman on a motorcycle has fatally shot two
anti-terrorism officials in the southern city of Karachi.
(AP, 3/27/08)(AP, 3/28/08)
2008 Mar 29, Afghan, US and
Pakistani officers opened the first of six joint military
intelligence centers along the Afghan-Pakistan border, an effort to
cut down on militants' movement in a region of rising terrorist
2008 Apr 8, In Pakistan a gas
leak sparked an explosion and fire at a nuclear plant that is
believed to produce enriched plutonium for the countryís atomic
weapons program. Two workers were killed.
2008 Apr 9, In Pakistan a
street fight between pro- and anti-government attorneys broke out in
Karachi leaving 7 people dead.
(SFC, 4/10/08, p.A9)
2008 Apr 10, In Pakistan Ahmad
Shah, a Taliban commander also known as Mullah Ismail, was killed in
a shootout with security forces near Peshawar. He was blamed
for the deadliest attack on US troops since they entered Afghanistan
2008 Apr 14, In Multan,
Pakistan, a crowd protesting power cuts rioted in the home city of
the new prime minister, ransacking the office of the state
electricity company, torching a bank and leaving at least 13 people
injured. The protest was organized by a textile industry
association, which had set April 13 as a deadline for the
electricity company to reduce power outages, known locally as
2008 Apr 16, In Pakistan
runners carried the Olympic flame around the outside of a sports
stadium, an invitation-only event in front of an elite, sparse crowd
with heavy security to deter any anti-China protesters or terrorist
2008 Apr 19,
Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan, who went missing in
February in the Khyber region, appeared on Arabic television saying
he was being held by the Taliban and urged Islamabad to meet their
2008 Apr 20, In Pakistan gunmen
riding a motorcycle killed three paramilitary soldiers in an ambush
in the town of Hub.
2008 Apr 21,
A prison official says Pakistan has ordered the release of
Sufi Muhammad, a pro-Taliban leader who sent thousands of fighters
against the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.
2008 Apr 23, Officials and a
rebel spokesman said Pakistan's new government has drafted a peace
agreement with Taliban militants in its troubled tribal belt
bordering Afghanistan. A militant letter attributed to Baitullah
Mehsud, a Pakistani Al-Qaeda warlord accused of ordering Benazir
Bhutto's assassination, told followers to halt attacks amid peace
talks with the government.
(AP, 4/23/08)(AP, 4/24/08)
2008 Apr 25, In northwestern
Pakistan a car bomb killed three people, despite calls from Taliban
leaders asking Islamic militants to refrain from attacks amid
efforts by the new government to reach peace deals in the region.
2008 Apr 27, Suspected Taliban
militants attacked the Mujahideen Day parade attended by the Afghan
president, unleashing automatic weapons fire that sent foreign
dignitaries and senior members of the government fleeing for cover.
3 people, including a lawmaker, were killed and 8 were wounded.
Pres. Karzai later appeared on television saying several suspects in
the attack had been arrested. The Afghan government later accused
the Pakistani intelligence service of organizing the plot to
assassinate Pres. Karzai. Taliban militants attacked an Australian
patrol with automatic rifles and rocket propelled grenades in
southern Afghanistan, and the ensuing battle left one of the
commandos dead and four others wounded.
(AP, 4/27/08)(Econ, 5/3/08, p.50)(SFC, 6/26/08,
2008 Apr 28, Baitullah Mehsud,
a Pakistani Taliban commander, pulled out of a peace deal with the
government after it refused to withdraw the army from tribal lands
on the Afghan border.
2008 May 3, In southern
Pakistan thousands of Islamists rallied to condemn an anti-Koran
film by a Dutch lawmaker and cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in
2008 May 6, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber riding a rickshaw attacked a police
checkpoint and gunmen fired on officers guarding a bank, killing
five people and testing the new government's fledgling peace
2008 May 9, In northwest
Pakistan suspected Islamic militants killed a policeman and injured
two other police officers in a rocket attack.
2008 May 10, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen killed a Shiite Muslim shop owner and two of his
customers in an apparent sectarian attack in Dera Ismail Khan.
2008 May 12, The Commonwealth
re-admitted Pakistan as a full member after a six-month suspension
triggered by a clampdown by President Pervez Musharraf.
2008 May 12, Former prime
minister Nawaz Sharif pulled his party out of Pakistan's
six-week-old coalition government, plunging the volatile Muslim
nation back into political uncertainty.
2008 May 12, The Canadian
Federal Court said that Pakistan appears to have received a $500,000
bounty from the United States for the capture of Abdullah Khadr, a
Canadian wanted on charges of working with al Qaeda against US
forces in Afghanistan. Khadr was arrested in Pakistan in 2004 and
sent back to Canada in 2005.
2008 May 14, In Pakistan a
number of foreign militants were killed when 2 missiles hit a house
in the village of Damadola in the Bajaur tribal region. The US
missile strike killed al-Qaida operative Abu Suleiman al Jaziery and
at least 14 others. Some of the dead were civilians. Authorities
freed militants and started to pull troops from a tribal region in a
bid to make peace with Islamic fighters. Suspected Islamic militants
soon killed a Pakistani soldier in revenge for the US missile strike
near the Afghan border.
(Reuters, 5/15/08)(WSJ, 5/15/08, p.A1)(AP,
5/16/08)(WSJ, 5/20/08, p.A14)
2008 May 16, Pakistan's
ambassador to Afghanistan was freed unharmed three months after he
vanished in a tribal area in the border region. Tariq Azizuddin had
disappeared Feb. 11 along with his driver and bodyguard as they
drove from Peshawar toward the border.
(AP, 5/17/08)(SSFC, 5/18/08, p.A9)
2008 May 18, Pakistani Taliban
carried out a suicide attack in the northwestern city of Mardan. 13
people were killed there in revenge for an earlier suspected US
missile strike on a rebel hideout at Damadola.
2008 May 21, Pakistan's
government promised to "gradually" pull out troops from the
northwestern valley of Swat after signing a peace agreement with
2008 May 21, India and Pakistan
signed a pact in Islamabad granting consular access to prisoners in
each other's jails but reported no significant progress in
negotiations on the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
2008 May 22, In Pakistan
unidentified gunmen shot dead Muhammad Ibrahim (44), a reporter for
Urdu-language Express newspaper, after he interviewed a spokesman
for Taliban militants in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan.
2008 May 24, Top Pakistani
Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud said jihad, or holy war, would
continue in Afghanistan, despite peace negotiations between the
militants and Islamabad. Separate roadside bomb attacks in
Pakistan's volatile northwest killed three people, including a local
2008 May 25, In Pakistan
officials said heavy rains have killed at least 10 people in the
northwest, including six children who died when part of their mud
2008 May 26, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen fired on a vehicle carrying Shiite Muslims, killing
four people before fleeing in what appeared to be a sectarian
2008 May 28, Former PM Nawaz
Sharif said Pakistan's ruling coalition has agreed to expel
US-backed President Pervez Musharraf from power.
2008 Jun 2, In Pakistan a huge
car bomb exploded outside the Danish Embassy in Islamabad, killed 8
people and wounded dozens more. Danish security said that al-Qaida
or an al-Qaida-related group likely was behind the attack. Evidence
indicated that a suicide bomber drove the car.
(AP, 6/2/08)(SFC, 6/4/08, p.A6)
2008 Jun 4, Officials said
Pakistanís PM Yousuf Raza Gilani has moved suspend peace
negotiations with tribal groups along the border with Afghanistan,
until they agree to new conditions including the cessation of all
activities in Afghanistan. In northwest Pakistan a bomb explosion
ripped through a video shop in a business center, killing 3 people
and wounding 3.
(WSJ, 6/5/08, p.A8)(AP, 6/4/08)
2008 Jun 5, Pakistani
authorities arrested three suspected suicide bombers and seized more
than a ton of explosives in a suspected terror plot near Islamabad.
2008 Jun 10, In Pakistan a US
airstrike killed 11 Pakistani troops and frayed ties between the two
nations. Pakistan said the soldiers died when US aircraft bombed
their border post in the Mohmand tribal region.
2008 Jun 12, Thousands of
Pakistani lawyers and activists gathered for a "long march" from
Lahore to Islamabad to demand the restoration of judges sacked by
Pres. Pervez Musharraf.
2008 Jun 14, Pakistan's main
ruling party said it will reinstate judges ousted by President
Pervez Musharraf only after it has overcome legal obstacles
following a massive rally calling for their restoration.
2008 Jun 15, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai threatened to send Afghan troops across the border to
fight militants in Pakistan, a forceful warning to insurgents and
the Pakistani government that his country is fed up with
2008 Jun 16, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded at a Shiite mosque in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail
Khan, killing four worshippers.
2008 Jun 17, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen killed four Shiite Muslims.
2008 Jun 21, In Afghanistan 5
foreign troops including a Polish national were slain in bombings,
extending a series of daily attacks that have lifted the death toll
for foreign forces this year to more than 100. In separate incidents
attackers detonated bombs and opened fire on vehicles carrying
Afghan troops in Zabul and Kunar provinces, killing five soldiers
and wounding three. Rockets fired from Pakistan hit a village in
eastern Afghanistan killing a woman and three children, one of three
cross-border attacks around the same late evening time. A total of
27 rockets were fired from Pakistan to the Afghan provinces of
Paktika and Khost. Afghan troops responded by firing 19 artillery
rounds from Khost and nine rounds from Paktika which landed in
(AP, 6/21/08)(Reuters, 6/22/08)
2008 Jun 21, Sean Langan (43),
British freelance television journalist, was released by kidnappers
along the Afghan-Pakistan border after being held for 3 months.
Langan has spent the last few years making films about Afghanistan,
Iraq and Zimbabwe, and his documentary "Fighting the Taliban" was
short-listed for a Bafta this year.
2008 Jun 22, Suspected Taliban
rebels kidnapped 17 tribal policemen near Pakistan's Khyber pass,
the latest incident on the main supply route for international
forces in Afghanistan.
2008 Jun 23, A Pakistani court
disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from contesting a
by-election for a seat in the National Assembly later this week.
2008 Jun 25, In northwest
Pakistan the bullet-riddled bodies of at least 22 captives were
found along the Tank-Jandola road. Militants loyal to Taliban leader
Baitullah Mehsud had taken captives from a rival, pro-government
faction, headed by Turkistan Bitani in fighting that began on June
2008 Jun 27, A gang of
Pakistani militants in the Bajur region executed two Afghan
prisoners in front of thousands of cheering supporters, beheading
Jan Wali (36) and shooting the other after accusing them of aiding a
US missile strike. Celebratory gunfire then killed two bystanders
and wounded six.
(AP, 6/28/08)(SFC, 6/28/08, p.A5)
2008 Jun 28, Pakistani forces
bombarded suspected militant hideouts with mortar shells as the
government launched a major offensive against Taliban fighters near
Peshawar, the main city in the country's volatile northwest.
2008 Jun 29, Pakistan's
government claimed that it had saved the northwestern city of
Peshawar from militants, as troops pushed forward on the second day
of a major offensive against the rebels.
2008 Jun 30, In Pakistan an
explosion killed six people at the house of Militant chief Haji
Namdar in the northwestern Khyber tribal district, on the third day
of a government offensive. Richard Boucher, the US Assistant
Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, flew into Islamabad
for talks with PM Yousuf Raza Gilani and other senior officials.
2008 Jul 1, Pakistani forces
destroyed a major militant compound in the Khyber tribal region. The
site served as key headquarters for the banned Lashkar-e-Islam.
(SFC, 7/2/08, p.A3)
2008 Jul 4, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded on a busy street in the southwestern city of Quetta,
killing a 4-year old girl and wounding 11 other people.
2008 Jul 5, Pakistan's Foreign
Ministry insisted that its nuclear proliferation case was closed, a
day after the disgraced architect of its atomic program claimed the
army under President Pervez Musharraf helped spread the technology
to North Korea in 2000. A government official said Pakistani
security forces have eased an operation against insurgents in a
tribal region near the border with Afghanistan as local elders try
to negotiate peace with a militant leader.
2008 Jul 6, In Pakistan a
two-story apartment building collapsed in the port city of Karachi,
killing eight people, including a toddler. A suicide attacker
detonated explosives near a police station in Islamabad, killing at
least 15 people and wounding dozens.
2008 Jul 7, In Pakistan a total
of seven small blasts left 43 people wounded in the commercial
capital of Karachi.
2008 Jul 8, In northwest
Pakistan unknown assailants fired on a vehicle carrying tribal
police forces, killing four and wounding seven.
2008 Jul 9, Tribal elders and
Pakistani authorities struck a deal aimed at bringing peace to a
militant-infested northwest region where a paramilitary offensive
has tried to flush out insurgents. Police captured Rafiuddin, an
aide to top commander Baitullah Mehsud, along with four associates
they traveled in a vehicle through the town of Hangu in the South
(AP, 7/9/08)(AP, 7/10/08)
2008 Jul 10, In Pakistan six
mortar rounds appeared to have targeted a military post in Angore
Adda in South Waziristan, seriously wounding six Pakistani troops,
lightly wounding two other troops and also injuring two civilians in
a nearby market.
2008 Jul 12, NATO said a recent
border clash that wounded several Pakistani and Afghan security
personnel was sparked by insurgents in Afghanistan who fired at
targets in both countries, apparently to stoke cross-border
2008 Jul 12, In northwestern
Pakistan at least 13 paramilitary forces and three militants were
killed in an ambush and shootout when militants attacked a Frontier
Constabulary convoy in the Zargari area of Hangu district.
Provincial police in Hangu arrested half a dozen Taliban including
Rafiuddin, a lieutenant of Baitullah Mehsud. The militants in
response captured 29-49 hostages.
(AP, 7/13/08)(SFC, 7/19/08, p.A5)
2008 Jul 16, In southwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb wounded seven security personnel and two
passers-by. In the northwest a military operation began to expel
insurgents from Zargari. 10 militants were killed and five troops
(AP, 7/16/08)(AP, 7/18/08)
2008 Jul 17, Violent protests
erupted at Pakistan's main stock market as growing economic and
political uncertainty pushed Pakistani shares to a new 18-month low.
2008 Jul 18, In northwestern
Pakistan, at least 10 Taliban died in fierce fighting between two
rival militant groups. The Taliban threatened to begin executing
hostages captured on July 12 unless the government releases their
(AP, 7/19/08)(SFC, 7/19/08, p.A5)
2008 Jul 19, In Pakistan
paramilitary forces stumbled on 2 training camps near Dera Bugti in
Baluchistan province. 6 troops and an unknown number of ethnic
Baluch insurgents died in fighting that began when militants fired
on patrolling security forces.
(WSJ, 7/22/08, p.A12)
2008 Jul 19, Mullah Rahim, the
most senior Taliban leader in Afghanistan's Helmand province, gave
himself up to Pakistani officials.
2008 Jul 20, In Pakistan five
militants died in a failed assault on the Tora Warai military fort
near Hangu. The army said security forces had killed 15 militants
and detained 60 others, in the first major action against insurgents
under Pakistan's new government.
2008 Jul 21, A Pakistani court
barred the disgraced architect of Pakistan's atomic weapons program
from speaking about nuclear proliferation, less than three weeks
after he implicated the army in the sharing of nuclear technology
with North Korea. Intelligence officials in Quetta said at least 30
insurgents, including three rebel commanders, had been killed.
Suspected Islamic militants shot dead a pro-government tribal chief
and wounded three other people in an attack on the outskirts of Khar
near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan.
(AP, 7/21/08)(AFP, 7/21/08)
2008 Jul 21, Pakistanís Geo TV
broadcasted a recent interview with Mustafa Abu al-Yazeed, a senior
al-Qaida leader. He urged Pakistanis to help Afghans fight US-led
coalition forces and condemned President Pervez Musharraf for
arresting Arab and Afghan fighters and handing them over to
2008 Jul 23, An international
rights group pressed Pakistan's new government to quickly
investigate the disappearance of hundreds of people allegedly
rounded up by security agencies as part of the anti-terror campaign.
2008 Jul 24, The US confirmed
that it planned to shift 230 million dollars in aid to Pakistan from
counter-terrorism programs to upgrading the country's F-16 fighter
2008 Jul 25, In northwestern
Pakistan militants blew up a girls school and 10 shops in 2 separate
areas of the Swat valley. There were no casualties.
2008 Jul 26, In Pakistan 3
soldiers and at least 12 suspected insurgents were killed in
fighting after the militants ambushed a convoy in the Dera Bugti
district of Baluchistan province.
2008 Jul 28, Pres. Bush met
with Pakistanís new PM Yousaf Raza Gilani at the White House and
they agreed to battle terrorists in Pakistan.
(SFC, 7/29/08, p.A10)
2008 Jul 28, A suspected US
missile strike on a Pakistani madrassa killed six people, including
foreigners. Pakistani security officials said Al-Qaeda chemical
weapons expert Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar (54) was believed to have
been killed in the US missile strike in the South Waziristan tribal
district. The Egyptian, also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri, had a
five-million-US-dollar bounty on his head and allegedly ran
terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. In Kohat a bomb rigged to a
bicycle killed a teenage boy and wounded 12 policemen. Pakistani
Taliban militants shot dead three intelligence officials near
Mingora, the main town in Swat. The Taliban later confirmed that
al-Masri had been killed along with 3 other commanders.
(Reuters, 7/28/08)(AFP, 7/28/08)(AP,
7/28/08)(AFP, 7/29/08)(AP, 8/3/08)
2008 Jul 29, Pakistani Taliban
militants killed 3 soldiers, including an army captain, and
kidnapped 30 security forces from a police station in the
northwestern Swat Valley.
(AFP, 7/29/08)(WSJ, 7/31/08, p.A12)
2008 Jul 29, Indian and
Pakistani soldiers traded fire across the heavily armed Kashmir
frontier for more than 12 hours overnight and into the day in what
the Indian army called the worst violation of a 2003 cease-fire
agreement between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
2008 Jul 30, The NY Times
reported that a top Central Intelligence Agency official has
traveled to Islamabad and confronted senior officials with evidence
of ties between Pakistan's spy agency and militants operating in
that country's tribal areas.
2008 Jul 30, In Pakistan fierce
fighting erupted in the restive Swat valley, killing 25 militants
and four soldiers and undermining the government's strategy of
offering peace deals to pro-Taliban insurgents. Sher Ali, an
insurgent commander known as Mullah Toor, was killed in the
(AP, 7/30/08)(WSJ, 7/31/08, p.A12)
2008 Jul 31, A mortar shell hit
a house in the Swat valley where Pakistani security forces are
battling Islamic militants, killing a family of seven. Another 10
civilians died in fighting in the region. Militants torched a nearby
(AP, 7/31/08)(SFC, 8/1/08, p.A10)
2008 Jul 29, The US Senateís
Foreign Relations Committee voted to triple Americaís non-military
assistance to Pakistan to $1.5 billion a year.
(Econ, 8/9/08, p.39)
2008 Aug 1, In northwestern
Pakistan about 35 militants kidnapped 2 policemen on the outskirts
2008 Aug 2, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded at a bridge, killing at least nine security forces in the
Swat valley, where Pakistani troops are battling Islamic militants.
2008 Aug 2, In Pakistan 22
climbers, mostly foreigners, reached the summit of K-2, the world's
second-highest mountain, but an ice avalanche struck them during
their descent. At least 11 of the mountaineers were killed.
(AP, 8/3/08)(AFP, 8/4/08)
2008 Aug 2, In Sri Lanka a
two-day summit of leaders of the 15th South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation (SAARC), opened amid extraordinary security.
Leaders of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives,
Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attended the summit. Government troops
captured rebel-held Vellankulam village in Mannar, the last rebel
stronghold in the area. Fresh fighting between Sri Lankan troops and
Tamil Tiger separatists killed 14 rebels and two soldiers across the
embattled northern region.
(AP, 8/2/08)(AP, 8/3/08)
2008 Aug 3, In Sri Lanka the
South Asian summit ended. Tensions between India and Pakistan
overshadowed the summit, but the two nuclear-armed rivals vowed to
work together and save a tenuous peace process. A draft summit
declaration called for collective action to combat "all forms of
terrorist violence" that was threatening their "peace, stability and
security." The leaders also agreed to implement a regional trade
pact, signed in 1995 but never fully implemented.
2008 Aug 4, In Pakistan a
remote-controlled bomb explosion struck a military convoy and
wounded eight soldiers in South Waziristan. Militants torched four
girls' schools, a health office and a forestry office. A senior
officer said that over the past week 94 Islamist militants were
killed and 14 soldiers lost in fighting in the northwestern Swat
valley. At least 25 civilians and eight policemen were also killed
in the fighting. Brigadier Zia Bodla said the army planned a major
operation against the insurgents.
2008 Aug 5, Officials in
Pakistan said floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have destroyed
thousands of homes and caused at least 27 deaths in the last 24
2008 Aug 5, Aafia Siddiqui, a
Pakistani woman once identified as a possible al-Qaida associate,
was extradited from Afghanistan and arraigned in New York on charges
that she tried to kill US agents and military officers. Siddiqui was
educated at Brandeis and MIT and fled to Pakistan after 9/11 because
of anti-Muslim sentiment. She and her children dropped out of sight
in March 2003, after 9/11 mastermind Khalid sheikh Mohammed
mentioned her name during an interrogation. She was arrested by
Afghan police on July 17, who found recipes for explosives and
descriptions of New York landmarks in her handbag. Siddiqui is the
wife of Ammar al-Baluchi, a nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who
was believed to be the chief planner of the Sep 11, 2001, attacks.
(SFC, 8/6/08, p.A3)(WSJ, 8/6/08, p.A7)(SSFC,
2008 Aug 6, Pakistani Pres.
Pervez Musharraf abruptly canceled then reinstated his trip to the
Olympic Games as local media reported that the ruling coalition had
agreed on steps to remove him. 9 militants including Ali Bakht, a
top-ranking militant, were killed and many injured during a search
and cordon operation conducted by security forces in the Kabal
district of the Swat valley. Two insurgents died when the explosive
device they were planting in a female educational institution
exploded prematurely in Kabal sub-district. 3 civilians died in the
various parts of the Swat district when stray mortar rounds hit
their houses. An attack on a Pakistani military checkpost by some
200 pro-Taliban militants triggered intense fighting that killed 25
insurgents and two paramilitary soldiers near the Afghan border.
2008 Aug 7, Pakistan's ruling
coalition announced plans to seek the impeachment of Pres. Pervez
Musharraf, alleging the US-backed former general had "eroded the
trust of the nation" during his eight years in power. Musharraf
cancelled his trip to the Olympics in Beijing.
(AP, 8/7/08)(SFC, 8/8/08, p.A2)
2008 Aug 8, In Pakistan at
least seven Pakistani troops and 30 militants were reported killed
in two days of clashes at Loisam and its surrounding areas in the
Bajaur tribal district. Insurgents stormed a police post in Buner
and killed 8 police officers.
(AFP, 8/8/08)(SSFC, 8/10/08, p.A11)
2008 Aug 10, Pakistani forces
bombed dozens of houses in Bajur, a tribal region near the Afghan
border, amid reports that days of clashes have killed at least 100
insurgents and nine paramilitary troops. Pakistani forces pulled out
of Bajur after 3 days of fighting. A Taliban spokesman said as many
as 100 Pakistani paramilitary troops were killed. Officials
acknowledged that 55 were missing.
(AP, 8/10/08)(SSFC, 8/11/08, p.A11)
2008 Aug 11, Pakistani forces
trained gunfire and dropped bombs on Islamic militants in and around
the main town of a tribal region next to the Afghan border, forcing
thousands of residents to flee. The bodies of two men beheaded by
militants were found about 12 miles north of Khar along with a note
accusing them of spying for US and Pakistani authorities. In
Peshawar an explosion killed one man and wounded another apparently
as they were planting a bomb near a private clinic.
2008 Aug 12, A roadside bomb
destroyed an air force truck on a bridge in Pakistan's volatile
northwest and killed up to 14 people. The Taliban claimed
responsibility for the attack, calling it "an open war" and
retaliation for recent military operations in the region. A
suspected American missile strike targeting an alleged militant
gathering point killed at least nine people, including foreigners
near Angore Adda in the South Waziristan. Two intelligence officials
said between 22 and 25 people died, including Arabs, Turkmen and
(AP, 8/12/08)(AP, 8/13/08)(SFC, 8/14/08, p.A2)
2008 Aug 13, In Lahore,
Pakistan, a bomber struck outside a mosque just before midnight as
Pakistanis poured into the streets to celebrate the nation's 61st
anniversary of its independence from Britain. 8 people were killed
and 18 wounded.
2008 Aug 14, Pakistan's PM
Yousuf Raza Gilani said in an Independence Day speech that the
country must defeat extremism to survive. Officials said some
135,000 residents have fled a Pakistani tribal area bordering
Afghanistan to escape clashes between troops and Taliban militants
that have left scores dead.
(AP, 8/14/08)(AFP, 8/14/08)
2008 Aug 15, Coalition
government officials said Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf is
ready to resign rather than face impeachment, but is seeking
immunity from prosecution and agreement on a safe place to live.
President Pervez Musharraf's spokesman rejected reports that the
embattled Pakistani leader was set to resign. Pakistan's interior
ministry chief said that over 460 Islamic militants and 22 soldiers
have been killed in more than a week of fighting in a tribal area
(Reuters, 8/15/08)(AFP, 8/15/08)(AP, 8/15/08)
2008 Aug 16, A top ruling party
official gave Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf a two-day
deadline to quit or face impeachment proceedings.
2008 Aug 18, Pakistani
President Pervez Musharraf announced that he will resign, just days
ahead of impeachment in parliament over attempts by the US-backed
leader to impose authoritarian rule on his turbulent nation.
2008 Aug 19, Pakistan's ruling
coalition met to discuss a replacement for President Pervez
Musharraf. A suicide bomber killed 23 people at a hospital in a
northwestern town in the first attack since Musharraf stepped down.
5 soldiers and 13 Taliban militants died in clashes in a tribal area
2008 Aug 20, Pakistanís
security officials said missiles fired from Afghanistan hit a
militant hideout in Pakistan's tribal belt, killing at least eight
people including some foreign extremists.
2008 Aug 21, In Pakistan 2
suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the countryís main
defense industry complex in Wah, killing at least 67 people with 102
(Reuters, 8/21/08)(AP, 8/22/08)
2008 Aug 23, Pakistani troops
pounded Islamic militants in the volatile northwest, killing 37 in
retaliation for suicide attacks that have put pressure on the new
government to counter a growing extremist threat. 2 soldiers were
killed. A civilian and her four children were killed when security
forces fired a mortar that accidentally hit a home in Khar, near the
Afghan border. A car packed with explosives rammed into a police
station in Swat, a former tourist destination, killing six officers
and injuring several others. A roadside bomb in the nearby village
of Bari Kot killed one civilian and injured four.
2008 Aug 24, Pakistan rejected
a ceasefire offered by Taliban militants in the tribal belt near the
Afghan border as troops in the last 24 hours killed seven rebel
fighters. Officials said that Taliban militants in the area had slit
the throat of a 35-year-old man after accusing him of spying for US
troops across the border in Afghanistan.
2008 Aug 25, Former PM Nawaz
Sharif said he is withdrawing his party from Pakistan's ruling
coalition because it has failed to restore judges ousted by
ex-President Pervez Musharraf. Pakistan banned the Taliban,
toughening its stance after the Islamic militant group claimed
responsibility for deadly suicide bombings against one of its most
sensitive military installations. 8 people were killed in a pre-dawn
rocket-and-bomb strike on the home of provincial lawmaker Waqar
Ahmed Khan in Swat. A Geneva prosecutor dropped money laundering
charges against Asif Ali Zardari, head of the Pakistan Peopleís
(AP, 8/25/08)(SFC, 8/26/08, p.A15)
2008 Aug 26, In Pakistan an
explosion on the outskirts of Islamabad killed at least seven people
and wounded 20. Around midnight 75-100 militants attacked the Tiarza
Fort. The attack was repulsed with 11 militants killed.
(AP, 8/27/08)(SFC, 8/28/08, p.A5)
2008 Aug 27, In Pakistan
security forces clashed with militants across the wild tribal belt,
trading fire with insurgents in a health center and repelling a
major assault on an outpost in a region known as an al-Qaida safe
haven. Officials claimed as many as 49 insurgents died as the
fighting spread from the Swat Valley and Bajur to South Waziristan.
(AP, 8/27/08)(SFC, 8/28/08, p.A5)
2008 Aug 27, In
Indian-administered Kashmir police traded fire with militants
allegedly holding 8 people hostage, including 6 children, in a
building in Jammu. 3 soldiers and 3 civilians died in the violence.
The militants had illegally crossed into Indian Kashmir from
Pakistan a day earlier.
(AP, 8/27/08)(AP, 8/28/08)
2008 Aug 28, A bomb near the
city of Bannu blew a bus carrying Pakistani police and government
workers off a high bridge, killing at least 11, as fighting between
security forces and extremists flared across the country's
(AP, 8/28/08)(WSJ, 8/29/08, p.A10)
2008 Aug 29, Fighter jets
bombed Taliban hide-outs in Pakistan's Swat Valley while troops
pushed into militant territory on the ground, killing at least 40
insurgents in a 24-hour siege.
2008 Aug 30, In Pakistan a
blast ripped through a home in Wana, a main town in the South
Waziristan tribal region, killing at least five militants.
2008 Aug 31, Pakistan said it
will suspend its military operations against insurgents in a tribal
region along the Afghan border in honor of the Muslim holy month of
Ramadan. Pakistani Taliban said they will continue attacks during
Ramadan. A missile fired from an unmanned aircraft hit a house in
the North Waziristan tribal area, killing six people including a
woman and a young girl.
(AP, 8/31/08)(Reuters, 8/31/08)(AFP, 8/31/08)
2008 Aug, Inflation in Pakistan
was running at an annual rate of 25%.
(Econ, 8/16/08, p.46)
2008 Sep 1, Pakistani officials
said that their forces had killed some 560 Pakistani and foreign
fighters and thwarted a push to make Bajur into a militant fortress.
Pakistanís government opened an investigation into the killings of
five women who tried to choose their own husbands, after a
provincial lawmaker defended their deaths as a "centuries-old
2008 Sep 2, Pakistani Taliban
militants said they had kidnapped two Chinese telecoms engineers and
their entourage and would soon issue a list of demands. The
engineers went missing along with their local driver and a security
guard four days ago near the Afghan border where they had been
checking an installation.
2008 Sep 3, Pakistan's
government says a cross-border raid involving US-led or NATO forces
killed several civilians. Women and children were among at least 20
people reportedly killed in the attack in Musa Nika village in South
Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan.
(AP, 9/3/08)(SFC, 9/4/08, p.A8)
2008 Sep 4, Pakistanís
Parliament passed resolutions condemning an American-led attack in
Pakistani territory after the government summoned the US ambassador
to protest the unusually bold raid that officials say killed at
least 15 people. Four Islamist militants were killed and five
wounded in a missile attack by a suspected US drone in the village
of Char Khel in North Waziristan near Afghanistan.
(AP, 9/4/08)(Reuters, 9/4/08)
2008 Sep 5, Pakistan's Supreme
Court reinstated three judges ousted by Pervez Musharraf, cementing
political divisions in the country a day before it elects a new
president. An explosion possibly caused by a missile strike killed
five suspected foreign militants near the Afghan border in North
2008 Sep 6, Asif Ali Zardari,
the widower of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto, became
Pakistan's new president after winning a landslide election victory
in separate votes in the federal and provincial assemblies.
Overnight clashes left 24 people killed after residents of a village
in the volatile northwest foiled a militant kidnap attempt, then
were attacked. An explosives-packed pickup truck blew up at a police
checkpoint on the outskirts of Peshawar, killing 37 people.
(AP, 9/6/08)(AP, 9/7/08)(Econ, 9/20/08, p.55)
2008 Sep 7, Pakistanís reserves
in the 1st week of September fell to $5.5 billion, enough to cover
just two months of imports. Reserves as of last November were about
(Econ, 9/13/08, p.48)
2008 Sep 8, In Pakistan
missiles fired from 2 US drone aircraft hit a seminary and houses
associated with a Taliban commander in North Waziristan, killing at
least 21 people, including both militants, women and children.
Neither Jalaluddin Haqqani nor his son, Sirajuddin, were present,
but four mid-level Al-Qaeda operatives were among the dead.
(AP, 9/8/08)(SFC, 9/9/08, p.A9)(WSJ, 9/9/08,
2008 Sep 9, Asif Ali Zardari.
the widower of assassinated former Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto,
took office as the country's new president, facing immediate
pressure to crack down on Islamic militants and address daunting
economic problems. Zardari and Afghan Pres. Karzai hosted a joint
news conference and declared that they stand together against the
Taliban and al-Qaida.
(AP, 9/9/08)(SFC, 9/10/08, p.A7)
2008 Sep 11, Pakistan's PM
Yousaf Raza Gilani backed a harsh rebuke of the US by Gen. Ashfaq
Parvez Kayani, the Muslim nation's military chief. This was in
response to news that President Bush during the summer had secretly
approved US military raids inside Pakistan against alleged terrorist
2008 Sep 12, In Pakistan a US
Predator drone fired 2 missiles at a home in the village of Tolkhel,
North Waziristan, killing at least 12 people.
(SFC, 9/13/08, p.A3)
2008 Sep 13, At least 24
Islamic militants were killed in fierce fighting with Pakistani
government troops hunting Taliban fighters across Bajaur near the
2008 Sep 14, Pakistani security
forces killed 16 suspected militants and wounded 25 on in the Bajur
tribal region, the latest round of a military offensive with no end
2008 Sep 15, Pakistani troops
backed by helicopter gunships and fighter jets killed 15 suspected
militants as security forces advanced on Taliban strongholds near
the Afghan border.
2008 Sep 16, Pakistan's
military has ordered its forces to open fire if US troops launch
another air or ground raid across the Afghan border. Security forces
backed by air support again pounded suspected militant hideouts in a
northwest Pakistan tribal region, killing eight alleged insurgents.
2008 Sep 17, A CIA
missile strike in South Waziristan killed 6 people as US Adm. Mike
Mullen assured Pakistanís leaders that the US respects Pakistanís
(SFC, 9/19/08, p.A6)
2008 Sep 18, In northwest
Pakistan militants briefly seized 300 boys at a school. The incident
ended with the deaths of 2 suicide bombers. No children were harmed.
(SFC, 9/19/08, p.A6)
2008 Sep 19, In Quetta,
Pakistan, a bomb exploded at a religious school run by a pro-Taliban
Islamist party, killing five people and wounding 10 more. A witness
claimed it was caused by a suicide bomber intercepted at the main
gate. Unknown gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on a police
patrol vehicle in Quetta, killing one officer and wounding one
policeman and a passer-by.
2008 Sep 20, President Asif Ali
Zardari said Pakistan will not tolerate any infringement of its
territory in the name of the fight against militants. He also called
for an end to the president's powers to dissolve the assembly and
dismiss the government, and pledged to tackle Pakistan's economic
problems. A suicide bomber and a roadside bomb struck two military
convoys in Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan killing four
soldiers and four civilians.
(Reuters, 9/20/08)(AFP, 9/20/08)
2008 Sep 20, A suspected car
bomb caused a huge explosion at the heavily guarded Marriott Hotel
in Islamabad. The death toll soon grew to 54 with some 270 injured,
including the Czech ambassador and 3 Americans. The next day
Pakistan blamed Al-Qaeda linked Taliban militants for the massive
suicide truck bombing.
(AP, 9/20/08)(AFP, 9/21/08)(AP, 9/21/08)(AP,
2008 Sep 21, Pakistani troops
and tribesmen opened fire on two US helicopters that crossed into
the country from neighboring Afghanistan. The helicopters did not
return fire and re-entered Afghan airspace without landing.
2008 Sep 22, In Pakistan gunmen
kidnapped Abdul Khaliq Farahi, Afghanistan's ambassador-designate,
and killed his driver in the main northwestern city of Peshawar.
Farahi was released on Nov 13, 2010.
(AP, 9/21/08)(AP, 11/14/10)
2008 Sep 23, Pakistani
officials said security forces, backed by helicopter gunships and
artillery, have killed more than 60 insurgents in the northwest
tribal regions in offensives aimed at denying al-Qaida and Taliban
militants safe havens.
2008 Sep 24, The Pakistani army
said it found the wreckage of a suspected US spy plane near the
Afghan border, but denied claims that it had been shot down. A
suicide bomber killed an 11-year-old girl and wounded 11 troops in
the frontier city of Quetta. Security forces killed 20 militants in
the Bajur border region.
2008 Sep 25, A joint statement
said India's PM Singh met with Pakistan's Pres. Zardari at the UN in
New York and they agreed to boost a faltering peace process between
the nuclear-armed neighbors.
2008 Sep 26, Pakistan said that
its troops had killed 1,000 Islamist militants in a month-long
offensive in the Bajaur region in which 27 soldiers died. Five top
Al-Qaeda and Taliban commanders were among those killed. Police
raided a militant hideout in Karachi, triggering a shootout during
which three suicide bombers blew themselves up. The body of a man
held in handcuffs was found in the rubble. The prisoner in the
rubble was identified as a wealthy supplier of fuel and goods to US
and NATO forces in Afghanistan. A bomb blast caused a train to
derail in eastern Punjab province, killing 6 people including 3
(AP, 9/26/08)(AFP, 9/26/08)
2008 Sep 28, In Pakistan
suspected militants seized a Polish engineer and killed his
Pakistani driver, guard and assistant in the northwestern city of
Attock. A government official in Bajur said militants attacked
security forces in three places overnight. He said the troops
repulsed each attack, killing 11 fighters.
2008 Sep 29, Pakistan appointed
Lieutenant General Ahmed Shujaa Pasha as new head of its powerful
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, amid US accusations that
the military spy organization secretly backs Taliban rebels on the
2008 Sep 30, A late night
missile strike by a suspected US drone killed at least six people in
a Pakistanís North Waziristan tribal region.
2008 Oct 2, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up near the house of
politician Asfandyar Wali Khan, who was receiving guests to mark the
end of the Islamic fasting month at his home in Charsadda, killing
at least four people.
2008 Oct 3, US missiles hit a
house in Mohammadkhel near the Afghan border. Two Pakistani
intelligence officials, citing reports from field agents and
informants, said 14 Taliban militants and 8 Arabs died in the attack
about 28 miles west of Miran Shah. 2 people wounded in the attack
died later bringing the toll to 24.
(AP, 10/4/08)(AP, 10/5/08)
2008 Oct 3, NATO launched an
airstrike near the Afghan border with Pakistan. A jet fighter bombed
two houses in different parts of Datta Khel. Intelligence officials
in the region said 2 women and one child were killed and 5 men
wounded. A militant attack on a US patrol in eastern Kunar province
killed an Afghan civilian and wounded four others.
(Reuters, 10/3/08)(AP, 10/3/08)
2008 Oct 5, In Pakistan a
three-day ultimatum from the government for Afghans living illegally
in Bajur to leave was due to expire today. But of an estimated
80,000 Afghans, only about 15,000 had left.
2008 Oct 6, A suicide bomber
attacked legislator Rasheed Akbar Niwaniís house in eastern
Pakistan, killing at least 20 people and wounding more than 50.
Officials said Pakistani authorities have begun expelling Afghan
refugees from the Bajaur tribal region that has become the main
battleground between troops and fighters linked to the Taliban and
(AP, 10/6/08)(Reuters, 10/6/08)(SFC, 10/7/08,
2008 Oct 7, Afghan refugees
flowed over the border from Pakistanís Bajur battle zone after
officials accused them of links with Taliban militants and ordered
2008 Oct 9, Pakistani fighter
jets and helicopter gunships destroyed a Taliban militant facility
in the Swat Valley, killing 20 militants. Separately, five
civilians, including women and children, were killed when a shell
hit a house in the Matta district of Swat during clashes between
troops and insurgents. Bombings targeting police killed 10 people
and wounded 14 in the volatile northwest and the capital. Suspected
US missile strikes hit Tappi village in North Waziristan, killing at
least 9 people and a house in the village of Dande Darpa Khel.
(AFP, 10/9/08)(SFC, 10/10/08, p.A17)
2008 Oct 10, A suicide bomber
drove his car into an anti-Taliban tribal council meeting in
northwest Pakistan, killing at least 30 people, the second suicide
bombing in as many days. The bomber blew himself up when around 500
members of Alizai tribe were gathered to draw up a strategy as part
of government-backed efforts to drive out militants from tribal
areas. Angry Pakistani tribesmen traded fire with Taliban militants
and demolished their houses in a northwestern tribal region
following the car suicide attack.
(AP, 10/10/08)(Reuters, 10/11/08)
2008 Oct 11, US missile strikes
in Pakistan's northwest killed five people, but none was believed to
be a foreign al-Qaida fighter.
2008 Oct 12, Pakistani
helicopter gunships bombed a meeting of Islamic militants linked to
Al-Qaeda near the border with Afghanistan. Among the dead were two
Taliban commanders and 12 potential suicide bombers. More than 24
extremists with links to Al-Qaeda were killed near the Afghan border
in the Bajaur tribal region.
2008 Oct 13, In Pakistan ten
Islamic extremists died in a gunbattle with soldiers in the
Khawazakhela district of the Swat valley during an ongoing military
operation against fighters loyal to local cleric Maulana Fazlullah.
Security forces fired mortar and artillery rounds at militants in
the Charmang area of the Bajur region overnight, killing nine
insurgents. Pro-government tribesmen exchanged fire with militants
in the Nawa and Kotkai areas of Bajur. Thirteen militants and two
pro-government tribesmen were killed.
(AFP, 10/13/08)(AP, 10/13/08)
2008 Oct 15, Pakistani
President Asif Ali Zardari reached trade deals with China, raising
hopes that Beijing would help his country through difficult economic
and diplomatic times.
2008 Oct 16, The Pakistani
rupee dropped to more than 82 to the dollar, continuing a slide that
has seen it lose more than 30% of its value this year. A suspected
US missile strike killed a purported foreign militant in South
Waziristan, a tribal area considered a haven for the Taliban and
al-Qaida. A suicide bombing in the Swat Valley left four security
personnel dead. In Bajur 7 militants were killed by plane and
helicopter gunship attacks.
(AP, 10/16/08)(SFC, 10/17/08, p.A4)
2008 Oct 17, In northwest
Pakistan troops backed by helicopter gunships and artillery pounded
militant positions, killing 60 fighters and wounding many others
near the town of Matta in the Swat Valley.
2008 Oct 18, Pakistan said that
China will help it build two more nuclear power plants, offsetting
Pakistani frustration over a recent nuclear deal between archrival
India and the US. Pakistani fighter jets bombed a militant camp and
munition storage facility in the northwest, killing at least 20
insurgents and causing extensive damage. In nearby Bajur district
seven more insurgents were killed when jets bombed their positions.
3 militants were killed in other parts of Bajur when they tried to
attack security posts.
(AP, 10/18/08)(AP, 10/19/08)
2008 Oct 19, Pakistanís
government said it may have to accept politically unpopular IMF
assistance to ward off a possible economic meltdown if wealthy
nations turn it down.
2008 Oct 20, Pakistani forces
killed up to 35 militants near the Afghan border, as the region's
provincial chief called for "peaceful dialogue" in a meeting with a
US State Department official.
2008 Oct 21, Taliban militants
ambushed a convoy of security forces in Pakistan's northwestern Swat
valley, sparking clashes that left at least five personnel and six
2008 Oct 21, In Kashmir trucks
laden with fruit, honey, garments and spices crossed the heavily
armed frontier as India and Pakistan opened a trade route between
the two sides of the divided region for the first time in six
2008 Oct 22, Pakistani
lawmakers passed a resolution calling for an urgent review of the
government's national security strategy, saying that dialogue with
Islamic militants should be given the "highest priority." The
International Monetary Fund moved to bail out cash-strapped Pakistan
in the Fund's first bid to shore up an Asian economy following
global financial turmoil as the fiscal deficit hit 10% of GDP. An
air strike at a militant compound in northwestern Bajaur tribal
district killed 33 rebels.
(AP, 10/22/08)(AFP, 10/22/08)(AFP,
10/23/08)(Econ, 10/25/08, p.54)
2008 Oct 23, In Pakistan
suspected US spy drones fired missiles into a school set up by a top
Taliban commander in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan, killing 11
people. Residents said that all of the victims were local tribesmen,
adding that locals had fired at two suspected US drones hovering
2008 Oct 25, Pakistan's army
captured Loi Sam a key militant stronghold in the Bajur region near
the Afghan border, a breakthrough in a bloody push against the
Taliban and al-Qaida. The offensive launched in early August has
claimed the lives of some 1,500 suspected militant, 73 soldiers and
(AP, 10/25/08)(SSFC, 10/26/08, p.A20)
2008 Oct 26, Pakistan troops
killed 11 Taliban militants in separate clashes in a tribal region.
15 people including 10 Taliban militants died in a gunbattle with
locals in the restive Swat valley. Locals thwarted a Taliban attempt
to seize militia chief Pir Samiullah. Hundreds of Taliban returned
and seized 3 militia members, beheading one of them. Unknown gunmen
shot dead the brother of Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud. A
US missile strike in the South Waziristan area killed Haji Omar
Khan, a lieutenant of veteran Afghan Taliban chieftain and former
anti-Soviet fighter Jalaluddin Haqqani, along with at least 15 other
(AP, 10/26/08)(AFP, 10/27/08)(WSJ, 10/27/08,
2008 Oct 28, Afghan and
Pakistani leaders vowed to seek dialogue with Taliban insurgents,
saying the "door is now open" for reconciliation.
2008 Oct 28, Pakistani
President Asif Ali Zardari announced government awards for US
Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden and Republican
Senator Richard Lugar. Biden and Lugar in July introduced a
bipartisan US aid plan which calls for $1.5 billion per year in
non-military spending to support economic development in Pakistan.
2008 Oct 29, Pakistan
registered "a strong protest" with Washington's ambassador to
Islamabad over a number of missile attacks by US drones inside its
territory. Gunmen killed three Shiite Muslims in a sectarian attack
in northwestern Pakistan.
2008 Oct 29, In southwestern
Pakistan a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck before dawn, killing at
least 215 people and turning mud and timber homes into rubble. An
estimated 15,000 people were left homeless, and rescuers were
digging for survivors in a remote valley in Baluchistan province.
Officials later feared the death toll would pass 300.
(AP, 10/29/08)(AP, 10/30/08)(AP, 10/31/08)
2008 Oct 31, A suspected US
drone aircraft fired missiles into a house in Mir Ali town in
Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border. Al-Qaida
member Abu Kasha Iraqi was among those killed. Abu Jihad al-Masri,
described by the US as al-Qaidaís propaganda chief, was among 3
people killed when a missile hit their truck. A second house was
hit, killing 12 including suspected foreign militants in Kari Kot in
South Waziristan. 29 people were reported killed in the 2 attacks. A
suicide bomber attacked the convoy of a regional police chief,
killing 3 police officers and 5 civilians in Mardan in the North
West Frontier Province.
(AP, 10/31/08)(AFP, 11/1/08)(SFC, 11/1/08, p.A3)
2008 Oct 31, Gunmen in
Peshawar, Pakistan, kidnapped Zia ul-Haq Ahadi, the brother of
Afghanistan's finance minister, while he was walking to his mother's
home after praying at a mosque. Ahadi, a businessman who lives in
Afghanistan, was in Peshawar to visit his mother.
2008 Nov 2, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber detonated his vehicle at a checkpoint at Zalai Fort
in South Waziristan killing 8 troops.
(SFC, 11/3/08, p.A11)
2008 Nov 3, General David
Petraeus, the US commander running the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,
held talks with Pakistani leaders who told him to stop US strikes on
militants in Pakistani territory.
2008 Nov 5, A Pakistani army
air strike overnight destroyed a suspected militant training
facility in the Bajur tribal area near the Afghan border. 15
insurgents were killed. The dead included a Pakistani militant
commander named Wali Rehman, who was known to shelter foreign
militants linked to al-Qaida.
(AP, 11/5/08)(AP, 11/6/08)
2008 Nov 6, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber attacked a gathering of anti-militant tribesmen,
killing nine and wounding 45 in the Batmalai area of the Bajur
tribal region, where the military has clashed with insurgents for
2008 Nov 7, In Pakistan
suspected US drones fired missiles into Kam Sam, on the border
between North and South Waziristan, killing 13 militants, including
4-5 foreigners. This was the latest in a series of strikes that has
(Reuters, 11/7/08)(SFC, 11/7/08, p.A8)
2008 Nov 8, In Pakistan police
found the bullet-ridden bodies of the two men in the North
Waziristan tribal region after a tip from residents. Militants
claimed they were spies for the United States and dumped their
bodies with a warning in a Pakistani border region at the center of
a campaign of suspected American missile strikes. Fighting reported
elsewhere in Pakistan's volatile northwest left 29 militants and
three Pakistani soldiers dead. Security forces fatally shot a local
journalist in the Swat Valley area. Mohammad Shoaib, worked for the
Azadi newspaper and apparently did not stop his vehicle when
signaled to do so.
(AP, 11/8/08)(AP, 11/9/08)
2008 Nov 9, Pakistani
airstrikes pounded suspected insurgent hide-outs in the Bajur tribal
region bordering Afghanistan, killing 13 alleged militants. A
remote-controlled bomb planted on a motorcycle killed a passer-by
and wounded five others in a market in Sui town in southwest
2008 Nov 10, Militants in
northwest Pakistan hijacked 13 trucks carrying supplies for Western
forces in Afghanistan as they passed through the Khyber Pass.
2008 Nov 11, Pakistanís
military said at least 11 Taliban militants were killed and two
soldiers wounded in gunfights with troops in the northwestern Swat
valley, rocked by a violent campaign to introduce Islamic law. A
suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Peshawar Sports Complex,
hosting athletes from around the country, killing at least two
2008 Nov 12, In Pakistan
Stephen Vance, a US development worker, and his driver were shot
dead in Peshawar, where a wave of violence has been blamed on
militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. 3 security forces died
when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle at the
gate of government school for boys in the northwestern village of
Subhan Khwar, 22 miles north of Peshawar.
2008 Nov 13, Pakistan announced
that China had offered it a $500 million aid package.
(WSJ, 11/14/08, p.A10)
2008 Nov 13, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen kidnapped Hashmatullah Atharzadeh, an Iranian
diplomat, and killed his local guard. Peshawarís police chief
Suleman Shah said the spate of killings and abductions was in
reaction to the military operations against insurgents in the
adjoining tribal belt. Iranian intelligence agents freed Atharzadeh
in late March, 2010.
(AFP, 11/13/08)(AP, 3/30/10)
2008 Nov 14, In Pakistan a
Japanese and an Afghan journalist were shot in the frontier city of
Peshawar, the third attack on foreigners in three days. Motoki
Yotsukura from the Asahi Shimbun newspaper was wounded in the leg.
Abdul Sami Yousafzai, was more seriously hurt. Missiles apparently
fired by US unmanned aircraft in North Waziristan killed at least 12
people, including 9 militants.
(AP, 11/14/08)(AFP, 11/14/08)(WSJ, 11/15/08,
2008 Nov 15, An official said
Pakistan has agreed to borrow $7.6 billion from the International
Monetary Fund to avoid adding an economic crisis to its struggle
against Islamic militants. Helicopter gunships, backed by artillery,
began pounding suspected insurgent hideouts in Mohmand tribal area.
(AP, 11/15/08)(AP, 11/16/08)
2008 Nov 16, Pakistan
temporarily barred oil tankers and container trucks from a key
passageway to Afghanistan, threatening a critical supply route for
US and NATO troops and raising more fears about security in the
militant-plagued border region. NATO troops in eastern Afghanistan
fired 20 artillery rounds at insurgents inside Pakistan in an attack
the alliance said was coordinated with the government in Islamabad.
(AP, 11/16/08)(AP, 11/18/08)
2008 Nov 17, Pakistan sent
armed troops to escort trucks along a key supply route for US and
NATO forces in Afghanistan. In northwest Pakistan a suicide car
bomber attacked an army post, killing at least 3 people. Violence
elsewhere in the region left at least five suspected militants dead.
Taliban militants attacked Pakistani tribal leaders in the Bajur
region near the Afghan border, triggering a gunbattle and a blast
that killed seven people.
(AP, 11/17/08)(AP, 11/18/08)(WSJ, 11/18/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 18, Pakistani security
forces in the Kabal area of the Swat valley killed seven militants.
In another incident in the valley's Kanju area, insurgents ambushed
an army convoy, killing a soldier.
2008 Nov 19, In Pakistan gunmen
shot and killed Ameer Faisal Alvi, a retired Pakistani army general,
and his driver on the outskirts of capital, Islamabad. Alvi had led
military operations against insurgents in the tribal regions. A
suspected American missile bombarded a village in Bannu district,
deep inside Pakistani territory, marking what appears to be the
first time the US has struck beyond the tribal belt bordering
Afghanistan. Six alleged militants were killed including Abdullah
Azam al-Saudi, a senior member of Osama bin Laden's terror network.
(AP, 11/19/08)(AFP, 11/19/08)
2008 Nov 20, In Pakistan a
militant Taliban group warned of reprisals if there was another US
drone attack, as the government condemned the latest missile strike
in its territory. A suicide bomber killed at least four people when
he blew himself up at a mosque northwest of Khar, the main town in
the troubled Bajaur tribal region. Pakistani jets and artillery
killed 17 people, including up to four Uzbek commanders, as they
pounded suspected Taliban and Al-Qaeda hideouts in Bajaur overnight
and into the morning. Pakistani jets also killed 20 militants in
attacks on militant centers in the northwestern Swat valley. A
suicide bomber attacked a mosque in the border region where
government-backed anti-militant tribesman were praying, killing 8,
including the head of the group.
(AFP, 11/20/08)(AP, 11/21/08)
2008 Nov 21, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb killed eight mourners at the funeral of Shiite
cleric Allama Nazir Shah Naqvi, who was fatally shot earlier in the
(AP, 11/21/08)(SFC, 11/22/08, p.A3)
2008 Nov 22, In northwest
Pakistan British-born Rashid Rauf, the alleged Al-Qaeda mastermind
of a 2006 transatlantic airplane bombing plot, was killed in a US
missile attack. He had been in custody under the Security of
Pakistan Act when he escaped in December 2007 from Pakistani police
custody, although all charges relating to terrorism had been
dropped. Also among the five killed in the early morning incident
was Egyptian Abu Zubair al-Misri, another wanted Al-Qaeda operative.
2008 Nov 24, In Pakistan
government forces killed 15 militants in the Swat valley. An
official said a two-week operation to secure the frontier city of
Peshawar, which sits on a key supply route for US and NATO troops in
Afghanistan, killed 25 suspected militants.
(AP, 11/24/08)(SFC, 11/25/08, p.A13)
2008 Nov 24, Pakistan, the
front-line country in the battle against Islamist terrorism, won
final approval for a $7.6 billion loan from the IMF to help stave
off a possible economic meltdown.
2008 Nov 25, Pakistan said its
Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has shut down a
unit that spied on domestic politicians.
(SFC, 11/26/08, p.A3)
2008 Nov 26, In India 110
people were killed and over 300 injured when suspected Islamic
militants attacked 10 sites in Mumbai including the five-star Taj
Mahal Palace and Tower and the 19th century Chhatrapati Shivaji
railroad station. On Oct 3, 2009, David Headley (b.1960 as Daood
Sayed Gilani), a US citizen of Pakistani descent, was arrested in
Chicago on suspicion of doing reconnaissance Mumbai attack. In 2010
Gilani pleaded guilty and testified that the Pakistani spy agency
provided individual handlers for the Lashkar-e-Taiba attackers. In
2013 Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy authored ďThe Siege: Three
Days of Terror Inside the Taj.
11/27/08)(SFC, 10/20/10, p.A5)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.81)
2008 Nov 28, In Pakistan a
suicide car bomber killed seven people in the northwestern town of
2008 Nov 29, Pakistan's foreign
minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told a press conference that Pakistan
will take action against any group within its borders if it was
involved in the Mumbai attacks. A suspected US missile strike killed
at least two people near Miran Shah in northwestern Pakistan.
2008 Nov 29, In India a 60-hour
terror rampage that killed at least 173 people across Mumbai,
India's financial capital, ended when commandos killed the last
three gunmen inside the 565-room Taj Mahal hotel while it was
engulfed in flames. A group called Deccan Mujahideen, which alludes
to a region in southern India traditionally ruled by Muslim kings,
claimed responsibility for the attack. Officials said they believed
that just 10 gunmen had taken part in the attack. Nine were killed
and one was captured. The 10th gunman was later identified as
Mohammad Ajmal Amir Imam from Faridkot village in Pakistan. 19
foreigners were killed including 6 Americans.
(AP, 11/29/08)(WSJ, 11/29/08, p.A1)(AP,
12/1/08)(WSJ, 12/5/08, p.A1)(SFC, 12/10/08, p.A9)(Econ, 12/6/08,
2008 Nov 30, Six Pakistani
security officers and two suspected militants were killed in new
violence close to the Afghan border. Fighting in the past two
days between ethnic and political gangs that left 16 people dead in
2008 Nov, A US diplomatic cable
said donors in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are sending
an estimated $100 million annually to radical Islamic schools in
Pakistan that back militancy. The cable was leaked to the public on
May 22, 2011.
2008 Dec 1, Militants in
northwestern Pakistan attacked trucks ferrying supplies to NATO and
US forces in Afghanistan, killing two people and destroying a dozen
vehicles. A suicide attack on a security checkpoint in the
Swat Valley killed 8 people and wounded 40.
2008 Dec 1, India has formally
demanded that Pakistan take "strong action" against the people
behind the Mumbai attacks. An Indian police official said the only
gunman captured alive after the attacks claimed to belong to
Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani militant group with links to the
disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir and one long seen as a creation
of the Pakistani intelligence service.
2008 Dec 2, India demanded
Pakistan hand over 20 of its most wanted fugitives as a sign of good
faith, while both sides tried to cool tensions over the Mumbai
attacks before a visit by Washington's top diplomat. India named
Yusuf Muzammil, the senior leader of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba,
as the mastermind of the attacks in Mumbai. A bomb exploded in a
train coach in India's insurgency-hit northeast, killing at least
three people and injuring another 29.
(AP, 12/2/08)(WSJ, 12/3/08, p.A1)
2008 Dec 3, Pakistani
airstrikes killed 30 suspected militants in 2 area of the Mohmand
border region. A suicide attack on a convoy in the same region
killed 3 soldiers and a civilian.
(SFC, 12/4/08, p.A13)
2008 Dec 5, In Pakistan a car
bomb devastated a busy street in the northwestern city of Peshawar,
killing 30 people and injuring about a hundred.
(AP, 12/5/08)(AP, 12/6/08)(Econ, 12/13/08, p.50)
2008 Dec 5, The leaders of
Pakistan and Afghanistan met for Turkish-sponsored talks aimed at
reducing tensions over militant attacks along the countries' lawless
2008 Dec 7, Gunmen blasted
their way into two transport terminals in Pakistan and torched more
than 160 vehicles, including 790 Humvees, destined for US-led troops
in Afghanistan, in the biggest assault yet on a vital military
supply line. The losses possibly exceeded $10 million.
2008 Dec 7, Pakistani security
forces overran a militant camp on the outskirts of Muzaffarabad,
Pakistani Kashmir's main city, and seized Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, an
alleged mastermind of the attacks that shook Mumbai last month.
Zarar Shah, another top operational commander, and 10 others were
seized at the camp run by the banned group Laskhar-e-Taiba.
(AP, 12/8/08)(WSJ, 12/9/08, p.A10)
2008 Dec 8, In Pakistan armed
militants launched a second raid in as many days on NATO depots,
torching nearly 100 more vehicles destined for the alliance's forces
2008 Dec 9, Pakistan arrested
some 40 people in raids that targeted Lashkar-e-Taiba in the
Northwest Frontier Province and Punjab.
(WSJ, 12/10/08, p.A9)
2008 Dec 9, India police
released the names of nine suspected Islamic militants killed during
their attack on Mumbai, bolstering India's charges that all of them
came from Pakistan. A speeding bus caught fire in northern Uttar
Pradesh state, killing at least 20 Hindu pilgrims.
2008 Dec 11, Pakistan ordered
the closure Jemaat-u-Dawa, a charity linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba, the
militant group suspected in the Mumbai attacks, a day after the
outfit was declared a front for terrorists by the United Nations. A
suspected US strike killed six people on the Pakistan side of the
Afghan border, a lawless region believed to be a stronghold of
2008 Dec 12, Pakistan stage
overnight raids, shut offices and arrested scores of activists of
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), an Islamic charity associated with
Lashkar-e-Taiba, as international pressure mounted for firm action
against militants blamed for the Mumbai attacks. Maulana Masood
Azhar, head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad group, blamed with
Lashkar-e-Taiba for a 2001 attack on India's parliament, was also
2008 Dec 13, In northwest
Pakistan militants attacked a terminal used by vehicles ferrying
supplies to US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Elsewhere in the
northwest clashes involving security forces, tribesmen and
insurgents killed 8 people, including two children. Authorities
found the bodies of 2 Afghan men in Miran Shah. A letter found
nearby alleged the men gave information that aided the US in
launching missile strikes in the militant-plagued region.
2008 Dec 15, A Pakistani
transporters association said truckers are refusing to haul supplies
to NATO and US forces in Afghanistan because of mounting attacks
along the main route.
2008 Dec 19, Militants in
Pakistan launched rockets at two trucks returning from delivering
fuel to US-led forces in Afghanistan, killing three people along a
critical and increasingly dangerous supply route. 3 people died in
Rawalpindi when a building collapsed after it was ravaged by a fire
for several hours.
2008 Dec 21, Pakistani fighter
jets attacked suspected Taliban and Al-Qaeda positions in a lawless
tribal area on the border with Afghanistan, killing four militants.
Police found 2 bullet-ridden bodies of Afghan nationals in an
abandoned village in North Waziristan, who allegedly acted as spies
for US forces.
(AFP, 12/21/08)(AP, 12/21/08)
2008 Dec 21, India arrested 3
suspected Islamic militants, including a Pakistani soldier, for
allegedly planning a suicide attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
The suspects were members of Jaish-e-Mohammed, one of more than a
dozen groups fighting since 1989 to oust India from Kashmir.
(SFC, 12/24/08, p.A5)
2008 Dec 22, In Pakistan
suspected US drones fired at least two missiles into South
Waziristan region on the Afghan border, killing seven people.
2008 Dec 24, In Pakistan a
bomb-rigged truck with government plates exploded in Lahore, killing
one person in a heavily guarded neighborhood home to many government
2008 Dec 26, Pakistan began
moving thousands of troops to the Indian border, sharply raising
tensions triggered by the Mumbai terror attacks.
2008 Dec 28, In northwest
Pakistan 36 people were killed and 15 hurt in a suspected suicide
car bomb attack in Shalbandi, in the Swat valley, where villagers 4
months earlier had killed 6 Taliban fighters.
(AFP, 12/28/08)(SFC, 12/29/08, p.A11)
2008 Dec 30, Pakistan closed
the main route used to ferry supplies to US and allied troops in
Afghanistan after launching a fresh offensive against militants in
2008 Dec 31, In Pakistan tanks,
artillery and helicopter gunships continued their attacks in the
Khyber Pass. Over the last two days, security forces destroyed 19
suspected militant compounds and arrested 28 Pakistanis. Government
troops reportedly killed three militants in the operation to secure
the major supply route to US and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
2008 Dec 31, A senior Pakistani
government official said Zarar Shah, a militant arrested in
Pakistan, has confessed involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks and
is giving investigators details of the plot. Shah and another
suspect, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, were said to be cooperating with
2008 Shuja Nawaz authored
ďCrossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within."
(Econ, 6/21/08, p.100)
2008 Ahmed Rashid authored
ďDescent Into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation
Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.
(Econ, 7/26/08, p.95)
2009 Jan 1, In northwest
Pakistan a suspected US missile strike by a drone aircraft destroyed
a vehicle, killing at least three foreign militants. The US drone
killed 2 Al-Qaida leaders from Kenya, Usama al-Kini and Sheikh Ahmed
Salim Swedan. Pakistani authorities arrested Ustad Mohammed Yasir, a
former Taliban spokesman, during a raid on his relatives' house in
Peshawar near the Afghan border. Yasir had been previously arrested
by Pakistan in 2005 and sent to Afghanistan where he was released in
2007 in exchange for a kidnapped Italian journalist.
(AP, 1/1/09)(AP, 1/3/09)(WSJ, 1/10/09, p.A6)
2009 Jan 2, Pakistan reopened
the main supply route for US and NATO troops fighting in Afghanistan
after blocking it for three days during a military operation against
militants who have been attacking convoys.
2009 Jan 3, In southwest
Pakistan two paramilitary soldiers were killed and four wounded in a
landmine explosion in Dera Bugti, Baluchistan province. Sarbaz Khan,
a spokesman for the Baluch Republican Army, later claimed
responsibility of the attack.
2009 Jan 4, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked police as they rushed to treat
civilians injured by an earlier explosion, killing seven people and
wounding at least 25 others. During a raid elsewhere in northwest
Pakistan, the army discovered a van packed with 880 pounds (400
kilograms) of explosives. Six suspected militants were arrested in
the raid on a house in the Khyber tribal region.
2009 Jan 5, In Pakistan three
bullet-riddled bodies were found along a road some 16 miles east of
Miran Shah. Police said suspected Taliban militants had executed a
Pakistani construction contractor and two Afghan men they accused of
spying for the US.
2009 Jan 5, India handed to
Pakistan what it said was evidence linking the country to the
Islamic militants who attacked Mumbai in November.
2009 Jan 7, Pakistanís PM
Yousuf Raza Gilani fired national security advisor Mahmood Ali
Durrani after he gave media interviews on national security issues
without consulting Gilani. The move came hours after Durrani and
other top officials told reporters that the sole surviving Mumbai
attacker was a Pakistani citizen.
2009 Jan 8, In Pakistan a fire
swept through a slum in Karachi, killing 38 people, many of them
2009 Jan 9, Pakistanís PM
Gilani said his intelligence agency has given India information
about the Mumbai attacks, as US Vice President-elect Joe Biden
arrived in Pakistan for talks with the country's top leaders. A
series of blasts have gone off near a theater in the eastern city of
Lahore, but there has been no immediate word on casualties.
2009 Jan 10, In northwestern
Pakistan at least 40 people were killed over the last 24 hours in
clashes between Sunnis and Shiites in villages of the Hangu
(AP, 1/10/09)(SFC, 1/12/09, p.A8)
2009 Jan 11, In northwestern
Pakistan security forces repulsed an attack by 600 fighters, most of
whom had crossed the border from Afghanistan, leaving at least 40
militants and 6 soldiers dead and scores of others wounded.
(AP, 1/11/09)(SFC, 1/12/09, p.A8)
2009 Jan 12, In Pakistan the
bodies of two men killed by Taliban militants for allegedly spying
for the US were found in the North Waziristan tribal region to the
south of Mohmand. The two were abducted a week ago as they attempted
to flee with their families. Trucks and other vehicles blocked the
main Quetta-Chaman highway, forcing about 100 trucks carrying NATO
supplies to park.
2009 Jan 12, The US slapped
sanctions on people and firms linked to Pakistani scientist Abdul
Qadeer Khanís black market nuclear network.
(WSJ, 1/13/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 14, Pakistan reopened
a supply route for NATO and US forces in Afghanistan after tribesmen
ended a three-day blockade. Thousands of people protested in Quetta
after four police officers were shot dead in what an official said
was a sectarian attack against Shiites.
2009 Jan 15, Pakistani
officials said 71 people have been arrested in a crackdown on groups
allegedly linked to the Mumbai attacks, while adding that the
information India has handed over needs work before it can be used
as evidence in court. Pakistan also said security forces had closed
five training camps run by Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group blamed for the
Mumbai attack, and arrested the entire top, middle and lower-level
leadership and those of a related charity. Security forces killed
and injured a large number of militants in the Swat valley in the
country's northwest. Four local militant commanders died in the
(AP, 1/15/09)(Reuters, 1/15/09)(AP, 1/16/09)(WSJ,
2009 Jan 17, Pakistani security
forces, backed by artillery and tanks, killed 14 Taliban insurgents
in heavy fighting in the Mohmand region on the Afghan border.
2009 Jan 18, Pakistanís
information minister said the government will push to quickly reopen
girls' schools destroyed by Islamic militants in the northwest Swat
2009 Jan 19, Militant attacks
killed a Pakistani soldier near the crucial supply route to US and
NATO forces in Afghanistan. Suspected Taliban militants bombed five
schools in a nearby valley in their growing campaign against girls'
2009 Jan 20, Pakistani police
said suspected Taliban militants killed six alleged US spies in a
lawless region of northwest Pakistan where American missile attacks
have reportedly killed several al-Qaida leaders in recent months. A
bomb wounded five police officers in Peshawar, the capital of North
West Frontier Province. An industry official said bus drivers in
northwest Pakistan have begun removing audio and video equipment
from their vehicles after Taliban militants threatened suicide
attacks against those who played music or movies for their
(AP, 1/20/09)(AP, 1/21/09)
2009 Jan 20, In Spain 6 people
of Pakistani origin were arrested on suspicion of "fraud" in
Barcelona. They were suspected of financing terrorist activities by
carrying out thefts and sending money raised from criminal
activities to Pakistan.
2009 Jan 21, In Pakistan a
Saudi called Zabi ul Taifi was among seven Al-Qaida suspects caught
when government forces mounted a raid near the northwestern city of
2009 Jan 22, Pres. Obama named
George Mitchell as envoy to the Mideast and Richard Holbrook as
envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
(WSJ, 1/23/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 23, In Pakistan 2
suspected US missile attacks killed 14 people just east of the
Afghan border. At least five victims were identified as foreign
militants. A suicide attack and a roadside bomb killed two soldiers
and three civilians in the Swat Valley.
2009 Jan 24, Pakistan urged
President Barack Obama to halt US missile strikes on al-Qaida
strongholds near the Afghan border, saying that civilians were
killed the previous day in the first attacks since Obama's
2009 Jan 25, Indian police shot
dead two suspected militants from Pakistan in a pre-dawn car chase
near New Delhi.
2009 Jan 26, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb rigged to a bicycle exploded on a major road in Dera
Ismail Khan, killing at least five people and wounding 20 in the
latest attack to rattle the volatile region. In the southwest gunmen
shot dead the leader of a small Shiite political party in Quetta,
triggering violent protests. Several hundred people torched vehicles
and a bank. Elsewhere in the northwest a man whom militants accused
of spying for America was found shot dead in Datta Khel village in
2009 Jan 27, Pakistani tribal
elders urged the government to stop military operations against
Taliban militants in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan and to start
2009 Jan 29, Pakistani police
arrested three men who they alleged carried out a deadly 2006
bombing in Pakistan on the orders of India's intelligence agency.
2009 Jan 30, A roadside bomb
hit a Pakistani army convoy near a Taliban stronghold in the Swat
valley, killing three soldiers and wounding another six.
2009 Jan 31, In Pakistan two
motorcyclists lobbed a hand grenade at a police patrol in
Baluchistan's Khuzdar district, but hit bystanders instead, killing
one person and wounding 5 others.
2009 Jan, In Sharjah, UAE, a
mob of up to 50 people beat Masri Khan, a Pakistani man, to death
with metal bars in a fight over control of an illegal liquor
business. In March, 2010, 17 Indians were sentenced to death for the
beating. In 2011 the victimís family accepted over $900,000 in
"blood money," allowing the men to return to their families. In
September, 2011, an Emirati court commuted the death sentences to
two years in prison, paving the way for their return home.
(AFP, 3/30/10)(AP, 7/21/11)(AFP, 9/12/11)
2009 Feb 1, In Pakistan at
least 16 suspected militants, one soldier and 19 civilians were
killed in clashes over the last 24 hours in the northwestern Swat
Valley, as the military escalated its offensive against insurgents
in the one-time tourist haven. In the southwest a bomb rigged
to a motorcycle exploded in a market, wounding at least 10 people.
(AP, 2/1/09)(WSJ, 2/2/09, p.A10)
2009 Feb 2, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen seized John Solecki, head of the UN refugee office
in the city of Quetta, as he traveled to work. On April 4 Solecki
was released unharmed.
(AP, 2/2/09)(SSFC, 4/5/09, p.A7)
2009 Feb 3, Islamist militants
blew up a bridge in northwestern Pakistan, cutting a major supply
line for Western troops in Afghanistan in the latest in a series of
attacks on the Khyber Pass by insurgents seeking to hamper the
US-led mission against the Taliban.
2009 Feb 4, In Pakistan
assailants overnight torched 10 returning trucks stranded by the
bombing of a key bridge on the main supply route for US forces in
2009 Feb 5, In central Pakistan
a suicide bomber blew himself up near a Shiite mosque in the town of
Dera Ghazi Khan, killing 24 people.
(AFP, 2/5/09)(SFC, 2/6/09, p.A3)
2009 Feb 6, A Pakistani court
freed nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan. He had admitted to
selling weapon technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya.
(WSJ, 2/7/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 8, Pakistani Taliban
militants released a graphic video showing the beheading of a Polish
engineer whom they said was killed because Islamabad refused to free
detained insurgents. Piotr Stanczak had been seized in the volatile
northwest on September 28.
2009 Feb 10, Pakistan called
for a new strategy of dialogue to combat militancy and urged
Washington to reconsider military action on its territory in its
first talks with US envoy Richard Holbrooke.
2009 Feb 11, In northwest
Pakistan provincial lawmaker Alam Zeb Khan was killed and seven
other people wounded after a bicycle bombing in Peshawar, as US
envoy Richard Holbrooke visited the city.
2009 Feb 12, Pakistanís
government said for the first time that last November's attack on
Mumbai was launched and partly planned from Pakistan, and that it
was holding in custody a ringleader and five other suspects.
(Reuters, 2/12/09)(SFC, 2/13/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 14, In northwestern
Pakistan a suspected US missile strike by a drone aircraft flattened
a militant hide-out, killing 27 local and foreign insurgents. Two
officials said dozens of followers of Pakistan's top Taliban leader,
Baitullah Mehsud, were staying in the housing compound when it was
2009 Feb 15, The Taliban
announced a 10-day cease-fire in Pakistan's Swat Valley after
freeing a Chinese hostage during peace talks with the government,
while an abducted American threatened with imminent death by his
kidnappers remained missing.
2009 Feb 16, Pakistanís
government agreed to impose Islamic law and suspend a military
offensive across much the northwest in concessions aimed at
pacifying the Taliban insurgency spreading from the border region to
the country's interior.
2009 Feb 17, NATO warned that
Pakistan risked creating a safe haven for Islamist extremists after
it struck a deal to impose Islamic law and suspend a military
offensive in the former tourist haven of Swat.
2009 Feb 18, In Pakistan a
pro-Taliban cleric vowed to restore calm to the troubled Swat
valley, leading thousands of men in a march for peace after securing
a controversial deal to enforce sharia law. Gunmen killed a
television reporter hours after he covered the peace march in the
(AFP, 2/18/09)(AP, 2/18/09)
2009 Feb 20, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked the funeral of a slain Shiite
Muslim leader, killing 28 people and triggering deadly rioting.
2009 Feb 21, A Pakistani
official said that the Taliban and the Pakistani government had
agreed to a "permanent cease-fire" in the restive northwest Swat
Valley. A roadside bomb apparently targeted an oil tanker headed to
NATO troops in Afghanistan. The remote-controlled bomb killed one
person and wounded two others near the Landi Kotal area. The Taliban
had been engineering a class revolt for years by exploiting fissures
between a small group of wealthy landlords and their landless
(AP, 2/21/09)(WSJ, 4/16/09, p.A4)
2009 Feb 22, In Pakistan a top
official said the local government the North West Frontier Province
will distribute 30,000 rifles to villagers to help security forces
fight the growing strength of Taliban and al-Qaida militants.
2009 Feb 23, Pakistani
paramilitary forces killed 10 Taliban militants in a tribal area
bordering Afghanistan and destroyed more than a dozen vehicles and a
main communications system.
2009 Feb 24, Taliban militants
extended a cease-fire in northwestern Pakistan's Swat valley,
granting more time for peace talks with the government that the US
worries could create a haven for insurgents in the nuclear-armed
2009 Feb 25, Pakistan's Supreme
Court barred main opposition leader and former premier Nawaz Sharif
from holding office and contesting elections, sparking political
turmoil in the nuclear-armed nation. The court also turfed his
younger brother, Shahbaz Sharif, out of Punjabís provincial
parliament and his post as its chief minister.
(AFP, 2/25/09)(Econ, 2/28/09, p.47)
2009 Feb 26, In Pakistan
thousands of supporters of former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif
protested, a day after a court ruling to exclude him and his brother
from elected office raised fears of renewed political turmoil.
2009 Feb 27, In Pakistan police
fought running battles with supporters of former PM Nawaz Sharif
near Islamabad as protests against a court order barring him from
elected office continued for a third day.
2009 Feb 28, Pakistani officers
said troops have defeated Taliban militants in the Bajur region near
the Afghan border and are close to victory in the tribal region of
Mohmand after a grinding offensive.
2009 Mar 1, In northwest
Pakistan at least eight people were killed in two suspected US
missile strikes in South Waziristan near to the border with
2009 Mar 2, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed at least five people and wounded seven others
at a religious school in southwestern Kili Karbala village in Pishin
2009 Mar 3, In Pakistan at
least a dozen men ambushed Sri Lanka's cricket team with rifles,
grenades and rocket launchers as they drove to the stadium ahead of
a match in Lahore, killing 6 policemen and a driver. The attackers
melted away into the city. None were killed or captured.
2009 Mar 5, Pakistani officials
said that they have identified the gunmen who ambushed the Sri
Lankan cricket team in Lahore on March 3, leaving 8 people dead.
Police detained over 2 dozen men and most of them belonged to
Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Mohammed, groups linked to Al-Qaida
and designated as terrorist organizations by the US.
(WSJ, 3/6/09, p.A9)
2009 Mar 7, In Pakistan Taliban
militants reportedly shot down a suspected drone aircraft in a
tribal area bordering Afghanistan. In the northwest a bomb-laden car
exploded as police tried to pull a body from it, killing 7 police
and a bystander. A roadside bombing in Darra Adam Khel killed 3
civilians. A suicide bomber in the Khyber tribal region killed 4
(AFP, 3/7/09)(AP, 3/7/09)(SSFC, 3/8/09, p.A10)
2009 Mar 8, Iran, Afghanistan
and Pakistan carried out their first joint counter narcotics
2009 Mar 9, Pakistan's top
security official warned opposition leader Nawaz Sharif that his
recent anti-government speeches amounted to treason, ratcheting up
tensions in the country ahead of planned protest rallies this week.
A tribe in the northwestern Bajur region, where the military has
fought insurgents, agreed to stop sheltering foreign fighters and
hand over local Taliban leaders. A tribal elder said some militants
could be pardoned and freed.
(AP, 3/9/09)(AP, 3/10/09)
2009 Mar 10, Pakistani security
forces claimed to have killed 35 militants in fresh fighting in the
northwest, on the Afghanistan border. Gunmen torched a truck in
Baluchistan province carrying supplies for NATO forces in
neighboring Afghanistan, leaving its driver and a helper wounded.
(AP, 3/10/09)(AFP, 3/10/09)
2009 Mar 11, Pakistan arrested
hundreds of opposition activists and banned protests in two regions
ahead of a planned rally outside the parliament that could weaken
the already shaky rule of the country's US-allied government.
2009 Mar 12, Pakistani police
clashed with black-suited lawyers and opposition activists after the
launch of a cross-country protest rally in defiance of government
attempts to stop it. Paramilitary forces backed by jets and
helicopter gunships killed 18 militants in a restive Pakistani
tribal region bordering Afghanistan. A suspected US missile strike
in northwest Pakistan killed at least 24 people, most of them
(Reuters, 3/12/09)(AFP, 3/12/09)(AFP, 3/13/09)
2009 Mar 13, Pakistani
officials appealed to the opposition to join talks aimed at
resolving the country's political crisis, even as police stepped up
a crackdown on activists trying to reach the capital for a planned
2009 Mar 15, Pakistan's
opposition leader Nawaz Sharif defied house arrest to lead
anti-government protests that briefly turned violent before becoming
a jubilant show of force against the country's pro-Western
president. Suspected militants attacked a transport terminal in
northwestern Pakistan used to supply NATO troops in Afghanistan
before dawn and torched dozens of containers and military vehicles.
A suspected US missile strike killed two Arabs and three other
people in northwest Pakistan.
2009 Mar 16, In Pakistan the
Zardari government relented in a major confrontation with the
opposition, agreeing to reinstate Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, the
fired Supreme Court chief justice, whose fate had sparked street
fights and raised fears of political instability. The government
said Chaudhry would be sworn back in on March 21. PM Yousuf Raza
Gilani's announcement also promised the restoration of a handful of
other judges who had remained off the bench since former President
Pervez Musharraf sacked them in 2007. Up to 50 militants attacked a
terminal for trucks carrying supplies to US and NATO troops in
Afghanistan, in the second such assault in northwest Pakistan in two
days. A suicide bomber blew up at a busy bus terminal near
Islamabad, killing at least nine people and wounding 18 more.
2009 Mar 17, In Pakistan
Islamic courts started work in the Swat valley under a controversial
deal that the government hopes will end two years of bitter
2009 Mar 19, In Pakistan
suspected Taliban militants fired a rocket that killed 8 people on a
supply rout to Afghanistan.
(WSJ, 3/20/09, p.A1)
2009 Mar 22, In Pakistan
Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, the chief justice whose ouster spurred
waves of protests that led to a president's downfall, returned to
work, while the ruling party and opposition resolved to cooperate
despite their own clash over his reinstatement.
2009 Mar 23, Pakistani troops
destroyed two militant hideouts in the troubled southwestern
province of Baluchistan, where a UN official was kidnapped last
month. A suicide bomber blew himself up at a police station housing
Pakistanís terrorism intelligence offices, killing himself and one
(AFP, 3/23/09)(SFC, 3/24/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 25, In Pakistan a
suspected US missile attack killed 8 militants, including 4
foreigners, in the stronghold of Baitullah Mehsud, Pakistan's top
Taliban commander. The New York Times carried a report on its Web
site saying ISI operatives provide money, military supplies and
strategic planning guidance to Taliban commanders, with proof of the
ties coming from electronic surveillance and trusted informants. The
US State Department announced a $5 million bounty for Baitullah
(AP, 3/25/09)(AP, 3/26/09)(SFC, 3/26/09, p.A3)
2009 Mar 26, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed as many as 11 people at a restaurant near
Tank, in South Waziristan, in an attack targeting opponents of the
2009 Mar 26, The UN's top
human-rights body approved a proposal by Muslims nations urging
passage of laws around the world to protect religion from criticism.
The resolution was sponsored by Pakistan, Belarus and Venezuela.
(AP, 3/26/09)(Econ, 4/4/09, p.17)
2009 Mar 27, Pakistan President
Asif Ali Zardari called for a US change of policy and voiced
opposition to missile strikes. A suicide bomber demolished a mosque
packed with hundreds of worshippers attending prayers near Jamrud in
the Khyber Pass, killing at least 50 people and injuring over 100
(AFP, 3/27/09)(AP, 3/27/09)(SFC, 3/28/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 28, Pakistani security
forces killed 26 militants during an operation in a restive tribal
region bordering Afghanistan. Helicopter gunships went into action
in Mohmand, one of seven lawless tribal districts in northwest
Pakistan where Taliban militants have been active. Dozens of
suspected militants fired rockets at a transport terminal in
Peshawar, damaging a dozen shipping containers.
(AFP, 3/28/09)(AP, 3/29/09)
2009 Mar 29, In northwest
Pakistan militants fired rockets at police chasing them after a
kidnapping, killing a senior police official and five other people
in the Balambat area of Lower Dir. Elsewhere in the region militants
kidnapped 11 police officers in the Khyber tribal area that is home
to a major US military supply route.
2009 Mar 30, In Lahore,
Pakistan, a group of gunmen attacked the Manawan Police Training
School and rampaged through it for hours, throwing grenades, seizing
hostages and killing 7 police and 2 civilians before being
overpowered by Pakistani security forces in armored vehicles and
helicopters. Six militants were arrested and 8 others died in the
8-hour battle. A suicide car bombing killed four soldiers in Bannu
(AP, 3/30/09)(AFP, 3/31/09)
2009 Mar 31, Baitullah Mehsud,
the commander of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for
the March 30 deadly assault on a Pakistani police academy and said
the group was planning a terrorist attack on the White House that
would "amaze" the world. A spokesman from Fedayeen al-Islam, a
little-known militant group linked to the Pakistani Taliban, also
claimed credit for the attack and a similar ambush-style attack
against the Sri Lankan cricket team earlier this month in Lahore.
2009 Apr 1, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone fired two missiles at an alleged hide-out
connected to a Taliban leader who has threatened to attack
Washington, killing 14 people and wounding several others in a
remote area of the Orakzai tribal region. Militants fired rockets
and guns at a police van, killing five officers and wounding two in
Upper Dir, on the Afghan border.
(AP, 4/1/09)(SFC, 4/2/09, p.A2)
2009 Apr 2, Pakistani
authorities ordered an investigation into a video showing a man
flogging a screaming woman in the country's northwest where the
government recently agreed to introduce Islamic law to end a
rebellion by Taliban militants. President Asif Ali Zardari was yet
to sign the bill introducing Islamic law in the Swat Valley. A
would-be suicide bomber shot himself dead when mourners confronted
him at the funeral of a Pakistani police officer recently killed by
(AP, 4/2/09)(AP, 4/3/09)
2009 Apr 4, In northwestern
Pakistan a suspected US drone fired two missiles at an alleged
militant hide-out in North Waziristan, leaving 13 people dead
including women and children. A suicide bomber killed 8 people in
Islamabad. At least 62 illegal migrants were found suffocated to
death inside a shipping container found near the border with
(AP, 4/4/09)(SSFC, 4/5/09, p.A7)
2009 Apr 5, In Pakistan a
suicide bombing at a crowded Shiite mosque in Chakwal city in Punjab
province killed 24-26 people. A senior Pakistani Taliban commander
promised two more attacks per week in the country if the US does not
stop missile strikes on Pakistani territory.
(AP, 4/5/09)(AP, 4/6/09)(Econ, 4/11/09, p.39)
2009 Apr 7, In southern
Pakistan police arrested five men alleged to be planning suicide
attacks on the city of Karachi.
2009 Apr 7, Saudi authorities
beheaded 3 Pakistanis convicted of killing a fellow Pakistani during
a jewelry heist. This brought to 20 the number of beheadings in the
kingdom this year.
2009 Apr 8, In northwestern
Pakistan a suspected US missile strike on a car near Wana, South
Waziristan, killed two alleged militants and a civilian, a day after
the US-allied country reiterated its opposition to such attacks to
visiting American officials. Residents in Buner tried to push out a
group of Taliban militants who had ventured into their territory
from their stronghold in the Swat Valley and killed five people.
2009 Apr 8, British police
arrested 12 suspects in a major anti-terror operation. 11 of the 12
were Pakistani nationals. One 18-year-old was soon handed over to
the UK border agency for questioning about his immigration status.
All the suspects were released after 2 weeks.
(AP, 4/9/09)(AP, 4/11/09)(AP, 4/22/09)
2009 Apr 9, In Pakistan the
remains 3 politicians were discovered in Baluchistan province, six
days after they were reportedly abducted by armed men. They were
identified as the head of the Baluchistan National Party (BNP),
Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, his deputy Lala Munir Baloch, and Sher
Mohammad, deputy secretary general of the Baluchistan Republican
Party (BRP). Baloch played "an active role" in seeking the April 4
release of John Solecki, the UN refugee agency staffer. Rioting
students set fire to two banks in another southwestern town. One
policeman was killed and several others injured during the violent
(AP, 4/10/09)(AFP, 4/11/09)
2009 Apr 10, In southwest
Pakistan four people were wounded in a bomb blast, where businesses
closed for a second day to protest against the murder of 3
2009 Apr 11, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen shot dead 8 people in separate incidents in the
province of Baluchistan, amid protests over the killing of 3 local
leaders this week, police.
2009 Apr 12, In northwestern
Pakistan about 150 militants armed with rockets and automatic
weapons attacked a transport terminal that lies along a key supply
route used by US and NATO troops, wounding three guards and torching
eight cement trucks.
2009 Apr 13, Pakistanís Pres.
Asif Ali Zardari signed a bill imposing Islamic law in the Swat
Valley. Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency arrested 20 Indian
fishermen and seized their four boats for illegally trawling in its
waters in the Arabian Sea. Authorities estimated that more than 100
Pakistani fishermen languished in Indian jails while Indian
authorities say nearly 500 Indian fishermen were in Pakistani
prisons. Rehman Malik, Pakistanís top civilian security official,
said authorities in Karachi have arrested a Shahid Jamil Riaz, a 5th
suspect in the November 2008 siege of Mumbai.
(WSJ, 4/14/09, p.A1)(AFP, 4/14/09)
2009 Apr 14, Afghanistan warned
that Pakistan's deal to allow Taliban to impose Islamic law in part
of the country may have "dire consequences" for the region and could
harm ties between the neighbors.
2009 Apr 15, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bombing killed six officers.
(WSJ, 4/16/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 16, In Pakistan
Maulana Abdul Azi, the deposed chief cleric of Islamabad's radical
Red Mosque, was freed on bail, nearly two years after he was
captured during a bloody siege. An international human rights group
urged Pakistan to reverse its decision to enforce Islamic law in a
northwestern valley in a peace pact with the Taliban, saying the
deal threatens women and takes the region back to the "Dark Ages."
2009 Apr 16, Japan promised to
pledge up to $1 billion in aid for cash-strapped Pakistan at a
donors conference as allies pressed the country for commitments to
fight an Islamist insurgency and implement economic reforms.
2009 Apr 17, In Pakistan
Maulana Abdul Aziz, the newly released leader of the radical Red
Mosque, called for the enforcement of Islamic law across the
militancy-plagued country during his defiant return to his prayer
hall, where at least 100 died when Pakistani troops stormed the
complex in 2007.
2009 Apr 17, Pakistan was
stripped of its 2011 World Cup matches by the International Cricket
Council. Growing security concerns cast the country firmly into the
2009 Apr 17, Thirty-one
international donors, led by the US and Japan, pledged $5.3 billion
to stabilize Pakistan's troubled economy and fight the spread of
terrorism in the Islamic nation and neighboring Afghanistan.
(AP, 4/17/09)(Econ, 4/25/09, p.81)
2009 Apr 18, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a
military checkpoint near the Orakzai tribal region, killing at least
(AP, 4/18/09)(SSFC, 4/19/09, p.A6)
2009 Apr 19, In Pakistan a
suspected US missile attack aimed at Taliban and Al-Qaeda rebels on
the outskirts of Wana, the main town in South Waziristan district
along the border with Afghanistan, killed at least three militants.
Pakistan helicopter gunships raided suspected militant hideouts near
Ghiljo in the semi-autonomous tribal district of Orakzai near the
Afghan border killing 20 insurgents and destroying their positions.
(AFP, 4/19/09)(AFP, 4/20/09)
2009 Apr 20, Pakistan's central
bank lowered the discount interest rate by one percentage point,
acknowledging that the economy in the poverty-stricken,
nuclear-armed nation was showing resilience. Pakistani security
forces shelled and launched airstrikes against Taliban in the South
Waziristan tribal region overnight, killing 4 civilians and 8
(AFP, 4/20/09)(AP, 4/20/09)
2009 Apr 23, Pakistani
paramilitary forces rushing to protect government buildings and
bridges in the Taliban-infiltrated district of Buner, just 60 miles
from the capital, were met with gunfire that killed one police
officer. Gunmen opened fire on a security convoy that included some
of the Frontier Constabulary killing an escorting police officer and
wounding another in the Totalai area. Dozens of militants armed with
guns and gasoline bombs attacked a truck terminal near Peshawar,
burning five tanker trucks carrying fuel to NATO troops in
Afghanistan. The Pakistani army killed at least 11 militants on the
third day of an operation against insurgents in the northwest's
Orakzai tribal region.
2009 Apr 24, In Pakistan
Taliban militants who had seized Buner district, just 60 miles from
the capital, began pulling out after the government warned it would
use force to evict them.
2009 Apr 25, In northwest
Pakistan at least four children were killed in a bomb explosion
outside a girls' primary school in Luqman Banda village of Lower Dir
2009 Apr 26, Pakistan sent
helicopter gunships and troops to attack Taliban militants in a
district covered by a peace deal after strong US pressure on the
nuclear-armed nation to confront insurgents advancing in its
2009 Apr 27, In Pakistan
Taliban militants declared their peace deal with the Pakistani
government "worthless" after authorities deployed helicopters and
artillery against hide-outs of Islamist guerrillas seeking to extend
their grip along the Afghan border. Paramilitary troops killed 20
suspected militants, and a total of 46 have died since the operation
began. A remote-controlled bomb exploded near a police patrol,
killing an officer and a passer-by while wounding five other police
in the northwest Lakki Marwat area.
2009 Apr 28, Pakistani jets and
attack helicopters bombed Taliban positions in the Buner district
near the capital, in an expansion of an offensive against militants
seemingly emboldened by a much-criticized peace deal. Militants
seized three police stations in the north of Buner and kidnapped 70
police and paramilitary troops.
(AP, 4/28/09)(AP, 4/29/09)
2009 Apr 29, Pakistani
airstrikes killed dozens of Taliban fighters in a fierce struggle to
drive them from the Buner district, within 60 miles (100 kilometers)
of Islamabad. Troops faced an estimated 450-500 militants in Buner
and forecast that the operation to drive them out would take about a
week. Gun attacks in the mega-city of Karachi killed at least 34
people and threatened to ignite ethnic tension. 2 Muttahida Quami
Movement (MQM) activists were gunned down by unknown shooters,
sparking street violence.
(AP, 4/29/09)(AP, 4/30/09)
2009 Apr 30, In Pakistan troops
sent to repel a Taliban advance toward the Pakistani capital killed
14 suspected militants. Troops ousted militants from the Ambela Pass
leading over the mountains into Buner and were inching toward the
north. Militants, who have kidnapped dozens of lightly armed police
and paramilitary troops, had burned a police station farther north
and sealed off the town of Sultanwas.
2009 May 1, In Pakistan the
battle between security forces and Taliban militants left 55-60
militants dead over the last 24 hours in Buner district near the
capital even as the government pressed with a much-criticized peace
plan in the region. Based on combined tolls released by the
military, nearly 200 militants have been killed in Operation Black
Thunder since tanks, fighter jets and helicopter gunships swung into
action in Buner and neighboring Lower Dir.
2009 May 1, Libyan leader
Moamer Kadhafi held talks with visiting Pakistani President Asif Ali
Zardari on the situation in Pakistan and ways of bolstering ties
between the two nations. Pakistan and Libya signed a string of
agreements to bolster economic ties on the sidelines of Zardariís
visit. The countries also decided to bolster ties in the fields of
banking, health, education, public works and construction.
(AFP, 5/1/09)(AFP, 5/2/09)
2009 May 2, In Pakistan scores
of militants attacked the Spinal Tangi security post near the Afghan
border, triggering a battle that left 18 combatants dead and cast
doubt on claims by Pakistan's army to have regained control of a
critical region. A Taliban commander in the Khyber region, just west
of Peshawar, surrendered after authorities put pressure on his
tribe. Iftikhar Khan Afridi was aligned with Baitullah Mehsud, the
top Pakistani Taliban commander. The Taliban beheaded two government
officials in the northwestern Swat Valley in revenge for the killing
of two insurgent commanders by security forces.
(AP, 5/2/09)(Reuters, 5/3/09)
2009 May 3, In Pakistan the
bullet-ridden body of Fazal Haq (28), kidnapped two months ago, was
found dumped by the side of a road in Naurak village, 15 km (nine
miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in the semi-autonomous North
Waziristan tribal region. He had been accused of spying for the
United States. Militants beheaded 2 government officials in Swat, in
revenge for the killing of two Taliban commanders in dir and Buner.
(AFP, 5/3/09)(Econ, 5/9/09, p.45)
2009 May 4, In Pakistan clashes
in a northwestern region covered by an increasingly fragile peace
pact killed seven militants and one soldier. The Taliban ambushed an
army convoy in Swat and armed Taliban appeared on the streets of
(AP, 5/4/09)(Econ, 5/9/09, p.45)
2009 May 5, In Pakistan
fighting between Taliban militants and troops in a northwestern
valley triggered an exodus the government said could see 500,000
people flee and signaled the end of a peace deal in the area widely
criticized as a surrender to the extremists.
2009 May 6, Pakistani
helicopter gunships and ground troops attacked the Taliban in the
Swat valley. Pakistan said it killed more than 80 militants in heavy
bombardments in an upsurge of fighting that has caused tens of
thousands to flee and threatened to torpedo a northwest peace deal.
There were also reports of civilian casualties in fighting in Swat.
(AFP, 5/6/09)(AP, 5/7/09)(Econ, 5/9/09, p.45)
2009 May 7, In Pakistan attack
helicopters and war planes pounded suspected Taliban hideouts as the
government vowed a decisive victory in the northwest. Thousands of
terrified Pakistanis dodged Taliban roadblocks to flee the Swat
valley being shelled by the government, streaming into makeshift
camps and crowding hospitals as the army bombarded the extremists
who have taken over much of the area.
(AP, 5/7/09)(AFP, 5/7/09)
2009 May 8, Pakistani jets
screamed over Mingora, a Taliban-controlled town, and bombed
suspected militant positions as hundreds of thousands fled in terror
and other trapped residents appealed for a pause in the fighting so
they could escape. Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said that 140 militants had
been killed in the last 24 hours, adding to around 150 already
reported slain. He did give any figures for civilian deaths, but
witness and local media say that noncombatants have been killed.
2009 May 9, Pakistani civilians
cowered in hospital beds and refugees looted UN supplies, all of
them desperate for relief from the fighting that has engulfed a
northwestern valley as troops and warplanes struggled to drive out
Taliban militants. The army said it killed as many as 55 more
Taliban fighters in Swat. A suspected US missile strike killed nine
people, mostly foreigners, in another militant stronghold near the
2009 May 10, In Pakistan
thousands of fearful civilians many on foot or donkey-pulled carts,
streamed out of the Swat valley as authorities briefly lifted a
curfew. The army said 50 to 60 militants died in various parts of
the valley. Two soldiers also died in the latest fighting. The army
said 12,000 to 15,000 troops in Swat face 4,000 to 5,000 militants,
including small numbers of foreigners and hardened fighters from the
South Waziristan tribal region. The Taliban executed Zahid Khan,
imam of the main mosque in Mingora, because he had objected to their
stockpiling arms and laying landmines.
(AP, 5/10/09)(Econ, 5/16/09, p.45)
2009 May 11, Pakistani
warplanes bombed suspected militant positions in a stronghold close
to the capital, pressing ahead with a fierce offensive that has
driven hundreds of thousands from their homes, many into crowded
refugee camps. 52 Islamist fighters were reported killed. The
government claimed 700 insurgents had died over the last 4 days and
that the Taliban were on the run.
(AP, 5/11/09)(SFC, 5/12/09, p.A2)
2009 May 12, In Pakistan
helicopter-borne soldiers swooped into a Taliban stronghold in a
remote corner of Swat, as the UN urged help for hundreds of
thousands of people displaced by the fighting. A suspected US drone
attack killed up to eight people in South Waziristan, a remote
tribal area near the Afghan border.
(Reuters, 5/12/09)(AP, 5/12/09)
2009 May 12, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone attack killed up to eight people in South
Waziristan, a remote tribal area near the Afghan border.
2009 May 13, In Pakistan troops
secured footholds in Swat valley overrun by the Taliban, killing 11
militants and discovering 5 headless corpses near Mingora, the
region's main town. Dozens of assailants stormed a transport depot
handling supplies for NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan and
torched eight trucks before escaping.
2009 May 14, Pakistan said
artillery batteries shelled suspected hideouts in Swat and the
neighboring district of Lower Dir, with the military claiming to
have killed 54 militants in the last 24 hours. Nine soldiers were
reported killed. Residents said that armed Taliban have mined roads
and dug trenches around up to 200,000 civilians encircled by
2009 May 15, Pakistani forces
killed 55 Taliban in the northwestern valley of Swat, and lifted a
curfew to allow thousands more civilians to flee before troops
assail the Taliban-held main town of Mingora. Militants had mounted
a counterattack, and three soldiers were killed and 11 wounded in
various clashes over the previous 24 hours.
2009 May 16, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone aircraft fired missiles at militants in the North
Waziristan ethnic Pashtun tribal region. Pakistani intelligence
agents said the militants were preparing to cross into Afghanistan
to fight there and among the 28 dead were two Arabs. A car packed
with mortar bombs blew up in the city of Peshawar, killing 11 people
including four children passing in a school bus.
2009 May 17, In Pakistan an
army statement said 25 militants and a soldier had died in the
previous 24 hours in the Swat valley, and that security forces had
surrounded and entered Matta and Kanju, two key towns in the area.
Britain's Sunday Times reported that Pakistani President Asif Ali
Zardari said military action would follow in the tribal belt.
2009 May 18, Pakistani jets and
helicopters bombarded militant targets in Swat, where troops entered
strategic towns in a pincer thrust towards the Taliban-held capital
of the northwest valley.
2009 May 20, Pakistani troops
killed 80 militants and drove the Taliban from a major urban
stronghold, as US military planes brought aid for refugees fleeing
fierce fighting across the northwest. Government forces cleared
Sultanwas, the main Taliban-held town in Buner, overnight following
intense clashes. Residents of Kalam gathered quickly to fight off
the Taliban. They captured eight militants during a shootout and
were expecting another attack.
(AP, 5/20/09)(AP, 5/21/09)
2009 May 21, Pakistan said five
soldiers and an unspecified number of "miscreants-terrorists" were
killed in battles in several parts of the Swat valley during the
previous 24 hours. Seven militants were captured.
2009 May 22, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded at a congested marketplace in the northwestern city of
Peshawar, killing at least 5 people wounding dozens. Troops
encircled Taliban militants in their mountain base as well as the
main town in the Swat Valley, as the UN appealed for $543 million to
ease the suffering of nearly 2 million refugees from the fighting.
(AFP, 5/22/09)(AP, 5/22/09)(SFC, 5/23/09, p.A2)
2009 May 23, Pakistani security
forces entered Mingora, the main town in a northwestern Taliban
stronghold, engaging in fierce street battles as they tried to
wrench the Swat Valley from militants. 17 suspected militants were
killed in the past 24 hours of the operation. Matta, another major
town in the valley, has been cleared of militants, but some 1,500 to
2,000 insurgents remain in the valley. Gunmen in southwestern
Baluchistan province kidnapped a French tourist, snatching him from
a group of compatriots.
(AP, 5/23/09)(AFP, 5/23/09)
2009 May 24, Pakistani troops
battling the Taliban captured several points in the Swat Valley's
main town, including a spot nicknamed "bloody intersection" because
militants routinely dumped the mutilated bodies of their victims
there. Five suspected militants were killed in various parts of
Mingora while 14 others were arrested. Overall in the valley, 10
militants were killed in the past 24 hours while three security
troops died. Elsewhere in the northwest, helicopter gunships pounded
alleged militant hide-outs in a tribal region, killing at least 18
people. Police said they had captured Qari Ihsanullah, an important
militant commander and six other Taliban fighters.
2009 May 25, Pakistan's
military said it was facing "stiff resistance" as it battled to
wrest Swat valley out of Taliban hands, in an offensive that has
scattered 2.38 million terrified civilians.
2009 May 26, Pakistan's supreme
court overturned a ban on former premier Nawaz Sharif from holding
office, allowing the popular opposition leader to contest elections.
Military commanders said troops fighting street-by-street with
Taliban militants have regained control of more than half of the
largest town in the Swat valley, and many insurgents were now
fleeing the battlefield.
(AFP, 5/26/09)(AP, 5/26/09)
2009 May 27, In Pakistan
suspected suicide attackers detonated a car bomb that destroyed a
police building and sheared walls off a nearby office of the top
intelligence service in Lahore. About 30 people were killed and some
300 wounded. Troops backed by helicopter gunships killed 10
suspected militants and captured a cache of weapons in raids on
Siplapai town in South Waziristan.
(AP, 5/27/09)(AFP, 5/27/09)(AP, 5/28/09)
2009 May 28, In Pakistan two
new blasts ripped through the Qissa Khawani market in Peshawar,
killing at least 13 people.
(AP, 5/28/09)(SFC, 5/29/09, p.A2)
2009 May 30, A Pakistani army
spokesman said troops have retaken Mingora, the largest town in the
Swat Valley from the Taliban, though they were still meeting pockets
of resistance from fighters on the outskirts of the town. 25
militants and seven soldiers were killed in clashes in South
Waziristan near the Afghan border, a bolt-hole for Taliban and
Al-Qaeda-linked militants south of the current army bombardment.
(AP, 5/30/09)(AP, 5/31/09)
2009 May 31, Pakistanís
military relaxed a curfew in most parts of the northwest including
Mingora to allow people trapped on the roads to return home or leave
the region. Taliban militants attacked a school in Hangu town south
of Peshawar, killing one administrator and kidnapping three other
people. In North Waziristan, a former government doctor and an
Afghan national were killed by suspected militants.
2009 Jun 1, Pakistan's army
said it lifted curfews in several parts of the Swat Valley as it
hunted Taliban militants in the region, while insurgents killed two
soldiers in a tribal region that could be the next front in the
northwest military offensive. Armed Taliban ambushed a convoy of
some 30 vehicles carrying students home for the summer. Many of the
buses managed to get away. 71 students and nine staff from an
army-run college were rescued the next morning as militants moved
them from North Waziristan to South Waziristan. A handful of
students remained unaccounted for.
(AP, 6/1/09)(AFP, 6/2/09)
2009 Jun 2, A Pakistani court
ordered the release of Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the founder of banned
Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, because there was
insufficient evidence to link him to last year's deadly Mumbai
attacks. India immediately condemned the ruling. Pakistan's military
said that troops were fighting inside the Taliban stronghold of
Charbagh, 20km from the Swat valley's main town Mingora. The
military said it had killed 21 militants in the past 24 hours of its
offensive, while three soldiers died. Gunmen in Peshawar stormed a
factory owned by a senior minister of North West Frontier Province,
kidnapping eight workers and killing a guard who resisted.
(AP, 6/2/09)(AFP, 6/2/09)
2009 Jun 3, Osama bin Laden
threatened Americans in a new audio tape, saying President Barack
Obama inflamed hatred toward the US by ordering Pakistan to crack
down on militants in Swat Valley and block Islamic law in the area.
2009 Jun 5, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber killed 38 people and wounded 40 attending
prayers at a mosque in the Haya Gai area of Upper Dir, as the
country's leaders urged visiting US envoy Holbrooke for more aid to
stave off Taliban-led militancy. 4 soldiers were killed by a
roadside bomb in South Waziristan.
(AP, 6/5/09)(AP, 6/6/09)
2009 Jun 6, Pakistan said that
two close aides of a pro-Taliban cleric died when a makeshift bomb
ripped through a military convoy transporting them for
interrogation. The dead aides of Sufi Mohammad, who negotiated a
peace deal in the northwest between Taliban rebels and the Pakistani
government, were arrested on June 4 along with three Afghan
nationals. 2 policemen were killed late in the day when a suicide
bomber walked up to a police emergency helpline center, in an
Islamabad residential district home to many government officials,
and detonated explosives strapped to his body. Villagers in the
northwest attacked Taliban militants killing 11 of them in revenge
for a bomb attack on a mosque that killed about 40 people a day
(AFP, 6/6/09)(AFP, 6/7/09)(AP, 6/7/09)
2009 Jun 7, In Pakistan a top
government official and residents said villagers in the northwest
have attacked Taliban militants killing seven of them in revenge for
a bomb attack on a mosque that killed about 40 people 2 days
2009 Jun 9, In Pakistan the
military started shelling Taliban hide-outs in the Bannu district in
the northwest. The shelling began after a deadline given to tribal
leaders in the region to hand over militant suspects by the end of
June 8 had expired. At least nine people were killed when three
attackers shot their way through a security checkpost and rammed an
explosives-laden truck into Peshawar's five-star Pearl Continental.
(AP, 6/9/09)(AFP, 6/10/09)(AFP, 6/11/09)
2009 Jun 10, Pakistan launched
a new operation against Taliban fighters in the northwest.
2009 Jun 11, Pakistan's army
said it had killed 66 Taliban as fighting spilled into a tribal area
and known bolthole for the militant group blamed for a deadly
bombing at a luxury hotel. One person was killed and 35 injured when
a bomb hidden in a toilet exploded on a train in southwestern
Baluchistan province. On a road to Peshawar, gunmen attacked the car
of northwest provincial minister for prisons Mian Nisar Gul. The
official was wounded, while two of his bodyguards and one of the
assailants were killed. In the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan
one person was killed and 30 wounded in two separate hand grenade
attacks in crowded bazaars.
2009 Jun 12, Pakistanís
military said at least 39 Taliban militants and 10 soldiers were
killed in fierce fighting over the last 24 hours in the northwest
Swat valley. Two back-to-back suicide attacks on mosques in the
eastern city of Lahore and northwestern garrison town of Nowshera
killed six people including vocal anti-Taliban religious scholar
(AFP, 6/12/09)(AP, 6/13/09)
2009 Jun 12, In New Jersey an
Indictment was unsealed today against three individuals who
allegedly hacked into the telephone systems of large corporations
and entities in the US and abroad and sold information about the
compromised telephone systems to Pakistani nationals residing in
Italy. Italian law enforcement conducted searches of approximately
10 locations in four regions of Italy and arrested the financiers of
the hacking activity. Those financiers allegedly used the
information to transmit over 12 million minutes of telephone calls
valued at more than $55 million over the hacked networks of victim
corporations in the US alone.
2009 Jun 13, Pakistan unveiled
a deficit national budget, proposing an increase in defense
expenditure to help fight Taliban militants while boosting
agriculture and industrial output and reducing poverty. Pakistani
troops reportedly killed 41 militants overnight in their offensive
against the Taliban in the northwest. Jets bombed insurgent hideouts
in response to two suicide attacks the previous day. 30 suspected
militants were killed in strikes in South Waziristan.
(AFP, 6/13/09)(AFP, 6/14/09)
2009 Jun 14, Pakistan said it
would resort to force against Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud in
South Waziristan. Militants remotely-detonated explosives hidden in
a rickshaw, causing chaos at a busy market in Dera Ismail Khan town,
with 9 people killed and dozens injured. Jet planes bombed hideouts
in the tribal area of Bajaur. Up to 44 suspected militants killed in
the onslaught. A US drone attack targeting a militant vehicle killed
at least three people, including Uzbek and Arab militants, in the
Mardar Algad area of South Waziristan.
(AFP, 6/14/09)(AFP, 6/15/09)(SFC, 6/15/09, p.A4)
2009 Jun 15, Pakistani forces
pounded militants in tribal areas, after vowing an all-out assault
on a Taliban chief in the lawless Afghan border region known to be
an Al-Qaeda and rebel hideout.
2009 Jun 16, Pakistan's
military said it is in the early stages of an operation targeting
the country's Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in a key stronghold of
al-Qaida and other militants.
2009 Jun 16, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh met with Pakistan's president for the first time since last
year's deadly terrorist attacks on Mumbai, and told him Pakistan
must prevent its territory from being used to launch such attacks.
The leaders of South Asia's nuclear-armed neighbors met on the
sidelines of summits in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg.
2009 Jun 17, In northwest
Pakistan tribesman seeking to avenge a deadly mosque bombing killed
six Taliban. 22 suspected rebels were killed in the Swat Valley over
the last 24 hours in an ongoing military offensive.
(AFP, 6/17/09)(SFC, 6/18/09, p.A3)
2009 Jun 18, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected US missile strikes pounded the hide-outs of
Taliban commander Malang Wazir, killing at least eight people.
2009 Jun 19, Pakistani fighter
jets bombed Taliban militant hideouts in the northwest tribal belt,
as the death toll from a suspected US missile strike a day earlier
rose to 13.
2009 Jun 19, New York Times
reporter David S. Rohde (41) escaped from kidnappers in Pakistan
after more than seven months in captivity and was flown to Bagram
Air Base in Afghanistan the next day.
2009 Jun 20, Pakistani
warplanes resumed strikes against militant hideouts in South
Waziristan. There was heavy fighting in the villages of Barwand and
Madijan and about 50 militants were killed, the first confirmed
militant casualties of the offensive in South Waziristan. A
citizens' militia trying to drive out the Taliban killed seven
militants in a two-hour clash in the troubled northwest. Another
militant was wounded in the fighting night near the village of
Patrak. The military killed seven militants and arrested 16 others
in Malakand, which includes Upper and Lower Dir, Buner and Swat
(AP, 6/20/09)(AP, 6/21/09)(AFP, 6/21/09)
2009 Jun 21, Pakistani forces
used aircraft and artillery as they stepped up an assault aimed at
eliminating Pakistani Taliban commander Baituallah Mehsud.
2009 Jun 22, Pakistan's army
said they were in the final phase of a campaign to crush militants
in Swat valley, as clashes intensified with Taliban fighters in the
northwest tribal belt. Militants near the Afghan border launched
attacks on three Pakistani military bases and fighter jets responded
with airstrikes that killed at least 21 people, mostly insurgents. 3
women and 3 children died when the house of a local tribal leader
was hit in the Razmak area. A suicide bomber rammed an
explosives-laden vehicle into a police checkpoint in the Bagram
district bordering Swat, killing two people.
(AFP, 6/22/09)(AP, 6/22/09)
2009 Jun 23, In Pakistan 3
unmanned drones fired missiles at the funeral procession for
suspected militants killed in South Waziristan by a similar strike
earlier in the day. As many as 50-80 people were reported killed.
Taliban faction leader Qari Zainuddin was fatally shot in Dera
Ismail Khan, reportedly by one of his own guards. He was seen as the
chief rival to Baitullah Mehsud, the militant group's Pakistani
(AP, 6/23/09)(AP, 6/24/09)(AP, 6/25/09)(SFC,
2009 Jun 23, An Indian court
issued arrest warrants for 22 Pakistani nationals accused of
masterminding last year's deadly Mumbai terrorist attacks, including
the founder of an Islamist militant group recently freed by a
2009 Jun 25, Pakistan's PM
Gilani told Washington's visiting top security adviser that the US
must halt drone attacks on its soil, after they killed dozens of
people in the northwest.
2009 Jun 27, In Pakistan at
least 12 militants were killed and more than a dozen wounded when
government forces attacked suspected bases of Mehsud and his
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in South Waziristan. Two Pakistani
fighter jets pounded Taliban militant hideouts in Makeen and Laddah,
killing 10 Taliban and injuring 15 others. Overnight, police killed
five suspected militants with links to Mehsud who were said to be
plotting terrorist attacks on the port city of Karachi. Militants
fired six rockets at a security camp and a paramilitary fort in
Wana, the main town of South Waziristan. Security forces in
retaliation shelled the militants, killing two and wounding three
others. A resident said the shelling also killed two civilians and
wounded three others. Insurgents fired rockets at Pakistani forces
at a South Waziristan paramilitary Frontier Corps camp, killing an
officer and injuring three soldiers.
(AFP, 6/27/09)(AFP, 6/28/09)
2009 Jun 28, The Pakistani
government offered a $615,000 reward for information leading to the
capture or death of Baitullah Mehsud. Fighter jets bombarded
militant hideouts in Samm village of Laddha town in South
Waziristan, killing 8 rebels. An ambush by rival Taliban under Gul
Bahadur killed 23 soldiers in North Waziristan. 10 suspected
militants were also killed in the attack. A stray mortar shell hit a
mosque during prayers in Azam Warsak in South Waziristan, killing 3
tribesmen and wounding 7.
(AP, 6/28/09)(AP, 6/29/09)(SFC, 6/29/09,
p.A2)(Econ, 7/25/09, p.38)
2009 Jun 29, Pakistani security
forces launched an early morning raid on a suspected militant
hideout in Tank, a small city near South Waziristan, killing two
suspected militants and arresting nine others. 21 militants
reportedly died in overnight clashes with an anti-Taliban militia in
Kurram tribal region. Violence over the 24 hours claimed nearly 70
lives in the northwest region bordering Afghanistan.
(AP, 6/29/09)(SFC, 6/30/09, p.A2)
2009 Jun 30, Pakistanís
military said that 18 militants and three soldiers had been killed
in the previous 24 hours. It also said militants had killed 18 of
their wounded comrades in Swat. A militant faction allied with
Mehsud in North Waziristan, another militant hotbed on the Afghan
border, said it was ending a pact with the government because of US
drone aircraft attacks and the presence of government forces in
2009 Jul 1, In northwestern
Pakistan tribesmen attacked Taliban hide-outs, killing 28 militants
and suffering seven fatalities themselves. The intensifying battles
prompted them to ask for army troops to help. A new opinion poll was
released saying 81 percent of Pakistanis view the fundamentalist
Muslim militants as a critical threat to the country.
2009 Jul 2, In Rawalpindi,
Pakistan, a suicide bomber targeted employees of a nuclear facility
left 29 people wounded. Near Peshawar, the main city in the
northwest, a roadside bomb killed two policemen and wounded five
more. Maulvi Nazir, a powerful militant chieftain in the frontier
region of South Waziristan, declared a cease-fire against security
2009 Jul 3, In Pakistan US
missiles slammed into the hideout of Taliban commander Noor Wali,
allied to warlord Baitullah Mehsud in the tribal belt in South
Waziristan. Another missile strike hit an insurgent communications
center in Kokat Khel. The strikes reportedly killed a total of 17
people. Pakistani warplanes bombed suspected militant hide-outs,
killing at least four insurgents and wounding seven others. The
Pakistani military said at least 13 militants and four local
tribesmen were killed over the last 24 hours in the districts of
Swat and Dir. A Pakistani helicopter crash killed 26 security
personnel on the mountainous border of the Orakzai and Khyber ethnic
Pashtun tribal regions. The Taliban claimed responsibility, but a
senior security official said the military MI-17 helicopter had
crashed due to a technical fault. Ehsan, alias Abu Jandal, a
mid-level Taliban commander, was killed in Qambar area.
(AFP, 7/3/09)(AP, 7/3/09)(AFP, 7/4/09)(SFC,
7/4/09, p.A3)(AFP, 7/5/09)
2009 Jul 4, Pakistani warplanes
and helicopter gunships pounded Taliban positions in the country's
volatile northwest, killing at least 12 suspected insurgents.
Clashes between tribesmen and Taliban fighters left 16 people dead
in the remote Mohmand region. Army helicopters attacked a militant
position in the area the previous dayís helicopter crash and struck
a militant bunker on a peak. 10 bodies were reported found lying
(AP, 7/4/09)(Reuters, 7/4/09)
2009 Jul 5, Pakistani fighter
jets targeted suspected Taliban hide-outs in a tribal region near
Afghanistan, killing as many as six people in North Waziristan.
Gunship helicopters shelled militant hideouts at Mangaltan area of
Charbagh town. At least ten militants were killed in the shelling.
At least three militants were killed and many injured in shelling in
the Orakzai region. Elsewhere in the northwest, two bomb explosions
killed two people and wounded 15 more in Upper Dir district.
(AP, 7/5/09)(AFP, 7/5/09)
2009 Jul 7, In Pakistan a US
missile strike pulverized a compound in a stronghold of Taliban
warlord Baitullah Mehsud, killing 16 foreign and local militants in
South Waziristan. Two paramilitary soldiers were killed and nine
security personnel wounded in three bomb attacks in North and South
Waziristan. The military said that four militants were killed,
including a brother of Ibn-e-Amin, one of the most-wanted Taliban
commanders in the Swat valley.
2009 Jul 8, In Pakistan a US
drone fired 6 missiles and killed 10 suspected militants at a
training camp about 35 kilometers northeast of Wana. At least 35
suspected militants were killed in a second US missile strike
targeting insurgents in the northwest tribal belt.
(AFP, 7/8/09)(SFC, 7/9/09, p.A4)
2009 Jul 9, Pakistanís
government announced a plan to allow some 2 million people who fled
the offensive to return home next week, saying the region was now
secure and essential services restored. A landmine killed five
paramilitary soldiers and wounded four others in the
insurgency-plagued province of Baluchistan. Dozens of militants
overran a police post and killed four officers in the northwest city
(AFP, 7/9/09)(AP, 7/10/09)
2009 Jul 10, In Pakistan
clashes between security forces and militants left at least 20
people dead in a northwest region that the army claimed to have
cleared of insurgents earlier this year.
2009 Jul 11, In central
Pakistan police killed one suspected militant and seized a truckload
of automatic weapons and explosives after a five-hour shootout at a
religious school in Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab province. A clash with
militants in South Waziristan killed a soldier. Gunmen killed 5
police officers and a forestry official responding to reports of a
dead body in Mansehra.
(AP, 7/11/09)(AP, 7/12/09)(SFC, 7/13/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 12, Pakistani fighter
jets pounded suspected militant hide-outs in the South Waziristan
tribal region as part of ongoing operations against Pakistani
Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud. At least 8 militants were killed. A
military statement described continued reports of unrest in the Swat
valley, including a remote-controlled bomb that wounded 7 tribal
police officers in the past 24 hours.
2009 Jul 13, Pakistan began
sending home about two million people displaced two months ago by
the army's assault on Taliban militants in the Swat valley. An
explosion in Punjab province destroyed a house used as a religious
seminary, killing at least nine people, seven of them children, and
leaving many others in critical condition.
2009 Jul 14, In Pakistan
fighting overnight in the lawless tribal belt killed 23 Taliban
militants. An attack in the Khyber region destroyed an oil tanker
supplying NATO forces based across the border in Afghanistan and
left 2 civilians dead. Troops killed 13 militants in the latest
clashes in the Swat Valley, underscoring the region's fragile
security even as refugees displaced by fighting return home.
(AFP, 7/14/09)(AP, 7/15/09)
2009 Jul 15, In northwest
Pakistan a roadside bomb exploded at a police checkpoint, killing a
paramilitary soldier and a police officer and wounding six policemen
in the Bannu area.
2009 Jul 16, The leaders of
India and Pakistan, following rare talks in Egypt, vowed to
cooperate in the fight against terror in the wake of the devastating
2009 Jul 16, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen killed UN employee Zill-e-Usman (59) and a guard
during a failed kidnap attempt at a refugee camp near Peshawar, a
blow to humanitarian efforts to help civilians displaced by army
offensives against the Taliban.
(AP, 7/16/09)(SFC, 7/17/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 17, In Pakistan a
missile believed to have been fired by a US drone killed five
militants in North Waziristan, a tribal region known as a haven for
Taliban and al Qaeda fighters. Militants destroyed two NATO fuel
tankers in separate roadside bomb attacks in the Khyber tribal
region, one of the two land routes for supplies going to
2009 Jul 18, Pakistani
government warplanes flattened a suspected Taliban hide-out in the
northwest, killing nine associates of Taliban leader Baitullah
2009 Jul 19, In Pakistan
at least 26 people died in heavy overnight rains in Karachi.
2009 Jul 20, Pakistani said
clashes between security forces and militants have left 20 people
dead in the northwest over the past 24 hours.
2009 Jul 20, In India Ajmal
Kasab (21), the lone surviving gunman in the Nov 26, 2008, Mumbai
attacks, pleaded guilty and gave a detailed account of the plot, his
training in Pakistan and his role in the rampage that killed 171
people dead and paralyzed the city for three days.
(AP, 7/20/09)(SFC, 7/21/09, p.A3)
2009 Jul 21, Pakistanís
military said 3 days of clashes between security forces and
militants in the northwest left more than 56 militants and six
soldiers dead. Pakistani fighter jets destroyed two suspected
militant hide-outs in South Waziristan, killing six men believed to
be associates of Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud.
(AP, 7/21/09)(AP, 7/22/09)
2009 Jul 22, Pakistan urged the
US to share intelligence from spy flights and arm its soldiers
against militants accused by Washington of plotting attacks from the
2009 Jul 23, In Pakistan the
Taliban denied claims that Maulana Fazlullah, architect of a brutal
uprising in Pakistan's Swat valley, was wounded and threatened to
unleash renewed holy war. Pakistan said on July 8 it had "credible"
information that Fazlullah was injured during a blistering offensive
designed to crush Taliban militants. Two policemen were killed and
three others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a checkpoint
in Shangla district. A bomb hidden in a supposed gift of a tape
recorder killed another policeman at a checkpoint outside the town
of Karak, which borders the Taliban-infested North Waziristan tribal
2009 Jul 23, US
counter-terrorism officials said that Saad bin Laden (27), the
2nd-eldest son of Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, was apparently
killed in a US missile strike inside Pakistan this year.
(SFC, 7/24/09, p.A4)
2009 Jul 24, In Pakistan 10
militants were killed in Buner district and 29 were arrested
elsewhere in the region. Troops killed four militants in Swat and
destroyed a training camp and a militants' cave. In Upper Dir jets
pounded a suspected Taliban base, killing at least four militants.
(AFP, 7/24/09)(AFP, 7/25/09)
2009 Jul 25, In Pakistan a
remote controlled bomb killed two Pakistani soldiers in the tribal
Bajaur district. Troops retaliated killing three suspected Taliban
2009 Jul 26, In Pakistan
Moulana Sufi Mohammad, the radical Islamic cleric who brokered a
peace deal with the Taliban in Swat, was arrested in the restive
northwest. Sufi Mohammad is the father-in-law of Moulana Fazllulah,
the leader of the Taliban in Swat and head of a banned Pakistani
Islamist rebel group called Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi
2009 Jul 27, In Pakistan North
West Frontier Province Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour said
security forces had rescued dozens of children aged 6 to 15 who the
Taliban were allegedly training as suicide bombers.
2009 Jul 28, In Pakistan the
decapitated body of a Pakistani police constable was discovered in
the Swat town of Sangota. The find was a sign that Taliban militants
have not given up the fight for the northwestern valley, despite the
nearly three-month-old army offensive there. A suicide car bomber
rammed his vehicle into a checkpoint in North Waziristan tribal
region, causing an explosion that killed 2 police and wounded 5
other security officials.
2009 Jul 28, Richard Holbrooke,
the US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said in Brussels
that Taliban militants are receiving more funding from sympathizers
abroad than from Afghanistan's illegal drug trade. NATO military
officials in Afghanistan have estimated that the Taliban raise
between $60-$100 million a year from the trade in illegal narcotics.
2009 Jul 28, In Pakistan the
decapitated body of a Pakistani police constable was discovered in
the Swat town of Sangota. The find was a sign that Taliban militants
have not given up the fight for the northwestern valley, despite the
nearly three-month-old army offensive there. A suicide car bomber
rammed his vehicle into a checkpoint in North Waziristan tribal
region, causing an explosion that killed 2 police and wounded 5
other security officials.
2009 Jul 29, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb ripped through the parking area at a court in Dera
Ismail Khan, killing two men guarding a Shiite Muslim lawyer. Troops
waging an offensive elsewhere in the region killed at least four
suspected Taliban fighters over the last 24 hours.
2009 Jul 29, In Tajikistan the
Pakistani and Tajik presidents pledged to step up efforts to fight
Islamist militants at a regional summit amid concerns about the
spread of violence from neighboring Afghanistan.
2009 Jul 31, Pakistan's Supreme
Court ruled that former Pres. Pervez Musharraf's imposition of
emergency rule in 2007 was unconstitutional.
2009 Aug 1, In Pakistan an
angry mob of Muslims killed six Christians and wounded dozens after
burning 40 houses and a church over the alleged desecration of the
Koran in Gojra village, Punjab province. Two men wounded by gunfire
died in the hospital overnight. A building collapsed in Karachi
killing at least 21 people.
(AFP, 8/1/09)(AP, 8/2/09)(SSFC, 8/2/09, p.A6)
2009 Aug 2, In Pakistan two
policemen were shot and killed by men who fled from a checkpoint in
the northwestern city of Peshawar. The military said that four
militants were killed and another 27, including a suspected local
commander, were arrested in several search-and-clearance operations
in Swat and nearby areas.
2009 Aug 5, In Pakistan the 2nd
wife of Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone
attack targeting her husband at a home in the tribal belt near the
Afghan border. Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was also killed in the
US missile strike in South Waziristan. He had led a violent campaign
of suicide attacks and assassinations against the Pakistani
government. News of his death was not made public until 2 days
(AFP, 8/5/09)(AP, 8/7/09)
2009 Aug 6, In northern
Pakistan a bus veered off a narrow mountain road and plunged into a
river, leaving about 34 people, including 26 soldiers, missing and
presumed dead. Sardar Rustam Jamali, the excise and taxation
minister in the western province of Baluchistan, was killed when
robbers tried to steal his car in an eastern neighborhood of the
2009 Aug 7, In Pakistan a
deadly shooting reportedly took place at a meeting of top Taliban
commanders Hakimullah Mehsud (28), a deputy to Baitullah Mehsud and
the warlord's main spokesman, and Wali-ur Rehman, a senior commander
in Mehsud's umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) movement. They
had convened to discuss the choice of a successor to Baitullah
Mehsud. Both commanders later phoned international media
organizations to prove they were alive.
(AFP, 8/9/09)(AP, 8/12/09)(Econ, 10/17/09, p.34)
2009 Aug 8, In Pakistan a
gunfight between militants and supporters of a pro-government tribal
elder killed 6 militants and 2 tribesmen in the Mohmand tribal
region near the Afghan border.
2009 Aug 8, Indiaís army said
its troops killed three Islamic militants along the de facto Kashmir
border, thwarting the seventh attempt by rebels to infiltrate from
Pakistan in a week.
2009 Aug 9, In Pakistan two
civilians and a policeman were killed when militants ambushed a
police convoy in the northwestern town of Bannu. Two Pakistani
soldiers were killed and four were wounded near Naurak village in
the troubled North Waziristan tribal district when a remote-control
bomb targeting a military convoy exploded. At least eight dead
bodies of suspected Taliban militants were found in different areas
of the northwestern Swat valley.
2009 Aug 10, In Pakistan attack
helicopters and artillery pounded militant hideouts following
clashes between rebels and security forces in North Waziristan. 3
militants were reported killed.
2009 Aug 11, In Pakistan police
officials in Islamabad confirmed that they had registered a criminal
case against former Pres. Pervez Musharraf for detaining 60 Supreme
Court judges and their families following emergency rule in 2007.
(SFC, 8/12/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 11, In Pakistan at
least 10 militants were killed in a suspected US drone strike in
South Waziristan region, the same area where Pakistani Taliban
leader Baitullah Mehsud is said to have been killed last week.
2009 Aug 12, In northwestern
Pakistan's tribal belt clashes between Taliban militants and
followers of pro-government Turkistan Bitani left at least 70
(AP, 8/12/09)(SFC, 8/13/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 13, In northwest
Pakistan helicopter gunships pummeled the bases of Taliban commander
Hakimullah Mehsud, killing at least 12 insurgents as government
forces ratcheted up pressure on the militants following their top
leader's reported death. 2 intelligence officials said a suicide
bomber killed pro-government lashkar leader Malik Khadeen, who was
instrumental in fighting Uzbek militants operating with the Taliban
in South Waziristan. In the Bajur tribal area authorities found the
bodies of two anti-Taliban lashkar leaders near a security
checkpoint. The two lashkar commanders, Malik Sehar Gul and Malik
Jalindhar, had been kidnapped the night before.
2009 Aug 14, Pakistan lifted a
ban on political activities in its tribal regions, granting the
areas close to Afghan border parliamentary representation for the
first time in the hopes it would reduce the grip of the Taliban
there. 3 bomb explosions killed a man and wounded 18 other people in
Baluchistan, an impoverished but oil-rich province where Baluch
nationalist groups have been fighting for more autonomy for decades.
2009 Aug 15, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a checkpoint in
the northwestern Swat Valley, killing at least five people in a
reminder that extremists can still strike despite the military's
retaking of the area. Air strikes by government fighter jets killed
16 militants and destroyed several Taliban hideouts in tribal South
(AP, 8/15/09)(AFP, 8/17/09)
2009 Aug 16, In Pakistan seven
suspected Taliban militants were killed during a gunfight with
soldiers in Kabal village, about 20 kilometers northwest of Mingora
in the Swat Valley. Police arrested militant commander Qari
Saifullah, a close Mehsud aide, as he was being treated in a private
hospital in Islamabad.
(AP, 8/17/09)(AP, 8/18/09)
2009 Aug 17, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb blast claimed by Taliban militants killed seven
people including children, as 31 insurgents were reported dead in a
fresh wave of unrest. Overnight in Swat's main town Mingora, a
suicide bomber blew himself up, wounding four soldiers as they tried
to arrest him. Security forces captured Maulvi Umar, the Pakistani
Taliban's top spokesman, and he acknowledged the death of the
group's leader in a recent US missile strike.
(AFP, 8/17/09)(AP, 8/18/09)
2009 Aug 18, Pakistani
government and UN officials said flash floods have killed at least
27 people in the northwest, and that more than 80,000 have seen
their homes or crops destroyed.
2009 Aug 20, Pakistan's
military said that about 60 militants had surrendered to authorities
in northwest Swat valley, where the government claims to have
eliminated Taliban extremists. Baluchistan authorities found the
bodies of 10 policemen in a remote mountain pass. Earlier this week,
the separatist Baluch Republican Army called local media
organizations and said it had killed the remaining 10 of 25 police
officers kidnapped last month.
(AP, 8/20/09)(AP, 8/21/09)
2009 Aug 21, Leading Pakistani
Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud was appointed the new head of
the militant group. Hakimullah (28), the military chief of
Baitullah's Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or Pakistani Taliban
Movement, commanded 3 tribal regions and has a reputation as
Baitullah's most ruthless deputy. A US drone fired a missile into a
suspected militant hide-out in North Waziristan, killing 12 people
in an attempt to take out Siraj Haqqani, a jihadist commander
accused of attacks on Western troops in Afghanistan. Haqqani, a
prime suspect in suicide blasts in Kabul, held close ties to
Pakistanís Inter-Services Intelligence agency and controlled a
swathe of territory in North Waziristan and eastern Afghanistan.
(AP, 8/22/09)(AP, 8/21/09)(SFC, 8/22/09,
p.A2)(Econ, 10/17/09, p.36)
2009 Aug 22, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up to evade capture during a raid in
Kanju town in the troubled northwestern Swat Valley. Local media
said two security officials were killed and two others were wounded.
2009 Aug 23, In Pakistan a
suicide bombing on the outskirts in the northwestern city of
Peshawar killed three people and wounded 15 others. Police in
Karachi arrested seven members of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
movement in a raid. The al-Qaida-linked movement is blamed for two
failed assassination attempts against former President Pervez
Musharraf and the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel
(AP, 8/23/09)(AP, 8/24/09)
2009 Aug 24, In the eastern
Pakistani city of Sargodha, police arrested six militants in two
raids. They were said to be linked to Mehsud's Taliban and had
planned to launch strikes next week on at least two places of
worship. Among the six was Zaid Mustafa, said to have recruited
potential suicide bombers for training in Afghanistan and who is
suspected of providing logistics, explosives and other support for
terror attacks in Lahore, Karachi or Rawalpindi. Gunmen shot dead an
Afghan television journalist and severely wounded his colleague in
2009 Aug 25, An international
forum in Turkey sought to boost aid and investment in Pakistan as a
way to support its democratic institutions and curb violence there.
2009 Aug 27, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed at least 19 security officers at the Torkham
security checkpoint, one of the main border crossings for convoys
ferrying NATO supplies into Afghanistan. A suspected US drone fired
two missiles at a militant hide-out in northwest Pakistan, killing
at least six people and wounding nine.
(AP, 8/27/09)(AP, 8/30/09)
2009 Aug 28, A Pakistani court
ordered the government to lift any remaining restrictions on Abdul
Qadeer Khan, a scientist alleged to have spread nuclear technology
to Iran, North Korea and Libya.
2009 Aug 28, In Pakistan
helicopter gunships destroyed a training camp for suicide bombers in
the Swat Valley, killing six Taliban fighters, as scattered violence
killed 12 others in the region recently retaken by the army. 12
suspected foreign militants were arrested in Dera Ghazi Khan on the
edge of the South Waziristan tribal area, after they allegedly
sneaked into the country from Iran.
2009 Aug 28, Mehdi-Muhammed
Ghezali, a Swedish national and former Guantanamo detainee, was
arrested on the outskirts of Dera Ghazi Khan in southern Pakistani
town along with a group of foreigners, including 7 Turks and 3 other
Swedes, who lacked proper immigration stamps. They were allegedly
trying to join al-Qaida in the lawless tribal areas.
2009 Aug 28, PM Gordon Brown
said Britain will commit 665 million pounds ($1.08 billion) in aid
to help Pakistan stabilize its violent border areas and tackle the
underlying causes of extremism.
2009 Aug 30, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed at least 15 police recruits in the Swat Valley
in the deadliest attack since the army regained control over the
northwestern valley from the Taliban. After the blast, security
forces pursuing Taliban suspects killed 18 militants in a gunbattle
just outside Mingora.
2009 Aug 30, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed 17 police recruits in the Swat Valley in the
deadliest attack since the army regained control over the
northwestern valley from the Taliban. After the blast, security
forces pursuing Taliban suspects killed 18 militants in a gunbattle
just outside Mingora.
(AP, 8/30/09)(AP, 8/31/09)
2009 Aug 31, The Pakistani army
said it killed at least 45 Taliban militants over the last 24 hours
in scattered gunbattles across the northwestern Swat Valley.
2009 Sep 1, Pakistani
government forces destroyed four militant bases and killed 40
insurgents of Lashkar-e-Islam in a new offensive near the Khyber
Pass, the main route for supplies to US and NATO troops in
Afghanistan. 43 militants were arrested.
2009 Sep 2, In Pakistan
government forces killed three suspected militants, captured 35
others and destroyed six of their bases on the second day of its new
offensive near Pakistan's famed Khyber Pass. Suspected militants
opened fire on a vehicle carrying the religious affairs minister,
wounding him and killing his driver in a brazen attack in the heart
of Islamabad. Hamid Saeed Kazmi had been critical of Muslim
extremists blamed for scores of attacks in Pakistan over the last 2Ĺ
2009 Sep 2, Liberia's Defense
Minister Brownie Samukai said police had arrested six Pakistani men
earlier in the week who tried to enter Liberia on fake US passports
with possible intent to carry out terrorism.
2009 Sep 4, Pakistan said
paramilitary troops have killed five suspected militants and
arrested 24 in an ongoing operation in the northwestern Khyber
2009 Sep 5, Pakistan officials
said troops killed 43 alleged militants in an operation in the
Khyber tribal region while airstrikes left several more dead in the
stronghold of the new Taliban chief elsewhere in the northwest.
Government fighter jets and helicopter gunships pounded militant
hide-outs in three villages of the Orakzai tribal region, the
stronghold of new Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud. The
tortured body of Akhtar Ali (28), operator of an electrical repair
shop, was dumped on the doorstep of the family home in Mingora. He
had been kidnapped on Sep 1. His death was believed to have resulted
from a case of mistaken identity.
(AP, 9/5/09)(Econ, 10/3/09, p.49)
2009 Sep 6, Pakistani military
destroyed two training centers and 17 militant homes. 2 people
kidnapped by militants were recovered. Troops killed 33 militants
during the latest action to pacify the Khyber Pass. Thousands of
civilians were reported fleeing the latest military operation in the
northwestern Khyber tribal region. 3 policemen were found fatally
shot, each by a single bullet to the head, west of Islamabad.
(AP, 9/6/09)(AP, 9/7/09)
2009 Sep 7, Five Pakistani
soldiers were killed in a land mine blast in the Taliban bastion of
South Waziristan. A suspected US missile strike killed 5 people at
Machi Khel village in North Waziristan close to the Afghan border.
Al-Qaida operations chief Ilyas Kashmiri, a Pakistani national, was
later believed to be among the dead.
(AP, 9/7/09)(SFC, 9/8/09, p.A2)(AP, 9/17/09)
2009 Sep 8, In northwest
Pakistan Taliban militants attacked a group of boys on their way to
school, killing four and wounding three in Orakzai ethnic Pashtun
tribal region, because they were minority Shi'ite Muslims. Taliban
militants are from the majority Sunni community and attack Shi'ites
as part of their strategy to fight the government. Tribesmen
retaliated after the attack and killed at least two militants and
wounded several. Government aircraft attacked militants in a
village, 30 km (20 miles) east of Kalaya, killing six of them and
destroying four hideouts. Gunmen kidnapped a Greek man after killing
a police guard in the northern Chitral region on the Afghan border.
2009 Sep 11, The Pakistani
Military said it had arrested the Swat Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan
and commanders Mahmood Khan, Fazle Ghaffar, Abdul Rehman and Sartaj
Ali in the suburbs of Mingora, striking its first direct blow
against the leadership of the insurgency in the one-time tourist
2009 Sep 12, In Pakistan
paramilitary troops destroyed three militant hide-outs and killed 22
insurgents. Officials said hundreds of tribal police in the
northwestern Khyber region have quit their jobs because of militant
2009 Sep 13, In Pakistan a bomb
blast killed 3 paramilitary troops in the Mandiknas area of the
Khyber region. A suicide bomber was killed as he tried to attack a
security post in the Swat Valley.
(SFC, 9/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 14, In Pakistan at
least 18 women and girls were killed in a stampede which broke out
as charity workers were handing out free flour to the poor in a
crowded neighborhood of Pakistan's financial capital Karachi.
2009 Sep 14, In Pakistan a US
missile slammed into a car at dawn, killing up to five militants in
the remote tribal belt near the Afghan border in the third attack in
a week. Nazimuddin, alias Yahyo, a top Uzbek militant, was believed
to be among the dead. Burqa-clad assailants armed with Kalashnikov
rifles and hand grenades attempted to attack an oil terminal in
Karachi, but were thwarted by a security guard who was gunned down
as the suspects escaped. Police later found a large cache of
rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), explosives, suicide vests, burqas
and other items apparently dumped by the suspects near a sewer in
the area. Fighter jets pounded suspected militant hide-outs and
killed five insurgents in the Salarzai area of the northwest Bajur
(AP, 9/15/09)(AFP, 9/14/09)(AP, 9/15/09)
2009 Sep 17, Pakistan's
military killed 10 insurgents and said it had arrested Sher Muhammad
Qasab, a militant commander accused of beheading troops in the
northwestern Swat Valley.
2009 Sep 17, In
Pakistan-controlled Kashmir a speeding bus, whose driver apparently
was eager to break his daylong Ramadan fast, spun out of control and
plunged off a mountainous road, killing 25 people and injuring 30
(AP, 9/17/09)(AP, 9/17/09)
2009 Sep 18, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide car bomb destroyed a 2-story hotel at a market in
Usterzai, a small mainly Shiite town, killing over 30 people and
trapping victims under smashed shops as families bought supplies for
a major religious festival.
(AFP, 9/18/09)(SFC, 9/19/09, p.A4)(AP, 9/20/09)
2009 Sep 20, In Pakistan Sher
Muhammad Qasab, a feared Taliban commander known for beheading
opponents, died in custody from wounds sustained during a fierce
firefight with Pakistani security forces last week. The military
said security forces killed eight militants in search operations
throughout Swat over the last 24 hours and that 23 insurgents were
apprehended and another 22 surrendered. One of the militants killed
was a Taliban commander identified as Chamtu Khan.
2009 Sep 21, In northwestern
Pakistan police officers foiled a plan to assassinate a regional
education minister when they took on four militants in a gunbattle
that ended with a teenage suicide bomber blowing himself up.
2009 Sep 22, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected Islamist militants blew up an empty girls school
on the outskirts of the Peshawar.
2009 Sep 24, In northwestern
Pakistan militants ambushed a convoy of prominent anti-Taliban
tribal elders, spraying their cars with gunfire and killing nine
people. Tribesmen killed two militants in the gunbattle. In a
separate attack militants killed two members of another anti-Taliban
committee in the Swat Valley to the northeast. Soldiers killed at
least six militants in the nearby Malakand region after insurgents
ambushed a vehicle carrying Pakistani troops near an Afghan refugee
camp. 10 suspects were arrested in operations over the past 24 hours
and 15 militants surrendered to security forces. A suspected US
missile strike killed 4 people near the town of Mir Ali in North
(AP, 9/24/09)(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A7)
2009 Sep 26, In northwestern
Pakistan 2 suicide car bombs killed 22 people and wounded about 150
others in separate attacks in Bannu and Peshawar, just days after
the Taliban warned suicide strikes were coming if the military
pressed forward with an offensive. A third bomb injured 4 in the
(AP, 9/26/09)(AP, 9/27/09)
2009 Sep 28, In Pakistan a
suicide car bomber killed five people including a prominent tribal
elder in Baka Khel, which lies close to Waziristan. One Pakistani
soldier was killed and seven others critically wounded in a militant
rocket attack on an army camp in the northwest. Hundreds of
civilians fled the Taliban and al-Qaida's main stronghold in the
2009 Sep 29, In northwest
Pakistan two suspected US missile strikes killed 13 militants. The
first attack killed six militants and wounded six others in South
Waziristan. A 2nd missile hit a house owned by a known Afghan
militant in North Waziristan killing 7 insurgents. Kalimullah
Mehsud, the brother of the new head of the Pakistani Taliban, was
said to be among several militants to die in one of the drone
(AP, 9/29/09)(AP, 9/30/09)
2009 Sep 30, In Pakistan a
suspected US missile attack killed 6 alleged militants just over the
border from Afghanistan, the 3rd such strike on the al-Qaida and
Taliban stronghold in 24 hours.
2009 Oct 2, Pakistan's
paramilitary forces said that they had killed 27 more militants,
including two commanders, in Khyber.
2009 Oct 3, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected Taliban militants fatally shot tribal elder Malik
Abdul Majeed as he traveled to discuss anti-militancy efforts with
government authorities. The dead body of a man accused of spying for
the US turned up in the Bajur tribal region. Helicopter gunships
pounded militants hide-outs in Charmang town in Bajur, killing five
insurgents. Security forces killed three militants in the Swat
Valley and arrested 16 others.
(AP, 10/3/09)(AP, 10/4/09)
2009 Oct 4, In Pakistan
security forces and special police battled militants in a firefight
that killed six of the insurgents, including two commanders, Noorul
Amin and Fazl-e-Rabbi. Police in Peshawar arrested Hukam Khan, a
militant who was involved in attacking and looting convoys taking
supplies to US and NATO forces in Afghanistan and recovered a
substantial quantity of stolen goods. Hakimullah Mehsud, the new
leader of the Taliban in Pakistan, met with reporters in the
country's tribal areas for the first time since winning control of
the militants. Mehsud vowed to strike back at Pakistan and the US
for the increasing number of drone attacks in the tribal areas along
the border with Afghanistan.
(AP, 10/4/09)(AP, 10/5/09)
2009 Oct 5, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber disguised as a security officer struck the lobby of
the UN food agency's headquarters in Islamabad, killing five people
a day after the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban vowed fresh
2009 Oct 9, In Pakistan a
massive suicide car bomb ripped through a packed market in Peshawar,
killing 53 people, including 9 children, and injured over 100. The
government vowed to launch a new offensive in Waziristan in the wake
of the massive bombing.
(AFP, 10/9/09)(AP, 10/11/09)
2009 Oct 10, In Pakistan 5
militants took hostages after they and about four other assailants
attacked the army headquarters in Rawalpindi, killing six soldiers,
including a brigadier and a lieutenant colonel.
2009 Oct 11, Pakistani
commandos freed dozens of hostages held by militants at the army's
own headquarters in Rawalpindi, ending a bloody, 22-hour drama that
embarrassed the nation's military as it plans a new offensive
against al-Qaida and the Taliban. The standoff killed 23 people
including 9 militants and 14 others. 42 hostages were freed. The
military launched two airstrikes on suspected militant targets in
South Waziristan, ending a five day lull in attacks there and
killing at least five militants. In 2011 a military court found
seven men guilty of involvement in the Rawalpindi attack and
sentenced one of them, a retired soldier, to death.
(AP, 10/11/09)(AP, 10/12/09)(AP, 8/13/11)
2009 Oct 12, In Pakistan a
teenage suicide car bombing targeting troops killed 45 people,
including 6 security people, in northwest Shangla district as
the Taliban pledged to mobilize fighters across the country for more
(AP, 10/12/09)(Econ, 10/17/09, p.34)
2009 Oct 13, Pakistani jets
bombed militant targets in the main insurgent stronghold along the
Afghan border ahead of an expected ground offensive there.
Helicopter gunship attacks killed 26 insurgents in Bajur. Terrorists
fired 31 rockets" at a convoy of security forces in South
2009 Oct 14, Pakistani jets
pounded suspected militant hide-outs along the Afghan border.
Officials said some 200,000 civilians have fled South Waziristan in
anticipation of an expected military offensive. Estimates of the
population there hover around 500,000.
2009 Oct 15, In Pakistan teams
of gunmen launched coordinated attacks on three law enforcement
facilities in the eastern city of Lahore killing 18 people including
11 insurgents. A car bombs hit northwest Kohat killing 11 people,
including 3 police officers and 8 civilians. Another car bomb in
Peshawar killed 10 people, mostly women and children. A total of 39
people were killed in the escalating wave of anti-government
violence. A suspected US missile strike killed 4 alleged militants.
(AP, 10/15/09)(SFC, 10/15/09, p.A4)
2009 Oct 16, In northwestern
Pakistan 3 suicide attackers, including a woman, attacked a police
station in Peshawar city, killing 13 people, including 3 police
officers, 2 women and 2 children. Army airstrikes killed a dozen
suspected militants in South Waziristan ahead of an expected ground
2009 Oct 16, President Barack
Obama signed the Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill, a 7.5 billion dollar aid
package for Pakistan, after the US Congress acted to placate critics
in the strife-torn nation who warned it violated Pakistani
sovereignty. The aid legislation insisted that the civilian
government of Pakistan control the army.
(AFP, 10/16/09)(Econ, 1/2/10, p.33)(Econ,
2/11/12, SR p.7)
2009 Oct 17, More than 30,000
Pakistani soldiers launched a ground offensive against al-Qaida and
the Taliban's main stronghold along the Afghan border, in the
country's toughest test yet against a strengthening insurgency. The
operation was expected to last around two months. At least 11
suspected insurgents were killed in jet bombings, while a bomb hit a
security convoy, killing one soldier and wounding three others. 4
soldiers were killed and 12 wounded in exchanges of fire elsewhere
in the region. The plan was to capture and hold an area where an
estimated 10,000 insurgents were headquartered and reinforced with
about 1,500 foreign fighters, most of them of Central Asian origin.
2009 Oct 18, Pakistan pounded
Taliban bases from the air and bore down on their leader's hometown,
intensifying a major offensive against the Islamists and claiming to
have killed 60 militants in operation Rah-e-Nijat. Five
soldiers were reported killed. Ammunition supplies deep in the
mountains are thought to be sufficient to keep the militants
fighting for several months without outside supply lines.
2009 Oct 19, Pakistani
officials said deals have been struck to keep 2 powerful, anti-US
tribal chiefs from joining the battle against the government. Army
troops fought militants on 3 fronts and fighter jets bombed
insurgent positions near the Afghan border as Pakistan pressed ahead
with an assault on the country's main Taliban and al-Qaida
stronghold. The offensive focused on eliminating Taliban militants
linked to the Mehsud tribe, who controlled about half of South
Waziristan and were blamed for 80% of the suicide attacks that have
battered Pakistan over the last three years. Police said they had
arrested Akhtar Zaman, a man identified as the head of the Pakistani
Taliban, in the southern city of Karachi along with three other
alleged militants in connection with a foiled attempt to attack an
oil terminal last month.
(AP, 10/19/09)(SFC, 10/20/09, p.A3)
2009 Oct 20, In Pakistan 2
suicide attackers bombed an Islamic university in Islamabad, killing
6 people and wounding 18 as the army pressed ahead with a critical
offensive on a Taliban stronghold near Afghanistan. Firefights raged
in the areas around Kaskai and Shisanwam, and 4 more soldiers were
killed, bringing the army's death toll over four days to 13.
(AP, 10/20/09)(AP, 10/21/09)
2009 Oct 21, Pakistani soldiers
fought for control of Kotkai, the Taliban chief's hometown, pressing
forward with a major offensive targeting an insurgent stronghold
along the Afghan border. Suspected US missiles killed two militants
in a neighboring region, a potentially troubling strike because it
hit territory controlled by another militant faction the army has
coaxed into neutrality during its offensive. The army's death toll
so far rose to 16, while 15 more militants were slain, bringing
their overall death toll to 105.
2009 Oct 22, In Pakistan
suspected militants on a motorbike shot and killed a senior army
officer and a soldier in Islamabad, striking at security forces as
the military wages a major anti-Taliban offensive in the northwest.
An army statement reported two more soldiers were killed, bringing
the army's death toll to 18, while 24 more militants were slain,
bringing their death toll to 129.
2009 Oct 23, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber killed 8 people in Kamra, near the
Pakistan Aeronautical Complex. An anti-tank mine killed 16 wedding
guests in the tribal belt. Most of the dead were women and children.
A car bomb exploded outside a restaurant in the northwestern city of
Peshawar, wounding 15.
(AP, 10/23/09)(AFP, 10/23/09)
2009 Oct 24, Pakistani soldiers
captured Kotkai, the strategically located hometown of Taliban chief
Hakimullah Mehsud after fierce fighting. It was the army's first
major prize as it pushes deeper into a militant stronghold along the
Afghan border. The army said that three more soldiers had died,
putting the army's death toll at 23, and 21 more militants had been
killed, putting their overall death toll at 163. A suspected US
missile killed 22 people elsewhere in the northwest, but apparently
missed a top Taliban figure. 6 soldiers died in an army helicopter
crash in the Bajur tribal region.
(AP, 10/24/09)(AP, 10/25/09)
2009 Oct 25, In northeastern
Pakistan a suicide bomber killed a police officer on a highway near
Jhelum city, about 60 miles south of Islamabad. The man taken into
custody told police they had planned to detonate the bomb in Lahore.
A minister for education was fatally attacked by gunmen in Quetta,
the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province. A nationalist
group, the Baluchistan United Liberation Front, claimed
responsibility. Taliban militants attacked a security post in Hangu
district northwest of South Waziristan, killing one soldier.
(AP, 10/25/09)(AP, 10/26/09)
2009 Oct 26, In Pakistan a
fight to secure Ghalai village, on the road from Kotkai to
Sararogha, left six soldiers and 10 militants dead, bringing to 197
the number of militants and to 30 the number of troops killed so
2009 Oct 26, Pakistani police
arrested 11 Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers for illegally
entering the country, amid tensions over a suicide attack on Oct 18
that Tehran alleges was carried out by militants backed by Pakistani
intelligence officials. The 11 officers were released the next day.
(AP, 10/26/09)(AP, 10/27/09)
2009 Oct 27, Pakistan's army
pushed deeper into a Taliban sanctuary close to the Afghan border,
claiming to have killed 42 militants in the latest stage of an
offensive against extremists blamed for relentless attacks in recent
weeks. Authorities announced the arrest of the alleged mastermind
behind two recent bombings in the main northwest city of Peshawar.
2009 Oct 28, In northwestern
Pakistan a car bomb tore through a busy market in Peshawar, killing
105 people, mostly women and children. US Secretary of State Hillary
Rodham Clinton visited the country and pledged American support for
its campaign against Islamist militants.
(AP, 10/28/09)(AP, 10/29/09)
2009 Oct 29, The Pakistani army
said troops were closing in on Kanigurram, described as an important
base of Uzbek militants and an Tehreek-e-Taliban operational centre,
saying that 11 militants and one soldier were killed.
2009 Oct 30, Pakistani forces
said they are closing in on a major Taliban base inside the militant
stronghold of South Waziristan, and announced it had killed 14
militants in a day of fighting. A total of 289 militants and 34
government soldiers have been killed in the offensive, according to
a tally of army figures. Six more militants have been arrested.
2009 Oct 31, Pakistani soldiers
closed in on two major Taliban strongholds in South Waziristan, as
government jets pounded insurgent hide-outs and the prime minister
said the country had no choice but to defeat the militants.
Pakistani jets bombed three hide-outs of Taliban leader Hakimullah
Mehsud in the Orkazai tribal region, killing at least 8 militants
and wounding several others. Another airstrike, about 40 miles
(70km) from the first and near the Afghan border, killed 7 militants
in the Kurram tribal region. The army said government soldiers had
killed a total of 33 militants over the past 24 hours, discovered a
factory for making roadside bombs and seized a handful of weapons. 7
paramilitary soldiers driving through the Khyber tribal area were
killed in a roadside bomb planted by suspected Taliban militants. In
Karachi police arrested 3 suspected militants and seized 30
kilograms (65 pounds) of explosives and other weaponry.
2009 Nov 1, In Pakistan
military jets and helicopter gunships pounded militant positions in
and around Makeen. Government forces have laid siege to Sararogha,
captured all the important features and ridges overlooking the town
and cleared half of Kaniguram, a hub of Uzbek militants. 9 militants
and two soldiers were killed in fighting, taking the militants'
death toll to 331 in 16 days of fighting.
2009 Nov 2, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed 35 people outside a bank in Rawalpindi, as the
UN said spreading violence has forced it to start pulling out some
expatriate staff and suspend long-term development work in areas
along the Afghan border. Hours after the first blast, another
suicide bomber struck in Lahore, exploding a car at a police
checkpoint as officers went to search it. At least 7 policemen were
injured and two were in critical condition. Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas
said the army had captured the town of Kaniguram, one of the
Taliban's bases, and killed 12 more militants in the past 24 hours
of the offensive.
2009 Nov 3, In Pakistan a
passenger train smashed into a cargo train on the edge of Karachi
killing 16 people, including women and children. The army announced
that 21 militants had been killed in the past 24 hours in South
Waziristan and that government forces were continuing to press into
Taliban territory. Militant leader Hakimullah Mehsud spoke to his
followers in a speech broadcast over a wireless radio network. Of
those who do run away, he warned, "Such people will go to hell."
(AFP, 11/3/09)(AP, 11/5/09)
2009 Nov 4, Pakistani soldiers
battled Taliban fighters in the streets of Ladha, a key militant
stronghold, as government forces pressed ahead with their offensive
in the tribal region of South Waziristan. The military said fighting
over the past day left 10 militants dead in Ladha and 30 dead across
the region. A group of militants ambushed a van as it traveled near
Khar, the main town in the Bajur tribal region, killing two female
teachers and wounding two other passengers.
2009 Nov 5, Pakistani security
forces arrested three Iranians suspected of planning a suicide
attack in Iran's southeastern region last month which killed 42
people. Militants blew up a girls' school in the Khyber tribal
region, but no one was injured. Missiles believed fired by US drones
killed two alleged militants in a northwestern tribal region.
2009 Nov 6, The Pakistani army
entered Makeen, the last of three militant strongholds targeted by a
major offensive in the northwest, as gunmen wounded a senior army
officer and a solder in Islamabad. Police shot and killed two
would-be suicide bombers in Balakot. The two men opened fire on
police when their car was intercepted at a checkpoint in the North
West Frontier Province.
2009 Nov 7, Pakistan's military
said it had killed 12 Taliban militants as government troops pressed
a major offensive in the South Waziristan tribal area bordering
Afghanistan. Two teachers and a student were injured when suspected
militants hurled a hand grenade at a girls' school in Quetta, the
capital southwestern Baluchistan province.
2009 Nov 8, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded market in
Adazai, 10 miles south of Peshawar, killing anti-Taliban Mayor Abdul
Malik, who had formed a militia to fight the militants, and 11 other
people. The latest fighting in the Taliban heartland killed 20
militants and wounded eight soldiers.
2009 Nov 9, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber in a rickshaw detonated his explosives near a group
of policemen at an intersection on the main road that circles
Peshawar, killing 3 people. A roadside bomb killed two paramilitary
troops and wounded a third in Salarzai town in the Bajur tribal
region. Militants shot and killed a senior police officer in the
main town of Khar as he was leaving his office. Fighter jets pounded
militant hide-outs in three villages in the Kurram tribal region,
killing eight suspected fighters.
2009 Nov 10, In Pakistan a
suicide car bomb ripped through a packed shopping street in
Charsadda, a small market town, killing 26 people in the third
militant attack in northwest in as many days. The military said that
troops had uncovered a private Taliban jail, destroying a network of
rebel caves, bunkers and towers while nine militants were killed
during the last 24 hours of operations.
(AFP, 11/10/09)(AP, 11/11/09)
2009 Nov 11, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed nine security officers close to the Afghan
border. Some 12 hours earlier, dozens of militants armed with
automatic weapons and rocket launchers attacked a security outpost
in the same Mohmand region, killing two soldiers and wounding three
others. The army responded by shelling militant positions there,
killing 10 suspected fighters.
2009 Nov 12, In Pakistan stiff
Taliban resistance killed at least 17 government soldiers in the
military's deadliest day since launching its offensive in South
Waziristan. At least 15 soldiers were killed in clashes, while a
roadside bomb killed two soldiers in Sararogha area further east.
Gunmen shot dead Abu Al-Hasan Jaffry, a Pakistani spokesman for the
Iranian consulate, at point blank range as he set off for work in
Peshawar. The army said that 22 militants were killed in South
Waziristan, which would bring to 524 the number reported dead since
the fight began.
2009 Nov 13, In Pakistan an
early morning attack killed 10 people and devastated much of the
northwestern headquarters of Pakistan's spy agency in Peshawar city.
About an hour later, a second suicide car bomber attacked a police
station farther south, killing six people. The military reported the
loss of 12 soldiers over the last 24 hours, one of its largest
single-day losses since the campaign in South Waziristan began.
Attackers fired rockets at a group of tankers near the southwestern
city of Quetta that were delivering fuel to US and NATO troops. One
driver was killed and five tankers were torched.
2009 Nov 14, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber blew up his explosives-filled car at a police
checkpoint in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing
himself and at least 12 people. In the northwestern Swat valley,
troops killed 13 insurgents in two separate gunfights.
(AFP, 11/14/09)(SSFC, 11/15/09, p.A8)
2009 Nov 15, In northwestern
Pakistan militants killed anti-Taliban elder Malik Sher Zaman in the
Bajur tribal region. Several hours later, more than a dozen
militants opened fire on the house of an anti-Taliban mayor outside
the main northwestern city of Peshawar, but security guards repelled
the attack, killing three of the assailants. The attacks were seen
as part of an escalating campaign to weaken the country's resolve to
fight Islamic extremism.
2009 Nov 16, In northwestern
Pakistan a pickup truck laden with explosives blew up outside a
police station, killing four people in an area that has become the
focal point for militant retaliation against an army offensive along
the nearby Afghan border.
2009 Nov 17, Pakistan said that
troops waging a major ground and air offensive against the Taliban
have captured most towns once under rebel control in a key district
on the Afghan border. The military said overall, 550 militants and
70 soldiers have been killed since the army launched the offensive
on October 17. In southwestern Baluchistan province. A bomb
targeting a police chief's vehicle in Quetta killed one person and
injured six others. Three militants and one Pakistani soldier were
killed in fighting in the Bajur tribal region.
(AFP, 11/17/09)(AP, 11/17/09)(AP, 11/20/09)
2009 Nov 19, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a courthouse in
Peshawar, killing 19 people. The bomb explosion occurred hours after
missiles fired from a suspected US drone killed three suspected
militants in Shana Khuwara village in North Waziristan. 5 Pakistani
troops and six militants were killed in a gunbattle at a security
outpost to the north in the Bajur tribal region.
(AP, 11/19/09)(AP, 11/20/09)
2009 Nov 20, In northwestern
Pakistan a suspected US missile strike killed at least eight
militants, the second attack this week in an area believed to hold
many insurgents who fled from an army offensive elsewhere in the
Afghan border region. Four Pakistani soldiers, including a captain,
were killed when militants ambushed their convoy in the North
Waziristan area of Shawal. Two police officers were killed and four
others wounded when a remote-controlled bomb destroyed their vehicle
2009 Nov 21, Italian police
arrested a Pakistani father and son accused of helping fund and
providing logistical support for last year's terrorist attacks in
Mumbai, India. The day before the attacks began on Nov. 26 they
allegedly sent money using a stolen identity to a US company to
activate Internet phone accounts used by the attackers and their
2009 Nov 21, In Pakistani
Kashmir 3 suspected Taliban militants blew themselves up as police
2009 Nov 22, Pakistan's army
fought Islamist militants for control of a northwestern district.
Fighting in Shahukhel in Hangu district close to the Afghan border
killed 12 militants.
2009 Nov 23, Pakistan's army
fought Islamist militants for control of a northwestern district,
killing 18 of them. It was the second day of fighting in Shahukhel
in Hangu district close to the Afghan border.
2009 Nov 24, Pakistanís
government offered peacemaking proposals to separatists in
Baluchistan, including an end to military operations and a payment
of $1.4 billion to the province in increased gas royalties.
(Econ, 11/28/09, p.29)
2009 Nov 25, Pakistan charged
seven men in last year's Mumbai terror attacks, its first
indictments in a case watched closely by India and the United States
to see if Islamabad makes good on promises to punish those
2009 Nov 27, In Pakistan 15
Taliban fighters were killed in operations over the past 24 hours in
South Waziristan. Shahfur Khan, a key anti-Taliban tribal leader,
was assassinated in a roadside bombing in the northwest. Elsewhere,
authorities found the bullet-riddled body of Ameer Saiyed, another
tribal elder, who was seized from his home a day earlier in an
attack that also left his son dead. A gunman opened fire on the
house in Rawalpindi of Kamran Shafi, a newspaper columnist critical
of Pakistan's army and spy agencies. Shafi later alleged that the
attack was carried out by elements linked to the country's powerful
security establishment. Shafi recounted the attack and a death
threat he received the following day in his weekly column in the
respected Dawn newspaper. He and his family were not injured in the
(AP, 11/27/09)(AP, 12/1/09)
2009 Nov 28, Pakistanís
President Asif Ali Zardari gave up control of the country's nuclear
arsenal in a bid to fend off mounting pressures threatening to
weaken his rule further and complicate the war on the Taliban.
Zardari announced that control of the National Command Authority,
which analysts and lawyers confirmed was responsible for nuclear
weapons, had shifted to PM Yousuf Raza Gilani.
2009 Nov 30, Pakistani security
forces targeted militants fleeing a major army offensive close to
the Afghan border, killing 10 of them.
2009 Dec 1, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed Shamsher Ali Khan, a provincial lawmaker, as
he received guests at his home in the northwest Swat valley. The
army said 10 suspected militants were arrested in two search
operations in the region in the past 24 hours.
2009 Dec 2, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber attacked the navy headquarters in Islamabad, killing
a naval policeman and injuring 11 others, one of whom died the next
(AFP, 12/2/09)(AP, 12/3/09)
2009 Dec 3, In Pakistan 10
suspects were killed in overnight fighting following a raid on a
militant hide-out near the Swat Valley area of Kabal. Abu Faraj, a
militant leader who was captured in September and accused of
plotting suicide bombings in the area, led troops to a militant
hide-out and was killed in the fighting. Five other militants were
killed when security forces repelled attacks on three checkpoints in
the Bajur area.
2009 Dec 4, In Pakistan
militants stormed a mosque in Rawalpindi near Pakistan's army
headquarters, killing at least 37 people, including 6 army officers
and 3 soldiers. They attacked during prayers spraying gunfire and
throwing grenades before blowing themselves up.
(AP, 12/4/09)(SFC, 12/5/09, p.A2)
2009 Dec 4, The New York Times
reported that the White House has authorized the CIA to expand the
use of unmanned aerial drones in Pakistan to track down and strike
suspected Taliban and Al-Qaeda members.
2009 Dec 6, Pakistani police
commandos acting on a tip killed one militant and arrested five
others in a raid against a bombing cell accused in recent attacks
around the northwest city of Peshawar. A roadside bomb killed two
elders in the Bajur tribal region and left two other tribesmen
wounded. Pakistani security forces killed 13 suspected militants,
including a prominent commander identified as Gul Maula, in
gunbattles in two other parts of the northwest over the weekend.
2009 Dec 7, A Pakistani convoy
embarked to Waziristan from Peshawar as a suicide bomber blew
himself up at a police check point, killing 11 people.
(Econ, 1/2/10, p.17)
2009 Dec 8, In central Pakistan
a team of militants launched a gun, rocket and suicide attack on an
intelligence office in Multan, killing 12 people in a strike that
showed the insurgents can hit deep in the heart of the country.
2009 Dec 9, In Pakistan 5
American men (18-24) were arrested at a house in Sargodha linked to
Jaish-e-Mohammed. They had met with representatives of an al-Qaida
linked group and asked for training but were turned down because
they lacked references from trusted militants. One, Ramy Zamzam, was
a dental student at Howard University. The others were identified as
Waqar Hussain Khan, Ramy Zamzam, Ahmal Abdul Minni, Aman Hassan
Yamer and Umer Farooq. Khalid Farooq, Umerís father, was also
detained. On June 24, 2010, the 5 American Muslims were convicted of
plotting terrorist attacks and sentenced to 10 years in jail.
(AP, 12/10/09)(SFC, 12/12/09, p.A2)(AP, 6/24/10)
2009 Dec 11, A US
counterterrorism official said Saleh al-Somali, a senior al-Qaida
operations planner, was killed in an American missile strike this
week in western Pakistan. Officials believed that he helped organize
plots in New York, Manchester and Norway.
(AP, 12/12/09)(AP, 1/30/12)
2009 Dec 12, Pakistanís PM
Yousuf Raza Gilani said his government may launch a new military
offensive in Orakzai district near the Afghan border. Insurgent
leaders are believed to have fled there to escape a government
onslaught against the Taliban in South Waziristan. Interior Minister
Rehman Malik mentioned North Waziristan as another potential front,
though military officials have been loathe to say whether they would
want to extend the fight there.
2009 Dec 12, Al-Qaida issued a
new English-language video denying it was behind a series of
bombings in Pakistan that have killed hundreds of civilians, calling
such attacks un-Islamic.
2009 Dec 13, Pakistani soldiers
battled militants in a tribal region close to the Afghan border,
killing seven insurgents but losing two of their own in skirmishes
in an area where al-Qaida and the Taliban have long sought
2009 Dec 15, In Pakistan a
suicide car bomb exploded in a market close to the home of a
politician in the Punjabi town of Dera Ghazi Khan, killing 33 people
and wounding 60 others. Pakistani military killed 49 insurgents in
the northwest, widening the net in the lawless tribal belt. At least
18 militants were killed when helicopters pounded Toorikhel town of
Orakzai when militants were holding an important meeting. An air
offensive in Dagar, a town in the Kurram district, killed 21
militants. 4 more people were killed in air strikes in the town of
Sultanzai in Orakzai. US Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US
Joint Chiefs of Staff, met army chief General Ashfaq Kayani to
discuss the new US Afghan war strategy.
(AP, 12/15/09)(AFP, 12/16/09)(SFC, 12/15/09,
2009 Dec 16, A Pakistani court
struck down an amnesty protecting President Asif Ali Zardari and
other politicians from possible prosecution for corruption.
2009 Dec 17, Pakistan's defense
minister was blocked from leaving the country along with nearly 250
other top officials, following the Supreme Court's decision to
strike down an amnesty for hundreds of Pakistani officials charged
with corruption. 2 separate US missile strikes killed 16 people in
North Waziristan including Al-Qaida commander Zuhaib al-Zahibi.
(AP, 12/18/09)(AFP, 12/17/09)(SFC, 12/18/09,
2009 Dec 18, In Pakistan an
anti-corruption court in the southern city of Karachi issued summons
to 52 suspects, including Interior Minister Rehman Malik and
presidential secretary Salman Farooqi, to appear before the judge on
Jan. 8. In the northwest a suicide car bomber detonated his
explosives near a mosque inside a police compound in the Lower Dir
region, killing 10 people, mostly police. A suspected US drone fired
3 missiles at a house in North Waziristan, killing three militants
and injuring two others.
2009 Dec 21, A Pakistani court
in Lahore ordered the noses and ears of two men cut off after they
did the same thing to a young woman whose family spurned one of the
men's marriage proposal. Sher Mohammad and a friend, Amanat
Mohammad, were accused of kidnapping the woman and cutting off her
ears and nose in late September in the Raiwind area of Lahore.
2009 Dec 22, Pakistani Taliban
commander Hakimullah Mehsud urged his fighters not to stir trouble
in North Waziristan, apparently in the hope of securing sanctuary in
a region that is dominated by militants who have signed a truce with
the government. A suicide bomber struck outside a press club in the
northwestern city of Peshawar, killing three people and wounding 17.
2009 Dec 23, In Pakistan the
Taliban blew up a girls' school overnight in the Khyber district,
where troops are fighting against militants in the tribal region
2009 Dec 24, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber struck a neighborhood home to government buildings
and a church in Peshawar, killing four people and underscoring that
militant groups retain strength despite being under siege by the
2009 Dec 26, In Pakistan a
blast in Karachi destroyed a car and injured 19 people near a
procession of minority Shiite Muslims for the Islamic holy month of
Muharram. Investigators were checking if a gas cylinder accidentally
detonated or if a bomb went off. A suspected US missile strike
killed three people in North Waziristan. A local government official
said the Taliban had beheaded a tribal elder who fought against them
in the Bajur tribal region. The remains of Gul Mohammad (45) was
found in Mamund town near a road.
2009 Dec 27, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a large gathering of
Shiite Muslims in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled
Kashmir, killing five people and wounding 80. Another blast in
Karachi wounded 30, but it was attributed to a buildup of gas in a
(AP, 12/27/09)(AP, 12/29/09)
2009 Dec 28, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber in Karachi targeted Pakistan's largest procession of
Shiite Muslims on their holiest day, killing 44 people and wounding
dozens more in defiance of a major security crackdown. In
Pakistan-administered Kashmir a suicide bomber attacked a Shiite
procession in Muzaffarabad, killing 8 people and wounding another
(AFP, 12/28/09)(AP, 1/1/10)(AP, 1/6/10)
2009 Dec 30, In Pakistan's
tribal belt, Taj Mohammad (38), a key anti-Taliban elder, was shot
dead and his bullet-riddled body found dumped on a roadside in the
district of Bajaur.
(AP, 12/30/09)(AP, 12/29/09)
2009 Dec 31, In northwest
Pakistan a suspected US missile strike near Mir Ali hit a house and
killed 3 people. In 2010 a Pakistani tribesman sought 500 million
dollars in compensation from the CIA after his son and brother were
killed in the drone attack. In 2015 a judge ordered criminal charges
to be filed against former acting general counsel John Rizzo and
ex-station chief Jonathan Bank.
(AP, 1/1/10)(AFP, 11/29/10)(SFC, 4/8/15, p.A3)
2009 Nicholas Schmidle authored
ďTo Live Or To Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan,"
covering his experiences in Pakistan from 2006-2008.
2009 Ayman al-Zawahiri authored
ďThe Morning and the Lamp," a book on Pakistanís constitution in
which he argues that the state was illegitimate and should be
(Econ, 3/5/11, p.43)(http://tinyurl.com/4rfujpk)
2009 The world Muslim
population was estimated at 1.57 billion, or about 23% of the global
population of 6.8 billion, including 203 million in Indonesia, 174
million in Pakistan and 160 million in India.
(Econ, 10/10/09, p.62)
2010 Jan 1, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber set off an explosives-laden vehicle on a
field during a volleyball tournament in Lakki Marwat city, killing
101 people and wounding more than 70. A suspected US missile struck
a car carrying alleged militants in North Waziristan tribal region,
killing 3 men. Karachi, the country's largest city, came to a
virtual standstill after religious and political leaders called for
a general strike to protest a Dec 28 bombing that killed 44 people
and subsequent riots. A roadside bomb exploded near a car in the
Bajur tribal region, killing an anti-Taliban tribal elder and five
of his family members. A local Taliban commander and his four
companions were killed in an exchange of fire with troops in Kolachi
village, 25 km (16 miles) west of the northwestern town of Dera
(AP, 1/1/10)(AP, 1/2/10)(AFP, 1/3/10)
2010 Jan 3, In Pakistan's
northwest tribal region a suspected US drone missile strike killed
at least 2 people. A roadside bomb struck a vehicle in the Hangu
district of North West Frontier Province, killing a former
irrigation minister and 3 others. Another roadside bomb struck a
vehicle carrying anti-Taliban elders in the Bajur tribal area,
killing 2 and critically wounding 4 others. The bullet-riddled
bodies of a man and a woman were found in the Mamund area of Bajur
with a note saying they were guilty of violating Islamic law.
2010 Jan 6, In Pakistan 2
suspected US drone missile strikes killed 13 people in North
Waziristan, an area of the volatile northwest teeming with militants
suspected in a recent suicide attack that killed seven CIA employees
(AP, 1/6/10)(AFP, 1/7/10)
2010 Jan 6, In Indian Kashmir
suspected Muslim militants opened fire in the main market area of
Srinagar, killing one police officer and sending residents running
for cover. A suicide bomber struck an army facility in the
Pakistan-controlled portion of Kashmir, killing four soldiers and
wounding 11 others in an area where such attacks are rare.
(AFP, 1/6/10)(AP, 1/6/10)
2010 Jan 8, In Pakistan a US
missile strike killed 4 militants in North Waziristan, as US Senator
John McCain, visiting Islamabad, defended the attacks which fuel
anti-American sentiment in the Muslim nation. 8 suspected insurgents
were killed when explosives intended for a bomb attack accidentally
blew up, destroying a militant safe house in Karachi.
(AFP, 1/8/10)(SFC, 1/9/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 9, In Pakistan 2
missiles fired by a suspected unmanned US drone hit a house in Data
Khel, an area in North Waziristan that is a stronghold of the
Haqqani militant network. 2 people were killed and 3 wounded.
Intelligence officials later said the missile strike killed Jamal
Saeed Abdul Rahim. Pakistani officials called him an al-Qaida
member, but the FBI says he was a member of the Abu Nidal terrorist
group. According to an FBI Web site, Rahim is wanted for his alleged
role in the Sept. 5, 1986, hijacking of Pan American World Airways
Flight 73 during a stop in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.
Some 20 passengers and crew, including two American citizens, were
killed during the attack.
(AP, 1/9/10)(AP, 1/15/10)
2010 Jan 9, Humam Khalil Abu
Mulal al-Balawi, the Jordanian doctor who killed 7 CIA employees in
a suicide attack in Afghanistan, said in video clips broadcast
posthumously today that all jihadists must attack US targets to
avenge the death of Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud.
Speaking in Arabic in the video shown on al-Jazeera, the Arabic
network, and Aaj, a Pakistani channel, al-Balawi noted that the
Pakistani Taliban had given shelter to "emigrants" ó Muslim fighters
2010 Jan 10, In Pakistan four
bodies were found in Karachi, three of them headless, in a wave of
targeted attacks among rival political groups that some say is aimed
at destabilizing the country's ruling coalition. Pakistan's Interior
Ministry said that 41 people have died in targeted killings in
Karachi since the beginning of the year, including 10 MQM workers,
10 from a breakaway faction called Haqiqi, and 16 members of a
committee set up by the ruling party in Lyari to control violence in
2010 Jan 11, Pakistani police
in Karachi arrested a couple on charges of stabbing their
3-month-old baby to death. A witch doctor had advised them to kill
the girl after telling them it would make them rich.
2010 Jan 13, In eastern
Pakistan a passenger train hit a school bus at an ungated railroad
crossing in amid dense fog, killing at least 8 children and the bus
2010 Jan 14, In Pakistan at
least four missiles from unmanned drones pounded a militant training
camp in the morning along the remote and mountainous border area
between Taliban strongholds North and South Waziristan. The US drone
missile strike targeted Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud,
but the militia denied reports that he was among the15 killed. Abdul
Basit Usman, a Filipino militant wanted by the US, was believed to
have been killed in an American drone strike close to the Afghan
border. Another 11 militants were also killed in the strike on a
(AFP, 1/14/10)(AP, 1/21/10)
2010 Jan 15, In Pakistan a US
drone missile attack killed five militants in the tribal belt on the
Afghan border, destroying their compound.
2010 Jan 16, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and Iran said they had agreed to work together more
closely to combat extremism, illegal weapons trading and drug
2010 Jan 16, In the Pakistani
section of Kashmir a suicide bomber attacked an army vehicle,
wounding two soldiers.
2010 Jan 17, At least one
suspected US drone fired on a house in Pakistan's volatile tribal
region, killing 20 people in the 11th such attack since militants in
the area orchestrated a deadly suicide bombing against the CIA in
Afghanistan. The house targeted was being used by Usman Jan, the
head of the al-Qaida-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Five
Uzbeks were killed in the strike. The other 15 people killed were
Pakistani Taliban. Two anti-Taliban tribal elders were killed in
separate attacks in the Bajur tribal.
2010 Jan 18, Pakistani troops
killed 10 Taliban militants and arrested five others in a clash in
the northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border. Militants
attacked anti-Taliban militiamen in the Bazai section of Mohmand
tribal area near the Afghan border, killing one and wounding
another. Authorities also found the bullet-riddled body of another
anti-Taliban militiaman in a nearby area, two days after he was
(AFP, 1/18/10)(AP, 1/18/10)
2010 Jan 19, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone attacked a compound in the Deegan area of North
Waziristan, killing four people as part of an unprecedented wave of
strikes since a deadly attack against the CIA across the border in
2010 Jan 20, Pakistanís
government reached an agreement to hand back responsibility for
maintaining order in South Waziristan to tribal leaders, following a
3-month military offensive.
(SFC, 1/21/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 21, The Pakistani army
said during a visit by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates that it
can't launch any new offensives against militants for six months to
a year to give it time to stabilize existing gains.
2010 Jan 22, Pakistani gunship
helicopters pounded a suspected militant hideout in a northwestern
tribal area known for sheltering Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters.
2010 Jan 23, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed at least four people including two children in
northwestern Gomal. Militants destroyed a NATO tanker outside
Peshawar. Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead two soldiers and wounded
two others in Khuzdar town, 350km (217 miles) south of Quetta, the
capital of southwestern Baluchistan. Militants ambushed Pakistani
security forces at checkpoints in the Orkazai and Kurram regions
close to the Afghan border, sparking gunbattles that left 22
insurgents and two troops dead.
(AFP, 1/23/10)(AP, 1/23/10)(SSFC, 1/24/10, p.A8)
2010 Jan 24, Pakistan
intelligence officials and a local resident said a suspected US
drone had crashed in North Waziristan near the Afghan border. The
bodies of 7 men, accused by Taliban militants of spying for the US,
were found shot dead in the northwest tribal belt. A paramilitary
soldier was killed when Taliban militants fired a rocket at a convoy
near Malik Deenkhel village in Khyber.
2010 Jan 27, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb planted near a house in Upper Dir exploded after
children playing nearby tried to open it, killing three of them. 13
police and civilian explosives experts were wounded when a homemade
bomb they were trying to defuse in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir
2010 Jan 28, In southern
Pakistan militants staged a rare attack against trucks carrying
supplies for NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan, wounding three
people in the latest violence to plague the country's largest city.
A bomb attached to a bicycle exploded, killing three people and
wounding a dozen others in an area of Baluchistan province.
2010 Jan 28, A US government
audit found that a $46 million American aid program aimed at
strengthening the government in Pakistan's tribal regions and
blunting the appeal of al-Qaida and the Taliban has achieved little
since it began two years ago.
2010 Jan 29, Pakistani security
forces killed 24 suspected militants in air strikes and clashes in
the northwest. One paramilitary soldier was also killed and three
wounded in a clash in the town of Chinar in the district of Bajaur.
2010 Jan 30, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed 16 people at a police checkpoint in the
northwest Bajur tribal area. 3 suspected US missiles hit a compound
and a bunker in the Mohammad Khel area of North Waziristan. 2
missiles hit the compound being used by the militants, killing 7 of
them. The third killed two more insurgents in a bunker.
2010 Jan 31, In northwest
Pakistan fighter jets and helicopters pounded a district where a
suicide bomber in Khar killed 17 people a day earlier. A roadside
bomb exploded in the town of Safi, killing two security personnel
who were riding in a water tanker. Militants blew up a
government-run girls' primary school on the outskirts of the
northwestern garrison town of Bannu. State television reported that
TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud was dead, reviving rumors that he was
killed in a US missile strike in mid-January. But the Taliban denied
the report and the army only said it was investigating.
2010 Feb 2, In Pakistan 8
missiles fired from US drones killed at least 4 militants in
Dattakhel village, in North Waziristan. The death toll from the
night time drone attacks, the heaviest ever in terms of the number
of missiles fired, soon rose to 31.
(AFP, 2/2/10)(Reuters, 2/2/10)
2010 Feb 3, In Pakistan a bomb
killed 3 US soldiers, 3 children and a Pakistani soldier. 45 people,
including 40 school girls, were wounded in the attack outside a
girls school near Swat Valley. The Taliban claimed responsibility
and threatened more attacks on Americans.
2010 Feb 3, In NYC Aafia
Siddiqui, a 37-year-old Pakistani-born mother and neuroscientist
trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was found guilty
of two counts of attempted murder, armed assault, using and carrying
a firearm and assault of US officers and employees and faces up to
60 years in prison. Siddiqui was arrested in July 2008 by US forces
in Ghazni, Afghanistan on accusation of being a suicide bomber and
alleged possession of "chemical and gel substances" for bomb making.
2010 Feb 4, In Pakistan
protests erupted across the country after a US court convicted a
Pakistani scientist of trying to kill US servicemen in Afghanistan.
A jury in New York found Aafia Siddiqui (37), a mother and
neuroscientist trained, guilty on all charges.
2010 Feb 5, In Pakistan women
and children were among the 12 people killed when a suicide attacker
rammed a motorbike bomb into a bus carrying Shiites on one of
Karachi's busiest roads. A 2nd bomber then killed 13 people,
damaging ambulances and the entrance to the casualty department at
Jinnah Hospital, where the victims of the first attack were being
treated. Police defused a third bomb rigged inside a television and
left in the hospital car park. By the next day 8 more people had
died bringing the total death toll to 33.
(AFP, 2/5/10)(AP, 2/6/10)
2010 Feb 6, Pakistani security
forces seized Damadola, a key Taliban stronghold in the northwestern
Bajur area. The government had declared the area free of militants a
2010 Feb 8, Pakistani
authorities arrested 6 suspected Taliban militants with a suicide
vest and hand grenades allegedly on their way to kill Americans at
the five-star Pearl Continental hotel in Lahore. Police seized 26
hand grenades and five detonators from the militants, who were
traveling by car and motorcycle.
2010 Feb 9, In Pakistan a
suicide car-bomber killed 18 people in the Khyber region on the
Afghan border. A military helicopter gunship crashed in another part
of Khyber, where security forces are fighting militants, killing the
two crew. Militants later opened fire on an army rescue party,
killing a senior officer and wounding two men.
(Reuters, 2/10/10)(AFP, 2/11/10)
2010 Feb 9, The UN said in an
international appeal that aid groups in Pakistan need nearly $538
million over the next six months to help hundreds of thousands of
people displaced by army clashes against the Taliban.
2010 Feb 10, Pakistan's top
civilian security official said Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud has
died. It was the government's first categorical confirmation of
Mehsudís death, whose passing is likely to weaken, but not vanquish,
the al-Qaida-linked insurgent network he led. On April 29
intelligence officials reversed claims that Mehsud had died, handing
militants something of a propaganda victory.
(Reuters, 2/10/10)(AP, 4/29/10)
2010 Feb 11, In Pakistan a
double bombing targeted police killing up to 15 people and wounding
25 others in the northwestern town of Bannu.
2010 Feb 15, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone fired a missile at a vehicle in the northwest,
killing three people in the second such strike in as many days.
2010 Feb 16, Pakistani
intelligence officials said the Taliban's top military commander has
been arrested in a joint CIA-Pakistani operation. Mullah Abdul Ghani
Baradar, the group's No. 2 leader behind Afghan Taliban founder
Mullah Mohammad Omar and a close associate of Osama bin Laden, was
captured some days ago in Karachi.
(AP, 2/16/10)(Reuters 2/17/10)
2010 Feb 17, Pakistan's
government was forced into an embarrassing U-turn, withdrawing the
recent appointments of top judges that sparked a showdown with the
Supreme Court and a fresh crisis in the country. Police in Karachi
arrested a suspected Taliban commander. He was identified as
Abdullah, also known as Abu Waqas, a commander from the Bajaur
region on the Afghan border. Unknown gunmen ambushed a vehicle
carrying militants in the Kurrum region on the border, killing six
Taliban and wounding two. A US drone fired a missile into the North
Waziristan region on the Afghan border, killing at least three
(AFP, 2/17/10)(Reuters, 2/17/10)
2010 Feb 18, In Pakistan a bomb
blast at a mosque in the northwestern Khyber tribal region killed 29
people including some militants. Missiles fired from a US unmanned
drone aircraft killed Mohammad Haqqani, the brother of Afghan
Taliban commander Siraj Haqqani, along with 3 associates. Both
Haqqanis are sons of Jalaluddin Haqqani, a former US ally in the war
against the Soviets in the 1980s.
(AP, 2/18/10)(AP, 2/19/10)(Reuters, 2/19/10)(SFC,
2010 Feb 18, In northern
Pakistan up to 37 people were feared dead after an avalanche slammed
into a remote mountain village in Kohistan district.
2010 Feb 18, The Afghan
Interior Ministry said a NATO airstrike aimed at insurgents missed
its target, killing 7 policemen in northern Kunduz province. Another
Afghan official said Pakistan has captured two "shadow governors"
belonging to Afghanistan's Taliban movement. The Afghan governor for
Kunduz said Mullah Abdul Salam and Mullah Mir Mohammad, respectively
the shadow governors of the northern Afghan provinces of Kunduz and
Baghlan happened in Pakistan's Baluchistan province and were
captured about a week ago. 9 militants linked to al-Qaida were
nabbed overnight near Karachi. Six coalition troops were killed in
the assault on Marjah, making it the deadliest day since the
offensive began. The death toll so far is 11 NATO troops and one
(AP, 2/18/10)(AP, 2/19/10)
2010 Feb 20, A Pakistani army
airstrike killed 30 militants in the Shawal mountains of the South
Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Suicide attackers
struck two police stations in Mansehra district, killing a police
2010 Feb 21, In Pakistan a
suicide car bomber hit a military convoy killing nine people,
including children, in the Swat district, just months after the army
claimed to have quelled a Taliban uprising. The body of Jaspal Singh
one of three Sikhs abducted later January in Bara, Khyber district,
was found beheaded. Taliban militants had kidnapped and beheaded him
after relatives failed to pay a ransom, due Feb 20, for his release.
The Sikh community blamed the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
(TTP) for the beheading.
2010 Feb 21, In Pakistan a
suicide car bomber hit a military convoy killing nine people,
including children, in the Swat district, just months after the army
claimed to have quelled a Taliban uprising. The body of Jaspal Singh
one of three Sikhs abducted later January in Bara, Khyber district,
was found beheaded. Taliban militants had kidnapped and beheaded him
after relatives failed to pay a ransom, due Feb 20, for his release.
The Sikh community blamed the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
(TTP) for the beheading.
2010 Feb 22, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber targeting security forces killed at least 8 people in
Mingora, the capital of the Swat Valley district.
(SFC, 2/23/10, p.A2)
2010 Feb 23, The New York Times
and Washington Post cited unnamed Pakistani security officials
saying Mullah Abdul Kabir, a member of the militia's ruling council,
was picked up several days ago in Nowshera district in Pakistan's
2010 Feb 24, In Pakistan
suspected US missiles killed at least 13 people in an al-Qaida and
Taliban stronghold in the Dargah Mandi area of North Waziristan
tribal region. Pakistani Taliban commander Mohammed Qari Zafar was
among those killed when 3 missiles hit a compound and vehicle in the
Dargah Mandi area. The bodies of two men alleged by militants to be
US spies were discovered in Mir Ali, North Waziristan.
(AP, 2/24/10)(SFC, 2/26/10, p.A2)
2010 Feb 25, Pakistanís
government confirmed the arrest of Afghan Taliban leader Maulavi
Abdul Kabir. The paramilitary Frontier Corps killed 25 militants
near the northwestern district of Darra Adam Khel during a joint
2-day operation with police.
(SFC, 2/26/10, p.A4)(AP, 2/27/10)
2010 Feb 25, India and Pakistan
held their first official talks since the 2008 Mumbai siege, with
both sides saying they wanted to rebuild trust shattered in that
attack but acknowledging that the meeting was just a first step
toward a renewed peace process.
2010 Feb 26, The Jundallah
insurgency, which says it's fighting for equal rights for the Sunni
minority in southeast Iran, named al-Hajj Mohammed Dhahir Baluch as
its new leader. The statement described the capture of former leader
Abdulmalik Rigi's by Iranian forces on Feb 23, but said all the
tribes of Baluchistan had pledged allegiance to the new leader.
2010 Feb 27, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide car bomber attacked a police station in Karak,
killing four people and wounding about two dozen. At least one
person died and several others were wounded when gunmen opened fire
on a procession in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan.
2010 Mar 1, Pakistani militants
attacked a tanker carrying fuel to NATO and US forces in
Afghanistan. One insurgent was killed and the tanker was destroyed.
2010 Mar 2, In London, England,
Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, a former Pakistani lawmaker and the leader
of a global Muslim movement, issued a fatwa, or religious edict,
that he calls an absolute condemnation of terrorism. The 600-page
fatwa bans suicide bombing "without any excuses, any pretexts, or
exceptions." The religious scholar is the founder of
Minhaj-ul-Quran, a worldwide movement that promotes a nonpolitical,
2010 Mar 3, Pakistan's
paramilitary forces said troops had killed 38 militants during a
week-long operation against the Taliban under the codename "Spring
Cleaning". In central Pakistan a local police chief and four
officers were arrested after a video allegedly showed one officer
publicly beating suspects with a fat leather strap as the other
officers held down the victims in the small town of Bhuwana in
(AFP, 3/3/10)(AP, 3/3/10)
2010 Mar 4, In Pakistan robbers
kidnapped Sahil Saeed, a five-year-old British boy, in the town of
Jhelum, about 100 km (65 miles) south of Islamabad, demanding a
ransom of 100,000 pounds, prompting his mother to make a tearful
plea for the return of her boy. In the northwest an overnight
gunbattle left 30 insurgents and one soldier dead in the Chamarkand
area of the Mohmand tribal region. Sahil Saeed was released on March
16. Spanish police arrested 3 suspects in the kidnapping in
Tarragona province. They were suspected of having traveled to
another European city to collect ransom money.
(AFP, 3/4/10)(SFC, 3/5/10, p.A2)(AFP,
2010 Mar 4, A collection of 300
films capturing the final days of the British Empire in India and
other parts of south Asia was released by the University of
Cambridge. The free archive footage is available at
www.s-asian.cam.ac.uk/films.html. The silent films, taken between
1911 and 1956, celebrate unique moments in history, from life after
the Quetta earthquake of 1935 to the partition of India and Pakistan
2010 Mar 5, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber targeted Shiite Muslims on two buses being escorted
by security forces through a northwestern border area rife with
sectarian and insurgent violence, killing 12 people. Pakistan army
helicopters destroyed a sprawling hideout of a key al-Qaida-linked
militant leader, Maulvi Faqir Mohammed, in the northwestern tribal
region of Bajur, killing 25 insurgents. Maulvi Faqir Mohammed and
fellow commander Qari Ziaur Rehman, top Taliban commanders close to
al-Qaida, were believed to have been killed in the army airstrike.
(AP, 3/5/10)(AP, 3/6/10)
2010 Mar 5, In Pakistan
Obaidullah Akhund, the Taliban's former defense minister arrested in
2007, allegedly died of heart disease in a Karachi prison. His
relatives were informed of his death in February, 2012.
2010 Mar 6, In Pakistan Maulvi
Noor Mohammad, a Pakistani Taliban commander, was ambushed near the
main town of Miran Shah, North Waziristan, by relatives of a man he
recently tortured and killed.
2010 Mar 8, Pakistani officials
said an American member of al-Qaida was picked up in a raid in the
southern city of Karachi, but reversed earlier assertions that the
detained man was the terror network's US-born spokesman. They
identified the suspect as Abu Yahya Majadin Adam. A suicide car
bomber struck a building where police interrogate high-value
suspects in the eastern city of Lahore, killing 13 people and
wounding 61 more including women taking children to school.
2010 Mar 10, In Pakistan
suspected Islamist militants stormed the World Vision office, a
US-based Christian aid agency, in Oghi village in Mansehra district
killing six Pakistani aid workers after singling them out and then
blowing up the building.
2010 Mar 11, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai, during a visit to Pakistan, said Afghanistan does not
want a proxy war between Pakistan and India or anybody else fought
on its soil. Five Afghan civilians, four of them children, were
killed in an explosion in Kapisa province. A gunmen shot dead a
South African construction contractor and his Afghan colleague in a
separate attack in Khost province. One member of the NATO-led
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed in an
explosion in the south of the country.
2010 Mar 11, In Pakistan a
homemade bomb exploded on the outskirts of the northwestern city of
Peshawar, killing four people, including one child.
2010 Mar 12, In Pakistan a pair
of suicide bombers targeting army vehicles detonated explosives
within seconds of each other, killing at least 43 people in Lahore
and wounding about 100. It was the fourth major attack in Pakistan
this week, indicating Islamist militants are stepping up violence
after a period of relative calm. The death toll rose to 57 after
more people died from their wounds.
(AP, 3/12/10)(AP, 3/13/10)(AP, 3/16/10)
2010 Mar 13, In Pakistan a
renewed wave of violence struck Saidu Sharif, the administrative
capital of the Swat Valley, when a suicide bomber on a motorized
rickshaw killed 13 people at a security checkpoint, raising fears
the nation is sliding back into a period of relentless bloodletting.
2010 Mar 14, In Pakistan
helicopter gunships pounded Taliban hideouts in the northwestern
tribal district, killing at least 17 insurgents.
(AFP, 3/14/10)(SFC, 3/15/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 15, Pakistani police
discovered a cache of bomb-making equipment and thousands of pounds
of explosives in an empty Lahore shop where authorities said a
string of attacks on the eastern city may have been plotted.
2010 Mar 16, Pakistan and Iran
signed a $7.6 billion deal in Turkey paving the way for the
construction of a much-delayed pipeline pumping Iranian natural gas
to the energy-starved South Asian country.
2010 Mar 16, In northwest
Pakistan a US missile strike and clashes between extremist gunmen
and tribesmen killed at least 20 militants near the Afghan border.
2010 Mar 17, In northwest
Pakistan 2 US missile strikes killed at least 10 militants in North
Waziristan. Attackers armed with rockets and petrol bombs killed
five policemen in a pre-dawn ambush near the Khyber tribal district.
an Afghan was killed in an explosion while making a bomb on the
outskirts of Quetta. Militants fixed a bomb to the tail end of a
tanker with a magnet and the explosion burnt some 40,000 liters of
fuel it was carrying for NATO forces in Afghanistan. A Pakistani
court formally charged 5 young Americans of plotting terrorism in
the country, in a case that has raised alarm over the danger posed
by militants using the Internet.
(AFP, 3/17/10)(AP, 3/17/10)
2010 Mar 20, Pakistani police
arrested three Taliban militants and seized a bomb-making factory in
the southern city of Karachi.
2010 Mar 21, In Pakistan the
bullet-riddled bodies of four tribesmen, killed by the Taliban for
allegedly spying for the United States, were found in a
semiautonomous tribal region near the Afghan border. They had been
kidnapped by the Taliban about 10 days earlier. A bomb exploded in
the southwestern province of Baluchistan killing at least three
people. Separately, helicopter gunships pounded Taliban hide-outs in
the Kurram and Upper Orakzai tribal regions, killing 28 militants.
Suspected US drones killed at least 4 people in a militant-dominated
tribal region near the Afghan border.
(AP, 3/21/10)(SFC, 3/22/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 22, In southwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb exploded in Quetta, killing one person and
injuring three more in an attack that police blamed on ethnic
2010 Mar 23, Pakistani
hardliners vowed to wage a holy war to liberate the disputed
Himalayan state of Kashmir from Indian control. A suspected US
missile struck a house in North Waziristan killing 3 people.
(AFP, 3/23/10)(SFC, 3/24/10, p.A4)
2010 Mar 24, Pakistani security
forces backed by jets pounded militant hide-outs near the Afghan
border, killing 23 suspected Islamist insurgents.
2010 Mar 25, Pakistani military
airstrikes killed 61 suspected militants in an area near the Afghan
border, including dozens at a seminary where Taliban commanders were
believed to be meeting. Pakistani police said they had arrested two
of the men who kidnapped a British boy (5) for 12 days this month,
and paraded the hooded and shackled suspects before the media.
Taliban fighters seized a security checkpoint in the Orakzai tribal
region close to the Afghan border, sparking clashes that killed five
soldiers and 32 insurgents in a region where the army is pressing an
(AP, 3/25/10)(AP, 3/26/10)
2010 Mar 26, Asad Qureshi, a
British journalist, went missing while traveling to North Waziristan
with a retired army officer Sultan Amir Tarar (Col. Imam), and
Khalid Khawaja, a prominent Pakistani ex-spy. Khawaja was found
killed by the captors on April 30. On Sep 9 it was reported that
Qureshi and Col. Imam were released.
2010 Mar 27, Pakistani air
strikes killed at least 11 militants in a new offensive against
foreign fighters in the restive northwest tribal belt bordering
Afghanistan. Suspected US missiles killed 4 people in the northwest.
(AFP, 3/27/10)(SSFC, 3/28/10, p.A6)
2010 Mar 28, Pakistani troops
repulsed a Taliban attack on an army base and bombed two militant
hide-outs close to the Afghan border, killing 22 insurgents in
Orakzai tribal region where the army is pressing an offensive.
(AP, 3/28/10)(SFC, 3/29/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 29, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber attacked a meeting of anti-Taliban volunteers in
northwestern Pakistan, killing one person and critically wounding
two others in Tank city.
2010 Mar 30, Iran's state
television reported that its intelligence agents mounted a
"complicated" cross-border mission and freed an Iranian diplomat
kidnapped in 2008 by gunmen in northwestern Pakistan. Heshmatollah
Attarzadeh and his Pakistani bodyguard were driving over a narrow
bridge in Peshawar on Nov. 13, 2008 when two gunmen blocked their
way with a car and opened fire.
2010 Mar 31, In Pakistan US
missiles and fighting in the mountains killed up to 36 militants and
six Pakistani soldiers as violence swept the northwest tribal belt
2010 Mar 31, Swiss authorities
said they could not reopen a money-laundering case against the
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari as long as he enjoys legal
2010 Apr 1, Pakistani troops
stormed militant positions and helicopters destroyed vehicles
carrying insurgents near the Afghan border, killing 28 suspected
militants and forcing thousands of civilians to flee.
2010 Apr 2, Pakistan submitted
to parliament a sweeping package of landmark constitutional reforms,
stripping Pres. Asif Ali Zardari of key powers in a move to bolster
parliamentary democracy. Pakistan's attorney general resigned,
accusing the government of preventing him from carrying out Supreme
Court orders to reopen old graft investigations into Pres. Zardari.
2010 Apr 3, Pakistani troops
fought gunbattles and bombed militant hide-outs in a Taliban
stronghold near the Afghan border, leaving six soldiers and 30
2010 Apr 4, Pakistani security
forces killed 38 militants in two separate operations in the Orakzai
tribal area near the Afghan border where the army recently launched
an offensive targeting the Pakistani Taliban.
2010 Apr 5, In northwest
Pakistan Islamist militants attacked a US consulate in Peshawar with
car bombs and grenades, killing 8 people. 4 militants were killed
during the attack. Hours earlier 45 people died in a suicide attack
on a political rally in the town of Timergarah in Lower Dir.
(AP, 4/5/10)(AFP, 4/5/10)(AP, 4/6/10)
2010 Apr 6, Pakistani police
killed two suspected suicide bombers during a raid in the Mittani
area on the outskirts of Peshawar.
2010 Apr 7, In northwestern
Pakistan militants attached a bomb to a tanker carrying fuel to NATO
forces in Afghanistan, destroying the vehicle and killing a boy who
was riding in a van behind it.
2010 Apr 8, Pakistan's National
Assembly unanimously passed a set of constitutional reforms, curbing
the powers of President Asif Ali Zardari and transferring them to
the prime minister and parliament.
2010 Apr 9, Pakistani security
forces killed 29 militants in two troubled tribal regions near
Afghanistan, as troops pressed on with operations aimed at flushing
out insurgents who have threatened the state.
2010 Apr 10, Pakistani
airstrikes killed nearly 100 suspected militants in two northwest
tribal regions, an apparent intensification of efforts by the army
to mop up Taliban fighters fleeing a military operation farther
south. Up to 71 civilians were killed in the strike by Pakistani
jets near the Afghan border. Military officials initially said 42
militants were killed in a gunfight and two air strikes in the Tirah
valley, but tribesmen later said up to 61 civilians were killed. A
security official estimated that 15 civilians died.
(AP, 4/10/10)(AP, 4/13/10)(AP, 4/17/10)
2010 Apr 11, In Pakistan
fighter jets pounded militant hide-outs in the northwest, killing 10
suspected insurgents as part of a military operation that has
eliminated more than 300 fighters in the last three weeks.
2010 Apr 12, In Pakistan dozens
of militants armed with rockets and automatic weapons attacked two
security checkpoints in the villages of Shireen Dara and Sangrana.
Security forces successfully repelled the attack, but two soldiers
were killed and three others wounded. After the battles subsided,
authorities found the bodies of 15 dead militants around the two
checkpoints. Intelligence officials said insurgents removed the
bodies of at least 26 others who were killed. 13 civilians were
reportedly killed in a US missile strike elsewhere in North
Waziristan. Pakistan intelligence officials said the missile attack
close to the town of Miran Shah killed four suspected
(AP, 4/12/10)(AP, 4/13/10)
2010 Apr 16, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber attacked a hospital emergency room where Shiite
Muslims were mourning a slain bank manager, killing 10 people
including a journalist and two policemen in Quetta. A suspected US
missile strike killed four alleged militants in the Toorkhel area in
(AP, 4/16/10)(AP, 4/17/10)
2010 Apr 17, In northwest
Pakistan 2 suicide bombers dressed in burqas struck a crowd of
displaced people collecting aid handouts, killing 42 people and
wounding more than 60 at the Kacha Pukha camp on the outskirts of
the garrison city of Kohat.
(AFP, 4/17/10)(AFP, 4/19/10)
2010 Apr 18, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber rammed a truck loaded with explosives into
a police station in the Kohat area, killing a child and six other
civilians. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
2010 Apr 19, In Pakistan at
least 23 people including police officials were killed in a suicide
bombing in the Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar. Hours earlier a boy
(8) was killed and at least ten people were injured in a bombing
outside a high school in Peshawar. A later explosion Boharh Bazaar
slightly damaged a parked car and two shops.
2010 Apr 20, Pakistani
officials said several senior Pakistani police and intelligence
officials have been removed from their posts after a damning April
15 UN report into the killing of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto.
2010 Apr 22, Pakistan security
forces, backed by tanks and artillery, killed at least 20 Taliban
militants in a clash in the northwestern region of Orakzai. One
soldier was killed in the fighting. Militants ambushed a Pakistani
army convoy traveling in North Waziristan that is mostly home to
insurgent groups focused on the war in neighboring Afghanistan,
killing eight soldiers. Intelligence officials said tribesmen joined
local Taliban fighters to stage the ambush after a 15-year-old boy
in the area was allegedly shot to death by an earlier group of
(Reuters, 4/22/10)(AP, 4/23/10)
2010 Apr 24, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide attack on a prison van wounded at least 10
policemen in Timergarah. Troops waging an offensive in the Orakzai
tribal region killed 20 suspected Taliban insurgents. Gunmen torched
6 NATO oil tankers killing 4 police officers in the Chakwal district
of Punjab province.
(AP, 4/24/10)(SSFC, 4/25/10, p.A7)
2010 Apr 26, In Pakistan US
missiles killed four alleged Taliban insurgents in the northwest,
while three other militant suspects were slain in a shootout with
local security forces elsewhere in the region. The body of an
anti-Taliban tribal elder was found in the Bajur tribal region. The
killers left a note on the body of Maulana Abdul Haleem stating "any
one found involved in helping the government against the Taliban
will meet the same fate."
2010 Apr 27, Pakistani troops
killed 13 suspected insurgents in the Orakzai tribal region near
Afghanistan. 8 militants died after a battle over a checkpoint in
the Bezod area of Orakzai. Airstrikes killed five more in the Kasha
2010 Apr 27, Indiaís foreign
ministry said a female diplomat, Mrs. Gupta (53), working in the
Indian embassy in Islamabad has been arrested on charges of spying
for Pakistan. Strikes to protest rising food and fuel prices shut
down air, rail and road traffic in several parts of India.
(AFP, 4/27/10)(SSFC, 5/2/10, p.M3)
2010 Apr 28, In Pakistan
security forces have killed seven suspected insurgents in the
Orakzai tribal region near Afghanistan.
2010 Apr 29, The prime
ministers of India and Pakistan agreed to resume peace talks between
their top diplomats and work toward rebuilding trust shattered by
the deadly 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that New Delhi blamed on
2010 Apr 30, In Pakistan Khalid
Khawaja, a former intelligence officer, was found shot dead in a
northwest tribal region. Khawaja went missing in late March with
another ex-intelligence official, Sultan Amir Tarar, and journalist
Asad Qureshi. There was no word on the fate of the two others.
Pakistani troops pressing an anti-Taliban offensive into a second
month in a lawless tribal district near the Afghan border killed at
least eight militants. Taliban militants blew up a state-run girls'
school in Sadiqabad village in Bajaur, another of Pakistan's seven
tribal districts where militants have destroyed 89 schools.
(AP, 4/30/10)(AFP, 4/30/10)(AP, 9/9/10)
2010 May 1, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed five people in the Swat Valley, fuelling fears
of a Taliban comeback in the area a year after a major army
offensive routed the group.
2010 May 1, NYC police found an
"amateurish" but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to
detonate but did not explode in a smoking sport utility vehicle in
Times Square. The Pakistani Taliban quickly claimed responsibility
for the failed car bomb attack.
2010 May 2, Pakistani army
helicopter gunships pounded insurgent hideouts in the northwest,
killing at least 22 militants.
2010 May 3, In Pakistan
suspected US missiles killed four alleged militants in a tribal
region near the Afghan border, while a top US general arrived to
discuss the countries' efforts in the war against Islamist
2010 May 3, In India Mohammed
Ajmal Amir Kasab (22), a Pakistani national, was found guilty for
his role in the 60-hour siege (Nov 26-28, 2008) that left 166 people
dead. He was convicted on most of the 86 charges against him and
faced the death penalty. The next day Judge M.L. Tahaliyani imposed
the death penalty against Kasab on four counts of murder, waging war
against India, conspiracy and terrorism offences.
(AFP, 5/3/10)(AFP, 5/6/10)
2010 May 3, Faisal Shahzad
(30), a US citizen who had recently returned from a five-month trip
to his native Pakistan, was arrested at a New York airport on
charges that he drove a bomb-laden SUV meant to cause a fireball in
2010 May 5, A Pakistani
anti-terror court acquitted four men put on trial over the 2008
bombing of the five-star Marriott hotel in Islamabad that killed at
least 60 people. Suspects Rana Ilyas, Dr Mohammad Usman Safi, Hameed
Afzal and Tehseenullah Jan, were arrested in Islamabad and the
neighboring garrison city of Rawalpindi in October, one month after
the devastating bomb.
2010 May 7, In Pakistan gunmen
attacked a police checkpoint in the northwest Mansehra district
killing four officers.
2010 May 8, Pakistan
successfully test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of carrying
nuclear warheads, as the Islamic nation's leader urged the world to
recognize it as a legitimate nuclear power.
2010 May 9, In Pakistan 10
people were killed in a US drone attack in North Waziristan. 9 of
the 10 were said to be militants.
(AP, 5/9/10)(SFC, 5/10/10, p.A2)
2010 May 9, US Attorney General
Eric Holder said Washington had evidence that Pakistani Taliban were
behind a failed car bomb attack in the heart of New York City.
2010 May 10, In Pakistan army
troops rooting out extremist militants in the country's northwest
clashed with Taliban fighters, leaving 9 troops and 37 militants
2010 May 10, In Chile Mauhannas
Saif ur Rehnab (28) of Pakistan was detained under terms of Chile's
anti-terror law after officials detected traces of TNT on him when
he visited the US embassy in Santiago. On May 15 he was set free
pending an investigation, but could not leave Chile and must check
in with a judge every two weeks.
2010 May 11, In Pakistan US
drone aircraft killed at least 24 suspected militants in two attacks
in North Waziristan, a major al Qaeda and Taliban sanctuary.
2010 May 12, Pakistani Taliban
shot and killed two men whom they accused of spying for the United
States, while a bomb ripped through a NATO oil tanker near the
Afghan border and killed a passer-by.
2010 May 15, In Pakistan a
suspected US missile strike killed at least five people in the
northwest Khyber tribal region. Militants armed with assault rifles
kidnapped about 60 people in a troubled tribal region in the
northwest in the Kurram region after ambushing their vehicles.
2010 May 16, Pakistanís
military killed 58 suspected militants in the northwestern Orakzai
tribal region with a mix of airstrikes and ground combat, the latest
violence in a months-long campaign to rout Taliban fighters from a
mountainous area near the Afghan border. Militants who kidnapped 60
people at gunpoint the day before released 40 of their hostages.
Another 10 people told the local government they managed to escape
the militants. The kidnappers kept the wealthier men so they could
demand ransom from their families.
2010 May 18, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber on a bicycle killed 11 people when he
attacked a police patrol in an area where many citizens fled last
year to escape a large army offensive against the Taliban.
2010 May 19, Pakistan's
government ordered Internet service providers to block Facebook amid
anger over a page that encourages users to post images of Islam's
2010 May 20, The Pakistani
government blocked access to YouTube because of "sacrilegious"
content on the video-sharing website, signaling a growing Internet
crackdown against sites deemed offensive to the country's majority
2010 May 20, In Pakistan a
British couple and their daughter were shot dead at a cemetery near
Gujarat as part of a family feud while visiting for a wedding.
Reports named them as Mohammad Yousaf, his wife Pervaiz and their
daughter Tanya (22), from Nelson in Lancashire.
2010 May 21, Pakistani
protesters shouted "Death to Facebook", "Death to America" and burnt
US flags, venting growing anger over "sacrilegious" caricatures of
the Prophet Mohammed on the Internet.
2010 May 22, In Pakistan an
overnight US missile strike killed two foreign militant suspects and
eight Pakistanis near the Afghan border.
2010 May 23, Pakistani Foreign
Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that his country plans to boost
trade with Egypt, during a visit to Cairo where he met with
President Hosni Mubarak.
2010 May 27, In northwest
Pakistan insurgents shot and killed a pro-government tribal elder,
his wife and a son, while a clash elsewhere in the volatile region
left a police officer and two militants dead.
2010 May 27, Pakistan restored
access to popular video website YouTube, but Facebook and 1,200 web
pages remained blocked as a row about "blasphemous" content on the
Internet rumbled into a second week.
2010 May 28, In eastern
Pakistan suspected Islamist militants attacked two mosques packed
with hundreds of worshippers from a minority sect, holding hostages
and battling police. 93 people died, and dozens were wounded in the
worst attack ever against the Ahmadi sect.
(AP, 5/28/10)(AP, 5/29/10)
2010 May 30, In Pakistan
fighter jets pounded militant hide-outs in the northwest, killing 18
suspected fighters. Militants in the neighboring Kurram tribal area
opened fire on a passenger vehicle, killing two women and wounding
four other people.
2010 May 31, Pakistan lifted a
ban on Facebook after officials from the social networking site
apologized for a page deemed offensive to Muslims and removed its
2010 May 31, Al-Qaida announced
that its No. 3 official, Mustafa al-Yazid, had been killed along
with members of his family, perhaps one of the most severe blows to
the terror movement since the US campaign against al-Qaida began. A
US official said al-Yazid was believed to have died in a US missile
strike about a week ago in Pakistan. Gunmen disguised in police
uniforms attacked a hospital in Lahore killing 6 people in a failed
attempt to free a captured militant being treated there. The
militant was part of a group that killed 93 people on May 28 in an
assault on the Ahmadi sect.
(AP, 5/31/10)(SFC, 6/1/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 2, Pakistan and Spain
expressed their joint commitment to fight terrorism as they signed a
broad bilateral agreement aimed at enhancing cooperation on
security, trade and other issues.
2010 Jun 6, In Pakistan heavy
rains and winds lashed the port city of Karachi as Cyclone Phet
swirled along the coastline after claiming the lives of 15 people in
2010 Jun 8, The Pakistani
Taliban staged a public execution in front of hundreds of tribesmen
in North Waziristan after an Islamic court convicted the man of
killing two brothers.
2010 Jun 9, In Pakistan gunmen
in an overnight raid attacked military vehicles and goods destined
for NATO in Afghanistan, torching up to 60 trailers and killing
seven people in an unprecedented assault near Islamabad.
2010 Jun 9, A US district Court
in Manhattan sentenced Syed Hashmi (30), a Pakistani American, to 15
years in prison for helping an Al-Qaida operative supply raincoats,
ponchos and waterproof socks to militants in Afghanistan.
(SFC, 6/10/10, p.A5)
2010 Jun 10, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed one person and wounded three in the southern
port city of Karachi. It exploded in a parking area near a
neighborhood where many naval officers reside.
2010 Jun 11, In northwestern
Pakistan a volley of US missiles killed 15 alleged militants in an
extremist stronghold, the second such strike in less than 12 hours.
2010 Jun 12, Pakistani fighter
jets destroyed several militant hide-outs in the northwest, killing
10 insurgents in the Orakzai tribal region.
2010 Jun 13, Iran and Pakistan
formally signed a $7 billion export deal which commits the Islamic
republic to supplying its eastern neighbor with natural gas from
2010 Jun 13, The London School
of Economics issued new research report saying Pakistan's main spy
agency continues to arm and train the Taliban and is even
represented on the group's leadership council despite US pressure to
sever ties and billions in aid to combat the militants.
2010 Jun 13, An American armed
with a pistol and a 40-inch (102-cm) sword was detained in northern
Pakistan and told investigators he was on a solo mission to kill
Osama bin Laden. He was identified as Gary Brooks Faulkner (52), a
Californian construction worker.
2010 Jun 15, The international
aid group Mercy Corps said it has suspended its operations in
Pakistan after kidnappers killed one of its employees. 4 Pakistani
employees of Mercy Corps were abducted Feb. 18 as they drove to one
of their offices in Quetta. The agency recently learned that a
52-year-old driver in the group, a father of nine identified only as
Habibullah, had been slain earlier this month. There was no word on
the fate of the other three staffers.
2010 Jun 18, India handed over
to Pakistan a new dossier of evidence related to the November 2008
Mumbai attacks, ahead of talks next week between top foreign
2010 Jun 19, In Pakistan a
suspected US missile strike killed 13 people in the North Waziristan
tribal region. A roadside bomb aimed at police in the country's
volatile northwest killed a civilian and wounded eight people.
Gunmen opened fire on police at a court in the southern city of
Karachi; one police officer and an attacker were killed. Gunmen
opened fire on a vehicle carrying an area police chief, Abdul Wahab,
in the southwestern city of Quetta, wounding him critically.
2010 Jun 20, Zimbabwe arrested
two Pakistani men for using fake passports. State media later said
one man is potentially linked to the November 2008 attacks in
Mumbai. Suspect Imran Muhammad (33) was wanted in Pakistan for
alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks, which left 166 people
dead. The second man was identified as Chaudry Parvez Ahmed.
2010 Jun 22, Pakistan's PM
Yousuf Raza Gilani, defying a warning from Washington, promised to
go ahead with a plan to import natural gas from Iran even if the US
levies additional sanctions. Pakistani troops backed by fighter jets
killed 43 militants and wounded two dozen others in the Orakzai
tribal region. 4 soldiers were killed in the fighting.
2010 Jun 23, British Foreign
Secretary William Hague pledged to deepen strategic relations with
Pakistan as he paid his first visit to Islamabad since the new
government in London took power.
2010 Jun 24, Indian and
Pakistani diplomats pledged to strive for sustained dialogue to get
their fragile relations back on track and deny militants space to
derail reconciliation efforts.
2010 Jun 25, India detained a
Pakistan-bound cargo ship carrying a "huge quantity" of explosives
and other weapons at a harbor in eastern India. Police identified
the vessel as the MV Aegean Glory and said it was registered in
2010 Jun 26, In Pakistan twin
low intensity bomb blasts hit a CD market in the eastern city of
Lahore wounding four people and creating havoc in the area.
2010 Jun 27, In Pakistan
suspected US missiles struck a militant compound in the northwest,
killing at least three people in an area teeming with Taliban and
2010 Jun 28, Four Pakistani
soldiers were killed when Taliban militants ambushed an army patrol
in the tribal district of Bajaur near the Afghan border. A truck
carrying chemicals accidentally exploded in southern Pakistan after
pressure built up in its storage tank, killing 18 people and
(AFP, 6/28/10)(AP, 6/28/10)
2010 Jun 29, In Pakistan
suspected US missiles hit a house in the South Waziristan tribal
region. 8 militants including an Egyptian allied with Al-Qaida were
(AP, 6/29/10)(SFC, 6/30/10, p.A4)
2010 Jun 30, In Pakistan
Samiullah Khan, a deputy administrator in the Orakzai tribal region,
said the aerial bombings have destroyed six Taliban hide-outs in the
region leaving at least 20 militants dead.
2010 Jul 1, In Lahore,
Pakistan, at least two suicide bombers attacked a popular Muslim
shrine minutes apart killing 42 people with some 175 injured.
Thousands of people were visiting Data Darbar shrine at the time of
the attack. It contains the tomb of a famous Sufi saint and is
visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year.
(AP, 7/1/10)(WSJ, 7/2/10, p.A1)(SFC, 7/3/10,
2010 Jul 5, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a paramilitary
base killing one soldier and wounding at least 7 others. The army
said it killed Taliban commander Amir Ullah Mehsud during a clash in
(SFC, 7/6/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 9, In Pakistan a pair
of suicide bombers struck outside a government office in the Mohmand
tribal region, killing 102 people and wounding 168 near the
Yakaghund village office of Rasool Khan.
(AP, 7/9/10)(AP, 7/10/10)
2010 Jul 14, India's Foreign
Minister S.M. Krishna arrived in Pakistan saying that he brought a
message of "peace and friendship" but called on Islamabad to act
decisively against terrorism.
2010 Jul 15, In Pakistan an
apparent suicide bombing near a bus terminal in the Swat Valley
killed five people and wounded at least 58.
2010 Jul 15, Pakistan and India
sought to improve their strained relationship with high-level talks
aimed at rebuilding trust that was fractured by the terrorist
attacks that killed 166 people in the Indian city of Mumbai nearly
two years ago.
2010 Jul 16, In Pakistan a
powerful bomb blast ripped through a busy market in the Khyber
tribal region, an area along the Afghan border, killing 10 people
(AP, 7/16/10)(AP, 7/17/10)
2010 Jul 17, In northwest
Pakistan suspected militants ambushed a convoy of vehicles being
escorted by security forces, killing 18 people, including two women
in the Kurram region. 6 people were injured when two bomb blasts hit
a market in Lahore, damaging two Internet cafes. Jet fighters killed
18 militants in strikes on suspected hideouts in the Orakzai region.
(Reuters, 7/17/10)(AFP, 7/17/10)
2010 Jul 18, Afghanistan and
Pakistan announced a trade agreement, which the US helped to forge,
to facilitate the shipment of goods between and through the two
(SFC, 7/19/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 19, In Pakistan gunmen
killed two Pakistani Christian brothers accused of blasphemy against
Islam as they left a court in Faisalabad. The men were chained
together when the attack took place.
2010 Jul 20, Pakistani army
guards shot and killed three suspected suicide bombers and two other
militants as they tried to enter a sprawling military firing range
in the northwest.
2010 Jul 21, In Pakistan heavy
monsoon rains killed at least 17 people and affected thousands more.
2010 Jul 22, The US Treasury
Department sanctioned three insurgent leaders, including Nasiruddin
Haqqani, an emissary for the Haqqani Network (Afghanistan-Pakistan)
and brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani who leads the group with his
2010 Jul 23, Pakistanís
government said 30 people had been killed in flash floods in
Baluchistan province, mostly in Barkhan district.
2010 Jul 24, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen killed the son of Information Minister Mian Iftikhar
Hussain of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. US missiles hit a suspected
militant hide-out, killing 12 insurgents in a compound in the Nazai
Narai area of South Waziristan.
(AP, 7/24/10)(AP, 7/25/10)
2010 Jul 25, In Pakistan US
missiles hit a compound in South Waziristan, killing four militants
in a second drone attack in as many days in the region seen as
2010 Jul 26, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bomber struck near the home of a provincial minister
whose only son was recently killed by the militants. Mian Iftikhar
Hussain, information minister of Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa province and an
outspoken critic of the Taliban, was the apparent target. 7 people
were killed and 25 wounded.
2010 Jul 26, WikiLeaks founder
Julian Assange promised that the release of some 91,000 secret US
military documents on the Afghanistan war is just the beginning,
adding that he still has thousands more Afghan files to post online.
The files were mostly field reports and intelligence
assessments from 2004-2009. Pakistan's most powerful spy agency on
lashed out against a trove of leaked US intelligence reports that
alleged close connections between it and Taliban militants fighting
NATO troops in Afghanistan, calling the accusations malicious and
(AP, 7/26/10)(Econ, 7/31/10, p.28)
2010 Jul 27, A former Pakistani
spy, Sultan Amir Tarar, kidnapped by militants four months ago in
northwestern Pakistan threatened in a video to expose the
government's "weaknesses" unless it frees prisoners to secure his
release as demanded by his captors.
2010 Jul 28, In Pakistan an
Airbus A321 passenger jet, flight number ED202, crashed into the
hills overlooking Islamabad amid poor weather, killing all 152
people on board and blazing a path of devastation strewn with body
parts and twisted metal wreckage.
2010 Jul 28, In northwest
Pakistan flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy
rains killed 34 people.
2010 Jul 29, In northwest
Pakistan the death toll rose to at least 60 people with hundreds of
thousands stranded in the region's worst flooding in decades.
2010 Jul 30, In Pakistan the
death toll from three days of flooding reached at least 430, as
rains bloated rivers, submerged villages, and triggered landslides.
2010 Jul 31, Pakistani
officials said flooding has killed more than 800 people in a week as
rescuers struggled to reach marooned victims and some evacuees
showed signs of fever, diarrhea and other waterborne diseases.
2010 Aug 1, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb exploded as army troops were clearing a road in the
northwestern tribal region, killing two soldiers.
2010 Aug 1, In northwestern
Pakistan the death toll from massive floods rose to 1,100 as rescue
workers struggled to save more than 27,000 people still trapped by
the raging water.
2010 Aug 2, Pakistani lawmaker
Raza Haider (35) was killed in a drive-by shooting in downtown
Karachi, where political and ethnic assassinations have fanned
increasing tensions. Haider was a member of the Muttahida Qaumi
Movement, the political party that runs the city and represents
mainly descendants of Urdu-speaking migrants from India who settled
in Pakistan when it was created in 1947.
(AFP, 8/2/10)(AP, 8/3/10)
2010 Aug 2, In Pakistan fears
were growing for up to 2.5 million people affected by the worst
floods in 80 years amid outbreaks of disease after monsoon rains
killed up to 1,500 people.
2010 Aug 3, In Pakistan gunmen
killed at least 45 people Karachi after the assassination of a
prominent lawmaker set off a cycle of revenge attacks. Dozens of
vehicles and shops were set ablaze as security forces struggled to
regain control of the city.
2010 Aug 3, In Pakistan
floodwaters that devastated the mountainous northwest surged into
the heartland, submerging dozens of villages along bloated rivers
whose torrents have killed at least 1,500 people and put 100,000 at
risk of disease. Fresh rains in the hardest-hit northwest threatened
to overwhelm a major dam and unleash a new deluge.
2010 Aug 4, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber struck a vehicle carrying the chief of a paramilitary
police force in Peshawar, killing him and four others in an attack
that ended a relative lull in violence in a city often targeted by
2010 Aug 5, Pakistan began
evacuating half a million people from flood-risk areas in the south
as the overall number hit by the country's worst floods in living
memory rose to more than four million. US Army choppers flew their
first relief missions in the flood-ravaged northwest.
(AFP, 8/5/10)(AP, 8/5/10)
2010 Aug 6, Pakistan battled to
contain flooding in its rich agricultural south, evacuating half a
million people from risk areas as the UN warned of the "daunting"
scale of the crisis.
2010 Aug 6, Britain and
Pakistan agreed to do more together to fight Islamist militancy,
brushing aside a diplomatic spat that followed British criticism of
Pakistani efforts to counter extremism. Visiting Pakistan's Pres.
President Asif Ali Zardari held official talks with PM David
Cameron, roughly a week after the British leader ignited a
diplomatic row by accusing Pakistan of exporting terrorism during a
trip to the country's nuclear rival, India.
(Reuters, 8/6/10)(AP, 8/6/10)
2010 Aug 10, Pakistanís
President Asif Ali Zardari returned to his flood-ravaged country,
where he faced a storm of criticism for visiting Europe as his
country was gripped by what his government called the nation's worst
natural disaster. The UN said the Pakistaní government's estimate of
13.8 million people affected by the country's worst-ever floods
exceeded the combined total of three recent megadisasters, the 2004
Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti
2010 Aug 11, The UN appealed
for $459 million in aid for flood-hit Pakistan, warning of a second
wave of death among sick, hungry survivors unless help arrived
2010 Aug 14, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen targeted non-ethnic Baluchis traveling on a bus and
painting a house in two attacks, killing 7 Taliban and 7 tribesmen
and wounding eight.
(AP, 8/14/10)(AP, 2/25/12)
2010 Aug 15, Pakistani men took
turns savagely beating the two teenage brothers with sticks, drawing
blood before dragging and hanging their dead bodies from a nearby
pole. None of the dozens of people watching tried to stop the
attack, not even several police. The scene was caught on video and
broadcast on news channels. The boys in Sialkot, a town in eastern
Punjab province, may have been mistaken for robbers. At least 10
suspects were later arrested, including four police officers.
2010 Aug 15, UN chief Ban
Ki-moon urged the world to quicken aid for up to 20 million people
hit by Pakistan's worst humanitarian crisis as he flew in to visit
areas ravaged by record floods.
2010 Aug 16, In Pakistan angry
flood survivors blocked a highway to protest slow delivery of aid
and heavy rain lashed makeshift housing as a forecast of more
flooding increased the urgency of the massive international relief
2010 Aug 17, The World Bank
said it will redirect $900 million of its existing loans to Pakistan
to help in flood recovery, as the UN warned that many of the 20
million people affected by the disaster have yet to receive any
2010 Aug 18, In Pakistan
militants exploiting the flooding chaos clashed with police
overnight, as desperately needed international donations for the
millions of victims picked up pace three weeks after the deluge
2010 Aug 18, Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev offered Pakistan support in dealing with
catastrophic floods as he hosted the leaders of Afghanistan,
Pakistan and Tajikistan for talks on efforts to stabilize the
2010 Aug 19, The UN said more
than 4 million Pakistanis have been made homeless by nearly 3 weeks
of floods, making the critical task of securing greater amounts of
aid more urgent.
2010 Aug 20, UN agencies
stepped up calls for donors to cash up pledges for Pakistan in order
to prevent what UN chief Ban Ki-moon called a "slow-motion tsunami"
from wrecking further catastrophe.
2010 Aug 21, About 150,000
Pakistanis were forced to move to higher ground over the last 24
hours as floodwaters from a freshly swollen Indus River submerged
dozens more towns and villages in the south. The floods have
affected about one-fifth of Pakistan's territory, straining its
civilian government as it also struggles against al-Qaida and
Taliban violence. At least 6 million people have been made homeless
and 20 million affected overall. The economic cost is expected to
run into billions of dollars.
2010 Aug 21, In Pakistan
suspected US missiles fired from an unmanned drone killed six
militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border.
2010 Aug 22, Pakistani
authorities evacuated tens of thousands from flood-threatened areas
in the south, but insisted that the 2.5 million people of Hyderabad
were safe from the nation's worst-ever inundation.
2010 Aug 23, In Pakistan 3 bomb
attacks in the northwest killed at least 36 people. A bomb exploded
inside a school during a meeting of elders in Kurram tribal region,
killing seven people. An attack on the outskirts of Peshawar killed
the leader of an anti-Taliban militia, Israr Khan, and two aides as
he passed through a market in the village of Matni. The deadliest
blast was a suicide attack at a mosque inside a religious school in
South Waziristan that killed 26 people and injured 40 more.
2010 Aug 24, The UN said some
80,000 people have been cut off by floods in Pakistan and that it
needs at least 40 more helicopters to ferry aid to increasingly
(SFC, 8/25/10, p.A3)
2010 Aug 25, The United States
said it will divert $50 million from a development package for
Pakistan toward relief funds.
2010 Aug 26, Pakistani Taliban
spokesman Azam Tariq claimed that the United States and other
countries were not really focused on providing aid to flood victims
but had other "intentions" he did not specify. The death toll in the
floods stood around 1,500 people. Officials ordered nearly half a
million people to evacuate towns as rising floods threaten further
(AP, 8/26/10)(AFP, 8/26/10)
2010 Aug 27, Hundreds of
thousands of Pakistanis fled floodwaters after the surging River
Indus smashed through levees in two places, but many refused to
leave the danger zone while others took shelter in an ancient
graveyard for Muslim saints.
2010 Aug 28, In Pakistan
floodwaters made another break in the levees protecting the southern
Pakistani city of Thatta. Over 175,000 residents fled for high
ground and left the city nearly empty.
2010 Aug 29, In Pakistan
floodwaters inundated southern Sujawal town as authorities struggled
to build new levees with clay and stone to prevent one of the area's
biggest cities from suffering the same fate. Almost all of Sujawal's
250,000 residents fled the town before the water rushed in.
2010 Aug 29, Ekmeleddin
Ihsanoglu, the head of the Organization of The Islamic Conference,
said Muslims have pledged nearly $1 billion in cash and relief
supplies for Pakistan.
(SFC, 8/30/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 29, In Britain 2 men
and a woman were arrested in connection with allegations that
Pakistani cricket players were involved in a betting scam.
2010 Aug 31, Pakistani
government airstrikes killed eight suspected insurgents in the
Khyber tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Two intelligence
officials confirmed the airstrikes but said 30 insurgents were
(AP, 8/31/10)(AP, 9/1/10)
2010 Sep 1, In Pakistan 3
suicide bombs ripped through a Shiite Muslim religious procession in
the eastern city of Lahore, killing at least 35 people and wounding
2010 Sep 1, The US government
designated the Pakistani Taliban a terrorist group and accused its
leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, of involvement in a December suicide
bombing that killed 7 Americans at a CIA post in eastern
(SFC, 9/2/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 3, In Pakistan a
suicide bombing targeting religious minorities killed at least 65
people in Quetta. A suicide attack on a mosque belonging to the
minority Ahmadi sect killed at least one person and wounded several
others in the northwest town of Mardan. Suspected US missiles killed
five people in a tribal region near the Afghan border. A bomb was
detonated by remote control as officers patrolled in Peshawar, the
capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
(AP, 9/3/10)(AP, 9/4/10)
2010 Sep 6, In northwestern
Pakistan a Taliban suicide bomber detonated a car in an alley behind
a police station in Lakki Marwat, killing at least 19 police and
civilians in an explosion that shattered the station and neighboring
homes. A US drone fired 2 missiles and killed 5 alleged militants in
North Waziristan, home to the Haqqani network, a militant group
battling US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
(Reuters, 9/6/10)(AFP, 9/6/10)
2010 Sep 7, In Pakistan at
least 17 people were killed and more than 20 wounded in a bomb
attack targeting a police headquarters in the northwestern city of
(AFP, 9/7/10)(SFC, 9/8/10, p.A3)
2010 Sep 7, The UN said more
than 10 million people have been left without shelter in Pakistan's
floods for the past 6 weeks, in "one of the worst humanitarian
disasters" in UN history.
2010 Sep 8, In Pakistan 3
suspected US missile strikes in less than 12 hours hit militant
targets in the northwest, an unusually intense barrage that follows
four other such attacks in the last week. At least 14 suspected
militants were killed.
2010 Sep 9, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed 10 people and wounded four in a tribal region
on the Afghan border. A suicide bomber detonated himself inside the
house of a government minister in the Pakistan's southwestern city
of Quetta, killing three people. A suspected American missile strike
killed five alleged militants in North Waziristan.
2010 Sep 12, In Pakistan a
suspected US missile strike in North Waziristan killed at least five
associates of warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur, who was fighting Western
troops in Afghanistan.
2010 Sep 14, In Pakistan 2 US
missile attacks hit alleged militant targets in a tribal area
killing 15 alleged militants. They hit in a part of North Waziristan
region dominated by the Haqqani and Hafiz Gul Bahadur networks of
militants fighting US troops across the border in Afghanistan.
(AP, 9/14/10)(AFP, 9/15/10)
2010 Sep 15, Pakistan's
President Asif Ali Zardari said that his nation's intelligence
services are willing to cooperate closer with Afghanistan to fight
Taliban militants. Two separate US missile strikes targeting
Al-Qaeda-linked fighters in the northwest tribal belt killed 15
(AP, 9/15/10)(AFP, 9/15/10)
2010 Sep 16, In Britain Imran
Farooq (50), a founding member of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi
Movement (MQM), a major political force in Karachi, was found with
head injuries and stab wounds outside his home in north London. On
Dec 9 British police arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of
murdering Farooq. On Aug 27, 2014, British police arrested another
man (30) in connection with the 2010 murder.
(AFP, 9/17/10)(AFP, 12/9/10)(AP, 8/27/14)
2010 Sep 17, In Pakistan 48
people died in a dispute over access to water in the Kurram region.
Fighting near the border with Afghanistan between two tribes, one
Sunni and the other Shia, has killed 102 people over the last two
2010 Sep 19, In Pakistan a
suspected US missile strike killed five alleged militants in the
North Waziristan tribal area. Weekend clashes during a two-day
search operation on the outskirts of Peshawar killed 15 militants
and two police officers and wounded two soldiers.
(AP, 9/19/10)(AP, 9/20/10)
2010 Sep 20, In Pakistan
suspected US drones fired missiles at militant targets in North
Waziristan, killing six people in the 15th such attack this month.
2010 Sep 21, In Pakistan-held
Kashmir a van carrying at least 30 schoolchildren plunged into a
river, and most of the passengers were confirmed or feared dead.
2010 Sep 21, Eighteen people
have died and 48 are missing after Fanapi churned through southern
China, while 65 people were killed in monsoon rain in India and
100,000 displaced after a lake burst in southern Pakistan. Two
people went missing and thousands of homes flooded when a record
rainstorm hit parts of South Korea during a national holiday.
2010 Sep 23, A New York
court sentenced Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist, to 86 years
in prison. Siddiqui (38) was detained in Afghanistan in 2008. She
was found guilty of seizing a weapon from one of her captors and
trying to shoot US authorities who were interrogating her there.
2010 Sep 24, Pakistan's PM
Yousuf Raza Gilani called Aafia Siddiqui, a female scientist
convicted of trying to kill US interrogators in Afghanistan, "the
daughter of the nation" and vowed to campaign for her release from
an American jail.
2010 Sep 25, A Pakistani court
acquitted three men charged over a deadly suicide car bomb attack
near the Danish embassy in Islamabad in 2008. Prosecutors said they
would appeal the verdict.
2010 Sep 25, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected US missiles targeted a vehicle, killing four
alleged militants. It was the 17th such attack this month, the most
intense barrage since the airstrikes began in 2004. The drone attack
killed Sheikh Fateh, Al-Qaeda's operational chief for Afghanistan
and Pakistan. The latest strike occurred some hours after gunmen
killed two worshippers in Bahawalpur. NATO helicopters in eastern
Afghanistan launched rare airstrikes into Pakistan, killing more 49
militants and prompting a protest from Islamabad. A second attack
occurred when helicopters returned to the border area and were
attacked by insurgents based in Pakistan. It killed at least four
(AP, 9/25/10)(AP, 9/27/10)(AFP, 9/28/10)
2010 Sep 26, In Pakistan 2 US
drone strikes targeting vehicles killed 7 militants in North
Waziristan, the rugged tribal region near the Afghan border.
2010 Sep 27, Pakistan was
chosen to head the UN atomic agency's governing body, despite its
refusal to accept the nonproliferation treaty and its link to the
nuclear black marketer who supplied Iran and North Korea.
2010 Sep 27, Pakistani
intelligence officials said two NATO helicopters carried out a third
strike inside Pakistani territory, killing five militants and
wounding nine others. A suspected US missile strike killed four
people near Mir Ali, North Waziristan. Pakistan's Frontier Corps
paramilitary said it had recovered a huge hoard of military
equipment stolen from NATO supply convoys travelling to Afghanistan.
The equipment was looted during the last five to six months.
(AP, 9/27/10)(AFP, 9/27/10)
2010 Sep 28, In Pakistan a
suspected American missile strike killed four militants in South
2010 Sep 29, Security sources
and media reports said Western intelligence agencies have uncovered
an Al-Qaeda plot to launch attacks in Britain, France and Germany by
extremists based in Pakistan.
2010 Sep 30, Pakistani troops
fired warning shots at the two NATO helicopters, which responded
with a pair of missiles that destroyed the post, killed 2 of the
soldiers and wounded the 4 others. Pakistan then blocked a vital
supply route for US and NATO troops in Afghanistan in apparent
retaliation for the alleged cross-border helicopter strike. On Oct 6
the US apologized for the deaths and wounding of the Pakistani
(AP, 9/30/10)(SFC, 10/7/10, p.A4)
2010 Sep, In Pakistan grainy a
nearly six-minute video clip came to light, believed to have been
recorded in Swat, showing men in Pakistani military uniforms lining
up six blindfolded men in civilian clothes, then shooting them.
After a voice says "finish them one by one," one apparent soldier
walks over to the men and shoots them again. The other, 53-second
clip shows only the executions. An inquiry was ordered on Oct 8.
2010 Oct 1, Pakistan's
ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf launched a new political party in
London. Musharraf said the only way to tackle Pakistan's ailing
economy and its political infighting, problems exacerbated by recent
floods, is to further bolster the army's role.
2010 Oct 1, In southern
Pakistan assailants launched two separate attacks on vehicles
carrying fuel for NATO and American forces in Afghanistan,
highlighting the vulnerability of the US-led mission a day after
Pakistan closed a major border crossing.
2010 Oct 1, The European
Commission said it has decided to more than double its Pakistan
flood aid to 150 million euros (205 million dollars). The UN has
issued a record two-billion-dollar appeal for funds to cope with the
disaster, which UN agencies say affected 21 million people and left
12 million in need of emergency food aid.
2010 Oct 2, In Pakistan 2
suspected American missile strikes killed 16 alleged militants in a
northwestern tribal region, a sign the US is unwilling to stop using
the tactic despite heightened tensions between the two countries
over NATO's recent border incursions. Those killed were believed to
be insurgents working for warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur. Gunmen killed
Farooq Khan, a moderate Islamic scholar who was the vice chancellor
of Swat University, and his assistant.
2010 Oct 4, The Pakistani
Taliban claimed responsibility for a pre-dawn attack on tankers
carrying fuel to Afghanistan for US and other NATO forces, left
vulnerable on the side of the road after Pakistan shut down a key
border crossing. Some 20 trucks went up in flames and four people
were killed and seven injured. A US drone strike killed eight
militants, including five Germans, in North Waziristan, where
Western intelligence had traced an alleged plot to attack
high-profile targets in Europe.
(AP, 10/4/10)(AFP, 10/5/10)
2010 Oct 5, In northwestern
Pakistan a small bomb damaged a truck that was carrying oil to NATO
troops in Afghanistan, the latest attack on stalled supply convoys
since Pakistan shut a key border crossing to international forces
2010 Oct 6, In Pakistan a US
missile strike killed five people in North Waziristan. Militants
earlier attacked a depot housing 40 NATO oil tankers on the
outskirts of Quetta, killing a member of staff and destroying at
least 18 vehicles, in the fourth such attack in a week.
2010 Oct 6, It was reported
that Afghan Pres. Karzai has begun secret talks over a negotiated
end to the war. Sources said that for the first time Taliban
representatives are fully authorized to speak for the Quetta Shura,
the Afghan Taliban organization based in Pakistan, and its leader
(SFC, 10/6/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 7, In Pakistan 2
suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a crowded Sufi
shrine compound in the southern city of Karachi, killing 8 people
with 65 injured.
(Reuters, 10/7/10)(AP, 10/8/10)
2010 Oct 7, Interpol notified
its members that India has issued arrest warrants for five Pakistani
citizens, including two army officers, for alleged involvement in
the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
2010 Oct 7, The assembly in
Indian-controlled Kashmir erupted in violence when opposition
lawmakers scuffled with security guards to protest a suggestion that
only a deal between India and Pakistan could bring peace to the
2010 Oct 8, Pakistan's army
chief ordered an inquiry into video clips that show men in soldiers'
uniforms gunning down a group of bound and blindfolded detainees.
The footage has raised concern over possible extrajudicial killings
by a military that receives billions in US aid.
2010 Oct 9, Pakistan announced
it would reopen a key border crossing and allow convoys to resume
delivering supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan, ending a 10-day
blockade during which trucks were stranded on their way to the
border and almost 150 were destroyed by attackers. Just hours before
the announcement of the reopening, gunmen armed with a rocket
attacked 29 tankers carrying NATO fuel supplies which had been
stopped outside a roadside restaurant in the southwest, setting them
ablaze. The border is normally closed on Sundays, so Oct 11 appeared
to be the soonest the flow of supplies over the crossing would
2010 Oct 10, Pakistan reopened
a key border crossing to NATO supply convoys heading into
Afghanistan, ending an 11-day blockade imposed after a US helicopter
strike killed two Pakistani soldiers.
2010 Oct 12, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected militants killed 3 anti-Taliban tribal elders in
the Bazai area of the Mohmand tribal region, the latest in a string
of attacks against tribesmen who dare stand up to the Islamist
2010 Oct 13, A Pakistani
government official said international lenders are estimating that
this summer's floods caused $9.5 billion in damage to Pakistan's
infrastructure, agriculture and other sectors. Gunmen killed
Nooruddin Mengal, an ethnic Baluch political activist, as he headed
from his suburban home to the city of Kalat. In central Pakistan
police arrested a group of Islamist militants plotting to kill the
prime minister in a gun and suicide bomb attack at his house. The 7
men were also accused of targeting other government leaders for
assassination. A suspected US drone launched 4 missile strikes in
North Waziristan killing 11 militants, including 3 foreigners.
(AP, 10/13/10)(AP, 10/14/10)(SFC, 10/14/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 14, Asian Development
Bank (ADB) and World Bank said Pakistan's floods caused an estimated
$9.7 billion in damage to the country's infrastructure, farms and
2010 Oct 15, Pakistan said it
was willing to assist talks between the Afghan government and the
Taliban, and NATO confirmed its forces had helped ensure a senior
Taliban commander reached Kabul. In an early morning attack in South
Waziristan 5 Pakistani soldiers were killed when militants sprayed
an army checkpoint with gunfire. A suspected US unmanned aircraft
launched two missiles in North Waziristan. 3 were killed in the
first missile strike, which hit a vehicle in Machi Khel. The 2nd
strike occurred several hours later, killing six suspected militants
at a house in Aziz Khel. Gunmen ambushed a truck early in the
morning as it was returning home after delivering NATO supplies in
Afghanistan, killing the driver and his assistant.
(Reuters, 10/15/10)(AP, 10/15/10)(AP, 10/16/10)
2010 Oct 17, In Pakistan gunmen
killed at least 25 people in Karachi over the past 24 hours, raising
tensions in Pakistan's largest city as voters cast ballots to
replace a provincial lawmaker murdered in August.
2010 Oct 18, Pakistanís
election commission said 148 lawmakers from national and regional
assemblies have been suspended for failing to disclose details of
(SFC, 10/19/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 19, In Pakistan
violence continued in the southern city of Karachi, with at least 16
people killed in different attacks, including eight in one incident.
2010 Oct 20, Parts Karachi,
Pakistan, shut down after an attack on a scrapyard pushed to 51 the
number of people killed in four days, a spasm of politically
motivated violence in a country already wracked by Islamist
2010 Oct 21, In northwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb killed six Taliban militants, including a
prominent local commander, an attack that could have been motivated
by tensions between different insurgent groups.
2010 Oct 22, In Pakistan bombs
hit a mosque and a group of soldiers in Peshawar, killing 9 people.
Army airstrikes later in the day killed 22 suspected insurgents in
the area where the soldiers had been traveling. A roadside bomb
killed 6 paramilitary soldiers in the Orakzai tribal region.
(AP, 10/22/10)(AP, 10/23/10)
2010 Oct 22, The Obama
administration laid out a five-year, $2 billion military aid package
for Pakistan as it pressed the Islamabad government to step up the
fight against extremists there and in neighboring Afghanistan.
2010 Oct 23, Pakistani army
airstrikes killed 12 suspected insurgents in the Orakzai tribal
region near the Afghan border.
2010 Oct 24, Pakistani soldiers
allegedly fired machine guns and rockets on an Indian military post
killing an Indian soldier in the Poonch sector of Kashmir.
2010 Oct 25, In Pakistan a bomb
blast outside the Sufi Farid Shakar Ganj shrine in Pakpattan killed
at least 5 people, including 2 women. 12 people were wounded.
(AP, 10/25/10)(AFP, 10/25/10)
2010 Oct 27, In Pakistan
suspected US drones fired missiles at a house and a vehicle in a
militant-infested area of North Waziristan, killing seven people. A
bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded as a member of a militia drove
up to a market in the village of Qamberkhel in the Khyber tribal
region, wounding the militiaman and five other people in the
vehicle. A bomb apparently targeting a police patrol in Baluchistan
province killed two civilians and wounded 9 other people, including
four police officers.
2010 Oct 28, In Karachi,
Pakistan, gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a Japanese consular
vehicle, wounding two local employees and underscoring the fragile
security in the country. An American missile strike killed 7
suspected militants in North Waziristan.
2010 Nov 1, In northwest
Pakistan a US drone attack killed five people. 4 militants stormed a
police complex in Swabi, killing two officers. Gunmen near Peshawar
attacked tankers carrying fuel for NATO and US troops, wounding a
driver and his assistant.
2010 Nov 3, In Pakistan a US
drone attack targeted Islamist fighters in North Waziristan, killing
four militants and blowing their vehicle into a fireball. In
neighboring South Waziristan, a Pakistan army soldier was killed and
two others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle.
2010 Nov 4, In a new audio
message Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaida's No. 2, vowed revenge for the
imprisonment of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani female scientist
convicted of trying to kill US interrogators in Afghanistan.
2010 Nov 5, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber struck a mosque frequented by anti-Taliban
tribal elders during afternoon prayers, killing at least 65 people
in Peshawar. A second bombing later in the day wounded several
people at another mosque in the Badhber area on the outskirts of
(AP, 11/5/10)(SFC, 11/6/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 5, In Pakistan a
private plane chartered by an Italy-based oil company crashed near
the airport in Karachi after the pilot warned of engine trouble. All
21 people on board, including an Italian, were killed.
2010 Nov 7, In Pakistan a pair
of US drone attacks in North Waziristan killed 14 suspected
(AFP, 11/7/10)(SFC, 11/8/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 8, In Pakistan a local
court in Nankana district, Punjab province, sentenced to death Asia
Bibi (45), a farmworker and Christian mother of five, for blasphemy.
In 2014 the Lahore High Court of appeals upheld the death sentence.
(AFP, 11/11/10)(SFC, 10/17/14, p.A3)
2010 Nov 10, Pakistan increased
income tax on the relatively well off to raise hundreds of millions
of dollars for the victims of the country's devastating floods.
2010 Nov 11, In Pakistan a
massive explosion ripped through a security compound on a busy
commercial street in Karachi, killing at least 20 people and
injuring more than 100.
(Reuters, 11/11/10)(SFC, 11/12/10, p.A4)
2010 Nov 13, In Pakistan a
suspected US missile strike hit a Taliban stronghold in North
Waziristan, killing five alleged militants as they traveled in a
vehicle. At least three of the dead were believed to be foreigners.
Thousands of people protesting the killing of a tribal elder by
unknown gunmen in Chaman district of southwest Pakistan attacked a
NATO supply convoy, setting four oil tankers on fire. Security
forces killed six militants in clashes in the Swat Valley after
militants attacked a security checkpoint near Shakar Dara.
(AP, 11/13/10)(AP, 11/14/10)
2010 Nov 13, Afghan diplomat
Abdul Khaliq Farahi was freed in eastern Afghanistan in a joint
effort by officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan and returned to
Kabul. He was seized by gunmen on Sep 22, 2008, in the Pakistani
city of Peshawar.
2010 Nov 14, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber apparently targeting a militant commander from a
rival faction attacked a vegetable market on the Afghan border,
wounding 9 people.
2010 Nov 15, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb exploded near the house of a slain anti-Taliban
tribal elder Abdul Malik, killing two people and wounding three
others. His son, Noor Malik, was getting in his car to leave the
residence when the attack occurred, but he was not hurt.
2010 Nov 16, In Pakistan
suspected American missiles slammed into a home and a speeding
vehicle near the Afghan border, killing 20 alleged militants.
2010 Nov 19, In Pakistan
suspected US missiles destroyed a moving vehicle in North
Waziristan, killing four alleged militants inside it.
2010 Nov 21, In Pakistan 4
suspected US missiles slammed into a house in North Waziristan,
killing six people. The dead included 3 militants and 3 local
tribesmen harboring them.
2010 Nov 22, In Pakistan US
missiles killed five militants in North Waziristan.
2010 Nov 23, In northwestern
Pakistan the concrete cover of a sewage tank collapsed during a
funeral, causing 14 people in Jhor village to plunge to their death.
2010 Nov 24, In northwestern
Pakistan one soldier was killed and another wounded when a roadside
bomb exploded during a foot patrol in South Waziristan.
2010 Nov 25, In Pakistan a
paramilitary soldier was killed and six others wounded, two of them
critically, in a bomb attack on the outskirts of Hangu in the
northwest. Pakistan said that most of the explosives used in bomb
attacks on its territory were smuggled from Afghanistan but insisted
it was limiting the cross-border movement of insurgents fighting US
2010 Nov 26, Pakistan said
security forces arrested two would-be suicide bombers in the capital
Islamabad, adding that the thwarted attacks targeted parliament and
a mosque in an upmarket neighborhood. Suspected US missiles fired by
an unmanned plane hit a vehicle killing three alleged militants in
2010 Nov 27, Pakistan offered a
reward for information about Taliban militants involved in planning
or carrying out attacks, and promised to resettle informers in
Pakistan or abroad. Hundreds of Sunni Muslims started a nearly
200-mile (320-km) high-risk trek across Pakistan in a protest
against Taliban attacks on the country's religious sites.
(Reuters, 11/27/10)(AP, 11/27/10)
2010 Nov 28, In Pakistan an
American drone fired one of its missiles but missed a speeding
vehicle. Its occupants quickly bailed out before a 2nd missile hit
and destroyed the vehicle.
2010 Nov 28, In Pakistan a
cargo plane carrying 8 people crashed in a residential area of
Karachi setting buildings on fire killing all 8 crew and at least 3
people on the ground.
2010 Nov 29, Pakistan's central
bank raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.5% to 14%, warning for
the second time in two months that rising inflation was impacting
2010 Nov 29, In Indian Kashmir
3 suspected militants and a policeman were killed in a gunbattle in
a busy market in Srinagar, as panicked locals ran for cover. Police
said one of the slain militants was identified as Abdul Rehman,
alias Naveed of Lashkar, a Pakistani national active in the area for
the last four years.
2010 Nov 30, Pakistani police
arrested four Taliban militants who were planning "terror attacks"
in the prosperous financial hub Karachi. Three suicide jackets,
rifles, pistols and explosives were recovered in the raid. A suicide
bomber blew himself up close to a police van in the northwest,
killing six people and wounding 17 others.
2010 Dec 3, Pakistani police
said they have arrested five suspects linked to an attack on a spy
agency building in Lahore last year which killed 24 people. Police
said the suspects belonged to the previously unknown
Al-Toheed-wa-al-Jihad faction which falls under the umbrella
Pakistani militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
2010 Dec 6, In Pakistan twin
suicide bombers in police uniform killed 43 people in Ghalanai, the
main town in the tribal district of Mohmand, attacking an
anti-Taliban militia and pro-government elders near the Afghan
border. US drone missile strikes killed 7 people in the tribal
(AP, 12/6/10)(AP, 12/8/10)
2010 Dec 7, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber attacked a convoy carrying the top official in the
restive Baluchistan province, wounding 9 people but leaving the
chief minister unscathed.
2010 Dec 8, In Pakistan a
teenage suicide bomber killed 15 people at a busy market in Kohat,
in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This was the
third attack in three days blamed on Islamist extremists bitterly
opposed to the US-allied government. The Taliban kidnapped 7
teachers and the watchman of a government school travelling near
Orakzai. 5 teachers were recovered in a shootout that left one
(AFP, 12/8/10)(SFC, 12/9/10, p.A2)
2010 Dec 8, In Russia drug
control agencies from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and Tajikistan
agreed to step up cooperation to stop the flow of drugs through
2010 Dec 10, In Pakistan a
suicide attacker drove a vehicle packed with explosives into a
hospital for Shiite Muslims that was under construction in the
northwest, killing at least 10 people. A missile fired from a US
drone destroyed a vehicle in the Mir Ali town of North Waziristan,
killing at least four suspected militants.
2010 Dec 10, Leading Pakistani
newspapers acknowledged they were hoaxed after publishing reports
based on fake WikiLeaks cables that contain crude anti-Indian
2010 Dec 11, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen on motorcycles shot dead two police officers in
Hayatabad, while security forces killed four militants in fighting
elsewhere in the region.
(AP, 12/11/10)(SSFC, 12/12/10, p.A10)
2010 Dec 11, Turkmenistan
signed broad agreements with Afghanistan, India and Pakistan at a
summit in its capital Ashgabat on the 1,700-km (1,050-mile) TAPI
pipeline. Afghanistan the next day said it will deploy up to 7,000
troops to secure the major transnational gas pipeline, slated to run
through some of the most dangerous parts of the war-torn country.
2010 Dec 13, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb exploded near a school bus in Peshawar, killing the
driver and wounding at least two children. Human Rights Watch (HRW)
said at least 22 Pakistani teachers and other education
professionals were killed by suspected militants between January
2008 and October 2010 in the southwestern province of Baluchistan.
The provincial government in Baluchistan said the situation was
beginning to improve and that fewer teachers were asking to
2010 Dec 16, In Pakistan 16
people were wounded, two critically, when an assailant threw an
explosive device at Shiite Ashoura procession. A US missile strike
killed 7 militants in the Spin Drand area of Khyber close to the
2010 Dec 17, Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao made a rare visit to Pakistan aimed at expanding trade
ties and the flow of Chinese investment into the country.
2010 Dec 17, In Pakistan 3
American missile attacks killed 54 people in the villages of Spin
Drag and Shandana in the Tirah Valley of the Khyber region, an area
that has seen few such strikes in the past, possibly signaling an
expansion of the CIA-led covert war inside the country.
2010 Dec 18, Pakistan's top spy
agency denied that it helped unmask the CIA's station chief in
Islamabad, dismissing speculation it was retaliating for a US
lawsuit linking the Pakistani intelligence chief to the 2008 attacks
in Mumbai, India. The station chief in Islamabad has operated as a
virtual military commander in the US war against al-Qaida and other
militant groups hidden along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. His
recall was made public a day earlier.
2010 Dec 18, Pakistan and China
concluded nearly 15 billion dollars' worth of deals, as visiting
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Beijing would "never give up" on the
troubled nuclear-armed Muslim country.
2010 Dec 20, In Pakistan
militants fired rockets at a NATO convoy carrying supplies to
Afghanistan, destroying two oil tankers and wounding two people in
the Khyber tribal region.
2010 Dec 22, A small Pakistani
army training plane crashed into mountains in the country's
southwest. The pilot and co-pilot died in the crash.
2010 Dec 24, In northwestern
Pakistan Taliban insurgents launched coordinated attacks on five
paramilitary checkpoints, leaving at least 11 soldiers and 24
militants dead. A bomb fitted with a timer exploded in a private
boys' primary school in Peshawar's Pelosi neighborhood, wounding
four children. The US embassy in Islamabad said Washington
transferred more than 600 million dollars to the Pakistani
government this week to pay for its efforts in the fight against
2010 Dec 24, The leaders of
Afghanistan and Pakistan met in Istanbul for a new round of talks
aimed at building trust between the two neighbors. Turkeyís Pres.
Gul said a railroad between Turkey and Pakistan should be extended
to Afghanistan and flights between the three countries should be
expanded for better cooperation.
2010 Dec 25, In Pakistan a
burqa-clad, female, suicide bomber attacked a crowd of people as
hundreds from the Salarzai tribe headed toward a food distribution
center in the Bajaur region on the Afghan border. 45 people were
killed. The Salarzais are a major regional anti-Taliban tribe, which
has been backing army operations against the militants. The bombing
forced the World Food Program to shut down operations in the Bajur
(AP, 12/25/10)(Reuters, 12/26/10)(SFC, 12/27/10,
2010 Dec 27, In Pakistan
intelligence officials and tribal elders say the Pakistani Taliban
have kidnapped 23 tribesmen who recently met the army chief in South
Waziristan. Suspected US missiles struck two vehicles in a Taliban
stronghold on Pakistan's side of the border with Afghanistan,
killing 18 militants, including four foreigners.
(AP, 12/27/10)(SFC, 12/28/10, p.A3)(AP, 2/25/12)
2010 Dec 28, In Pakistan a
barrage of US missiles killed at least 15 militants in the North
Waziristan tribal district, obliterating compounds and vehicles used
by Islamist fighters.
2010 Dec 29, Pakistan's
US-allied ruling party scrambled to keep its fragile coalition
government in power as its senior leaders met with two dissident
political partners, urging them to rejoin the Cabinet.
2010 Dec 31, In Pakistan
violence flared as police and protesters clashed during a mass
protest strike that closed businesses across the country over a bid
to end the death penalty for blasphemy. A US missile strike killed 8
suspected militants in North Waziristan. A bomb blew up outside a
district police headquarters in the town of Lakki Marwat in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province, killing a bystander and wounding two other
people. A second bomb targeting a NATO supply convoy in the border
town of Chaman set one fuel tanker on fire and wounded a passer-by.
The Pakistani Taliban released 23 tribesmen it had kidnapped and
held captive for three weeks. They were released after being tried
by a Taliban court and being submerged in cold water as punishment.
(AFP, 12/31/10)(AP, 12/31/10)
2010 Imtiaz Gul authored ďThe
Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan's Lawless Frontier," a book about
Pakistanís tribal areas.
(Econ, 7/31/10, p.28)
2010 Bob Woodward authored
ďObamaís Wars." In it he alleged that some 3,000 CIA operatives are
active in the tribal regions of Pakistan.
(Econ, 9/25/10, p.44)(Econ, 10/9/10, p.58)
2010 In Pakistan some 21
million people were affected by flooding this year that killed 1,750
people and cost the economy $10 billion.
2010 The population of Pakistan
was about 180 million.
(Econ, 8/21/10, p.36)