Return to home Pakistan
A to 2005 Pakistan
B 2006-2010 2011 Jan 1,
Pakistanís Pres. Zardari signed the 19th amendment to the
constitution giving judges a freer hand in making judicial
(Econ, 2/12/11, p.47)(http://tinyurl.com/6zl4d9t)
2011 Jan 1, In Pakistan
suspected US drone aircraft strikes killed 14 Muslim militants in
North Waziristan, suggesting there will no letup this year in a
campaign Washington says is hurting al Qaeda-linked groups.
(Reuters, 1/1/10)(AP, 2/25/12)
2011 Jan 3, Pakistani PM Yusuf
Raza Gilani scrambled to save his ruling coalition after a key
partner withdrew, plunging the country into a political crisis.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari threw his weight behind
beleaguered PM Gilani.
(AP, 1/3/11)(Reuters, 1/3/11)
2011 Jan 4, Pakistan's main
opposition leader gave the government a three-day deadline to accept
a list of demands if it wants to avert its possible collapse after
the loss of its ruling majority in parliament. A gunman assassinated
the governor of Punjab province, a senior member of the ruling
party, in Islamabad. Salman Taseer was killed by Malik Mumtaz Qadri,
one of his guards, because of Taseerís opposition to Pakistan's
controversial blasphemy law. On Oct 1 Qadri was convicted and
sentenced to death.
(AP, 1/4/11)(Reuters, 1/4/11)(Econ, 1/15/11,
2011 Jan 6, Pakistan's PM
Gilani agreed to reverse an unpopular increase in fuel prices under
pressure from opposition parties, as he sought to save his shaky
government following the defection of a key coalition partner.
2011 Jan 7, Pakistan's ruling
party avoided the collapse of its government after its reversal of
unpopular economic reforms helped persuade a key ally not to defect
to the opposition. But the economic concessions could cost Islamabad
billions in international loans badly needed to stabilize its shaky
2011 Jan 9, Pakistan's PM
Yousuf Raza Gilani bowed to a package of opposition demands to shore
up his government after a week in which the ruling party briefly
lost its majority in parliament. Tens of thousands of demonstrators
marched in Karachi to oppose any change to national blasphemy laws
and to praise a man charged with murdering a provincial governor who
had campaigned against the divisive legislation.
(AFP, 1/9/11)(Reuters, 1/9/11)
2011 Jan 12, In Pakistan US VP
Joe Biden tried to dispel what he called common anti-American
misperceptions while urging the government to fight growing
religious extremism. A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden
vehicle into a mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing 17 paramilitary
soldiers and policemen.
2011 Jan 13, In northwest
Pakistan suspected militants targeted a police vehicle and a
security checkpoint with bombs, killing four officers and wounding
2011 Jan 13, In Pakistan Geo
news TV journalist Wail Babar (28) was shot dead as he left work in
Karachi. He had reported on drugs, crime, militancy and deadly turf
struggles between the city's main political parties. On March 1,
2014, a court convicted five men of his murder. One of the men
convicted, Mohammad Shahrukh Khan, said in a videotaped confession
posted on YouTube that he had been asked to follow Babar home from
work by an activist from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the
party that rules Karachi. MQM denied any link to Khan or the other
2011 Jan 15, In southwest
Pakistan gunmen attacked tankers carrying fuel for US and NATO
forces in Afghanistan as they sat parked at a roadside restaurant,
setting 14 of the vehicles ablaze.
2011 Jan 17, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb ripped apart a minibus, killing all 17 people on
board and two others in a nearby vehicle.
2011 Jan 18, Pakistani
paramilitary troops went house to house rounding up dozens of men in
a restive neighborhood of Karachi as part of a crackdown on soaring
violence. A US drone attacked a compound in North Waziristan,
killing five militants. Suspected militants in South Waziristan
fired rockets at a military camp, killing three soldiers. A roadside
bomb exploded near a car, killing two civilians in southwest
(AFP, 1/18/11)(AP, 1/18/11)
2011 Jan 18, In Pakistan a 7.2
magnitude earthquake was centered in Baluchistan province.
(SFC, 1/19/11, p.A3)
2011 Jan 21, In Pakistan some
2,000 people in a Taliban-controlled region of the northwest
demonstrated against American missile attacks pounding the area,
calling for an end to the strikes and the arrest of the US officials
behind them. In the southwest gunmen torched two tankers carrying
fuel for US and NATO forces, wounding two drivers.
2011 Jan 23, In eastern
Pakistan authorities arrested 21-year-old Saima Bibi's father and
three of her uncles in a small village. Police a day earlier
recovered Bibi's body, which had burn marks indicating she had been
electrocuted. The woman had eloped with another villager a month ago
and got married in the southern port city of Karachi.
2011 Jan 23, In Pakistan Sultan
Amir Tarar, a former Pakistani spy who helped the Taliban rise to
power in Afghanistan, was reported to have died under captivity 10
months after he was seized in northwest Pakistan. Tarar, better
known as Col. Imam, played a major role in funneling Pakistani
support and training to Afghans fighting Soviet rule in the 1980s, a
push in large part financed by the CIA. On Feb 19 the Pakistani
Taliban claimed it had killed Tarar.
(AP, 1/24/11)(AP, 2/19/11)
2011 Jan 23, In Pakistan a pair
of suspected US drone strikes killed six alleged militants in Datta
Khel, North Waziristan. A 3rd strike killed at least six militants
in Mando Khel.
(AP, 1/23/11)(AFP, 1/23/11)
2011 Jan 23, In southern
Pakistan a bus slammed into an oil tanker before dawn, setting off a
blazing inferno that gutted both vehicles and killed 32 people.
2011 Jan 25, In Pakistan
suicide bombers attacked police protecting marches by minority
Shiite Muslims in Karachi and Lahore, killing 12 people and wounding
dozens. Umar Patek (40), a suspected member of the al-Qaida-linked
militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, was wounded and arrested by
security forces. The senior Indonesian al-Qaida operative was wanted
in the 2002 Bali bombings. Intelligence officials in Indonesia and
Philippines made the arrest public on March 29. Pakistani
authorities questioned Patek planned to hand him over to Indonesia.
(AP, 1/25/11)(AP, 3/30/11)(AP, 3/31/11)
2011 Jan 27, In Pakistan,
Raymond Davis, a US consular employee shot and killed two gunmen as
they approached his vehicle in a congested street in Lahore. One man
was shot once in front and 3 times in the back. The other man took 8
bullets, mostly in the chest. Davis was reportedly associated with
Hyperion Protective Consultants, a Florida-based outfit. A
pedestrian was also killed by a speeding American car trying to
help. Police the next day took Davis to court and a judge ordered
him held for 6 more days while investigators probe the case. On Feb
3 Davisí detention was extended for 8 more days.
(AP, 1/27/11)(SFC, 1/29/11, p.A2)(AP,
2/3/11)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.55)
2011 Jan 28, Pakistani fighter
jets and helicopter gunships bombed militant hideouts in a tribal
region near the Afghan border, killing 28 rebels.
2011 Jan 31, In Pakistan a pair
of bombings targeting police in the northwestern city of Peshawar
killed five people, including a senior police officer. In the
northwest a suicide bomber struck a convoy carrying Maulana Fazlur
Rehman, a prominent hardline Islamist leader, killing 12 people in
Charsadda town. This was the second attack that targeted the
politician in as many days.
2011 Jan 31, Pakistan wildlife
authorities said they have found the carcasses of six endangered
river dolphins in Pakistan over the last month. Sindh Wildlife
Department deputy head Ghulam Mohammad accused local fisherman,
saying their poison and nets were to blame for the deaths of the
blind Indus River Dolphin. A 2006 survey put the number left at
2011 Jan 31, India rejected
Canada-based Research In Motion's (RIM) offer to allow it only
partial access to its BlackBerry data services, while neighboring
Pakistan reversed its earlier decision to restrict the popular
2011 Feb 1, In Pakistan's
southwestern Baluchistan province gunmen killed four policemen and
kidnapped four others, including a senior local official, in
2011 Feb 2, In northwest
Pakistan a car bomb killed nine people close to Peshawar. 3 children
were among the dead. A group of militants attacked a security post
in the Anarggi area of Mohmand tribal region, killing three
paramilitary soldiers and wounding four. Troops returned fire and
killed 16 insurgents. A roadside bomb hit a paramilitary vehicle in
the Davezai area of Mohmand, killing one soldier and wounding three
others. An artillery shell fired by the military hit a house in the
area, killing two women. In the nearby Orakzai tribal region,
fighter jets pounded suspected militant hideouts, killing 15 alleged
militants and wounding 10 others. Several mortars fired from
Afghanistan landed near an army checkpoint in the Ghulam Khan area
of North Waziristan, killing one Pakistani soldier and wounding
2011 Feb 4, Pakistan's ruling
party said it plans trim the bloated 50-plus-member Cabinet to help
cut spending at a time of severe financial crisis.
2011 Feb 5, In Pakistan
militants killed four men accused of spying in the northwest. A car
bomb exploded in a village in the Khyber tribal region. 3 people
were killed and 2 pedestrians were wounded.
(AP, 2/5/11)(AFP, 2/5/11)
2011 Feb 5, In Qatar an
anti-corruption tribunal of the International Cricket Council banned
former Pakistan captain Salman Butt for ten years, Mohammad Asif for
seven years and Mohammad Aamer for five years for their role in a
spot-fixing betting scam.
2011 Feb 6, In Bhutan the top
diplomats of India and Pakistan held talks in Thimphu, the Bhutanese
capital, in the first high-level meeting between the two rival
countries since July.
2011 Feb 8, In Pakistan strike
action forced ailing state carrier Pakistan International Airlines
(PIA) to cancel flights to Britain and Turkey, affecting some 1,500
2011 Feb 9, Pakistan's federal
cabinet resigned to allow PM Yusuf Raza Gilani to set up a new,
smaller cabinet and reduce government expenditure.
2011 Feb 9, In Pakistan a
tribal elder and a government official said Sunni and Shiite
communities in a region close to the Afghan border have agreed to
end their four-year long conflict. The main road leading to Kurram
from Peshawar was now open again and both Shiites and Sunnis were
2011 Feb 9, In Pakistan strike
action forced Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to ground or
delay all flights, affecting thousands of passengers and heaping
further woes on the troubled state carrier.
2011 Feb 10, In Pakistan a
teenage suicide bomber killed up to 31 army recruits at a parade
ground. The Taliban said it was revenge for US drone strikes and
local military offensives.
2011 Feb 11, Pakistan's Pres.
Asif Ali Zardari swore 22 ministers into office in the first phase
of a government reshuffle designed to reduce the size of the cabinet
and curb public spending.
2011 Feb 11, Pakistani police
baton charged Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) employees,
detaining 20 of them, following violent protests as all of the
carrier's flights remained grounded for a second day.
2011 Feb 11, Pakistani police
alleged that Raymond Allen Davis, an American held in a pair of Jan
27 shootings, committed "cold-blooded murder." A judge ordered the
man's detention extended for 14 days in a local jail and told the
Pakistani government to clarify if he has diplomatic immunity.
2011 Feb 12, A Pakistani court
issued an arrest warrant for exiled former president Pervez
Musharraf in connection with the 2007 assassination of Benazir
Bhutto, officially implicating him for first time in the death of
the former prime minister and rival.
2011 Feb 12, Pakistani security
forces captured a would-be suicide bomber and five handlers while
another blew himself up in the northwestern Swat valley town of
2011 Feb 15, In Pakistan
Mohmand tribal region official Amjad Ali Khan said that 120
militants have been killed in fighting that began Jan 27, including
seven local Taliban commanders. Four Pakistani soldiers were killed.
2011 Feb 18, In Pakistan a
judge ordered the arrest of the driver of a US vehicle that struck
and killed a Pakistani while rushing to help an American detained in
a pair of fatal shootings on Jan 27 in Lahore.
2011 Feb 21, In Pakistan Abu
Zaid, an Iraqi al-Qaida operative was believed to be one of seven
militants killed by a US missile strike in the South Waziristan
tribal region along the Afghan border overnight. A 2nd suspected US
missile strike killed at least five people in North Waziristan.
2011 Feb 24, In northwest
Pakistan suspected US missiles hit a house and car in a village
close to the Afghan border, killing at least six people.
2011 Feb 25, In northwest
Pakistan militants blew up at least 11 tankers carrying fuel for
NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan and shot dead four people.
2011 Feb 27, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen torched two NATO oil tankers.
2011 Mar 1, Pakistan hiked oil
prices by 9.9%, a move that threatens the stability of the fragile,
US-allied civilian government at a time of economic turmoil in the
2011 Mar 2, In Pakistan
assailants purportedly sent by al-Qaida and the Taliban killed
Shahbaz Bhatti (42), the only Christian member of Pakistan's federal
Cabinet, spraying his car with bullets outside his mother's home in
2011 Mar 3, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide car bombing and an ambush by militants targeting
police killed 10 people including nine officers in Hangu town.
Gunmen killed six tribal policemen in the rugged Khyber tribal
district bordering Afghanistan.
(AFP, 3/3/11)(AP, 3/4/11)
2011 Mar 4, In Pakistan a bomb
blast at a mosque in the northwest village of Akbar Pura killed at
least 11 people.
2011 Mar 5, In south Pakistan a
suspected militant died in a blast at his home on the outskirts of
2011 Mar 8, In Pakistan the
Taliban detonated a car bomb in the Punjabi city of Faisalabad
killing at least 24 people and wounding more than 132 people in an
attack they said targeted the offices of the country's main
intelligence agency. Missiles from an unmanned US drone killed five
alleged militants in the South Waziristan region.
(AP, 3/8/11)(SFC, 3/9/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 9, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber struck a funeral attended by anti-Taliban
militiamen, killing at least 36 mourners and wounding more than 100
in the deadliest militant attack in the country this year. The
Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
2011 Mar 11, In Pakistan a pair
of US missile strikes killed five suspected militants in a tribal
region along the border with Afghanistan. The second strike
apparently hit militants retrieving bodies from the first.
2011 Mar 13, In Pakistan two
suspected US missile strikes killed 7 militants in Spalgah village
near Miran Shah, North Waziristan. The strikes also wounded five
militants. Gunmen ambushed a van and killed 9 civilians in a stretch
of the northwest covered by a new peace deal among tribes from rival
Muslim sects. Security forces responding to the attack killed three
alleged gunmen. A suspected US missile strike missed a target in
Azam Warsak, South Waziristan.
2011 Mar 14, In Pakistan an
American missile killed two Arab militants and two local fighters as
they traveled in a vehicle close to the Afghan border.
2011 Mar 15, In Pakistan Qumar
David (50), a Christian jailed for blasphemy, died of an alleged
heart attack in Karachi Central Jail after complaining of chest
pain. David was serving a 25-year prison term for blasphemy. His
lawyer suspected the man had been murdered.
2011 Mar 16, Pakistan freed CIA
contractor Raymond Allen Davis, who had shot and killed two
Pakistani men, after the US paid $2.34 million in "blood money" to
the victims' families. Davis, who was acquitted in court, claimed he
acted in self-defense when he killed the two men on the street in
the eastern city of Lahore.
2011 Mar 17, In Pakistan US
drone aircraft fired four missiles at a building in a militant
sanctuary in North Waziristan, killing 42 people in an unusually
deadly strike. At least 24 were later said to be civilians from
tribes asking the Taliban to mediate a dispute. The most senior
militant killed in the attack was Sharabat Khan, Hafiz Gul Bahadurís
top commander for the Datta Khel area.
(AP, 3/17/11)(SFC, 3/18/11, p.A2)(SFC, 3/19/11,
p.A4)(AP, 3/21/11)(AP, 4/13/11)(AP, 2/25/12)
2011 Mar 20, In Pakistan
explosions triggered a collapse in a coal mine in Baluchistan
province. Officials feared all 52 miners underground at the time of
the accident were dead.
(AP, 3/20/11)(AP, 3/21/11)
2011 Mar 21, Pakistani
intelligence officials said militants killed 4 men for allegedly
providing the United States with information used in a March 17
drone attack that killed 12 Taliban and 24 innocent tribesmen. In
the southwest gunmen attacked a camp for road construction workers
killing 11 people near the port of Gwadar.
(AP, 3/21/11)(SFC, 3/22/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 23, In southwest
Pakistan rocket attacks killed four people in Quetta City.
2011 Mar 24, In northwestern
Pakistan a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with
explosives into a police station, killing five and wounding more
than two dozen people.
2011 Mar 25, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen attacked a minibus carrying mostly Shiite Muslims
and killed eight people in an area that has seen a recent peace deal
between rival Sunni and Shiite tribes.
2011 Mar 28, In Pakistan
Islamist militants ambushed a troop convoy near Peshawar killing 11
(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 30, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber killed 10 people in the town of Swabi.
2011 Mar 31, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber struck a convoy carrying Maulana Fazlur
Rehman, a prominent hardline Islamist leader, killing 13 people in
Charsadda town. This was the second attack that targeted the
politician in as many days.
(AP, 3/31/11)(AFP, 4/1/11)
2011 Apr 1, In northwestern
Pakistan Islamist militants attacked a terminal used by trucks
carrying supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan, killing three
Pakistani guards at the site. A suicide bomber killed a boy (12) and
wounded five other people after he was identified and shot at market
in Darra Adam Khel, also in the northwest.
(AP, 4/1/11)(AFP, 4/1/11)
2011 Apr 2, In the UAR Iftikhar
Ahmed Khan was shot five times in the head in Ajman, an emirate east
of Dubai where he was operating a construction company. Khan, a
former mayor of Haripur town in northwestern Pakistan, was held in
the 2008 slaying of a provincial official in the region. He was
granted bail and left for the UAE.
2011 Apr 3, In eastern Pakistan
blasts at a Sufi shrine left at least 44 people dead and some 100
wounded. Police said the blasts in Dera Ghazi Khan were caused by 2
suicide bombers. An unrepentant boy (14) was captured after his
explosives failed to detonate. The boy's arm was later amputated as
a result of injuries he sustained after he was shot by a guard.
(AFP, 4/3/11)(AP, 4/4/11)(AP, 4/8/11)
2011 Apr 4, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber struck again, killing seven people at a bus station
in the northwestern region of Lower Dir. The bullet-riddled body of
Sardar Amanuddin, a Pakistani tribal elder was found near Wana,
South Waziristan, six weeks after he was abducted.
2011 Apr 6, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen torched two NATO oil tankers in southwestern
Baluchistan province as they traveled to Afghanistan. 4 boys were
killed by an abandoned explosive device that went off in northwest
2011 Apr 7, Pakistani troops
came under fire in the Pazai area of the Mohmand agency. Troops
killed 10 militants and called for air support that left over 44
(SFC, 4/9/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 8, In Pakistan
security forces killed 30 alleged Islamist militants in the Pazai
area of Mohmand.
(SFC, 4/9/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 10, In Pakistan 7
suspected militants were killed in a clash with security forces in
the Sardam area of the Swat Valley. In the Mohmand tribal region a
paramilitary fighter was killed and two other wounded in a clash
with militants during a search operation in Mitti area.
2011 Apr 11, A group of 39
Pakistani prisoners held in India returned home, the second
high-profile prisoner release in days that underscores an easing of
tensions between the two rivals.
2011 Apr 13, In Pakistan 2 US
missile strikes killed six alleged Afghan Taliban fighters in the
South Waziristan tribal region, just days after Pakistani
authorities asked for greater limits on such attacks.
2011 Apr 13, The presidents of
Turkey and Pakistan, meeting in Ankara, said they would support
initiatives designed to end the war in Afghanistan, but they
declined to confirm that a plan is under way to open a political
office for Taliban in Turkey to promote peace talks.
2011 Apr 14, Pakistan freed 89
Indian fishermen imprisoned for fishing and violating its
territorial waters as the nuclear-armed rivals resume a fledgling
2011 Apr 14, A top French
security official said two French citizens have been arrested in
Pakistan, where authorities have linked them to a top suspected
al-Qaida militant over the 2002 nightclub bombing in Bali.
2011 Apr 16, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai and visiting Pakistani PM Yusuf Raza Gilani agreed to
boost joint peace efforts with Taliban insurgents. In eastern
Laghman province a suicide bomber wearing an Afghan army uniform
blew himself up inside a military base, killing five NATO soldiers
and four Afghan soldiers. Two bomb blasts in the south killed three
(AFP, 4/16/11)(AP, 4/16/11)(AP, 4/17/11)
2011 Apr 17, In northwest
Pakistan the bodies of eight young men were found dumped in a ditch
2011 Apr 22, In northwest
Pakistan a US drone strike targeting Taliban killed 25 people
including 20 militants, 3 children and 2 women, after 16 security
forces died in an insurgent attack.
(AFP, 4/22/11)(AP, 2/25/12)
2011 Apr 23, Pakistanís army
chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said that his forces have broken the
"backbone" of Islamist militants in the country. Hours later a
suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosives alongside a convoy
of soldiers and elders from an anti-Taliban militia in the town of
Salarzai in the Bajur tribal region. The attack killed four of the
militiamen and a paramilitary soldier. Pakistan suspended delivery
of supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan via its land border for
three days as campaigners began a sit-in on the supply route over US
2011 Apr 26, In Pakistan
Islamist militants bombed two navy buses taking employees to work in
Karachi, killing 4 people in the streets of the country's largest
2011 Apr 28, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb set by Taliban militants killed 4 people in a bus
carrying navy personnel in Karachi.
(SFC, 4/29/11, p.A4)
2011 Apr 30, In northwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb hit a minibus, killing two passengers and
wounding nine others in the Kurram tribal region.
2011 May 2, Osama bin Laden
(b.1957), the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept.
11, 2001, attacks, was killed in an early morning firefight in
Abbotabad, Pakistan, with elite American forces. Bin Laden was
quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on
the run. 3 adult males were also killed in the raid, including one
of bin Laden's sons. One woman was killed when she was used as a
shield by a male combatant. Courier Ibrahim Saeed Ahmed and his
brother Abrar were among the dead. In 2012 former US Navy SEAL Matt
Bissonette authored an account of the raid, ďNo Easy Day," under the
pseudonym Mark Owen.
(AP, 5/2/11)(SFC, 6/2/11, p.A4)(SFC, 8/30/12,
2011 May 3, Pakistan's
president acknowledged for the first time that his security forces
were left out of a US operation to kill Osama bin Laden, but he did
little to dispel questions over how the al Qaeda leader was able to
live in comfort near Islamabad.
2011 May 5, Pakistan detained
Brigadier Ali Khan for links to a banned Islamist group, the
highest-ranking serving officer arrested in a decade. He was
detained over links to the banned Hizb-ul-Tahrir. The detention was
not announced until June 21
(Reuters, 6/21/11)(AP, 6/21/11)
2011 May 6, In Pakistan a US
drone attack targeted a vehicle and a compound in North Waziristan
killing 16 people, including 10 Taliban militants. Hundreds of
Pakistanis took to the streets in Abbottabad, Quetta, Multan and
Peshawar cheering Osama bin Laden and shouting "death to America" to
condemn a unilateral US raid on their soil that killed bin Laden.
Assailants using rockets and guns attacked a group of people
exercising at an open soccer field on the outskirts of Quetta,
killing six of them and wounding 13.
(AFP, 5/6/11)(AP, 5/6/11)(AP, 2/25/12)
2011 May 7, Prominent Pakistani
lawmakers called for President Asif Ali Zardari and other senior
government officials to resign after the American raid that killed
Osama bin Laden and embarrassed the nation.
2011 May 9, Pakistan met US
demands for an inquiry into how Osama bin Laden lived for years
under the noses of its military but refused to be blamed alone for
Al-Qaeda or its mastermind. Pakistanís spy agency gave the name of
the CIA station chief to the Nation, a conservative daily newspaper.
(AFP, 5/9/11)(SFC, 5/10/11, p.A3)
2011 May 10, Pakistani
lawmakers adopted tougher penalties for acid attacks in a step
towards eradicating a form of violence that can disfigure around 200
women a year. The lower house of parliament passed the amendment,
but the legislation needs to be formally rubber stamped by the
2011 May 10, In Pakistan US
missiles killed three alleged Arab militants in the Baghar area of
2011 May 10, Pakistanís US
envoy delivered a memo from Pres. Zardari to US Admiral Mullen,
offering that a "new national security team" would end relations
between Pakistani intelligence and Afghan militants, namely the
Taliban and its Haqqani faction. On Oct 10 American businessman
Mansoor Ijaz wrote that a "senior Pakistani diplomat" telephoned him
in May soon after bin Laden's death, urging him to deliver a message
to the White House bypassing Pakistan's military and intelligence
2011 May 11, The United States
designated Badruddin Haqqani, a North Waziristan-based leader of the
Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, to a list of people sanctioned for
involvement or support of terrorist organizations.
2011 May 12, A Pakistani court
ruled that President Asif Ali Zardari must relinquish his position
as co-chairman of Pakistan's ruling party, a decision that could
strip him of his main source of power and cause fresh political
conflict in the country. A US drone aircraft fired missiles at
militants, killing eight of them.
2011 May 12, Russia and
Pakistan pledged to boost economic ties and coordinate efforts to
fight terror as the Kremlin welcomed the Pakistani president for a
key visit after the killing of Osama bin Laden.
2011 May 13, Pakistanís
parliament passed a resolution declaring the US drone strikes were a
violation of sovereignty. A pair of Taliban suicide bombers attacked
paramilitary police recruits eagerly heading home for a break after
months of training, killing 87 people, including 66 recruits, in the
first act of retaliation for the US raid that killed Osama bin
Laden. The bombers blew themselves up in Shabqadar at the main gate
of the facility for the Frontier Constabulary. Four US missiles
struck a vehicle in the Doga Madakhel village of North Waziristan
tribal region killing 3 people. Two dozen vehicles, including 15
tankers carrying fuel for NATO in Afghanistan, were destroyed when a
blast ripped through a parking lot close to the Torkham border
crossing in the Khyber tribal region.
(SSFC, 5/15/11, p.A6)(AP, 5/13/11)(AP, 5/14/11)
2011 May 14, In eastern
Pakistan a roadside bomb hit a passenger bus near Kharian, killing
at least three people and wounding several others.
2011 May 14, US officials said
6 people in the United States and Pakistan have been charged with
providing financing and material support to the Pakistani Taliban, a
designated foreign terrorist organization. 3 were living in Pakistan
and remained at large.
2011 May 15, In Pakistan the
bodies of two men, killed by Taliban militants, were found in North
Waziristan. They were accusing them of spying for the United States.
2011 May 16, In Pakistan a
Saudi diplomat was killed in a hail of bullets on his way to the
country's consulate in Karachi, the second attack on Saudi interests
in Pakistan's biggest city in less than a week.
2011 May 16, The US and
Pakistan agreed to work together in any future actions against "high
value targets" in Pakistan, even as US Sen. John Kerry defended
Washington's decision not to tell Islamabad in advance about the
American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
2011 May 17, Pakistan's PM
Yousuf Raza Gilani declared China his country's best friend in an
apparent dig at Washington as he began a visit to China. China is
Pakistanís main arms supplier. Pakistan last week opened a
330-megawatt nuclear power plant in central Punjab province with
Chinese help and said Beijing had been contracted to construct two
2011 May 17, Pakistani troops
and a NATO helicopter that crossed into Pakistani territory
exchanged fire, wounding two soldiers. The Pakistani army said it
lodged a strong protest and demanded a meeting with NATO officials
to discuss the incident. The army said a "senior al-Qaida operative"
had been arrested in the port city of Karachi. A statement said
Yemeni national Muhammad Ali Qasim Yaqub, alias Abu Sohaib Al Makki,
had been working directly under al Qaida leaders along the border
between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
2011 May 17, Pakistani security
forces shot and killed 5 alleged suicide bombers, including three
women, when they tried to attack an army checkpoint in the
southwestern city of Quetta. A bomb disposal squad in its report
released in Quetta on May 21 said the alleged attackers, one Tajik
and 4 from Chechnya were unarmed. A post mortem report said one of
the women was pregnant with 7-month baby. In October Pakistan sacked
2 police officers over the killings.
(AFP, 5/21/11)(AFP, 10/26/11)
2011 May 18, In Pakistan more
than 70 militants attacked a security checkpost on the outskirts of
Peshawar, triggering a shootout that killed two security forces and
wounded five. Police said at least 15 insurgents were killed.
2011 May 18, China and Pakistan
signed three agreements in Beijing on economic and technology
cooperation, banking and mining.
2011 May 20, Pakistani defense
officials said China has agreed to provide Pakistan with 50 more
fighter jets in a deal clinched during Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani's trip to Beijing.
2011 May 20, Pakistan's Taliban
attacked a US consulate convoy in Peshawar. Police said a car bomb
was by remote control as the convoy passed, killing one Pakistani.
Twelve people were wounded including 2 US security guards.
2011 May 21, In the Khyber
region of Pakistan a bomb attack on a NATO fuel tanker headed to
Afghanistan sparked a huge fire that killed 15 people who had been
scrambling to collect petrol leaking out from the bombed-out
vehicle. 11 other NATO supply vehicles, "most of them oil tankers,"
were destroyed at a terminal in nearby Torkham town.
2011 May 22, In Pakistan as few
as six Taliban gunmen launched a brazen attack on the PNS Mehran
base in Karachi to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden. At least
10 military personnel were killed and 20 wounded in the assault. 2
US-made surveillance planes were destroyed.
(AP, 5/23/11)(AFP, 5/23/11)
2011 May 23, Pakistani troops
recaptured the PNS Mehran base in Karachi after a 16-hour battle
with as few as six Taliban gunmen, who had launched their brazen
attack to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden. 3 militants were
killed in the gunbattle while the body of a fourth was believed to
be buried under the rubble of a collapsed wall. Two suspects were
believed to have fled the scene. At least 7 militants, including
three Arab nationals, were killed in a missile strike by a US drone
aircraft in North Waziristan. An Afghan television station reported
Taliban leader Mullah Omar had been killed in Pakistan, but the
group denied it, saying he was safe and in Afghanistan.
2011 May 23, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member died in an explosion. NATO forces
in southern Helmand province conducting a search shot and killed an
Afghan who they said acted hostile and raised an object toward
troops. The object was a flashlight. An unnamed intelligence source
said Taliban leader Muhammad Omar was shot dead 2 days earlier as he
moved from Quetta, Pakistan, to North Waziristan. There was no
(AP, 5/24/11)(SFC, 5/24/11, p.A3)
2011 May 25, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bomber flattened a police station in Peshawar,
killing nine people. A Taliban faction claimed responsibility for
the bombing, saying it was their fourth reprisal for the May 2 death
of bin Laden.
2011 May 26, Hundreds of
Pakistanis took to the streets to protest against rolling blackouts
that paralyze industry and make life unbearable in the searing
summer heat. In the northwest a suspected suicide bomber killed at
least 32 people, including 2 policemen, in an attack outside a
police station in Hangu.
(AFP, 5/26/11)(Reuters, 5/26/11)(AP,
2011 May 27, Pakistani fighter
jets pounded militant hide-outs in the country's northwest Orakzai
and Kurram tribal regions, killing 23 suspected insurgents.
2011 May 27, In northern
Pakistan a bus slid off a mountain road and plunged 200 feet deep
into a swollen river, and at least 25 people on board were believed
to have died.
2011 May 28, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber targeted pro-government tribal elders in the
northwestern frontier, killing eight men in the Bajur tribal region.
2011 May 29, In Pakistan gunmen
killed two Shiite policemen in Quetta city.
2011 May 30, Humanitarian
agencies active in Pakistan's northwest said they have been quietly
told to prepare for up to 365,000 displaced people in advance of a
military offensive against North Waziristan.
2011 May 30, India and Pakistan
worked to reduce tensions in the world's highest battlefield, as
their defense secretaries discussed ways to demilitarize the Siachen
2011 May 31, Pakistani fighter
jets attacked militant positions in the Orakzai tribal region close
to the Afghan border, killing at least 18 suspected insurgents.
2011 May 31, Pakistani
journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad (40), who investigated al-Qaida's
alleged infiltration of the country's navy, was found dead. Police
said there were signs he'd been tortured. He had told a rights
activist he feared the country's intelligence agencies planned to
retaliate against him over his story about the militant
infiltration. Two days earlier he had written an investigative
report in Asia Times Online saying Al-Qaeda carried out a recent
attack on a naval air base to avenge the arrest of naval officials
held on suspicion of Al-Qaeda links.
(AP, 5/31/11)(AFP, 1/13/12)
2011 May, Pakistani Dr. Shakeel
Afridi, who helped the CIA track Osama bin Laden, was arrested by
the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate three weeks after the
May 2 Abbotabad raid. In October a government inquiry recommended
that Afridi be charged with treason.
(SFC, 10/7/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 1, A Taliban video was
made showing Pakistani policemen being executed by firing squad
after being captured in Upper Dir. A commander and his fighters
opened fire on at least 15 men, who start crying and moaning. They
later pump bullets at close-range into bodies still moving. The
victims were policemen and paramilitary police captured on June 1.
2011 Jun 2, In Pakistan
Islamist militants, who flowed out of Afghanistan, fought a second
day of fierce battles with Pakistani security forces in one of the
deadliest clashes on the Pakistan side of the frontier in months.
Authorities said as many as 45 militants, 28 soldiers and 3
civilians were killed in the fighting.
(AP, 6/2/11)(SFC, 6/3/11, p.A3)
2011 Jun 3, Pakistani
helicopters and artillery forced back militants who crossed over
from Afghanistan this week and triggered battles that have killed
scores of people. The government demanded that NATO and Afghan
troops do more to control insurgents on their side of the long,
porous border. Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri, a senior al Qaeda figure,
was reportedly killed by a US drone following a tipoff from local
intelligence. Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri, a senior al Qaeda figure, was
reportedly killed by a US drone following a tipoff from local
(AP, 6/3/11)(Reuters, 6/4/11)
2011 Jun 5, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a bakery in Nowshera killing 18
people. Another bomb left 6 others dead.
(SFC, 6/6/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 6, In Pakistan US
drone aircraft struck at least 3 attacks in South Waziristan killing
at least 18 people.
(SFC, 6/7/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 8, In Pakistan Taliban
fighters launched an attack at a security checkpoint in South
Waziristan. 8 Pakistani soldiers and ten militants were killed in
the clash. Sarfraz Shah (18), an unarmed teenager, was killed in
Karachi by members of the paramilitary Rangers. 6 Rangers were
arrested in connection with the killing. On Aug 12 a court sentenced
to death Shahid Zafar, the soldier who shot and killed the unarmed
youth. Five other soldiers and a civilian who were present during
the killing were convicted of murder and handed life sentences.
(AP, 6/8/11)(SFC, 6/10/11, p.A5)(AP, 8/12/11)(SFC, 8/13/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 11, In Peshawar,
Pakistan, two bomb blasts severely damaged a supermarket and hotel,
killing 34 people and injuring more nearly 100. Authorities
suspected the Pakistani Taliban.
(AFP, 6/11/11)(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 14, Pakistanís top
military spy agency has reportedly arrested 5 Pakistani informants
who fed information to the CIA in the months leading up to the raid
that led to the death of bin Laden. Army Major Amir Aziz has not
been seen since the May 2 raid. He had lived adjacent to bin ladenís
compound fro several years. Some 35-40 people were said to have been
arrested countrywide on suspicion of working for the CIA on the
(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A2)(SFC, 6/16/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 16, More than 200
militants crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and attacked a
border village with rockets, mortars and machine guns, killing five
people and kidnapping more than 20. A bomb attack in southern
Afghanistan killed a NATO coalition service member.
(AP, 6/16/11)(AP, 6/17/11)
2011 Jun 17, A rocket fired
during fighting in Pakistan's tribal region landed in eastern
Afghanistan, killing four children in an area where militants launch
attacks on US-led forces.
2011 Jun 18, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb targeting security forces killed a passer-by in the
country's southwest. 4 security officers and 4 civilians were also
wounded in the attack in the town of Panjgore. Pakistanís army
launched an air and ground assault against a militant stronghold in
Mohmand tribal agency and killed 25, while the rest fled across the
border into eastern Afghanistan.
(AP, 6/18/11)(Reuters, 6/19/11)
2011 Jun 18, In Pakistan men
wearing police uniforms beat Waqar Kiani (32), a Pakistani
journalist working for the British Guardian newspaper, five days
after he published an account of abduction and torture by suspected
Pakistani intelligence agents. On June 16 the Guardian revealed that
Kiani was abducted from Islamabad in July 2008, blindfolded and
taken to a safe house where interrogators beat him and burned him
with cigarettes. They released him 15 hours later and warned him
they would rape his wife if he told anyone.
2011 Jun 18, In Pakistan Sohana
Jawed (9) was kidnapped near her home in Peshawar and forced to wear
a suicide vest. She escaped at a checkpoint outside TimerGarah.
(SFC, 6/21/11, p.A3)
2011 Jun 19, In northwest
Pakistan at least 50 militants attacked a paramilitary checkpoint
near the Afghan border, triggering intense fighting that killed four
soldiers. A local government official put the number of militants
dead at eight.
2011 Jun 19, In Pakistan
Muhammad Riaz chopped off his wifeís nose before turning himself
over to the Khanpur police. Riaz, a resident of Choee village, said
he believed his wife, Ansar Bibi (22), was having an affair. Bibi
denied the allegation saying he did it because she is infertile.
Police later arrested the alleged boyfriend, Ashiq Hussain, from
Riazís house and registered separate cases against both men.
(www.muslimwomennews.com/)(SSFC, 6/26/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 20, In northwest
Pakistan suspected US drones fired missiles at a vehicle and a
house, killing 12 people in a rare attack in the Kurram tribal area,
where some of NATO's fiercest enemies have reportedly traveled. A
car bomb near women's school in southwestern Pakistan killed 2 and
2011 Jun 23, India and Pakistan
held talks on peace and security issues in Islamabad, part of
efforts to stabilize South Asia.
2011 Jun 23, A special Afghan
tribunal overturned nearly 25 percent of last year's legislative
election results, alleging massive fraud and putting into question
who will control the parliament, one of the few checks on President
Hamid Karzai. The Afghan government said that ten Pakistani
artillery shells landed in Sarkano district of Kunar province,
killing four children.
(AP, 6/23/11)(Reuters, 6/24/11)
2011 Jun 24, India and Pakistan
wrapped up a fresh round of peace talks in Islamabad without any
breakthrough other than an agreement to meet again in New Delhi
ahead of ministerial talks next month. They did agree to work on new
nuclear confidence-building measures and expanded trade and travel
across the ceasefire line dividing disputed Kashmir.
(AFP, 6/24/11)(Reuters, 6/24/11)
2011 Jun 24, Pakistani fighter
jets bombed suspected militant hideouts in two areas of the
northwestern Kurram tribal region near the Afghan border, killing at
least 10 alleged insurgents.
2011 Jun 24, In Iran Pakistani
president Asif Ali Zardari and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai
held a three-way summit with Iran ahead of attending an
2011 Jun 25, In northwest
Pakistan militants armed with guns and grenades attacked a police
station killing 8 police officers and 2 civilians. Three explosions
were heard at the scene. Husband and wife suicide bombers blew
themselves up when an armored vehicle tried to enter the police
compound in Kolachi, Dera Ismail Khan district. Earlier in the day
15 insurgents were killed in the northwest tribal region of Orakzai
during a gunbattle between two factions of the Pakistani Taliban.
(AP, 6/25/11)(AP, 6/26/11)
2011 Jun 25, In Iran Pakistani
Pres. Asif Ali Zardari and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai
attended an international anti-terrorism conference alongside
Sudan's Pres. Omar al-Bashir, Iraqi Pres. Jalal Talabani and Tajik
Pres. Emomali Rahmon. The presidents of Afghanistan, Iran and
Pakistan agreed to join forces in combating militancy.
(AP, 6/25/11)(AFP, 6/25/11)
2011 Jun 26, In Pakistan a bomb
planted in a motorcycle exploded near a police station in the
central city of Multan wounding eight people, including four police
2011 Jun 26, Pakistan was
reported to have ordered Britain to withdraw some of its military
training teams from the country. The Guardian said Pakistan has
expelled at least 18 British military advisers, deployed as part of
a 15 million pound ($23.9 million) program to train the paramilitary
2011 Jun 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai accused Pakistan of firing 470 rockets into two of its
eastern border provinces in a three-week barrage. Security forces
said that 36 people have died in the barrages, which hit civilians
in areas where NATO forces have withdrawn. Authorities said a girl
(8) was killed when the Taliban detonated a bomb she was given to
carry to a police vehicle. Two Spanish soldiers were killed, and
another three were injured, when their armored vehicle hit an
improvised explosive device. Two other NATO soldiers were killed in
the east and south.
(AP, 6/26/11)(AFP, 6/26/11)(SFC, 6/27/11, p.A3)
2011 Jun 27, In Pakistan gunmen
riding in a car with tinted windows near the Afghan border shot and
killed Shakirullah Shakir, a senior Pakistani Taliban commander who
helped train and deploy the group's suicide bombers. A suspected US
drone fired two missiles in the Dra Nishter area of South
Waziristan, killing 12 suspected militants. The Muttahida Qaumi
Movement, a member of Pakistan's ruling coalition, announced it was
pulling out of the government at both the national level and in
southern Sindh province because of disputes over legislative
assembly elections held in Pakistan-held Kashmir a day earlier.
(AP, 6/27/11)(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A3)
2011 Jun 28, In Pakistan
federal and provincial ministers from an influential political party
in Sindh resigned after their Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) quit
the government in protest. The move left the PPP with a slender
majority in the national government.
2011 Jun 30, A Pakistani
military commander said troops backed by jets and helicopter
gunships have killed 40 militants in the Mohmand tribal area
bordering Afghanistan in the past three days.
2011 Jul 1, In Pakistan 2 Swiss
tourists, David Och and Daniela Widmer, were kidnapped in southwest
Baluchistan province. The couple were reported freed on March 15,
(AP, 7/2/11)(AP, 3/15/12)
2011 Jul 2, In Pakistan
militants attacked a checkpoint in the Karora area of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province around midnight killing three police officers
and wounding one.
2011 Jul 4, In Pakistan some
28,000 people escaped Kurram in a mass exodus after the offensive
was launched, with the army saying that artillery and fighter jets
had swung into action to drive out "terrorists." Hundreds of
Islamists held rallies in major cities to denounce a gay rights
event hosted last month by the United States embassy.
(AP, 7/5/11)(AFP, 7/4/11)
2011 Jul 4, Around 60 Afghan
militants attacked a Pakistani paramilitary checkpoint in a
cross-border raid, killing one soldier and sparking a gunbattle that
lasted for more than two hours. Militants used mortar and rocket
fire to cover their advance into the Bajur tribal area.
2011 Jul 5, Nine Pakistani
soldiers were killed in attacks targeting troops in the
militant-infested tribal badlands near Afghanistan and further south
on the border with Iran. A bomb attack in Miranshah killed three
troops and wounded another 15.
(AFP, 7/5/11)(AFP, 7/6/11)
2011 Jul 6, Pakistani troops
backed by attack helicopters clashed with Taliban fighters in
Miranshah, North Waziristan. A night of political violence left 24
people dead in Karachi. Hundreds of militants crossed from
Afghanistan and attacked several Pakistani border villages,
triggering shootouts with local militias that killed at least 5
(AFP, 7/6/11)(AP, 7/6/11)
2011 Jul 7, In Pakistan gunmen
shot up a bus and opened fire in several neighborhoods of Karachi,
killing at least 22 people. 49 other people were killed in the city
in sporadic shootings over the last 3 days.
(AP, 7/7/11)(SFC, 7/8/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 8, Pakistan officials
said that a four-day air and ground offensive against militants in a
key tribal district had left 42 enemy fighters and eight soldiers
dead on the Afghan border. The government ordered 1,000 extra troops
to deploy in Karachi with instructions to shoot-to-kill. At least 80
people have been killed since July 6 in the deadliest six months of
political violence since 1995. Security forces had already arrested
89 suspects over the killings.
(AFP, 7/8/11)(AP, 7/8/11)
2011 Jul 9, Pakistani forces
regained control over trouble spots in Karachi, the nation's largest
city, where five days of political and ethnic violence killed at
least 93 people and forced many to stay at home in fear. Many of the
killings appeared linked to political and ethnic turf battles.
2011 Jul 9, The Afghan defense
ministry said military officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan have
agreed to hold more high-level talks to defuse a row over a series
of attacks across their porous border. Four Taliban fighters were
killed in daylong fighting in Ghazni province. In central Uruzgan
province, a raid on insurgents sparked fighting that left 10
militants and three Afghan police officers dead.
(AFP, 7/9/11)(AP, 7/10/11)
2011 Jul 10, Pakistani called
on the United States to share information about new al Qaeda leader
Ayman al-Zawahri after US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he
believed that Osama bin Laden's successor was in Pakistan.
2011 Jul 10, President Barack
Obama's chief of staff, William Daley, said that the US was
suspending $800 million in aid to the Pakistani military until the
two countries can patch up their relationship.
2011 Jul 11, In Pakistan
suspected US missiles hit a house in Gorvak village in North
Waziristan, killing at least 20 alleged militants. Other Pakistani
intelligence officials put the death toll at 23.
2011 Jul 12, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected US missile strikes killed at least 18 alleged
militants. A car was struck in the Datta Khel area of North
Waziristan killing 4 alleged militants.
(AP, 7/12/11)(SFC, 7/13/11, p.A3)
2011 Jul 13, In Pakistan the
city of Karachi reeled from fresh political violence that killed at
least 14 people and added to the nation's instability after Zulfiqar
Mirza, a senior member of the ruling Pakistan People's Party, called
Altaf Hussain, chief of the city's powerful Muttahida Qaumi
Movement, a murderer and an extortionist.
2011 Jul 14, In Pakistan Malik
Ishaq, an Islamist militant accused in dozens of killings and a 2009
attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team, was freed on bail after 14 years
in custody because the Supreme Court decided there was not enough
evidence to keep holding him.
2011 Jul 16, In Pakistan gunmen
ambushed a bus carrying Sunni Muslims and killed all 10 passengers
in the northwestern Kurram tribal region.
2011 Jul 19, Mortar shells from
Afghanistan killed four Pakistani soldiers, the latest cross-border
escalation as Afghan Pres. Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart
called for peace. NATO handed over responsibility for the security
of Mehterlam, the capital of eastern Laghman province, to Afghan
(AFP, 7/19/11)(AP, 7/19/11)
2011 Jul 23, In Pakistan an
anti-Taliban militia killed 13 militants in 2 days of clashes in the
northwestern Kurram tribal region. Gunmen riding on a motorcycle
shot and killed five laborers at a construction site for a mosque in
2011 Jul 24, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up at an army checkpoint in
South Waziristan, killing one soldier and wounding two others.
2011 Jul 25, Pakistani police
said at least 16 people have died over the past 24 hours as renewed
violence involving rival ethnic and sectarian groups continued to
2011 Jul 27, India and
Pakistan's foreign ministers insisted relations were back on track
after peace talks that highlighted a "new era" of cooperation over
the ruptures of the past. It was the first meeting of the
arch-rivals' foreign ministers for a year.
2011 Jul 27, An Indian army
officer was shot dead in a battle with rebels along the de facto
Kashmir border. The latest fighting came after Indian foreign
minister S.M. Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart, Hina Rabbani
Khar, outlined in New Delhi the countries' commitment to fight
militancy, boost trade and sustain the peace process.
2011 Jul 29, In southwestern
Pakistan unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus stand in Quetta,
Baluchistan, killing seven Shiite pilgrims waiting to travel to
2011 Jul 30, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on a commuter van and a rickshaw in Quetta, Baluchistan
province, killing at least 11 Shiite Muslims.
(SSFC, 7/31/11, p.A7)
2011 Aug 1, In Pakistan a US
drone strike targeting a vehicle near the Afghan border killed at
least four militants in South Waziristan. 23 people were reported
gunned down in Karachi.
(AFP, 8/1/11)(AP, 8/2/11)
2011 Aug 2, In Pakistan 11
people were reported gunned down in Karachi. In an attempt to
contain the violence, authorities called in 1,000 paramilitary
troops from the Frontier Corps and also police from the Frontier
2011 Aug 3, In Pakistan the
death toll in Karachi reached 58, after at least 35 people were
killed in the space of 24 hours. Much of the fighting has been
blamed on supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) political
party representing the Urdu-speaking majority, and the rival Awami
National Party (ANP).
2011 Aug 6, In Pakistan a bomb
attack near Peshawar destroyed 16 tankers carrying fuel for US-led
forces in Afghanistan.
(SSFC, 8/7/11, p.A5)
2011 Aug 10, In Pakistan two
American-fired missiles hit a house in North Waziristan killing 20
Islamist militants. 14 of the dead belonged to the Haqqani network,
a Taliban-linked faction.
(SFC, 8/11/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 11, In Pakistan a
female suicide attacker and a handcart bomb targeted police in
Peshawar, killing 7 people in the first deadly attacks to hit the
northwest during Ramadan.
2011 Aug 11, Umar Patek (41), a
key suspect in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, was
escorted home to Indonesia under tight security to stand trial, six
months after he was captured in the same northwestern Pakistani town
where Osama bin Laden was killed. The al-Qaida-linked militant, had
a $1 million bounty on his head when authorities caught up with him
on Jan. 25 in Abbottabad.
2011 Aug 12, In Pakistan
Taliban militants ambushed a police van taking two of their comrades
back to jail after a trip to the dentist, freeing the captives.
Three police guards were killed in the incident in Peshawar.
2011 Aug 13, In Pakistan gunmen
abducted Warren Weinstein, an American development expert, after
breaking into his house in Lahore. The unusually brazen raid
illustrated the threat to foreigners in this militancy-wracked
country. By Aug 24 three arrests were made after officers tracked
cell phone numbers. On Dec 2 Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri
acknowledged that the terror group was holding Weinstein.
(AP, 8/13/11)(AP, 8/24/11)(AFP, 12/2/11)
2011 Aug 14, In Pakistan a bomb
attached to a timer ripped through a two-story hotel in Dera Allah
Yar, Baluchistan province, reducing the building to rubble and
killing 12 people. Elsewhere in Baluchistan, two gunmen riding a
motorcycle killed a local journalist in the city of Khuzdar.
Suspected militants fired rockets at a paramilitary base in Miran
Shah, North Waziristan, during an independence day ceremony, killing
3 soldiers and wounding 23 others. A land mine killed 2 paramilitary
soldiers and wounded 5 others on patrol in the Orakzai tribal area.
2011 Aug 17, In Pakistan
Islamist militants crossed over from Afghanistan and shot dead an
anti-Taliban tribal elder and his son in the northwestern Bajur
tribal region. Suspected gang members killed 17 mostly Urdu-speaking
people in Karachi. Many of the victims were tortured, shot and
stuffed in sacks that were dumped on the streets.
(AP, 8/17/11)(AP, 8/18/11)
2011 Aug 18, In Pakistan
suspected gang members killed 22 mostly Urdu-speaking people in
Karachi. Many of the victims were tortured, shot and stuffed in
sacks that were dumped on the streets.
2011 Aug 19, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber struck a Sunni mosque in the Khyber tribal region
during prayers, killing 48 people and wounding 85 others in the
deadliest attack in the country in recent weeks. 2 US missiles
struck a house in South Waziristan killing 4 people.
(AP, 8/19/11)(AP, 8/20/11)
2011 Aug 20, In Pakistan
suspected militants ambushed a security convoy in the Aka Khel area
of Khyber tribal region, killing two soldiers and wounding eight.
Gunmen ambushed a police bus in Karachi, killing four officers.
2011 Aug 20, Indian troops in
Kashmir fought a deadly gunbattle with suspected rebels crossing the
military Line of Control from Pakistani-controlled territory. One
soldier and 11 suspected rebels were reported killed.
2011 Aug 22, In Pakistan gunmen
killed four people in Karachi, taking the death toll to 18 in two
days. At least 85 people have been killed in Karachi in the past
week. A suspected US missile strike killed 4 alleged insurgents in
(AP, 8/22/11)(SFC, 8/23/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 22, Atiyah abd
al-Rahman, the Al-Qaeda second-in-command, was reportedly killed in
the northwest tribal area of Waziristan. A senior US official
announced his death on Aug 27. Pakistani security officials
expressed doubt over the report.
2011 Aug 23, Pakistani
politicians, industrialists and citizens stepped up calls for the
army to intervene to quell violence destabilizing Karachi, where
more than 100 have been killed in a week. Karachi ground to a halt
after a political party called a strike to protests the deaths.
(AFP, 8/23/11)(SFC, 8/24/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 24, In northwestern
Pakistan flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains swept through
a village in the remote Kundian Valley, killing 16 people and
leaving several missing.
2011 Aug 25, Pakistan officials
said an American surveillance drone has crashed in the southwest
near a paramilitary base close to the Afghan border.
2011 Aug 27, In Pakistan some
200 to 300 "terrorists" based in Afghanistan attacked seven
paramilitary Frontier Corps checkposts in the northwestern district
of Chitral. Pakistani military said 25 troops and 20 militants were
reported killed in the cross-border raid. Local police said 38
soldiers and 9 militants were killed.
(AFP, 8/27/11)(SSFC, 8/28/11, p.A8)
2011 Aug 28, In southwestern
Pakistan Gunmen ambushed a passenger train, killing three people and
wounding 16 others in Mach, Baluchistan province.
2011 Aug 31, In southwestern
Pakistan a suspected suicide car bomb attack killed 10 people in
Quetta, Baluchistan province, as the country celebrated the Muslim
festival of Eid al-Fitr.
2011 Aug 31, Three Pakistani
soldiers were killed and one Indian trooper was hurt in an exchange
of fire by the rival militaries across their sensitive border in
2011 Sep 1, Pakistani Taliban
in Afghanistan kidnapped more than 30 Pakistani boys who had
mistakenly crossed the unmarked border from the country's lawless
northwest. Gunmen killed 7 Shiite Muslims in the Kurram tribal
region. Two people died in a suicide car bomb attack on a police
(AFP, 9/2/11)(SFC, 9/2/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 5, Pakistan military
said intelligence officers working with the CIA in Quetta have
arrested 3 members of al-Qaida including Younis al-Mauritani, a top
operative believed to have been tasked by Osama bin Laden with
targeting American economic interests around the world. It named the
other two detainees as Abdul-Ghaffar al-Shami and Messara al-Shami.
2011 Sep 5, A Pakistani relief
official said monsoon rains have killed 136 people since Aug 12 and
destroyed crops and houses in the flood-prone south of the country.
2011 Sep 7, In Pakistan a pair
of suicide bombers attacked a top army officer in the southwestern
city of Quetta, missing him but killing his wife. At least 22 others
died, including several guards, a senior officer and two children.
2011 Sep 11, Pakistani
intelligence officials said a suspected US missile strike has killed
three people in an al-Qaida and Taliban safe haven in North
Waziristan. A CIA drone killed Abu Hafs al-Shariri (33), a top
Al-Qaida operative responsible for plotting terror attacks in
(AP, 9/11/11)(SFC, 9/16/11, p.A5)
2011 Sep 13, In northwestern
Pakistan Taliban gunmen attacked a school van on the outskirts of
Peshawar, killing four children and the driver in an assault they
said was carried out to punish local Matani tribesman for resisting
the insurgent movement.
2011 Sep 15, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber attacked the funeral service of a tribesman opposed
to the Taliban, killing 31 people in the Lower Dir region.
(AP, 9/15/11)(SFC, 9/16/11, p.A5)
2011 Sep 17, In Pakistan US
Ambassador Cameron Munter said in broadcast remarks that there is
evidence linking the Haqqani insurgent network to the Pakistani
government, a charge that could raise tensions in an already
strained anti-terror alliance. An unmanned US drone crashed near
Jangara village in the South Waziristan tribal area. Pakistani
soldiers battled Taliban fighters in an attempt to seize precious
debris. Three militants were killed.
(AP, 9/17/11)(AP, 9/18/11)
2011 Sep 18, In Pakistanís
Khyber tribal area dozens of Taliban armed with rocket launchers
stormed a police post in the triggering clashes that killed 10
militants and 5 anti-militant fighters.
2011 Sep 18, The UN made an
emergency appeal for funding for Pakistan. Monsoon rains since early
August have killed more than 220 people, damaged or destroyed some
665,000 homes and displaced more than 1.8 million people in the
southern Sindh province.
2011 Sep 19, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives
outside the home of a senior police officer tasked with cracking
down on militants in Karachi. The blast killed at least eight people
and left a crater 10 feet deep.
2011 Sep 20, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on minority Shiite Muslim pilgrims traveling through
southwest, killing 26 people in an apparent sectarian attack.
The attack targeted the Shiite Hazara tribe.
(AP, 9/20/11)(AP, 10/4/11)
2011 Sep 20, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber in Kabul, with concealed explosives in a
turban, assassinated former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani
(1992-1996), who was leading government peace efforts. In Feb, 2012,
Pakistan arrested two people in connection with the assassination.
(AFP, 9/20/11)(AP, 2/10/12)
2011 Sep 20, The World Health
Organization warned countries that a dangerous strain of polio,
WPV1, has spread to China from Pakistan.
(SFC, 9/21/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 21, The Pakistani
government placed Malik Ishaq, a founder of the banned Sunni
extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, under temporary house detention
because of his attempts to stoke conflict between Sunni and Shiite
Muslims since his release from prison 2 months ago.
2011 Sep 30, In Pakistan a US
missile strike killed three suspected militants in the South
Waziristan tribal area.
2011 Oct 1, Afghanistan's
intelligence service said it has given Pakistan hard evidence that
Rabbani's Sep 20 assassination was planned in the southern outskirts
of Quetta where key Taliban leaders are based. 7 Afghan soldiers
were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in eastern Paktia
province. One NATO service member died in a bomb attack in the
(AP, 10/1/11)(AP, 10/2/11)
2011 Oct 2, The Afghan
government urged neighboring Pakistan to take concrete steps to help
end the Taliban insurgency and use its influence to bring the
militants to direct peace talks.
2011 Oct 4, Pakistani
protesters upset over severe electricity shortages clashed with
police for a second day in Gujranwala, a major industrial city in
Punjab province, as the country's main opposition leader used the
issue to pressure the US-allied government.
2011 Oct 4, In Pakistan
suspected Sunni extremists shot 13 Shiite Muslims to death
execution-style after ordering them off a bus as they headed to work
at a vegetable market on the outskirts of Quetta. The attack
targeted the Shiite Hazara tribe.
2011 Oct 5, A prosecutor told a
London court that 2 Pakistani cricketers took bribes to fix parts of
a match against England in a case that exposes "rampant corruption"
at the heart of the international game.
2011 Oct 8, Pakistani
authorities detained two suspects as they drove through the Shahzad
neighborhood of Islamabad. The men had concealed more than a dozen
rockets, 12 hand grenades and vests packed with explosives in their
car and at an Islamabad home.
2011 Oct 11, Pakistan PM Yousuf
Raza Gilani pledged to create thousands of jobs in
insurgency-wracked Baluchistan as he admitted past neglect of the
region had fuelled its troubles. 2 people were killed in Baluchistan
province when gunmen torched an oil tanker carrying fuel for NATO
troops in Afghanistan.
2011 Oct 11, Washington
acknowledged for the first time that it is waging "war" against
militants in Pakistan.
2011 Oct 13, Pakistani and US
diplomats vowed to strengthen their troubled alliance two days after
Washington acknowledged for the first time that it is waging "war"
against militants in Pakistan. US drone strikes killed 10 militants,
including Janbaz Zadran, a commander in the Haqqani network that the
US military has linked to Pakistani intelligence.
(AFP, 10/13/11)(AP, 10/16/11)
2011 Oct 14, In northwestern
Pakistan a US drone strike killed four militants, the third such
attack in 48 hours. The strike killed three Egyptians linked to the
Haqqani network, including one who played a key role in handling the
militant group's finances.
(AFP, 10/14/11)(AP, 10/16/11)
2011 Oct 15, In northwest
Pakistan US missiles killed 6 suspected militants. The drone-fired
missiles targeted fighters of Maulvi Nazir, a Pakistani militant
(SSFC, 10/16/11, p.A4)
2011 Oct 17, Pakistani
paramilitary forces raided a militant hideout in the rugged Khyber
tribal region near the Afghan border, sparking fighting that killed
9 soldiers and 10 insurgents.
2011 Oct 20, In Pakistan 4
soldiers and 5 militants were killed in a gunbattle in the Khyber
tribal district along the Afghan border. In the evening militants
attacked a group of paramilitary soldiers conducting a search
operation in the Khyber tribal area, sparking fighting that killed
three soldiers and 34 militants.
(AFP, 10/20/11)(AP, 10/21/11)
2011 Oct 21, In northwestern
Pakistan more than 30 militants armed with rockets and machine guns
attacked a prominent pro-government tribal elder's house, killing
three members of his family in the Mohmand tribal area.
2011 Oct 23, In central
Pakistan Mohammad Afzal (19) shot dead his parents and six siblings
because his father, a poor donkey cart owner, could not feed the
2011 Oct 24, In Pakistan Raja
Khan (34), a jobless father of two, set himself alight in a suicide
bid outside parliament and was rushed to hospital with serious
2011 Oct 27, Pakistani
officials said two US drone strikes killed at least 10 militants in
Waziristan, including the brother of a local Taliban commander who
sends fighters across the border to fight Americans in Afghanistan.
2011 Oct 28, In Pakistan some
2,000 people demonstrated outside the country's parliament to demand
an end to US drone strikes, claiming they kill more innocent
civilians than Taliban and Al-Qaeda leaders.
2011 Oct 28, A Pakistani court
issued an arrest warrant for former president Pervez Musharraf and
former PM Shaukat Aziz over the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti, a
Baluch rebel leader in August 2006. The operation also killed at
least 7 soldiers and 17 tribal insurgents.
2011 Oct 30, In Pakistan Imran
Khan led a huge rally in Lahore. The PTI chief warned politicians to
declare their assets or his party would launch a civil disobedience
movement against them.
2011 Oct 30, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed 6 alleged militants.
(SFC, 10/31/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct, In Pakistan a
university professor allegedly sent a packet containing anthrax to
the Pakistani prime minister's office. This was not made public
until Feb 1, 2012.
2011 Oct, Pakistan reported its
115th case of polio. The current annual global number was down to
(Econ, 10/15/11, p.48)
2011 Nov 1, Turkey hosted the
presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan for a trilateral summit
designed to reduce tensions and promote cooperation between the two
neighbors amid stepped-up Taliban attacks.
2011 Nov 1, In London former
Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt (27) and fast bowler Mohammad Asif
(28) were found guilty of involvement in a "spot-fixing" betting
scam during a match against England in August, 2010.
2011 Nov 2, The Pakistani
cabinet approved a proposal granting India the status of "most
favored nation" in a move towards normalizing trade relations
between the two nuclear-armed arch rivals. The decision reciprocates
India's move to grant MFN status to Pakistan in 1996.
2011 Nov 2, In Pakistan a bomb
attack wounded 13 people, targeting Malik Taj, an influential Khyber
tribal elder, on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar.
2011 Nov 2, In Turkey regional
leaders pledged to find ways to improve security and economic
development in Afghanistan as international combat forces prepared
to leave by the end of 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his
Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, discussed a joint inquiry
into the Sept. 20 killing by a suicide bomber of Burhanuddin
Rabbani, a former Afghan president and peace council leader.
2011 Nov 3, Pakistan cricket
authorities said they were more determined to eradicate corruption
from the game after three of their key players were sentenced in
London to jail in a corruption case. Former Test captain Salman Butt
received 30 months, fast bowler Mohammad Asif received one year in
jail and Mohammad Aamer (19) was jailed for six months.
2011 Nov 5, A Pakistani
government prosecutor said a court has indicted two more suspects in
the 2007 killing of former PM Benazir Bhutto. 2 police officers were
charged with failing to provide Bhutto with proper security and with
destroying evidence. 5 alleged Taliban militants were also indicted.
A suicide bomber targeting the country's Shiite minority killed
himself in a premature explosion in the southwest.
2011 Nov 8, Pakistan's
President Asif Ali Zardari promised to work with the United States
to "eradicate" the militant Haqqani network, a pledge made during a
meeting with visiting American congressmen, according to one of the
lawmakers. It was unclear whether Zardari had the power to make good
on his pledge, given the influence of the military in Pakistan.
2011 Nov 10, The prime
ministers of India and Pakistan said they expected to open a "new
chapter" at future talks between the rival nations after they met at
a regional summit in the Maldives.
2011 Nov 12, In Pakistan four
intelligence officials were killed during a raid on a militant
hideout in the country's east. Some militants were killed or
captured in the raid in Jellum district. Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a
Pakistani militant commander close to the Afghan border, threatened
to abandon an unofficial peace deal with the government because of
American missile strikes and shelling by the Pakistani army.
2011 Nov 13, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb blast killed six people in remote Mastak town. Two
members of an anti-Taliban militia are among those killed.
2011 Nov 14, Pakistan's
telecommunications authority sent a letter ordering cell phone
companies to block text messages containing what it perceives to be
obscenities. It also sent a list of more than 1,500 English and Urdu
words that were to be blocked. The order was part of the regulator's
attempt to block spam messages.
2011 Nov 14, Four Pakistani
paramilitary soldiers were killed when militants attacked their
convoy in the northwestern tribal district of Khyber. In neighboring
Mohmand district, security forces said they killed four militants
and wounded five others who were later arrested, as the group tried
to enter Pakistan from across the unmarked border in Afghanistan.
2011 Nov 15, In northwestern
Pakistan a suspected US drone fired missiles at a house in Miran
Shah, North Waziristan, killing seven alleged militants. Also in the
northwest, Pakistani forces pounded militant hideouts, killing 16
suspected insurgents in Orakzai's Dabori area. Militants attacked an
army checkpoint in the Ladha area of South Waziristan with rockets,
killing one soldier and wounding another. Just before midnight
suspected US drones fired four missiles at two compounds in South
Waziristan, killing 16 alleged militants.
(AP, 11/15/11)(AP, 11/16/11)
2011 Nov 16, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb hit a minibus in the northwestern Tirah valley,
killing six passengers and wounding two others. Militants attacked a
military checkpoint in the Murghan area of the Kurram tribal region,
killing one officer and wounding a soldier.
2011 Nov 17, In Pakistan
suspected US drones fired four missiles at a compound in North
Waziristan, killing eight alleged militants and wounding two others
in the third such strike in as many days. Pakistani security forces
pounded militant hideouts in the Orakzai tribal area, killing 25
suspected militants, and in the Kurram tribal area, killing 12
suspected militants. Saeed Abdul Salam, carrying a US and a
Pakistani passport, detonated an explosive device when troops raided
his apartment in Karachi.
(AP, 11/17/11)(AP, 11/19/11)
2011 Nov 20, In Pakistani
gunmen in Baluchistan province torched three trucks carrying
supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan.
2011 Nov 21, In Pakistan senior
commanders in the Pakistani Taliban claimed to be holding initial
peace talks with the government that could end a wave of bombings
that has killed thousands of people. Gunmen ambushed a paramilitary
Frontier Corps convoy in Baluchistan province, killing 14 soldiers.
The Baluchistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility.
(AFP, 11/21/11)(AP, 11/21/11)
2011 Nov 22, Pakistan's
government asked Hussain Haqqani, its US envoy, to resign and
ordered a probe into claims that he sought American help against the
country's powerful military. A memo from Pres. Zardari was delivered
to US Admiral Mullen on May 10, offering that a "new national
security team" would end relations between Pakistani intelligence
and Afghan militants, namely the Taliban and its Haqqani faction.
2011 Nov 22, Pakistan rowed
back from demands that text messages containing nearly 1,700
"obscene" words should be blocked, following outrage from users and
campaigners. A Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) spokesman
said the authority would consult civil society representatives and
mobile phone operators on refining a much shorter list of words,
giving no timeframe for any eventual ban.
2011 Nov 23, In Pakistan
Islamist militants attacked security forces in the Dera Ismail Khan
district, killing four officers in gunfights that underscore the
potent rebel threat despite reported peace talks. In Kurram
militants attacked paramilitary troops, killing two soldiers and
injuring eight others.
2011 Nov 24, Pakistani police
in Karachi arrested Zainab Bibi (32), a woman who had killed her
husband and was attempting to cook his body parts after he planned
to marry another woman without her permission.
2011 Nov 26, Pakistan accused
NATO helicopters and fighter jets of firing on two army checkpoints
in the country's northwest and killing 24 soldiers. Afghan troops,
who came under fire while operating near the Pakistan border, called
in the NATO airstrikes. Islamabad retaliated by closing the border
crossings used by the international coalition to supply its troops
in neighboring Afghanistan. The Pakistani government demanded the US
vacate an air base within 15 days that the CIA is suspected of using
for unmanned drones.
(AP, 11/26/11)(AP, 11/27/11)
2011 Nov 29, Pakistan decided
to boycott a key international conference on Afghanistan next month
in Bonn, widening its protest over lethal cross-border NATO strikes
and exacerbating a deep crisis in US ties. Islamabad communicated
with the alliance to prevent an exchange of artillery fire from
turning into another international incident.
(AFP, 11/29/11)(AP, 11/30/11)
2011 Dec 3, Pakistani actress
Veena Malik said a nude photo has been published in violation of her
agreement with FHM India and she was considering legal action
against the magazine. She had posed in the nude for the Indian
magazine with the initials of Pakistan's feared and powerful
intelligence agency on her arm and triggered fury across her
2011 Dec 5, The US said it is
vacating the Shamsi air base in Pakistan used by American drones
that target Taliban and al-Qaida militants, complying with a key
demand made by Islamabad in retaliation for the NATO airstrikes that
killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
2011 Dec 8, In Pakistan
assailants torched more than 20 tankers carrying fuel for US and
NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan, in the first reported attack
since Islamabad closed the border to protest coalition airstrikes
that killed 24 Pakistani troops last month.
2011 Dec 10, The deputy chief
of the Pakistani Taliban announced that the militant group was in
peace talks with the government and an agreement to end its brutal
four-year insurgency was within striking distance.
2011 Dec 10, In central
Pakistan at least 13 people, including three children, were killed
and another 15 injured when a road collision led to a gas cylinder
2011 Dec 11, Pakistanís PM
Yousuf Raza Gilani said President Asif Ali Zardari will likely need
two weeks to rest in Dubai following medical treatment there before
he returns home. Zardari flew to Dubai last week for treatment
related to a heart condition.
2011 Dec 11, A Pakistani
Taliban spokesman denied an earlier announcement by the militant
group's deputy chief that it was holding peace talks with the
government. Prominent al-Qaida and Afghan Taliban fighters asked
Pakistani militants to set aside their differences and step up
support for the battle against US-led forces in Afghanistan: "For
God's sake, forget all your differences and give us fighters to
boost the battle against America in Afghanistan," senior al-Qaida
commander Abu Yahya al-Libi told Pakistani fighters in South
Waziristan. An earlier meeting was held on November 27 in North
(AP, 12/11/11)(AP, 1/2/12)
2011 Dec 11, In Pakistan the US
vacated Shamsi airbase following a deadline given by Islamabad in
the wake of anger over NATO air strikes last month that killed 24
soldiers. US officials and intelligence analysts have said the
covert drone war would not be affected by the closure of the base as
Washington could fly Predator and Reaper drones out of air fields in
2011 Dec 13, Pakistani police
said they have rescued 53 students, including children as young as
seven, who had been chained in the basement of a madrassa raided by
security forces in the port city of Karachi.
2011 Dec 18, More than 30,000
Islamists rallied against the US in the Pakistani city of Lahore,
demanding Islamabad cut off ties with Washington following NATO
airstrikes last month that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
2011 Dec 19, Hundreds of
furious Pakistanis blocked off the Islamabad airport highway,
demonstrating against debilitating gas shortages and pelting police
with stones. A second angry crowd torched tires in Islamabad and
twin city Rawalpindi, throwing stones at police and private vehicles
over gas rationing that has left thousands of homes without heat for
hours at a time.
2011 Dec 19, A teenage
Pakistani woman told of her terror as her husband chopped off her
nose and lips in a furious marital row, and threatened to kill
herself unless the police brought him to justice. Salma Bibi (17)
said her husband, Ghulam Qadir (22), subjected her to a beating,
then bound her hands and feet with rope and hacked into her face
with a razor in a remote village in the southwestern province
2011 Dec 22, Pakistan's PM
Yousuf Raza Gilani claimed there was a conspiracy to oust the
country's civilian government, a sign of growing tension with the
army over a secret memo sent to Washington earlier this year asking
for help in averting a supposed military coup.
2011 Dec 22, In Pakistan nearly
3 dozen Taliban fighters attacked a paramilitary fort in the
northwest, killing one soldier and kidnapping 15 others. They
captured a significant amount of weapons. The bodies of the
kidnapped were found on Jan 5.
(SFC, 1/6/12, p.A4)
2011 Dec 22, Berlin-based
Transparency International published a survey: "Daily Lives and
Corruption: Public Opinion in South Asia," which found 62% of south
Asians believed corruption had got worse over the past three years,
with Indians and Pakistanis the most pessimistic.
2011 Dec 23, The Pakistani army
rejected key findings from a US investigation into American
airstrikes last month that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and said the
report was unlikely to repair the severely damaged relationship
between the two countries.
(AP, 12/23/11)(AFP, 1/5/12)
2011 Dec 24, A Pakistani
Taliban suicide bomber rammed a car filled with explosives into a
paramilitary camp in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Bannu town killing six
2011 Dec 25, In Pakistan over
100,000 people rallied in support of Imran Khan (59), a
cricket hero turned politician, in the port city of Karachi,
boosting his image as a rising political force.
2011 Dec 27, India and Pakistan
tentatively agreed to renew an agreement designed to reduce the risk
of an accidental nuclear war.
(SFC, 12/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Dec 29, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen killed police Surgeon Baqir Shah in Quetta. He had
received threats for his role in investigating the deaths of five
foreigners at the hands of security forces earlier this year.
2011 Dec 30, In Pakistan a car
bomb killed eight people and injured at least 18 others in the
southwestern city of Quetta, which is riven by ethic and sectarian
violence. 7 more bodies were found in the rubble the next day
bringing the death toll to 15.
(AFP, 12/30/11)(AFP, 12/31/11)
2011 Dec 31, In Pakistan a
remote-controlled bomb ripped through a military vehicle killing two
Pakistani soldiers at Boya village in North Waziristan.
2011 M. J. Akbar authored
ďTinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan."
(Econ, 1/22/11, p.98)
2011 Anatol Lieven authored
ďPakistan: A Hard Country."
(Econ, 4/9/11, p.92)
2011 Bruce Riedel authored
ďDeadly Embrace: Pakistan, American, and the Future of Global
(Econ, 4/9/11, p.92)
2011 The population of Pakistan
was about 190 million.
(Econ, 2/5/11, p.55)
2011 At least 943 Pakistani
women and girls were murdered this year for allegedly defaming their
2011 In Pakistan Jude Kenan
Mohammad, an American citizen, was killed in a US drone strike in
South Waziristan late this year. He had been arrested by Pakistani
authorities three years earlier but escaped after being released on
bail. His death was revealed by the Obama administration on May 22,
2012 Jan 1, Pakistan and India
exchanged lists of their nuclear sites under an accord which
prohibits both sides from attacking these locations.
2012 Jan 1, In Pakistan 3
soldiers were killed in a bomb attack in Baluchistan province. An
anti-Taliban fighter was killed in a bomb attack in the Bajaur
2012 Jan 1, In Pakistan three
Iranian border guards crossed the frontier in southwestern
Baluchistan province and allegedly shot at a car, killing a
Pakistani national. The border guards were arrested by Pakistan
paramilitary Frontier Corps.
2012 Jan 2, Pakistani
protesters clashed with police and major cities were paralyzed as
thousands of people demonstrated over severe gas shortages and price
2012 Jan 2, Three Iranian
border guards were arrested in southwestern Baluchistan province
along after they allegedly crossed the frontier and shot at a car,
killing a Pakistani national. On Jan 14 Pakistan deported the 3
guards after they were pardoned in court by the family of the man
killed in the attack.
2012 Jan 3, Pakistanis angry at
gas shortages blocked a major highway and clashed with police for
the second day, adding pressure on a government bogged down by
scandal, near economic collapse and militant violence.
2012 Jan 5, In Pakistan
unidentified gunmen kidnapped British Dr. Khalil Rasjed Dale (60) of
the ICRC, the International Committee of the Red Cross, in
Baluchistan province. The bullet-scarred bodies of 15 members of the
paramilitary Frontier Constabulary were found, almost two weeks
after they were kidnapped on Dec 23 in the militant-infested
northwest. On April 29 Daleís beheaded body was found in Quetta.
(AFP, 1/5/12)(Reuters, 4/29/12)
2012 Jan 7, Pakistani police
killed Yaseen Shah, a local Taliban commander, and arrested his
associate after a shootout in Karachi.
2012 Jan 7, Pakistan freed 179
Indian fishermen who were imprisoned for violating territorial
2012 Jan 10, In Pakistan a bomb
targeting a militia opposed to the Taliban exploded in a Jamrud
market in the Khyber region, killing 30 people in the deadliest
blast in the country in several months. A drone piloted remotely
from the United States fired a missile at a house in North
Waziristan killing four people, including Aslam Awan, described as
an "external operations planner" for al-Qaida.
(AP, 1/10/12)(SFC, 1/11/12, p.A4)(AP, 1/22/12)
2012 Jan 11, Pakistan's army
warned of "grievous consequences" for the country over criticism by
the prime minister that has escalated tensions between the powerful
military and the government. PM Yousuf Reza Gilani immediately fired
the defense secretary in a dispute over a memo sent to Washington
that has enraged the army, escalating a crisis pitting the civilian
government against the powerful military leadership.
(AFP, 1/11/12)(SFC, 1/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 12, In Pakistan an
American missile strike in North Waziristan killed four foreign
Islamist militants. It was the second such drone strike in three
days. Intercepted militant radio communications later indicated that
Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud was among those killed.
(AP, 1/12/12)(AP, 1/15/12)
2012 Jan 14, Pakistani security
forces quelled a militant attack on a police station in which eight
people were killed including four suicide bombers, one police and
three civilians in Dera Ismail Khan city.
2012 Jan 15, In Pakistan a bomb
ripped through a Shiite procession killing 21 marchers and wounding
over 20 others in Punjab province as Shiites marked the 40th day of
mourning the death of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson Imam Hussain.
(AFP, 1/15/12)(Econ, 1/21/12, p.52)
2012 Jan 16, Pakistan's top
court found PM Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt for failing to re-open
corruption cases, exacerbating a crisis likely to force early
2012 Jan 17, In northwest
Pakistan Mukarram Khan Aatif, a reporter for Voice of America, was
shot dead by masked gunmen in Shabqadar. A day later the Pakistani
Taliban claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 1/19/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 19, In Pakistan a
German aid worker and his Italian colleague were kidnapped in
Multan. Pakistan police on Jan 24 accused Islamist militants over
(SFC, 1/21/12, p.A2)(AFP, 1/24/12)
2012 Jan 20, In Haiti Pakistani
peace-keepers raped a 14-year-old boy in Gonaives. In March a
Pakistani military tribunal convicted two soldiers and sentenced
them to one year in prison.
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.41)
2012 Jan 21, Pakistan detained
31 Indian fishermen and seized their 14 boats for fishing in its
territorial waters in the Arabian Sea.
2012 Jan 22, In Pakistan a
Kenyan aid worker and his Pakistani driver working for CARE Intíl
went missing in southern province of Sindh.
2012 Jan 23, In Pakistan a US
drone fired two missiles into a vehicle, killing four militants at
Degan village in North Waziristan.
2012 Jan 25, In Pakistan 3
lawyers were shot dead and a fourth wounded in a drive-by sectarian
attack in Karachi. The victims were minority Shiite Muslims. Six
Pakistani soldiers and 17 Taliban militants were killed in an
overnight clash in Jogi village of central Kurram tribal district
near the Afghan border.
2012 Jan 25, In northwest
Pakistan nine phosphate miners were feared dead after they were
buried by a large landslide in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2012 Jan 26, In Pakistan
security forces killed at least 20 militants in the northwestern
Kurram tribal region after coming under attack.
2012 Jan 26, Pakistani
government officials in Punjab said around 100 heart patients have
died after taking faulty medicine made locally and dozens more are
in a critical condition in hospitals in Lahore.
2012 Jan 26, Iranian security
forces killed six Pakistani traders taking goats into Iran. Gunmen
in Syria kidnapped 11 Iranian pilgrims traveling by road from Turkey
(AP, 1/26/12)(AFP, 2/3/12)
2012 Jan 27, In Pakistan
unidentified assailants rained 9 rockets on the elite military
academy in Abbottabad.
(SFC, 1/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 28, In Pakistan a
private TV station said it had fired Maya Khan, a popular morning
show host, after she sparked outrage by running around a public park
trying to expose young, unmarried couples hanging out, a taboo in
this conservative Muslim country.
2012 Jan 30, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber killed Haji Akhunzada, an Islamist
militant commander, who had escaped two previous assassination
attempts, and three other people on the outskirts of Peshawar.
2012 Jan 31, In Pakistan dozens
of heavily armed Taliban militants attacked a military post,
sparking clashes that killed eight soldiers and wounded another 15.
A government official said fighting between soldiers and Taliban
militants over a strategic mountaintop in the northwestern Kurram
tribal area has killed more than 60 people. At least 10 people were
gunned down in the past 24 hours in the southern city of Karachi.
(AFP, 1/31/12)(AP, 1/31/12)
2012 Jan, In Greece a Pakistani
youth starved to death after being held to ransom by kidnappers for
over more than a year. The teenager had been held captive from
October 2010 and malnourished to force his family to make a payment
of 5,500 euros ($7,200). Police arrested a 24-year-old Pakistani man
who allegedly conducted the ransom negotiations as a suspect and
sought another seven.
2012 Feb 2, Pakistan's top
court summoned PM Yousuf Raza Gilani to appear February 13 to be
indicted with contempt over his refusal to pursue corruption cases
against the president.
2012 Feb 3, In Pakistan a large
group of 18 Islamist militants attacked a Pakistani army checkpoint
near the Afghan border, killing seven paramilitary soldiers and
abducting four. Up to 18 insurgents were killed in retaliatory fire
during the incident in the Kurram region.
2012 Feb 6, In Pakistan rescue
workers struggled to reach dozens of people trapped in the rubble of
a factory that collapsed in Lahore, killing at least 21. At least 30
people were still believed to be trapped. The illegal factory was
owned by a local politician, who used his influence to keep it open
despite complaints from neighbors.
(AP, 2/6/12)(AP, 2/7/12)(AP, 2/8/12)
2012 Feb 7, Pakistani PM Yousuf
Raza Gilani held talks with Qatar's emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa
al-Thani, on the 2nd day of an official visit expected to focus on
Afghan peace efforts.
2012 Feb 8, The Pakistani army
held talks with NATO and Afghan forces in an effort to improve
coordination along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, a sign of
thawing relations after American airstrikes accidentally killed 24
Pakistani soldiers last year. US drone-fired missiles hit a house in
North Waziristan's Spalga village, killing nine people, including
some domestic Taliban militants.
2012 Feb 9, Pakistani officials
said US missiles in Miranshah killed Badar Mansoor, the most senior
Pakistani in Al-Qaeda, one of the Americans' main targets in the
country and wanted for attacks that killed scores of people. 4
militants were reported killed in the pre-dawn drone strike.
2012 Feb 11, In Pakistan the
5-member Haqqani network leadership council distributed a pamphlet
ordering militants not to stage rocket or bomb attacks in North
Waziristan due to an agreement with the Pakistani government. The
Pakistani military has never publicly acknowledged a peace agreement
with militants in North Waziristan.
2012 Feb 12, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb hidden in a television set exploded in a house on
the outskirts of Peshawar, killing at least seven people. Police
believed the attack was part of a local feud.
2012 Feb 13, Pakistan's PM
Yousuf Raza Gilani was charged with contempt by the country's
highest court, pleading not guilty to charges over the government's
two-year refusal to write to authorities in Switzerland asking them
to re-open corruption cases against Pres. Zardari. The charges could
see him jailed for six months and disqualified from office.
2012 Feb 13, In Pakistan 7 men,
allegedly held by the feared intelligence services, appeared in
court, an unprecedented development following orders from the
country's highest court. The 7 men appeared frail, weak, unable to
talk and unable to walk properly more than a year and a half after
being allegedly arrested. A remote-controlled bomb targeting a
police van exploded in Baluchistan province, killing two boys and
wounding 17 others including a senior police official.
2012 Feb 13, Anwar Kamal Khan
Marwat (64), Pakistani politician and tribal leader, died.
(Econ, 2/25/12, p.110)
2012 Feb 14, Pakistan announced
that it has temporarily allowed NATO to ship perishable food to its
troops in Afghanistan, a sign of thawing tensions following American
airstrikes last year on Nov 26 that accidentally killed 24 Pakistani
2012 Feb 16, Pakistan welcomed
the leaders of Afghanistan and Iran for a regional summit at a key
juncture in peace efforts with the Taliban and amid rising tensions
between Tehran and Israel.
2012 Feb 17, In Pakistan a
suicide attacker on a motorcycle blew himself up in a market in
Parachinar town, Kurram region. 31 Shiite Muslims died and at least
35 people were left wounded. Taliban commander, Fazal Saeed Haqqani,
claimed responsibility saying that Shiites had been attacking
(AP, 2/17/12)(AFP, 2/18/12)
2012 Feb 18, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai met with Maulana Samiul Haq, a Pakistani cleric linked to
Taliban insurgents. The meeting in Islamabad marked the first public
contact between an Afghan official and members of the Afghan
Taliban's support network in Pakistan.
2012 Feb 19, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb planted at a checkpoint manned by members of a
Pakistani militia fighting a radical group similar to the Taliban
exploded and killed eight militia members in the Khyber tribal
2012 Feb 21, The Pakistani navy
took delivery of two state-of-the-art, US-made surveillance aircraft
nine months after Islamist militants destroyed two similar planes.
2012 Feb 21, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai invited the Taliban leadership to direct talks, while urging
Pakistan to facilitate negotiation efforts towards ending 10 years
2012 Feb 22, A Pakistani
government official said 17 health workers have been fired for
allegedly participating in a CIA scheme to confirm the presence of
Osama bin Laden in a northwestern town.
2012 Feb 23, In Pakistan a
dozen people, including 2 children were killed in a blast at a
Peshawar bus terminal for passengers wanting to travel to the
lawless border regions.
2012 Feb 24, Pakistan publicly
called on the Taliban for the first time to engage the Afghan
government in US-backed peace talks, a potentially significant move
that could help pave the way for a settlement to end the decade-long
war. Suicide bombers armed with guns and grenades attacked a police
station, killing four officers in the second attack in as many days
in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Militants attacked troops
deployed in Khyber tribal district and the ensuing fighting left
three soldiers and seven militants dead. Hundreds of Pakistani
activists took to the streets, chanting "Death to America",
demanding that their leaders resign and setting fire to a US flag
over the burning of Korans in Afghanistan.
(AP, 2/24/12)(AFP, 2/24/12)
2012 Feb 26, In Los Angeles
Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won her country's first
Oscar for a filmmaker for "Saving Face," a short documentary about
acid attacks on women, and those who help them recover.
2012 Feb 28, In northern
Pakistan gunmen wearing military uniforms stopped a convoy of buses,
ordered selected passengers to get off and then killed 16 of them in
a grisly sectarian attack in the remote Kohistan region. The
Jandullah faction of the Pakistani Taliban, one of the country's
deadliest and best organized militant groups, claimed
2012 Feb 28, In Pakistan a
Chinese woman was shot dead with a male companion in Peshawar. They
were killed by gunmen on motorbikes while walking in the Kohati
2012 Feb 29, A Pakistani
official said Iran has offered to supply Pakistan with 80,000
barrels of crude oil per day and a $250 million loan to help build a
gas pipeline from the Iranian border.
2012 Feb 29, India's home
minister said that police had foiled a major attack by suspected
militants from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group who
were caught with explosives at a rail station. It was not disclosed
when the men were detained.
2012 Mar 2, Pakistan's ruling
party made gains in the country's upper house of parliament in
legislative elections. The PPP won 19 seats, increasing its majority
to 41 in a much-needed boost for Zardari's weakened administration.
(AP, 3/2/12)(AFP, 3/3/12)
2012 Mar 2, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked the headquarters of a rival
insurgent group, killing 23 Lashkar-e-Islam supporters in an
outbreak of factional fighting in the Tirah valley. Lashkar-e-Islam
fighters had earlier attacked military post killing 10 soldiers. 23
militants were also killed in the fighting. Fighter jets left at
least 15 militants dead in the Orakzai tribal agency.
(AP, 3/2/12)(SFC, 3/3/12, p.A4)
2012 Mar 3, In Pakistan a
policemen was killed and a local lawmaker was among eight wounded in
a suicide attack in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhaw province.
2012 Mar 4, Pakistani interior
minister Rehman Malik said he had formally asked Interpol to issue
an arrest warrant for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over
the Dec 27, 2007, murder of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto. Pakistani
courts have already issued warrants for his arrest over the 2006
death of Akbar Bugti, a Baluch rebel leader in the southwest.
2012 Mar 4, In Pakistan Maulvi
Faqir Mohammad, the number two commander in the nebulous, umbrella
Taliban movement was sacked as deputy chief but will remain within
the organization. He was sacked at a meeting presided over by
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud at a secret
location in the northwestern tribal belt.
2012 Mar 5, Pakistan
successfully tested its short range, nuclear capable Abdali missile.
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.44)
2012 Mar 8, Pakistan's top
court told PM Gilani to ask Switzerland to reopen corruption cases
against President Asif Ali Zardari, demanding a compliance report be
submitted by March 21.
2012 Mar 9, In Pakistan a US
drone killed at least eight militants when it fired two missiles on
a vehicle in the Shaktoi area of South Waziristan. Taliban militants
armed with guns and rockets ambushed a Pakistani military convoy,
killing 7 soldiers in the militant stronghold of North Waziristan. 9
militants were also reported killed in the attack.
2012 Mar 9, In Pakistan team
leader Gerfried Goschl, climber Cedric Hahlen and high altitude
porter Nisar Hussain, part of an expedition to Gasherbrum-1, the
highest peak in the mountain range on the Pakistan-China border,
2012 Mar 11, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral near the northwestern
city of Peshawar, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than
30 others. The blast went off after mourners had offered prayers for
a local woman.
2012 Mar 12, In Pakistan a
remote-controlled bomb ripped through a passenger van, killing two
people and wounding 14 others in a suspected sectarian attack near
Sadda town in the tribal region of Kurram.
2012 Mar 13, In Pakistan
American drone-fired missiles hit a vehicle traveling on the Afghan
border, killing six militants from a group known to have signed a
nonaggression pact with the Pakistani army. Two commanders from the
network led by Maulvi Nazir were among the dead in the attack in the
Birmal district of South Waziristan.
2012 Mar 13, A Pakistani court
jailed Naseem Ahmed (42) for life for burning a Koran. The Muslim
man said he would appeal the sentence, professing his innocence and
saying he had no idea that a Koran was among a pile of books he set
2012 Mar 15, In Pakistan Swiss
couple David Och and Daniela Widmer, held captive for nearly a year
by the Taliban, turned up at an army post close to the Afghan
border, claiming to have escaped from their captors.
2012 Mar 17, Pakistani acid
attack victim Fakhra Younus (33) jumped from the sixth floor of a
building in Rome, where she had been living and receiving treatment.
She had endured more than three dozen surgeries since May 2000 to
repair her severely damaged face and body when she finally decided
life was no longer worth living.
2012 Mar 18, Pakistani planes
bombed the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, killing 26 militants.
An official at least 25 militants and four soldiers were killed in
Bara, a restive town in Khyber tribal district in gunfights between
March 12 and today. Four militants and one soldier were killed when
militants stormed a security forces check point in Miranshah.
(AFP, 3/18/12)(AFP, 3/19/12)
2012 Mar 19, Pakistani military
assaulted suspected militant hide outs outside Miranshah, but the
attack left three civilians dead and 15 wounded.
2012 Mar 22, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb hidden inside a radio exploded on a military base in
South Waziristan, killing a paramilitary soldier and his 10-year-old
son as they were listening to the Asia Cup cricket final between
Pakistan and Bangladesh. 3 other children were wounded.
2012 Mar 23, In northwest
Pakistan a Taliban suicide bomber attacked the headquarters of
rival group Lashkar-e-Islam, killing at least five people in Akakhel
town in the Tirah valley of Khyber district.
2012 Mar 23, Afghan police in
Kandahar province seized two tractor-towed trailers with at least 17
tons of explosives insurgents were planning to use for improvised
explosive devices. The shipment was coming from Quetta, Pakistan,
and the drivers were killed in the operation. An Afghan civilian was
killed when a NATO vehicle collided with another driven by a local
resident in Lashkar Gah.
(AP, 3/24/12)(AFP, 3/25/12)
2012 Mar 24, Pakistani
officials said at least 7 soldiers and 22 militants died in clashes
between government troops and militants in South Waziristan and the
Orakzai district over the past 24 hours.
2012 Mar 24, In Pakistan Kamran
Khan (13), who was top of his class four years running in the
northwestern town of Shabqadar, doused himself in kerosene after an
argument with his mother over a new uniform. He suffered more than
50% burns and died five days later.
2012 Mar 24, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari
arrived in Tajikistan for regional security talks with Afghan leader
2012 Mar 26, In Pakistan
Mansoor Mukhtar (37), a member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement
(MQM), the largest political party in Karachi, was shot dead late
today when gunmen burst into the home where he was sleeping. His
brother also died and his sister-in-law was wounded in the attack.
2012 Mar 27, In Pakistan gunmen
and arsonists went on the rampage in Karachi, killing at least eight
people and setting dozens of vehicles alight. The unrest was sparked
by the murder of a party worker and his brother the previous
2012 Mar 27, US Pres. Barack
Obama and Pakistan's PM Yousuf Raza Gilani vowed to rescue a
troubled anti-terror alliance on the sidelines of a nuclear security
summit in Seoul.
2012 Mar 27, Pakistan was
reported to have banned India's James Bond, outlawing a high-octane
Bollywood action flick in which an Indian secret agent thwarts
Pakistani spies from detonating a nuclear bomb in Delhi. Agent Vinod
grossed $9.7 million on its opening weekend. It showed an Indian
agent jetting around the world, dodging assassins to save his
country from nuclear armageddon plotted by rogue Pakistani spies and
2012 Mar 27, In Pakistan Sobia
Bibi (25), a mother of one child, was doused with petrol and burned
alive in a dispute with her husband's family. Her 90-year-old
mother-in-law was among those later named as suspects in Narowal
district, northeast Lahore.
2012 Mar 29, Pakistan sacked
Doctor Shakeel Afridi, a government surgeon recruited by the CIA to
help find Osama bin Laden, amid calls for him to face treason
2012 Mar 29, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen killed six people in a pair of attacks, one of which
targeted local employees of a UN agency in Baluchistan province's
2012 Mar 30, In Pakistan dozens
of militants attacked a paramilitary checkpoint overnight, killing
two soldiers and sparking clashes which left up to 21 of the
militants dead in the Orakzai tribal district. A US drone launched a
missile attack on a militant compound in North Waziristan, killing
four insurgents. The blast destroyed five shops including a bakery,
three grocery shops and a telephone kiosk.
2012 Mar, In Pakistan the
Baloch Republican Army (BRA) in Dera Bugti tried and executed 6
young men that they accused of siding with Pakistan.
(Econ, 4/7/12, p.50)
2012 Apr 2, In Pakistan dozens
of Taliban militants coming from Afghanistan attacked border posts
in Olai, part of the Mohmand tribal area, killing four paramilitary
soldiers. Soldiers reportedly retaliated, killing 15 militants.
2012 Apr 2, A Pakistani court
convicted Osama bin Laden's three widows and two of his daughters of
illegally entering and living in the country and sentenced them to
45 days in prison, with credit for time served.
2012 Apr 2, The United States
announced a $10 million bounty on Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the founder
of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Islamist terror group blamed for the
2008 Mumbai attacks. He lived openly in Pakistan. Washington also
posted a $2 million reward for Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, described
as LeT's second-in-command.
2012 Apr 3, In northern
Pakistan at least 14 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in
sectarian violence, prompting the government to deploy troops and
impose a curfew in the towns of Gilgit and Chilas.
2012 Apr 5, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a vehicle
carrying a senior police official in the southern port city of
Karachi, killing four people.
2012 Apr 6, In Pakistan
thousands of Islamist activists hit the streets, demanding holy war
and torching US flags to condemn a $10 million bounty slapped on
Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group.
2012 Apr 7, In Pakistan 140
people, including 129 soldiers, were buried when the wall of snow
engulfed a military complex on the northern tip of the divided
(AFP, 4/7/12)(AP, 12/1/12)
2012 Apr 8, Pakistanís
President Asif Ali Zardari became the countryís first head of state
since 2005 to visit India. Zardari and Indiaís PM Singh agreed to
adopt a gradual approach to resolve their differences.
(AFP, 4/8/12)(SFC, 4/9/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 9, In Pakistan gunmen
on a motorcycle opened fire on Shiite Muslims in Quetta killing 6
people in an apparent sectarian attack.
(SFC, 4/10/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 12, Pakistan released
26 Indian fishermen held in prison for more than two years for
violating territorial waters. Officials said at least 450 Indian
fishermen are still in Pakistani jails, while India has over 150
Pakistani fishermen in its prisons.
2012 Apr 13, The top US aid
official said the country is drastically reducing the number of aid
projects in Pakistan as part of reforms aimed at improving the
distribution of billions of dollars in funding.
2012 Apr 14, In Pakistan gunmen
shot dead seven Shiite Muslims in two separate incidents of
sectarian violence in the troubled southwestern city of Quetta.
2012 Apr 15, In Pakistan 384
prisoners including militants escaped from the Bannu prison in the
northwest after an attack by insurgents armed with guns, grenades
and rockets. 11 prisoners were captured and 29 returned themselves.
2012 Apr 16, In Afghanistan an
18-hour attack, allegedly carried out by Pakistan-based militants on
targets in the Afghan capital, including the US Embassy, ended today
killing 11 people. 36 insurgents were also killed. A gunman arrested
in the attacks told authorities the simultaneous strikes in Kabul
and three other cities were carried out by the Haqqani network.
2012 Apr 18, Pakistan called
for negotiations with rival nuclear power India over the disputed
Siachen Glacier to the north of Kashmir, an apparent softening in
attitude toward a neighbor with which it has fought three wars since
2012 Apr 20, A Pakistani Bhoja
Air passenger jet with 127 people on board crashed as it was landing
in bad weather at an airport near Islamabad. All onboard were
(AP, 4/20/12)(AP, 4/21/12)
2012 Apr 24, In eastern
Pakistan a bomb exploded at the main railway station in Lahore,
killing at least two people.
2012 Apr 25, Pakistan
successfully tested an improved intermediate-range ballistic
missile, the Shaheen-1A, with a possible range of 466-620 miles.
(SFC, 4/26/12, p.A3)(Econ, 4/28/12, p.44)
2012 Apr 26, Pakistan's Supreme
Court convicted PM Yousuf Raza Gilani of contempt and handed him a
symbolic sentence of less than a minute's detention, allowing him to
leave the building surrounded by cheering supporters and still in
power. He was charged with contempt for his refusal to pursue a
long, dormant corruption case against his political master,
President Asif Ali Zardari.
2012 Apr 26, Pakistani
authorities deported Osama bin Laden's three widows and his children
to Saudi Arabia.
(AP, 4/27/12)(SFC, 4/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 27, In Pakistan about
eight people were killed in the day long fighting between LEAs and
criminal elements in the Lyari area of Karachi.
2012 Apr 28, In Pakistan at
least seven people including Station House Officer (SHO) of Civil
Lines and two constables were killed along with 16 others wounded in
Lyari, in the consecutive second day of violence and unrest.
2012 Apr 29, In Pakistan the
beheaded body of a kidnapped British doctor working for the
International Committee of the Red Cross was found by the roadside
in the southwestern city of Quetta. Khalil Rasjed Dale (60) was
abducted by suspected militants on January 5 while on his way home
2012 Apr 29, In Pakistan 3
militants were killed and two others wounded in a US drone attack in
Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan. A remote-controlled
car bomb in the Khyber tribal region killed two people and wounded
2012 Apr 30, The EU announced a
further Ä20 million in aid to victims of Pakistan's 2011 monsoon
floods, as well as people displaced by conflict, bringing funding
this year to Ä55 million.
2012 Apr 30, In Pakistan the
widow and mother-in-law of one of two Pakistani men shot and killed
by a CIA contractor last year were murdered in Lahore. The killings
appeared related to the large amount of "blood money" Zohra Haider
received to pardon her husband's killer, Raymond Davis. Haider's
father, Shahzad Butt, was suspected of killing her and her mother,
Nabeela Bibi, after Haider expressed a desire to remarry.
2012 May 1, In southwest
Pakistan a car bomb killed two people and wounded 16 others,
including five paramilitary troops on the outskirts of Quetta.
2012 May 3, In Pakistan 2 bomb
attacks killed at least five people in the Bajaur district of the
lawless tribal badlands on the Afghan border. 4 terrorists were
killed over the last 24 hours in Lyari as a police operation
continued for a seventh day.
2012 May 4, In Pakistan a
teenage suicide bomber targeted police in Khar, Bajaur district,
killing 29 people and wounding dozens.
(AFP, 5/4/12)(AFP, 5/5/12)
2012 May 5, In Pakistan a US
drone attack targeting a militant compound killed at least 10
insurgents in the Shawal area of North Waziristan.
2012 May 6, In Pakistan Taliban
militants killed 9 soldiers in an ambush in Miran Shah, North
Waziristan. The army retaliated with helicopter gunships, which
pounded suspected militant hideouts and also hit three houses and a
mosque in the town, killing 3 civilians. The military raided two
houses in Miran Shah, killing a militant commander and several of
2012 May 7, In Pakistan Taliban
militants beheaded two Pakistani soldiers and hung their heads from
wooden poles in Miran Shah, North Waziristan.
2012 May 10, In Pakistan a bomb
ripped through a police patrol, killing one policeman and wounding
three others in the southwestern city of Quetta. It was the second
fatal attack on police in the city in two days.
2012 May 11, In Pakistan a taxi
driver was killed when a mortar bomb hit his cab in the upmarket
Hayatabad area of Peshawar.
2012 May 12, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb targeting a vehicle carrying police killed one officer
2012 May 15, NATO invited
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to the alliance's May 20-21
summit in Chicago, after signs that the country could be moving to
reopen its Afghan border to NATO military supplies.
2012 May 16, Pakistan said it
has ordered officials to finalize an agreement as quickly as
possible on lifting a six-month blockade on overland NATO supplies
into war-torn Afghanistan.
2012 May 17, In northwestern
Pakistan 2 Pakistani air force planes crashed in a residential area
of Nowshera city, killing all four pilots on board and injuring five
people on the ground.
2012 May 19, In Pakistan Imtiaz
Ahmad, chief warden of the Quetta district prison, was targeted when
two people riding a motorcycle sprayed him with bullets near his
office. The al-Qaeda-linked militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi later
(AFP, 5/20/12)(AFP, 5/27/12)
2012 May 20, Pakistan blocked
Twitter, saying the website had refused to remove posts promoting a
Facebook competition involving caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
2012 May 22, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on a political rally in Karachi, killing 11 people and
sparking rioting. Attackers fired on a rally held by Awami Tehrik, a
small nationalist group, and it was attended by members of several
other parties in the city.
(AFP, 5/22/12)(Econ, 5/26/12, p.43)
2012 May 23, Pakistani doctor
Shakil Afridi, who helped the US track down Osama bin Laden, was
convicted of high treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison.
Afridi also was ordered to pay a fine of about $3,500 and will spend
an additional 3Ĺ years in prison if he does not. Afridi was tried
under the Frontier Crimes Regulations, or FCR, the set of laws that
govern Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal region. He had the right to
appeal. Court documents later showed that he was convicted for
conspiring with an Islamist militant commander.
(AP, 5/23/12)(AP, 5/30/12)
2012 May 23, In Pakistan 2 US
drone missiles killed 4 militants in a Taliban compound near
2012 May 24, In Pakistan a US
drone strike killed 7-10 suspected militants in a Taliban stronghold
of North Waziristan, bringing the death toll from such strikes to 12
in two days.
(AFP, 5/24/12)(SFC, 5/25/12, p.A2)
2012 May 26, In Pakistan an
American drone fired two missiles at a bakery in Miran Shah, North
Waziristan, and killed four suspected militants.
2012 May 27, In Pakistan a
remote-controlled bomb targeting a police van killed three
passers-by and wounded six other people on the outskirts of Quetta.
2012 May, A Pakistan police
commander ordered tens of thousands of pot-bellied officers to diet
or quit frontline duties. Police said officers had been given until
June 30 to shape up and those deemed too fat from July 1 would not
be given jobs in the field.
2012 May, Pakistani security
officials captured French national Naamen Meziche, described as an
al-Qaida operative with links to European jihadist groups, in a raid
in the Baluchistan region near the border with Iran. CNN and the
Wall Street Journal have reported Meziche was a friend of Mohammed
Atta, who piloted American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade
(AP, 6/20/12)(AFP, 6/20/12)
2012 Jun 2, In northwest
Pakistan an American drone fired two missiles at a motorbike,
killing two suspected militants in South Waziristan.
2012 Jun 3, In Pakistan US
drone strikes targeting a militant compound in the northwestern
tribal area killed 10 suspected militants. The dead included
militant commander Malang Jan, an associate of warlord Maulvi Nazir,
who sends fighters to Afghanistan to support the Taliban.
(AFP, 6/3/12)(SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 3, In Pakistan a bus
carrying a wedding party in Kahuta plunged into a ditch in the
country's north, killing 25 people.
2012 Jun 4, In Pakistan 2 US
drone missiles killed 15 people in North Waziristan. Abu Yahya
al-Libi, described by American officials as Al-Qaeda's second in
command, was the target of the strike. US officials the next day
said Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed in the strike.
(AFP, 6/5/12)(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A3)
2012 Jun 5, Pakistan US Embassy
said the US has terminated funding for a $20 million project to
develop a Pakistani version of "Sesame Street." The decision came as
a Pakistani newspaper reported allegations of corruption by the
local puppet theater working on the initiative.
2012 Jun 7, In Pakistan a bomb
attack killed at least 8 people, including 3 boys, and wounded more
than 20 others outside a madrassa in the southwestern city of
Quetta. 7 of the injured people died overnight in hospital raising
the death toll to 15.
(AFP, 6/7/12)(AFP, 6/8/12)
2012 Jun 8, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb tore through a police bus carrying government
employees and other civilians, killing 19 people near Peshawar. The
bus was rented by the government to take staff home after work in
the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
(AFP, 6/8/12)(SFC, 6/9/12, p.A3)
2012 Jun 9, In Pakistan gunmen
killed four policemen in a drive-by shooting on the outskirts of the
southwestern city of Quetta.
2012 Jun 10, Hundreds of
Kashmiris staged an emotional demonstration on the banks of a
fast-flowing river to urge India and Pakistan to withdraw troops
from the disputed Himalayan region.
2012 Jun 12, Pakistani state
media said a judicial investigation has concluded that Husain
Haqqani, Pakistan's former ambassador, to the US did write a secret
letter to American officials requesting their help in reining in the
powerful army last year.
2012 Jun 12, In Pakistan
property magnate Malik Riaz accused Arsalan Iftikhar (32), the son
of the chief justice Iftikhar Chaudry, of taking $3.6 million in
kickbacks for offering to fix cases for the tycoon.
(Econ, 6/16/12, p.48)
2012 Jun 12, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber targeted an anti-Taliban tribal elder,
killing two of his security guards and wounding two others on the
outskirts of Peshawar.
2012 Jun 14, The Indian
military said Pakistani forces killed one Indian soldier in firing
across their disputed frontier in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.
2012 Jun 16, In Pakistan a car
bomb exploded at a crowded bazaar in the northwestern Khyber region
near the border with Afghanistan, killing 33 people and wounding
over 50 others. Violence erupted in the southwestern town of Kucklak
after a man allegedly tried to burn the copy of the Quran (Koran).
Angered over the incident, residents rallied and torched a police
station and five vehicles.
2012 Jun 16, Pakistani
militants in North Waziristan banned anti-polio vaccination teams,
to protest US drone strikes saying the attacks were killing
2012 Jun 18, In Pakistan a car
bomb tore into a university bus on the outskirts of Quetta, killing
4 people and wounding more than 40 others. It carried a majority of
2012 Jun 19, Pakistan's top
court, led by chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, disqualified
PM Yousuf Raza Gilani from office in a stunning move likened to a
"judicial coup" that threw the country into fresh turmoil. The
ruling rendered invalid any decision taken by Gilani since April 26.
Chaudhry's reputation was dented this month by allegations that his
son accepted payments worth $3.6 million from a property tycoon in a
failed effort to sway the outcome of court cases.
2012 Jun 21, A Pakistani judge
issued an arrest warrant for Makhdoom Shahabuddin, the ruling
party's candidate for prime minister, over allegations he illegally
imported drugs, injecting fresh uncertainty into efforts to replace
the previous premier who was ousted by the Supreme Court.
2012 Jun 22, In Pakistan Raja
Pervez Ashraf was elected as the new prime minister after the
Supreme Court dismissed Yousuf Raza Gilani for contempt. Ashraf was
head of the water and power ministry for three years, an unpopular
position in a country where daily blackouts in the steamy summer can
be as long as 22 hours.
2012 Jun 23, In Pakistan gunmen
on motorcycles shot dead 8 men at a laundry in the restive
southwestern city of Quetta.
2012 Jun 24, Pakistan's
President Asif Ali Zardari issued a decree to prevent actions taken
in the past two months by the ex-premier, recently ousted by judges,
from being challenged in court. Gunmen killed 3 policemen in a
drive-by shooting on the outskirts of Quetta. 13 soldiers were
killed after some 100 militants crossed from Afghanistan into the
northwestern district of Upper Dir. Six were killed in gunbattles
and another 7 were beheaded after going missing. On June 27 the
Taliban released a video showing 17 heads displayed on a bloody
(AFP, 6/24/12)(AFP, 6/25/12)(AFP, 6/26/12)(AFP,
2012 Jun 27, In Pakistan a bomb
planted under a tea stall at a railway station in the southwest
killed 7 people, including a child, and wounded more than a dozen
2012 Jun 28, In Pakistan a
powerful remote-controlled car bomb targeting a bus killed at least
11 people including nine Shiite pilgrims on the outskirts of Quetta
2012 Jun 28, Surjeet Singh (69)
was freed after spending 3 decades in a Pakistani prison for spying
and walked across the border into India where he was met by family
and hordes of reporters.
2012 Jul 1, In Pakistan US
missiles fired from a drone in North Waziristan killed eight
suspected militants. The latest attack killed fighters loyal to
militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur. Dozens of militants based in
Afghanistan attacked a checkpost in Upper Dir, a district in the
government-controlled part of Pakistan, for the second time in eight
days. 6 militants were reported killed.
(AP, 7/1/12)(AFP, 7/2/12)
2012 Jul 2, Pakistani officials
accused up to 60 Afghan soldiers of crossing into Pakistani
territory and sparking clashes that killed two tribesman in Upper
2012 Jul 3, Pakistan agreed to
reopen its NATO supply line after the US said it was sorry for
American airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November.
On July 4 Pakistan's Cabinet endorsed the decision to reopen the
2012 Jul 5, India and Pakistan
ended two days of peace talks, vowing to keep their dialogue on
track despite renewed tensions over the alleged role of Pakistani
"state actors" in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
2012 Jul 5, The first trucks
supplying NATO troops in Afghanistan crossed the border from
Pakistan after Islamabad ended a 7-month blockade. 560,000 rupees
($6,000) compensation per vehicle would be paid to the truck owners
by NATO subcontractors.
(AFP, 7/5/12)(AFP, 7/6/12)
2012 Jul 6, In southwest
Pakistan unidentified gunmen killed 18 people who were trying to
illegally cross into neighboring Iran in three vehicles.
2012 Jul 6, Pakistani police
seized a large number of ancient Buddhist sculptures from a
container in Karachi that smugglers were attempting to spirit out of
(SSFC, 7/8/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 8, In Pakistan
thousands of hardline Islamists streamed toward Islamabad in a
massive convoy of vehicles to protest the government's decision to
allow the US and other NATO countries to resume shipping troop
supplies through the country to Afghanistan.
2012 Jul 9, In Pakistan gunmen
killed 7 soldiers and a policeman in an attack on an army camp near
(SFC, 7/10/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 12, Pakistanís Supreme
Court ordered PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to reopen an old corruption
case against President Asif Ali Zardari, a demand that the premier's
predecessor, Yousuf Raza Gilani, ignored, leading the judges to
convict him of contempt of court and remove him from office.
2012 Jul 12, In Pakistan dozens
of militants coming from Afghanistan took scores of villagers
hostage in the northwest Bajur tribal area, sparking fighting that
killed at least 10 people. Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah
Ahsan claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was revenge
for police torture of their fighters in prison. The militants fled
that night leaving their hostages behind. Gunmen in Lahore shot dead
nine Pakistani police prison staff as they slept. Pakistan's main
umbrella Taliban faction claimed responsibility.
(AP, 7/12/12)(AFP, 7/12/12)(AP, 7/13/12)
2012 Jul 13, Pakistan's Chief
Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry ordered Baluchistan Frontier
Corps commander Major General Obaidullah Khattak to produce 30
missing people in court, saying there was evidence troops were
involved in their disappearance. The 30 people were allegedly
abducted in Totak Khuzdar district in February 2011. A bomb exploded
near a political rally in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing
at least five people. Prisoners at a jail in Hyderabad city took 15
staff hostage and tried to break out of the facility. Guards killed
(AFP, 7/13/12)(AP, 7/13/12)
2012 Jul 14, Some 5,000
Pakistani Islamists, who oppose the anti-terrorism alliance with
Washington, began a march to the border in protest over the
reopening of NATO supply routes into Afghanistan.
2012 Jul 14, Pakistani police
arrested a man accused of burying his newborn daughter alive because
she was born deformed with large head and "abnormal" features. The
child was born July 12 at a hospital in the town of Kacha Khoh,
eastern Punjab province.
2012 Jul 15, In northwestern
Pakistan a mortar round hit a house belonging to a paramilitary
soldier, killing his wife and three of his children near the Khyber
2012 Jul 15, Iraq signed a gas
exploration deal with Pakistan Petroleum.
2012 Jul 16, In Pakistan
Taliban suicide bombers dressed in burqas stormed a police station,
sparking gunbattles in the northwestern town of Bannu near the
militant stronghold of North Waziristan.
2012 Jul 16, Pakistan began a
widely publicized 3-day polio vaccination campaign.
2012 Jul 18, In northwestern
Pakistan a van carrying minority Shiite Muslims hit an anti-tank
land mine, killing 14 passengers. A group of Taliban fighters snuck
across the border from Afghanistan into the northern area of Chitral
and attacked a Pakistani military post. At least six insurgents died
in the shootout.
2012 Jul 21, In Pakistan gunmen
shot dead seven soldiers at a checkpoint in Gwadar, in southwestern
Baluchistan province, as violence marred the start of Ramadan. At
least twelve people were killed and a further 24 wounded in two bomb
attacks in the northwestern Kurram tribal district and in the Upper
2012 Jul 21, Nearly 400 rockets
and shells were fired into Afghanistan and killed at least four
people in Dangam district along the border with Pakistan.
2012 Jul 22, Pakistani fighter
jets bombarded militant hideouts in different areas of Upper Orakzai
tribal region, killing more than 10 people.
2012 Jul 23, In northwest
Pakistan US drones fired missiles at a compound of militant
commander Sadiq Noor killing 10 suspected insurgents.
(SFC, 7/24/12, p.A2)(AFP, 7/29/12)
2012 Jul 24, In Pakistan gunmen
attacked trucks bound for NATO in Afghanistan, killing a driver at
the Torkham border crossing, in the first such incident since supply
lines reopened after a seven-month blockade. The crossing was closed
for 9 days.
(AFP, 7/24/12)(AFP, 8/6/12)
2012 Jul 25, Pakistan's
government told the Supreme Court that it will not reopen an old
corruption case against the president, defying a judicial order that
has already brought down one prime minister and now threatens his
2012 Jul 26, In northwestern
Pakistan a truck packed with explosives blew up in a crowded market,
killing 11 people in the Bajur tribal area. Security concerns led
officials to temporarily close the Torkham crossing in the northwest
Khyber tribal area, a supply route to NATO troops in Afghanistan.
2012 Jul 29, Pakistani
intelligence officials said a suspected US missile strike killed 4
people in North Waziristan near the Afghan border.
(AFP, 7/29/12)(SFC, 7/30/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 31, Pakistan signed a
deal with the United States allowing NATO convoys to travel into
Afghanistan until the end of 2015, seeking to draw a line under a
7-month border blockade.
2012 Aug 1, India overturned
its ban on foreign investment from Pakistan in a move designed to
build goodwill amid a renewed push for a peace settlement between
the nuclear-armed neighbors.
2012 Aug 3, Pakistanís Supreme
Court struck down a law recently passed by parliament and aimed at
protecting PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf from being charged with contempt
2012 Aug 4, Pakistan reopened
the Torkham crossing, having signed a deal with the United States on
July 31 allowing NATO convoys to travel into Afghanistan until the
end of 2015.
2012 Aug 5, In Pakistan a
suspected militant killed himself, two children and a woman on the
outskirts of Quetta when a bomb in the car he was driving exploded
before he reached his intended target.
2012 Aug 6, In Pakistan gunmen
killed a truck driver in the Jamrud area of Khyber district over
suspicions that he was transporting supplies for NATO troops in
2012 Aug 8, Pakistan's Supreme
Court ordered PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to appear before the panel to
explain why he has not followed instructions from its judges to
reopen an old corruption case against the president.
2012 Aug 10, Pakistan's central
bank cut its benchmark interest rate from 12 percent to 10.5
percent, effective Aug 13, as it looked to encourage private sector
2012 Aug 16, In northwest
Pakistan Taliban militants wearing explosive vests and armed with
rocket-propelled grenades attacked Air Force Base Minhas in Kamra,
possibly linked to the country's nuclear program, and fought a
two-hour battle that left one security official and 9 insurgents
dead and the base in flames. Hours later in northern Pakistan,
gunmen forced 22 Shiite Muslims off of 3 buses in the Naran Valley,
lined them up and killed them.
(AP, 8/16/12)(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 16, Pakistani police
in Islamabad arrested Rimsha Masih, a young Christian girl with
Down's Syndrome, after she was reported holding in public burnt
pages which had Islamic text and Koranic verses on them. Cleric
Khalid Chisti (30), who handed over the girl (14) to police, later
claimed he did so to protect her from mob violence. On Sep 2 Chisti
was arrested for falsifying evidence. On Sep 7 a Pakistani judge
granted Rimsha bail of $10,500. On Nov 20 she was acquitted. On Aug
17, 2013, a court dismissed charges against Chisti due to
(AFP, 8/19/12)(AFP, 8/24/12)(SFC, 9/3/12,
p.A3)(AP, 9/7/12)(Reuters, 9/20/12)(AP, 11/20/12)(SSFC, 8/18/13,
2012 Aug 17, In Pakistan a bomb
struck a bus taking some 40 Shiite Muslims to a protest rally in
Karachi, killing one man and wounding 11 others. In the southwest a
suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car at a check post late
at night killing 5 people including 3 soldiers.
(AFP, 8/17/12)(AFP, 8/18/12)
2012 Aug 18, In Pakistan A US
drone attack killed at least six militants in a remote tribal town
in North Waziristan as local people celebrated the Muslim festival
of Eid al-Fitr.
2012 Aug 19, In Pakistan US
drones fired a flurry of missiles in North Waziristan, killing a
total of 10 suspected militants.
2012 Aug 21, In Pakistan US
drones fired missiles at a vehicle in North Waziristan killing 5
suspected militants and injuring two.
(SFC, 8/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 21, In Pakistan barber
Yousaf Khan (32) was kidnapped by seven members of a landowning
family who gouged his eyes with a sharp knife before slitting his
ears, nose, lips and tongue over a relationship with a married woman
in the family in Mirzapur village.
2012 Aug 23, Pakistani
officials said heavy monsoon rains that triggered flooding in the
country's north have caused at least 26 deaths.
2012 Aug 24, In Pakistan US
missiles slammed into three compounds in North Waziristan, killing
18 suspected militants. Foreign Ministry spokesman Moazzam Ahmad
Khan called the attacks illegal, unproductive.
2012 Aug 24, A NATO strike in
Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province killed Mullah Dadullah, the
self-proclaimed Taliban leader in Pakistan's Bajur tribal area.
Pakistani intelligence officials said Dadullah and 19 others were
killed in the attack.
2012 Aug 26, In northwest
Pakistan dozens of militants from Afghanistan attacked an
anti-Taliban militia post in the Bajur tribal area for the third
day, sparking fighting that killed one soldier and 20 militants.
Locals and officials said thousands of people have fled North
Waziristan in recent days, fearing a military offensive against
(AP, 8/26/12)(AFP, 8/26/12)
2012 Aug 27, In southwestern
Pakistan two gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on a car
carrying Shiite Muslims in Quetta, killing three of them. In a
separate incident, gunmen killed five Sunni Muslims in the town of
Mach in Baluchistan. Fighting in Bajaur claimed the lives of 31
militants and two members of a government-backed peace committee.
(AP, 8/27/12)(AFP, 8/31/12)
2012 Aug 28, A Pakistani army
operation began to repel Taliban militants who had crossed over from
Kunar province in Afghanistan on Aug 24 and occupied the village of
Batwar in the Bajaur tribal district. 15 troops went missing in the
fight. A Taliban later in the week displayed the heads of 12
2012 Aug 29, In Pakistan at
least eight soldiers were killed in clashes after militants attacked
a checkpost in South Waziristan.
2012 Aug 31, In northwestern
Pakistan a car bomb exploded in a market, killing at least 11 people
in Mattani bazaar near the city of Peshawar.
2012 Sep 1, In Pakistan US
drones fired a barrage of missiles at a vehicle and a house in North
Waziristan, killing at least five suspected militants. A group of
gunmen on motorcycles in the southwestern province of Baluchistan
killed seven Muslims of the Shiite Hazara community.
2012 Sep 3, In Pakistan a
suicide car bomber rammed a US consulate vehicle in Peshawar,
killing at least two people in the deadliest attack targeting
Americans in the country in more than two years.
2012 Sep 4, The foreign
ministers of Germany and Pakistan signed an agreement in which the
two countries committed to a "strategic dialogue" on security
issues, particularly regarding Afghanistan.
2012 Sep 6, A spokesman for
intíl. aid group Save the Children said the Pakistani government has
ordered its 6 foreign staff members to leave the country. The group
has recently come under Pakistani government scrutiny because of
reports that it helped facilitate meetings between the US and a
doctor who allegedly helped hunt down Osama bin Laden, a charge
which the group has vehemently denied.
2012 Sep 7, The Obama
administration formally designated the Pakistan-based Haqqani
network as a foreign terrorist organization, in a complicated
political decision as the US withdraws from Afghanistan and pushes
for a reconciliation pact to end more than a decade of warfare.
2012 Sep 8, Pakistan and India
signed a new visa agreement in Islamabad that makes cross-border
travel easier, the latest sign of thawing relations between two
countries that have long seen each other as enemies.
2012 Sep 8, Pakistani security
forces pushed Taliban militants who came from Afghanistan back
across the border after more than two weeks of fighting in the
mountainous Bajur tribal region. The government said over 100 people
were killed in the offensive.
2012 Sep 10, In Pakistan a car
bomb ripped through a crowded market in the Kurram tribal region,
killing 12 Shiite Muslims with 45 wounded.
2012 Sep 11, In eastern
Pakistan a fire broke out in a factory in Lahore killing 25 people
when sparks from a generator hit chemicals used to make shoes. In
the southern port city of Karachi 259 people were killed when a
blaze broke out in a garment factory. This was one of the worst
industrial accidents in Pakistan's 65-year history.
(AP, 9/11/12)(AP, 9/12/12)(AP, 9/14/12)(AP,
2012 Sep 13, In Pakistan gunmen
killed seven road construction workers in Mastung district in
2012 Sep 16, Hundreds of
Pakistanis protesting an anti-Islam video produced in the US clashed
with police as they tried to march toward the US Consulate in
2012 Sep 16, In northwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb ripped through a minibus near the Afghan
border, killing 15 passengers and wounded 12 others in Lower Dir
2012 Sep 17, In Pakistan
several hundred people chanted slogans and burned an American flag
in Lahore, leaving 2 dead. Hundreds of people battled police in
Karachi for a second day as they tried to reach the US Consulate,
leaving one person killed.
(SFC, 9/18/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 18, Pakistanís PM Raja
Pervaiz Ashraf told a Supreme Court panel that his government will
no longer stand in the way of a revival of the long graft case in
Switzerland against Pres. Asif Ali Zardari.
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 19, In Pakistan a bomb
targeting a military vehicle on the outskirts of Peshawar struck a
passenger van instead, killing at least 8 civilians. Security
officials said they found the bodies of 29 militants in the Bajur
area, where the military recently staged a 2-week battle against
Taliban fighters from Afghanistan.
(SFC, 9/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 20, In Pakistan US
Embassy advertisements condemning an anti-Islam video appeared on
national television in an attempt to undercut anger against the
2012 Sep 22, In northwest
Pakistan a US drone has two missiles at a vehicle in North
Waziristan, killing four suspected militants.
2012 Sep 24, The Pakistani
government distanced itself from an offer by one of its Cabinet
ministers to pay $100,000 for anyone who kills the maker of an
anti-Islam film. A pair of missiles from a US spy aircraft hit North
Waziristan killing 5 militants.
(AP, 9/24/12)(SFC, 9/25/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 28, Pakistani
authorities said monsoon rains and flooding killed more than 400
people across the country during the rainy season this year.
2012 Sep 29, In Pakistan
thousands of members of radical Islamic groups rallied in the
southern city of Karachi against "Innocence of Muslims," an
anti-Islam film that has sparked violence across the Muslim world.
At least 51 people, including the US ambassador to Libya, have been
killed in violence linked to the film.
2012 Oct 6, Thousands of
Pakistanis headed toward the militant-riddled tribal belt to protest
US drone strikes ó even as a Pakistani Taliban faction warned
suicide bombers would stop the demonstration. 32 Americans from the
US-based anti-war group CODEPINK joined ex-cricket star Imran Khan
for the march.
(AP, 10/6/12)(SSFC, 10/7/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 7, The Pakistani
military blocked a convoy carrying thousands of Pakistanis and a
small contingent of US anti-war activists from entering a lawless
tribal region along the border with Afghanistan to protest American
2012 Oct 8, In Pakistan a bomb
attached to a motorcycle has killed one person and wounded 10 others
near a police checkpoint in Quetta, Baluchistan province.
2012 Oct 9, Pakistan's top
court ordered a probe into an alleged barter of seven girls to
settle a blood feud in a remote southwestern district. The tradition
of families exchanging unmarried girls to settle feuds is banned
under Pakistani law but still practiced in the country's more
conservative, tribal areas.
2012 Oct 9, In Pakistan a
Taliban gunman walked up to a bus taking children home from school
in Mingora, Swat Valley, and shot and wounded Malala Yousufzai, a
14-year-old activist known for championing the education of girls
and publicizing atrocities committed by the Taliban.
2012 Oct 10, In Pakistan US
drones killed 5 people.
2012 Oct 11, In Pakistan US
drones fired four missiles at a compound of a militant commander in
the northwestern Orakzai tribal region, killing 16 militants. A pair
of bombings in Baluchistan province killed 10 civilians and three
security personnel. Gunmen kidnapped a retired Pakistani army
brigadier who was working under contract with the country's
intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, on the
outskirts of Islamabad, shortly after the officer left his home for
work. The officer's driver resisted and was shot and killed.
2012 Oct 13, In northwestern
Pakistan a car bomb tore through a crowded bazaar outside an office
for anti-Taliban tribal elders, killing at least 17 people in Darra
Adam Khel, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2012 Oct 14, In Pakistan tens
of thousands rallied in Karachi in support of Malala Yousufzai, a
14-year-old girl who was shot and critically wounded by the Taliban
for promoting girls' education and criticizing the militant group.
2012 Oct 14, In Pakistan over
100 militants attacked a police station in the northwest near
Peshawar, killing six policemen. Two of the killed policemen were
2012 Oct 15, Malala Yousufzai
(14), the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by Taliban gunmen for advocating
education for girls, was flown in an air ambulance, provided by the
United Arab Emirates, to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.
2012 Oct 19, Pakistan's top
court recommended that the government launch legal proceedings
against retired ISI chief Asad Durrani for allegedly bankrolling
politicians running against the current ruling party in the 1990
2012 Oct 24, In Pakistan a US
drone reportedly fired a pair of missiles at a mud brick compound in
North Waziristan, killing grandmother Mamana Bibi (68) and wounding
two men. Three of her grandhildren and others nearby were wounded.
(AP, 10/24/12)(AP, 10/22/13)
2012 Oct 28, In northwestern
Pakistan a powerful bomb went off outside the shrine of Sunni Muslim
saint Kaka Sahib in the town of Nowshehra, killing at least four
2012 Oct 29, In Pakistan
Mohammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen killed their 15-year-old daughter
by pouring acid on her because she sullied the family's honor by
looking at a boy. According to the Human Rights Commission of
Pakistan, at least 943 women were killed in the name of honor last
2012 Nov 2, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on a bus outside a small fuel station in Khuzdar,
Baluchistan province, igniting a massive blaze that burned 18 people
2012 Nov 3, In northwest
Pakistan a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near a vehicle
carrying the regional head of a government-allied militia, killing
him and five others in the Buner district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province. Fateh Khan, the head of the local anti-Taliban militia,
was killed along with three guards and two passers-by.
2012 Nov 7, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bomber struck a vehicle carrying a senior police
officer, killing him and four other people in Peshawar. Hilal Hyder,
who was investigating cases against militants in the troubled
northwest, was killed along with two of his guards and two
2012 Nov 8, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with explosives into a
compound housing Rangers, a paramilitary force in Karachi, killing
three officers and wounding 20.
2012 Nov 11, Afghan
forces of killed at least four Pakistani civilians in a cross-border
shelling attack. Pakistani intelligence officials and a local
resident put the death toll at five, four men and a child.
2012 Nov 14, Pakistan freed at
least 9 Taliban prisoners at the request of the Afghan government
and agreed to free many more, in a move meant to help jumpstart a
shaky peace process with the militant group in neighboring
Afghanistan. Anwarul Haq Mujahid, a legendary Afghan mujahedeen
leader, was among those released.
(AP, 11/14/12)(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 19, In northwest
Pakistan a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives near the
convoy of a former leader of the country's largest Islamist party.
Qazi Husain Ahmad, the former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan,
escaped unhurt from the attack in the Mohmand tribal region. Three
of his aides were wounded.
2012 Nov 21, In Pakistan a bomb
blast targeting an army vehicle killed three soldiers and two
civilians in the southwestern city of Quetta. Two bombs exploded
outside a Shiite mosque in the southern city of Karachi, killing one
person and wounding seven others.
2012 Nov 22, Pakistani police
said a Taliban suicide bomber has struck a Shiite Muslim procession
in Rawalpinid near Islamabad, killing 23 people in the latest of a
series of bombings targeting Shiites during the holiest month of the
year for the sect. The bomber attacked the procession around
2012 Nov 23, Pakistan's
interior minister said that the government will suspend cell phone
service in most parts of the country over the next two days to
prevent attacks against Shiite Muslims during a key religious
2012 Nov 24, In northwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb killed at least seven people, including
three children, and wounded 30 others at a Shiite Muslim procession
in Dera Ismail Khan, as minority Shiites prepared to observe the
holy day of Ashoura.
2012 Nov 25, In northwestern
Pakistan a bombing claimed by the Taliban killed at least six people
and wounded some 90 others at a Shiite religious procession Dera
Ismail Khan, as the minority Muslim sect observes the annual Ashoura
2012 Nov 26, In Pakistan a bomb
hidden in a cement construction block exploded in Karachi, killing
one person. Islamabad police found and defused a bomb planted under
the car of a prominent TV anchor threatened by the Taliban for his
coverage of a schoolgirl shot by the militants.
2012 Nov 26, Pakistani police
said 13 people have died over the last 3 days in Lahore after
drinking cough syrup suspected of being toxic. The victims were all
drug addicts who apparently drank the cough syrup in an attempt to
2012 Nov 29, In Pakistan a
teenage suicide bomber attacked and wounded Maulvi Nazir, a
prominent militant commander in the country's northwest. He is
believed to have a nonaggression pact with the army. 7 other people
were killed. A few hours later a US drone fired a pair of missiles
at a house several km from the bombing site, killing three suspected
militants, including one from Yemen.
(AP, 11/29/12)(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A5)(AP, 12/1/12)
2012 Nov 30, Pakistan agreed to
free more Taliban prisoners in the future, a move considered a key
step to coaxing the militant group into peace negotiations to end
the 11-year-old war in Afghanistan.
2012 Nov 30, In Pakistani
Kashmir an avalanche killed five Pakistani soldiers and four
civilians in the snow-covered Sharda sector in the Himalayan region
2012 Dec 1, In Pakistan two
suspected US drone-fired missiles hit a vehicle near the Sheen
Warsak area of South Waziristan, killing a Yemeni militant and two
2012 Dec 3, In Pakistan a
gunman on a motorcycle shot and severely wounded an elderly Swedish
woman who worked at a church in Lahore. Also in Lahore, gunmen
desecrated over 100 graves of Ahmadis, members of a persecuted
religious sect. A bomb ripped through a police van as it was
patrolling the outskirts of Peshawar, killing two officers and
wounding two others. A gunman riding on a motorcycle killed the
leader of an Islamic seminary in the southern city of Karachi.
2012 Dec 5, In northwestern
Pakistan a pair of suicide bombers rammed their truck filled with
explosives into the gate of an army camp, killing three soldiers and
wounding more than 20 in Wana, South Waziristan.
2012 Dec 6, In Pakistan a US
drone fired a pair of missiles at a house in North Waziristan,
killing three suspected militants. Sheik Khalid bin Abdel Rehman
al-Hussainan, also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was among the dead.
He had appeared in many videos released by al-Qaida's media wing,
Al-Sahab, and was presented as a religious scholar for the group.
(AP, 12/6/12)(AP, 12/9/12)
2012 Dec 9, In Pakistan four
missiles struck a residential compound near Miran Shah, North
Waziristan. 3 suspected militants were killed.
2012 Dec 10, In northwestern
Pakistan Taliban militants armed with a rocket, hand grenades and
automatic weapons attacked a police station killing six people in
Bannu, a gateway to the North Waziristan.
2012 Dec 13, Amnesty
International accused the Pakistani military of carrying out
widespread human rights abuses in the country's northwest tribal
region where the army is fighting a domestic Taliban insurgency.
2012 Dec 15, In Pakistan
suicide bombers armed with rockets attacked the military side of a
Pakistani airport in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing four
civilians and wounding more than 30. Five militants were killed.
2012 Dec 16, Pakistani security
forces cornered the last members of a group of Taliban militants who
staged a deadly raid on an airport in Peshawar city. All five,
believed to be Uzbeks, died in the ensuing firefight.
2012 Dec 17, In Pakistan a car
bomb exploded in a crowded market in Jamrud town in the Khyber
tribal area, killing 17 people and wounding more than 40 others. In
the southwest attackers shot dead Khadim Hussain Noori in Quetta,
the capital of Baluchistan province. He was the provincial spokesman
and also a Shiite Muslim.
2012 Dec 17, In Pakistan a
person working on the anti-polio campaign, a male volunteer, was
gunned down in Karachi. Taliban militants also killed three soldiers
in an ambush of an army convoy escorting a vaccination team in the
2012 Dec 18, In Pakistan gunmen
shot dead five women working on UN-backed polio vaccination efforts
in two different cities, a major setback for a campaign that
international health officials consider vital to contain the
crippling disease. Taliban insurgents say the program is a cover for
espionage. Two men on a motorcycle hurled hand
grenades at the main gate of an army recruiting center in the
northwestern town of Risalpur, wounding 10 people.
2012 Dec 19, In Pakistan gunmen
shot dead a woman working on UN backed polio vaccination efforts and
her driver in the northwestern town of Charsadda. Earlier in the day
gunmen shot a polio worker in the head in the city of Peshawar,
wounding him critically. The recent killings prompted the UN's
public health arm to suspend work on the vaccination drive in two of
Pakistan's four provinces.
2012 Dec 20, In Pakistan
another victim from attacks on UN-backed anti-polio teams in
Pakistan died, bringing the three-day death toll in the wave of
assaults on volunteers vaccinating children across the country to
nine. Hilal Khan (20) died a day after he was shot in the head in
2012 Dec 21, A mob in southern
Pakistan stormed a police station to seize a mentally unstable
Muslim man accused of burning a copy of Islam's holy book, beat him
to death, and then set his body afire. Police arrested 30 people for
suspected involvement in the attack.
2012 Dec 21, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen killed eleven Pakistanis and Afghans in a border
town as they were trying to cross to Iran to travel on to Europe as
2012 Dec 22, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber attacked a political rally held by the Awami National
Party. 9 people were killed including politician Bashir Ahmad
Bilour, a senior minister in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Another 20 were wounded in the attack in Peshawar.
(AP, 12/22/12)(SSFC, 12/23/12, p.A6)
2012 Dec 25, In southern
Pakistan gunmen wounded a prominent Sunni cleric and killed his
three guards and his driver in an apparently sectarian attack in
2012 Dec 25, In Pakistan
Shahzeb Khan (20) was allegedly gunned down overnight by a pair of
young men from two of the wealthiest families in Karachi. His death
sparked an unusual outcry and highlighted a growing trend of
citizens using social media to hold the country's rich and powerful
2012 Dec 27, In northwest
Pakistan dozens of militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades
and automatic weapons attacked two tribal police posts in the town
of Darra Adam Khel, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, killing two
policemen. 21 other policemen were missing and presumed kidnapped.
2012 Dec 29, Pakistani
authorities said they are investigating allegations that cough syrup
has killed 33 people over the past three days in the eastern city of
Gujranwala and nearby villages. An explosion ripped through a
passenger bus while it was at a terminal in the southern city of
Karachi, killing six people and wounding 52 others. Gunmen opened
fire on a vehicle carrying police officers in the southwestern city
of Quetta, killing three of them.
2012 Dec 30, In southwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber driving a vehicle packed with explosives
rammed into a bus carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims, killing 19 people
in Baluchistan's Mastung district. Early today 21 tribal policemen,
believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban, were found shot dead
in the Jabai area of Frontier Region Peshawar. 2 army soldiers were
killed by a roadside bomb in the North Waziristan tribal area.
2012 Dec 31, Pakistan released
eight members of the Afghan Taliban from prison, including the
former justice minister under the Taliban, in a bid to boost the
peace process in neighboring Afghanistan.
2012 Dec 31, Pakistani
intelligence officials found the bodies of 9 militants dumped in the
North Waziristan tribal region. The dead men were linked to the
2012 Stephen Cohen authored
ďThe Future of Pakistan."
(Econ, 2/11/12, p.83)
2012 Ahmed Rashid authored
ďPakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan and
(Econ, 4/14/12, p.92)
2012 Baluchistan (Balochistan)
province was home to 9 million of Pakistanís 180 million people.
(Econ, 4/7/12, p.50)
2012 In Pakistan 306 children
died of measles in 2012, compared to 64 the year before.
2013 Jan 1, Gunmen in northwest
Pakistan killed five female teachers and two aid workers in an
ambush on a van carrying workers home from their jobs at a community
center in Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2013 Jan 2, In Pakistan Taliban
commander Maulvi Nazir was among nine people killed in a missile
strike on a house in Angoor Adda in the South Waziristan tribal
region. Nazir had a truce with the Pakistani military.
2013 Jan 3, In Pakistan a US
drone strike took place near Mir Ali, the main town of the North
Waziristan tribal region. One missile hit a vehicle near the town,
followed by another missile when people rushed to the vehicle to
help people in the car. Officials said four people were killed in
2013 Jan 6, Pakistan and India
traded accusations of violating the cease-fire in the disputed
northern region of Kashmir, with Islamabad accusing Indian troops of
a cross-border raid that killed one of its soldiers and India
charging that Pakistani shelling destroyed a home on its side.
2013 Jan 6, In Pakistan
suspected American drones fired several missiles into three militant
hideouts in the South Waziristan tribal region, killing 9 Pakistani
2013 Jan 8, An Indian army
official said Pakistani soldiers crossed the cease-fire line in the
disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir and attacked an army patrol,
killing two Indian soldiers before retreating back into
2013 Jan 8, In Pakistan several
missiles fired from American drones slammed into a compound near the
town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan tribal area, killing eight
2013 Jan 9, In northwest
Pakistan truckers who carry supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan
went on strike to protest lower pay, inadequate security and corrupt
officials who demand bribes from the truckers.
2013 Jan 10, In southwest
Pakistan a bomb targeting paramilitary soldiers killed 12 people in
Quetta. Another 86 people, mostly Shiite Muslims, were killed in
twin bombings at a billiards hall in Quetta. 5 suspected militants
died in a US drone strike in Mir Ali, North Waziristan. A gas
cylinder explosion ripped through a crowded mosque in the northwest
city of Mingora, killing 21 people and injuring more than 70 others.
(AP, 1/10/13)(AP, 1/11/13)
2013 Jan 10, Indian troops
fired across the disputed Kashmir border and killed a Pakistani
soldier, the third deadly incident in the disputed Himalayan region
in recent days.
2013 Jan 13, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb hit an army convoy in North Waziristan, killing 14
soldiers. Thousands of Shiites protested in Quetta for a third day,
pressing their demands for greater security. PM Raja Pervez Ashraf
bowed to protester demands and sacked the provincial governor of
Balochistan for failing to safeguard the security of Shias.
(AP, 1/13/13)(Econ, 1/19/13, p.42)
2013 Jan 14, In Pakistan
thousands of supporters of a fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who has
been calling for election reforms, descended onto Islamabad as
security officials girded for mass rallies by a movement that has
virtually overnight become a powerful but still mysterious force on
the political scene. Pakistani leaders dismissed the government of
southwest Baluchistan province in response to the demands of
protesters angry about an attack on minority Shiite Muslims there
that killed 86 people.
2013 Jan 15, Pakistan's top
court ordered the arrest of PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in a corruption
case involving private power stations set up to provide electricity
to the energy-starved country. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry
ordered the arrest of 16 people involved in the case, including
Ashraf, who previously served as minister for water and power.
2013 Jan 15, In Pakistan
thousands of anti-government protesters, heeding the call of
firebrand cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, rallied in the streets of Islamabad
for a 2nd day despite early morning clashes with police who launched
tear gas and fired shots into the air to push back stone-throwing
2013 Jan 16, India and Pakistan
agreed to ease tensions in disputed Kashmir after recent clashes
2013 Jan 16, In Pakistan
several thousand people rallied in Peshawar, denouncing the killing
of 18 local villagers in an overnight raid in northwest Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province, which they blamed on security forces.
2013 Jan 17, The Pakistani
government and Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri struck a deal to end
four days of protests by thousands in the capital.
2013 Jan 17, Pakistan's
anti-corruption chief refused a Supreme Court order to arrest PM
Raja Pervaiz, citing a lack of evidence in a graft case that sparked
the latest clash between the government and the country's top court.
2013 Jan 18, Pakistani
prosecutor Kamran Faisal, investigating a corruption case against PM
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, was found dead in Islamabad. Some colleagues
suspected foul play and on Jan 23 a judge ordered a judicial
(AP, 1/18/13)(SFC, 1/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 24, Pakistanís
attorney general Irfan Qadir said Pakistan is holding 700 suspected
militants without charges under a controversial law that has been
criticized by human rights organizations.
2013 Jan 26, In Pakistan two
Islamic militant groups clashed over control of a prized valley in
the northwest, killing at least 24 people and wounding dozens more
in the Tirah valley of the Khyber tribal region. Dozens of
armed men attacked a post manned by pro-government tribal militia
members in a remote area in southwestern Baluchistan, killing two
tribesmen and abducting seven more.
2013 Jan 29, In Pakistan gunmen
riding on a motorcycle shot and killed a police officer protecting
polio workers during a UN-backed vaccination campaign in Gullu Dheri
village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Gunmen driving in a car opened
fire and killed two police constables in Quetta.
2013 Jan 31, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed two polio workers on their way to vaccinate
children in the northwestern Kurraml region near the Afghan border.
2013 Feb 1, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a Shiite
mosque as worshippers were leaving prayers, killing 23 people and
wounding over 50 in Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2013 Feb 2, In northwestern
Pakistan Taliban militants wearing suicide vests fired automatic
weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at an army post in a pre-dawn
raid, killing 23 people, including 10 civilians in Serai Naurang
town of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. 12 attackers also were killed
in the assault.
2013 Feb 3, British PM David
Cameron met in London with the presidents of Afghanistan and
Pakistan for 2 days of talks to discuss prospects for peace with the
2013 Feb 8, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb planted near a market killed 16 people and wounded
17 others in Kalaya, the main town in the Orakzai tribal area.
2013 Feb 8, In Pakistan 6
militants were killed and 3 wounded in a US drone strike on a
militant compound. The 3 wounded died overnight. Two were members of
al-Qaida and the others belonged to the Pakistani Taliban movement
in the Bobar Ghar area of South Waziristan.
2013 Feb 11, The US began its
withdrawal from Afghanistan in earnest, sending the first of what
will be tens of thousands of containers home through a once-blocked
land route through Pakistan.
2013 Feb 14, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb hit a vehicle carrying members of an anti-Taliban
militia in Stanzai village in the Orakzai tribal region, killing 7
militiamen. A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives next to a
police post in Hangu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province,
killing 11 policemen and wounding 23 others.
2013 Feb 14, Indian troops shot
and killed a Pakistani soldier who crossed the makeshift border
separating Indian and Pakistani held Kashmir.
2013 Feb 16, In Pakistan bomb
went off in a Shiite Muslim-dominated residential suburb of the city
of Quetta killing at least 81 people and wounding some 160. Most of
the dead and wounded were Hazaras, an ethnic group that migrated
from Afghanistan over a century ago. 8 more people soon died of
their wounds bringing the death toll to 89.
(AP, 2/16/13)(AP, 2/17/13)(AP, 2/18/13)
2013 Feb 18, In Pakistan at
least 15,000 Shiite Muslims took to the streets in Quetta in a 2nd
day of protests following a bombing that left 89 people dead. Gunmen
opened fire on a restaurant in Karachi, killing two people.
Militants wearing suicide vests and disguised as policemen attacked
the office of a senior political official in Peshawar, killing six
people. In Lahore gunmen on a motorcycle shot to death a Shiite
doctor and his son (12).
2013 Feb 19, In Pakistan
thousands of Shiite Muslims ended three days of protests Quetta
after the government launched a paramilitary operation against
militants responsible for a weekend bombing targeting the minority
sect that killed 89 people. Four members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi,
including a senior commander, were killed in a shootout, and over
170 other suspected militants were arrested.
2013 Feb 21, In Pakistan a bomb
blast inside a shopping mall in Peshawar killed at least one person
and wounded 12 people. The bombing targeted shops selling mobile
2013 Feb 21, A Pakistani
intelligence official said at least half the Afghan Taliban recently
freed from Pakistani prisons have rejoined the insurgency throwing
into question the value of such goodwill gestures that the Afghan
government requested to restart a flagging peace process.
2013 Feb 21, An Iranian
semi-official news agency said Iran is planning to build a $4
billion oil refinery in Gwadar, Baluchistan province. Iran will
reportedly sell products from the refinery to Pakistan in return of
food, especially wheat, meat and rice.
(AP, 2/21/13)(SSFC, 2/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 22, Pakistani
authorities arrested Malik Ishaq, a founder of a banned Sunni
extremist group in Rahim Yar Khan, less than a week after the
organization claimed responsibility for a market bombing that killed
89 Shiites. Ishaq was imprisoned for 14 years on charges, never
proven, of killing Shiite Muslims. He was released in July 2011.
2013 Feb 23, In Pakistan a bus
carrying a wedding party plunged into a canal in Peshawar, killing
2013 Feb 25, In southern
Pakistan a blast at a Sufi shrine killed two people in Shikarpur.
2013 Feb 26, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen shot and killed a police officer who was protecting
a team of polio workers during a UN-backed vaccination campaign in
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2013 Feb 27, Pakistani
President Asif Ali Zardari visited Tehran where he worked to
finalize a gas pipeline deal with Iran that is being opposed by the
2013 Feb 27, In Pakistan gunmen
shot and killed a news reporter in Miran Shah, North Waziristan.
2013 Mar 1, In southwest
Pakistan gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed reporter Mahmood
Ahmed Afridi as he walked to a press club in the town of Kalat.
2013 Mar 3, In Pakistan a bomb
blast killed 48 people, including many women and children outside a
Shiite mosque in Karachi.
(AP, 3/3/13)(AP, 3/4/13)(SSFC, 3/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 4, In Pakistan gunmen
shot and killed two people returning from a funeral for Shiite
Muslim victims of a massive bombing in Karachi.
2013 Mar 9, In eastern Pakistan
hundreds of people in Lahore ransacked a Christian neighborhood and
torched dozens of homes after hearing reports that a Christian man
had committed blasphemy against Islam's prophet. A bomb exploded in
a Sunni mosque in the northwest, killing at least four people and
wounding more than 25 others in Peshawar.
2013 Mar 10, In eastern and
southern Pakistan hundreds of Christians protesting the burning of
their homes by a Muslim mob over alleged blasphemous remarks made
against the Islam's Prophet Muhammad clashed with police. A
suspected US missile strike killed a foreign militant who was riding
on horseback in Datta Khel in North Waziristan.
2013 Mar 11, The presidents of
Iran and Pakistan marked the start of construction in Pakistan on a
pipeline to bring Iranian natural gas to Pakistan.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.43)
2013 Mar 11, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed three Pakistani soldiers in in Dogar
village in the Kurram tribal area near the Afghan border.
2013 Mar 12, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up near a police van, killing
at least two people in the district of Bannu in the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province. A bomb disposal expert died while defusing a
roadside bomb in Peshawar. Gunmen shot and killed a senior official
of the Election Commission of Pakistan in the southwestern city of
2013 Mar 12, Tribesmen tied a
Pakistani soldier to the hood of a car and stoned him to death in
the country's restive northwest for allegedly having a romantic
relationship with a local woman.
2013 Mar 12, Pakistani police
in Baluchistan province arrested 11 children and teenagers between
the ages of 11 and 18 for allegedly having planted bombs for a
violent separatist group.
2013 Mar 13, In Karachi,
Pakistan, gunmen shot and killed pioneering activist Perween Rahman
(54), the director of the Orangi Pilot Project, who helped bring
services like sewer and water to the city's poorest neighborhoods.
2013 Mar 13, In southwest
Pakistan gunmen abducted two female Czech tourists and their police
guard as they were traveling on a bus through troubled Baluchistan
province. On March 28, 2015, Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka
returned to the Czech Rep. Their release was negotiated by Turkish
non-governmental humanitarian organization IHH.
(AP, 3/14/13)(AP, 3/28/15)
2013 Mar 15, In southern
Pakistan a bomb blast just after midnight killed three people and
wounded four others outside a cable TV office in Karachi.
2013 Mar 15, The head of a UN
team investigating casualties from US drone strikes in Pakistan
declared after a secret research trip to the country that the
attacks violate Pakistan's sovereignty.
2013 Mar 16, Pakistan's
government passed a major milestone, with the parliament becoming
the first democratically chosen body to finish its five-year term.
2013 Mar 16, In Pakistan a bus
carrying soldiers slid off a mountainous road and fell into a deep
ravine in the country's northwest, killing 24 and injuring five
2013 Mar 17, Pakistani
paramilitary Ranges arrested Qari Abdul Hayee, a leader of the
Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. He was accused of
involvement in the 2002 slaying of US journalist Daniel Pearl.
(SFC, 3/20/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 18, The Pakistani
Taliban withdrew their offer of holding peace talks with the
government, saying that the authorities were not serious about
following through with negotiations.
2013 Mar 21, In northwestern
Pakistan a car packed with explosives blew up inside the Jalozai
refugee camp as hundreds of people lined up to get food, killing 13
and wounding 25.
2013 Mar 22, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb hidden in a rickshaw exploded outside a bus terminal
near a busy bazar in Jafarabad, killing at least nine people and
wounding 40. The explosion came hours after a US drone targeted a
vehicle in Datta Khel village, North Waziristan, killing three
2013 Mar 23, In eastern
Pakistan a bus has overturned on a highway after hitting a roadside
electricity pole, killing at least 32 passengers.
2013 Mar 23, In Pakistan a car
packed with explosives exploded next to a pair of fuel tankers at an
army check post, killing 17 soldiers and wounding dozens in North
2013 Mar 24, Pakistan's
election commission chose Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, a former high court
chief justice nominated by the country's outgoing ruling party, to
serve as caretaker prime minister in the run up to a historic
national election this spring.
2013 Mar 24, In Pakistan
militants launched a suicide car bomb attack against a military
check post in the country's northwest tribal region, killing 17
soldiers. Former President Pervez Musharraf returned home after more
than four years in exile, seeking a possible political comeback in
defiance of judicial probes and death threats from Taliban
militants. Security forces whisked him away in the southern port
city of Karachi.
2013 Mar 29, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a convoy carrying paramilitary
police commander Abdul Majeed Marwat, killing at least 10 people,
including two women in Peshawar.
(AP, 3/29/13)(SFC, 3/30/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 29, A top UNICEF
official said as many as 240,000 children have missed UN-backed
vaccinations against polio because of security concerns in
Pakistan's tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.
2013 Mar 30, In southern
Pakistan a man armed with a gun and grenades attacked a school in
Karachi during a prize distribution ceremony, killing its principal
and wounding six children before fleeing.
2013 Mar 31, In Pakistan
Taliban militants attacked with a roadside bomb the election
motorcade of Malik Adnan Wazir, a secularist-backed politician,
wounding him and killing two of his supporters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
2013 Apr 1, Pakistani housewife
Badam Zari (40) made history by becoming the first woman to run for
parliament from the country's northwest tribal region.
2013 Apr 2, In northwestern
Pakistan several dozen militants armed with assault rifles and
rocket-propelled grenades attacked a power grid station, killing 7
people and taking 4 hostage on the outskirts of Peshawar. Attackers
threw a grenade at a vehicle carrying paramilitary security officers
in Karachi, killing three of them and wounding three others.
(AP, 4/2/13)(AP, 4/3/13)
2013 Apr 5, In Pakistan 4
soldiers and 14 militants were killed as the army launched a ground
offensive in the Tirah Valley of the Khyber tribal area.
2013 Apr 7, Pakistan's former
military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf was given approval to run for
parliament next month, a victory for him in what has otherwise been
a bumpy return to the country after more than four years in
2013 Apr 8, Pakistani military
officials said four days of fierce fighting in the northwest has
left 30 soldiers and nearly 100 militants dead.
2013 Apr 8, Pakistan's top
court ordered former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf to respond
to allegations that he committed treason while in power and barred
him from leaving the country.
2013 Apr 10, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen shot to death a policeman protecting a team of
female polio workers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2013 Apr 11, In Pakistan
Taliban assailants on a motorcycle gunned down a candidate running
in upcoming elections. Fakhurl Islam, whose party has spoken out
strongly against the militant group, was killed near his home in
Hyderabad city in southern Sindh province.
2013 Apr 13, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb planted in a bus killed at least eight passengers
and wounded seven others as it passed a crowded bazar on its way
from Peshawar to a nearby town.
2013 Apr 14, In northwest
Pakistan the Taliban targeted two leaders of the secular Awami
National Party, an anti-militant political party, killing one and
wounding another in bomb blasts. Taliban attacks were targeting
members of secular-leaning parties during their campaigns for next
month's parliamentary election.
2013 Apr 14, In northwest
Pakistan a suspected US missile strike killed four people in Datta
Khel town of North Waziristan.
2013 Apr 16, Pakistani judges
disqualified Pervez Musharraf from running in the upcoming
parliamentary election. The former military ruler recently returned
from self-imposed exile to make a political comeback.
2013 Apr 16, In southwest
Pakistan a bomb in Baluchistan province hit a convoy of vehicles
carrying a candidate in the country's upcoming parliamentary
election, killing three people and wounding seven others. In the
northwest bomb targeting members of an anti-Taliban political party
killed four people and wounded 20 in Peshawar.
2013 Apr 16, A 7.7 earthquake,
described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than half a century,
flattened homes and offices on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan
border, killing at least 34 people in in a single village in
Pakistan and swaying skyscrapers and buildings as far away as New
2013 Apr 18, Former Pakistani
military ruler Pervez Musharraf and his bodyguards pushed past
policemen and sped away from court in the country's capital to avoid
arrest after his bail was revoked in a case accusing him of
detaining senior judges while in power.
2013 Apr 19, Pakistanís former
military ruler Pervez Musharraf was arrested overnight in Islamabad
in a case involving his decision to fire senior judges while in
power. Musharraf criticized allegations against him as "politically
2013 Apr 20, Pakistanís former
military ruler Pervez Musharraf was ordered held for two weeks until
the next hearing in a case related to his 2007 decision to sack and
detain several judges. A suspected suicide bomber targeted security
forces outside the main gate of a hospital in Khar, in the Bajur
tribal region. Four people died in the blast.
2013 Apr 21, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up outside a meeting of the ANP in the
northwestern city of Peshawar, killing 16 people.
2013 Apr 22, Pakistan's
caretaker government told the Supreme Court it will not file treason
charges against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf but will
leave the decision on that to the winner of the upcoming election.
2013 Apr 23, In Pakistan car
bomb aimed at a Shiite politician in Quetta missed him but killed
four other people. Hours earlier police had defused an
explosives-laden vehicle near the house outside Islamabad where
ex-leader Pervez Musharraf was being held.
2013 Apr 23, Mullah Omar,
leader of the Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency
against the government in Kabul, reportedly died in Pakistan. His
death was only made public in July 2015. Pakistan's defense minister
later insisted that Mullah Omar died in Afghanistan and was buried
there. On Sep 13, 2015, Omarís eldest son confirmed that Omar had
died in Afghanistan.
(Reuters, 7/29/15)(Reuters, 7/30/15)(SFC,
7/30/15, p.A2)(AP, 8/7/15)(Econ, 8/8/15, p.78)
2013 Apr 24, A Pakistani court
rejected bail for ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf in a case
connected to the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto in 2007.
2013 Apr 25, In Karachi,
Pakistan, a bomb exploded outside an election office of the
Muttahida Quami Movement, one of the main political parties, killing
5 people in the latest attack ahead of the nation's May 11
2013 Apr 26, In Pakistan a bomb
planted on a motorbike near the Awami National Party office in
Karachi killed 9 people, including four children. 24 other people
2013 Apr 28, Pakistani Taliban
detonated bombs at the campaign offices of two politicians in the
country's northwest, killing at least nine people in an escalation
of attacks on secular, left-leaning political parties.
2013 Apr 29, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber targeting a police van killed at least 8
people in Peshawar, including the son and nephew of an Afghan
official involved in peace negotiations with the Taliban.
2013 Apr 30, A Pakistani court
banned former military ruler Pervez Musharraf from running for
public office for the rest of his life. In the southwest politician
Abdul Fatah Magsi was gunned down in Jhal Magsi, about 350 km (220
miles) southeast of Quetta, Baluchistan province.
2013 May 1, Pakistani forces
fired artillery rounds at Afghan border police in the Goshta
district of eastern Nangarhar province. In an ensuing five-hour
firefight, one Afghan border policeman was killed.
2013 May 2, In Pakistan
convicted India spy Sarabjit Singh died at Jinnah Hospital in the
eastern city of Lahore. He was was attacked by fellow inmates on
April 26 and had been comatose and on a ventilator for days. Singh
was arrested in 1990 after bombings in Lahore and Faisalabad,
Pakistan, that killed 14 people. Indians expressed outrage at the
Pakistan government over his death.
2013 May 3, In Islamabad,
Pakistan, gunmen killed prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfikar Ali. He was
leading investigations into the assassination of former PM Benazir
Bhutto and a brutal attack on civilians in the Indian city of
Mumbai. Gunmen on a motorcycle in Karachi shot to death a
parliamentary candidate from the Awami National Party, and his son
(AP, 5/3/13)(AP, 5/4/13)
2013 May 4, In Pakistan two
blasts in the southern city of Karachi killed three people near the
office of a political party critical of the Taliban.
2013 May 5, In Pakistan 2
soldiers and 16 militants were killed in the Tirah Valley area of
the Khyber tribal region. In the North Waziristan tribal region a
roadside bomb attack on a convoy killed 2 soldiers and wounded
three. 2 members of the paramilitary Frontier Corps were killed in
clashes in the Bolan district of Baluchistan. A convoy of an
independent candidate in the Sibbi district was attacked by two
gunmen, who killed two of his police guards. Altogether 30 militants
and criminal suspects were killed.
2013 May 5, A new jihadi
magazine, set up by militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan, appealed
to Muslims around the world to come up with technology to hack into
or manipulate drones, describing this as one of their most important
2013 May 6, In Pakistan an
explosion ripped through a campaign rally of the Jamiat-e-Ulema
Islam party, a leading Islamist party, killing 25 people and
wounding about 70 in the northwest Kurram tribal region.
(AP, 5/6/13)(AP, 5/7/13)
2013 May 7, In northwest
Pakistan a pair of bombings targeting individuals involved in this
week's national elections killed 18 people.
2013 May 8, Pakistani PM Mir
Hazar Khan Khoso's office said a ban on air conditioners in
government offices will go into effect on May 15 and will continue
until pervasive energy shortages improve.
2013 May 9, In Pakistan gunmen
attacked an election rally in the southern Punjab province and
abducted Ali Haider Gilani, the son of ex-premier Yousuf Raza
Gilani. Two guards were killed. A bomb blew up at an election office
of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in the city of Mir Ali in the North
Waziristan tribal area. One person was killed and six others
2013 May 10, In Pakistan a pair
of bombs targeting the offices of candidates running in this
weekend's election killed three people in Miran Shah, North
Waziristan. Unknown assailants threw a grenade at the main office of
the secular Pakistan People's Party in Quetta, Baluchistan province,
wounding five people.
2013 May 11, Pakistanis
streamed to the polls for a historic vote. Imran Khan (60) faced off
against the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), headed by two-time
former PM Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistan People's Party, led by
President Asif Ali Zardari. Militant attacks killed 22 people
underlining the risks many people took just casting their ballots.
Former PM Nawaz Sharif won the elections. The PML-N wone 124 of 272
(AP, 5/11/13)(AP, 5/12/13)(Econ, 5/18/13, p.42)
2013 May 15, In Pakistan
Mujahid Hussain, chief of disaster management efforts in the Kurram
tribal area, said an estimated 35,000 and 49,000 have left their
villages following a new offensive by the military against
2013 May 16, Pakistan says it
will conduct a recount or re-do the vote for eight national assembly
seats following allegations of vote rigging in the recent election.
The Pakistan Muslim League-N party led by former PM Nawaz Sharif has
won 124 seats so far, setting it up to form the next government.
2013 May 17, In northwestern
Pakistan bombs exploded outside two mosques in a village killing at
least 15 people in Baz Darrah village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2013 May 18, In Pakistan Zahra
Shahid, a senior member of former cricket star Imran Khan's party,
was shot and killed in Karachi. Gunmen shot Shahid in front of her
home after they tried to snatch her purse and then sped away on a
motorcycle. Khan blamed her killing on the Muttahida Quami Movement
(MQAM), the same party he accused of vote rigging in the May 11
2013 May 19, Pakistan held a
repeat election in an upscale area of the southern city of Karachi
that was plagued with allegations of vote-rigging.
2013 May 20, A Pakistani judge
granted bail to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in a case
related to the assassination of ex-PM Benazir Bhutto.
2013 May 20, In Pakistan
gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team in the town of Mamound in
the Bajur tribal area. A policeman guarding the team was killed.
2013 May 22, China's Premier Li
Keqiang began a two-day visit to Pakistan by praising the
relationship between the two Asian powers in glowing terms.
2013 May 23, In southwest
Pakistan a large bomb hidden by the Taliban in a rickshaw exploded
as a police vehicle passed by. 11 policemen and two civilians were
killed on the outskirts of Quetta. Several militants attacked an
army checkpoint in Kurram tribal area, killing four soldiers.
Soldiers, backed by gunship helicopter and jet fighters, chased the
militants fleeing to their hideouts and killed 20 of them.
2013 May 24, In northwest
Pakistan a pair of suspected militant attacks killed 9 people in
Mattani and Peshawar.
2013 May 24, In Pakistan an
American diplomat accidentally killed a pedestrian while driving in
2013 May 25, In eastern
Pakistan 16 schoolchildren and a teacher burned to death when a
short-circuit near a leaking gas tank caused their minibus to be
engulfed in flames in Gujrat.
2013 May 28, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen shot dead a female polio worker and wounded another
on the outskirts of Peshawar.
2013 May 29, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed Waliur Rehman, the No. 2 commander
of the Pakistani Taliban, as well as 3 others in Miran Shah, North
Waziristan. The US wanted Rehman in connection with his alleged
involvement in the 2009 attack on Camp Chapman in Khost,
2013 May 30, The Pakistani
military killed 19 militants in a late night battle for control of
strategic mountain peaks in in the Para Chamkani area of Kurram
tribal region and the Maidan area of Khyber tribal region.
2013 Jun 3, In Pakistan
attackers in the northwestern town of Hangu shot and killed Farid
Khan, a newly elected provincial lawmaker.
2013 Jun 5, Pakistan's new PM
Nawaz Sharif took office vowing to fix the country's ailing
economy and end electricity blackouts while also calling for an end
to American drone strikes in the tribal areas.
2013 Jun 7, In Pakistan 2 young
men received death sentences over a fatal shooting that exposed
class divisions in Pakistan and led to an unusual social media
campaign demanding that the country's rich and powerful be held
accountable. Shahrukh Jatoi and Nawab Siraj Talpur were
convicted of killing Shahzeb Khan (20) one late night in December
after the university student had an argument with one of Talpur's
2013 Jun 7, In Pakistan a US
drone strike in Mangrothi village in the Shawal area, along the
border dividing the North and South Waziristan tribal regions,
reportedly killed 9 people.
2013 Jun 8, Pakistan's new
government summoned a top US envoy to lodge a protest over a June 7
US drone strike, suggesting that PM Nawaz Sharif's team fully
intends to make good on its promise to aggressively push for an end
to such strikes.
2013 Jun 9, In Pakistan two
roadside bombs killed 2 soldiers in North Waziristan. Four gunmen
riding on motorcycles in Karachi killed 2 police officers and
seriously wounded a third.
2013 Jun 10, In Pakistan
militants dressed as policemen attacked a NATO convoy carrying
supplies for the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, killing 4 people.
2013 Jun 15, In Pakistan a bomb
tore through a bus of female university students in Quetta, killing
14. Victims were taken to the nearby hospital where a suicide bomber
struck killing 3 plus 3 more who died overnight. The siege of a
hospital in Quetta ended after security forces stormed the building.
4 paramilitaries and 6 attackers were killed. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
later claimed responsibility for the attack. Attackers on
motorcycles planted bombs at the 19th century residence associated
with Pakistanís founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the mountain resort
town of Ziarat. Jinnah lived there before his death in 1948. The
attackers shot dead a police guard outside the residency, which had
been turned into a museum about Jinnah.
(AP, 6/15/13)(AP, 6/16/13)(AP, 6/21/13)
2013 Jun 16, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen killed two anti-polio workers in Kandar village.
2013 Jun 18, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of hundreds of
mourners attending a funeral, killing 29 people. Among those killed
was Imran Khan Mohmand, a newly-elected lawmaker, who may have been
the target in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2013 Jun 19, In northwest
Pakistan militants attacked a military convoy with rocket-propelled
grenades and other heavy weapons, killing 6 soldiers.
2013 Jun 21, In Pakistan
militants opened fire on a Shiite Muslim mosque where worshippers
were gathering for prayers. A suicide bomber then detonated his
explosives inside, killing 15 people in Peshawar.
2013 Jun 22, In northern
Pakistan some 15 Islamic militants wearing police uniforms shot to
death 10 foreign climbers and one Pakistani guide before dawn at the
base camp of Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world.
The dead included 3 Ukrainians, 3 Chinese, 2 Slovakians, one
Lithuanian and one Nepalese. Pakistani Taliban said the attack was
to avenge a US drone strike that killed a deputy leader last month.
In 2014 it was reported that the actual plan had been to kidnap
Chinese-American Chen Honglu and use him as a high-value Taliban
(AP, 6/23/13)(SFC, 6/24/13, p.A3)(AFP, 6/29/14)
2013 Jun 24, In Pakistan
Amanullah Khan, a deputy superintendent, and his driver were killed
in Peshawar. Khan was in charge of the Peshawar traffic police.
2013 Jun 25, Pakistani
investigators named former military dictator Pervez Musharraf as the
prime suspect in the Dec. 2007 assassination of former PM Benazir
(SFC, 6/26/13, p.A3)
2013 Jun 26, In Pakistan a bomb
targeting senior judge Maqbool Baqir in Karachi wounded him and
killed 7 members of the security force.
2013 Jun 27, In southern
Pakistan a bomb killed at least two people in Kuchlak village,
Baluchistan province, an area frequently hit by violence.
2013 Jun 28, Pakistan floated
the concept of an Afghan power-sharing arrangement between Kabul and
the Taliban as part of a peace talks "end game." The suggestion met
with outrage in Kabul.
2013 Jun 30, In northwest
Pakistan 17 people were killed when a powerful roadside bomb attack
narrowly missed a passing convoy of security forces but ravaged a
busy market area in Peshawar. A roadside bomb struck an army convoy
and killed 4 soldiers in the North Waziristan tribal area. In the
southwest at least 28 people were killed and dozens wounded in
Quetta when a suicide bomber attacked a largely Shi'ite Muslim
(AP, 6/30/13)(Reuters, 6/30/13)
2013 Jun 30, Pakistanís 2008
moratorium, passed by a previous government, expired. The new policy
of PM Nawaz Sharif's government was to execute all death row
prisoners, except those pardoned on humanitarian grounds.
2013 Jul 3, In Pakistan
unmanned US aircraft fired four missiles at a house before dawn,
killing at least 17 suspected militants in North Waziristan. The
drone strike elicited a swift condemnation by the Pakistani
2013 Jul 4, Pakistan took a
major step toward averting an economic crisis, reaching an initial
deal with the IMF on a bailout of at least $5.3 billion to help
shore up the country's rapidly diminishing foreign reserves.
2013 Jul 6, In eastern Pakistan
a powerful bomb exploded at a busy market street, killing at least
four people and wounding 47 in Lahore.
2013 Jul 6, In Pakistan a train
hit an overloaded rickshaw at an unmanned railway crossing killing
12 people in Punjab province.
(SSFC, 7/7/13, p.A4)
2013 Jul 8, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a pro-government
tribal elder's vehicle, killing at least 8 people in Hangu district
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2013 Jul 10, In Pakistan Bilal
Shaik, the security chief of President Asif Ali Zardari, was killed
along with two others in a suspected suicide bombing in Karachi as
he stopped his armored vehicle to buy some fruit.
2013 Jul 11, In Pakistan a
motorcycle packed with explosives blew up outside a mosque
frequented by both Sunni and Shi'ite worshippers in the northwestern
district of Kohat. Hours later another explosion ripped through a
major border crossing lying on a NATO supply route between Pakistan
and Afghanistan, killing two people.
2013 Jul 12, Malala Yousafzai
celebrated her 16th birthday on the world stage at the United
Nations, defiantly telling Taliban extremists who tried to end her
campaign for girls' education in Pakistan with a bullet that the
attack gave her new courage and demanding that world leaders provide
free education to all children.
2013 Jul 13, In Pakistan 2
suspected Arab nationals were killed in North Waziristan in a late
night US drone strike.
2013 Jul 14, Pakistan Air Force
jets pounded several militant hideouts between Orakzai and Khyber
overnight killing 7 insurgents.
2013 Jul 14, Taliban commanders
in Pakistan said they have decided to join the anti-Assad
rebellion, saying hundreds of fighters had gone to Syria to fight
alongside their "Mujahedeen friends."
2013 Jul 19, In Pakistan
operation "Khyber II" began in Zao Kharmatang area in south of
Peshawar. 15 militants in the new northwest offensive targeting
militants. 4 soldiers were also killed in the action.
2013 Jul 19, Clerics in
northwest Pakistan issued a temporary ban on women shopping in in
the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa unless accompanied by a male
relative, in a step designed to keep men from being distracted
during the holy month of Ramadan.
2013 Jul 22, In Pakistan 3
Spanish climbers went missing while descending Gasherbrum-1 amid
hostile weather. Two members of the team reached base camp with
information of the other three's deaths.
2013 Jul 24, In Pakistan
militants armed with guns and explosives attacked a compound housing
a regional office of Pakistan's top spy agency, killing three people
and wounding more than three dozen others in Sukkur district in
southern Sindh province.
2013 Jul 25, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying Gul Wali Khan, deputy
commander of the Frontier Reserve Police, wounding him and killing
one of his guards and a driver in Peshawar.
2013 Jul 26, In Pakistan a pair
of bombings killed at least 57 people with as many as 167 people
wounded in apparent sectarian attacks in the town of Parachinar, in
the Kurram tribal area. Almost all the dead and wounded were
2013 Jul 28, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed five people in the Shawal area of
2013 Jul 29, In Pakistan some
150 suspected Taliban fighters freed more than 250 prisoners,
including 38 suspected militants, in a late night attack that killed
14 people in Dera Ismail Khan.
2013 Jul 30, Pakistani
lawmakers elected Mamnoon Hussain (b.1940), a textile businessman
who briefly served as the governor of southern Sindh province, as
the country's next president.
(AP, 7/30/13)(SSFC, 8/4/13, p.A4)
2013 Aug 1, The United States
and Pakistan agreed to re-establish a "full partnership", hoping to
end years of acrimony over US drone strikes on Pakistani soil, the
raid that killed Osama bin Laden and other grievances.
2013 Aug 3, In Pakistan
gunmen ambushed and killed 4 police officers overnight in their
patrol vehicle in Karachi.
2013 Aug 5, In Pakistan bomb
exploded on a train travelling between Karachi and Lahore, capital
of Punjab province. No one was killed. In the southwest dozens of
gunmen disguised in police uniforms shot to death 13 people they
pulled off of a convoy of buses and dumped their bodies in a ravine
near the town of Machh. Taliban gunmen killed 3 senior security
officials in a northern area of the country.
(Reuters, 8/5/13)(AP, 8/6/13)
2013 Aug 5, In Pakistan local
media said monsoon rains have claimed more than 80 lives.
2013 Aug 6, Five Indian
soldiers were killed in an ambush by militants and Pakistani
soldiers along the disputed border in Kashmir.
2013 Aug 7, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb planted outside a shopping center killed a
13-year-old girl and wounded over 20 people in Mastung district,
Baluchistan province. A bomb blast that appeared to be targeting a
provincial government minister killed 11 people before dawn at a
soccer field in Karachi.
2013 Aug 8, In southwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a police officer's funeral in
Quetta, killing 21 police officers and 9 civilians gathered to mourn
a police officer shot dead earlier that day in front of his
2013 Aug 9, In southwest
Pakistan gunmen shot to death 6 people and wounded 15 in an attack
on former provincial minister Ali Madad Jatak outside a mosque in
Quetta. Jatak was unharmed. Guards at a Shiite mosque on the
outskirts of Islamabad shot and killed a would-be suicide bomber
before he could set off his explosives.
2013 Aug 11, Pakistani police
said that 14 people from Christian-dominated slums in Karachi were
hospitalized after drinking toxic liquor last night. 8 died and six
others were being treated.
2013 Aug 11, India and Pakistan
exchanged more gunfire across the disputed border in Kashmir.
2013 Aug 13, In Pakistan a pair
of hand grenade attacks on minority Ismaili prayer houses in Karachi
killed two people and wounded 30 others.
2013 Aug 15, Pakistani police
shot and wounded Mohammad Sikandar, an armed motorist in Islamabad,
after an hours-long standoff broadcast live on TV, during which he
demanded the implementation of Islamic law in the country.
2013 Aug 16, In southwestern
Pakistan assailants fired a rocket at a moving train in a
mountainous region, killing 2 passengers and wounding 19 near Dozan,
2013 Aug 19, Pakistani PM Nawaz
Sharif called for better relations with India in a conciliatory
gesture on national television after weeks of increased military
activity along the two nations' disputed border.
2013 Aug 20, A Pakistani court
indicted former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf on murder
charges in connection with the 2007 assassination of iconic
Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto.
2013 Aug 20, The US said it has
placed unprecedented sanctions on Jamia Taleem-Ul-Quran-Wal-Hadith
Madrassa, also known as the Ganj Madrassa, an Islamic school in
Peshawar, Pakistan, for allegedly training and financing fighters
from al-Qaida and other militant groups.
2013 Aug 21, The Pakistani
military accused Indian troops of shelling across the disputed
Kashmir border and killing an army captain, the latest in a series
of alleged attacks over the past two weeks that have sparked tension
between the nuclear-armed rivals.
2013 Aug 21, Pakistanís
government said flooding from monsoon rains has killed 139 people
and affected nearly a million others.
(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 23, Pakistan released
337 Indian prisoners, most of them fishermen, in the latest sign
that Pakistan's new government wants to improve rocky ties between
the nuclear-armed neighbors.
2013 Aug 27, Pakistani Taliban
fighters attacked an army camp overnight near the Afghan border,
killing at least one soldier.
2013 Aug 29, A Pakistani
judicial official overturned the 33-year jail sentence passed on
Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped CIA agents hunting for al Qaeda
leader Osama bin Laden in 2011. A new trial was ordered on the
grounds that another official had exceeded his authority when
handing down last year's sentence. Afridi remained in custody.
2013 Aug 31, In northwest
Pakistan a US drone killed at least 4 militants in a missile strike
targeting a compound in North Waziristan.
2013 Sep 1, At least 9
Pakistani servicemen were killed when a roadside bomb hit an army
convoy passing through North Waziristan.
2013 Sep 4, In Pakistan a
senior navy officer was shot dead and his Swedish wife wounded in
the port city of Karachi.
2013 Sep 4, The IMF approved a
$6.7 billion loan for Pakistan in an effort to help the strategic
country stave off an economic crisis.
2013 Sep 6, In Pakistan Sangeen
Zadran (45), a senior militant commander linked to the kidnap of a
US soldier, was killed along with others in a suspected US drone
strike in North Waziristan. The dead also included Zubir al Muzi
(32), an Egyptian national and al Qaeda commander who was an expert
in explosives. 3 Jordanians and 2 local fighters were also killed.
2013 Sep 6, In Pakistan Hafiz
Saeed, an Islamist with a $10 million US bounty on his head,
appeared openly at a rally in Islamabad, denouncing India as a
terrorist state as thousands of his supporters chanted for "holy
war" against the rival nuclear nation.
2013 Sep 7, Pakistan freed
seven Afghan Taliban in an attempt to improve its troubled relations
with the South Asian neighbor, but risked angering Afghanistan by
not handing them over directly to the Kabul authorities.
(Reuters, 9/7/13)(SSFC, 9/8/13, p.A6)
2013 Sep 8, Pakistani Pres.
Asif Ali Zardari stepped down at the end of his 5-year term becoming
the first democratically elected president in Pakistanís history to
complete his full term in office.
(SFC, 9/9/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 9, In Pakistan Mamnoon
Hussain was sworn in as the new president as political leaders,
gathered at a conference led by PM Nawaz Sharif, agreed to negotiate
with militant groups in the lawless tribal areas.
(SFC, 9/10/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 9, In northwestern
Pakistan militants beheaded 3 members of an anti-Taliban militia and
kidnapped three others.
2013 Sep 11, The Pakistani
Taliban and the army exchanged prisoners as a confidence building
measure ahead of possible peace talks.
2013 Sep 13, In southwestern
Pakistan suspected militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at
trucks carrying NATO oil supplies, killing a driver.
2013 Sep 15, A roadside bomb
killed 3 Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border. Major General
Sanaullah Khan, along with a lieutenant colonel and another soldier,
were killed in the Upper Dir district after visiting an outpost near
2013 Sep 19, In Pakistan
assailants hurled hand grenades into a Sufi mosque in the country's
northwest in a late night attack that left 3 people dead in Achini
Bala village near the Khyber tribal region.
2013 Sep 19, In Pakistan Zafar
Baloch (46), a notorious figure wielding enormous power in Karachi,
was killed by a group of gunmen on motorbikes overnight in an attack
that sent shock waves through the sprawling port city.
2013 Sep 21, Pakistan released
former Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a man
Afghanistan believes could help tempt moderate Taliban leaders to
the negotiating table and bring peace after more than a decade of
2013 Sep 22, In northwestern
Pakistan a pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives
outside a historic church in Peshawar, killing 85 people in the
deadliest-ever attack on the country's Christian minority.
(AP, 9/22/13)(AP, 9/23/13)
2013 Sep 22, US suspected drone
missiles hit a pair of compounds in the North Waziristan tribal
area, killing six suspected militants.
2013 Sep 24, In Pakistan a
magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the southern part of Baluchistan
2013 Sep 24, Afghan security
forces fired a mortar round across the border, killing 2 Pakistanis
and wounding one person. Pakistan summoned a top Afghan official to
lodge a strong protest over the incident.
2013 Sep 25, Pakistani rescuers
struggled to help thousands of people injured and left homeless
after their houses collapsed in a major earthquake in the remote
district of Awaran in Baluchistan province as the death toll from
the massive tremor the day before rose to at least 271.
2013 Sep 26, Pakistan's first
online platform for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender
people, said it has been shut by Pakistan's telecoms authority. It
had opened in July, a move hailed as a step forward for the
2013 Sep 26, In Pakistan the
death toll from the Sep 24 earthquake climbed to 355 as survivors
complained that aid was not reaching far-flung areas.
2013 Sep 26, In India militants
dressed in army uniforms attacked police and soldiers near the
border with Pakistan, killing 9 people, including 3 militants, and
triggering calls for talks at the UN between the prime ministers of
the rival nations to be called off.
2013 Sep 26, The Indian army
said it had killed at least a dozen militants from a group of 30 it
said had crossed over from Pakistan into northern Kashmir.
2013 Sep 27, In Pakistan 19
people were killed when a remote-controlled bomb exploded on a bus
carrying government officials in Peshawar.
(Reuters, 9/27/13)(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 27, Pakistani
officials said the death toll from the Sep 24 earthquake in
Baluchistan province has reached 515.
2013 Sep 28, A 7.2 earthquake
rocked Pakistan's southwest. At least 15 people were killed in the
Mushkay area of Awaran, just days after another quake in the same
region killed hundreds of people.
(AP, 9/28/13)(SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A8)
2013 Sep 29, In Pakistan a car
bomb blast in Peshawar killed 42 people and wounded at least 107.
(Reuters, 9/29/13)(AP, 9/30/13)
2013 Sep 30, In Pakistan a
suspected American drone strike killed four alleged militants in the
country's northwestern tribal areas.
2013 Oct 2, In Pakistan two
soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb near Awaran, a town near the
Sep 24 quake epicenter. The military said they were there to
distribute humanitarian aid. A separatist commander in Baluchistan
threatened o step up attacks on security forces. Rebels have accused
the central government of stealing the province's rich mineral
deposits and the security forces of widespread human rights abuses.
2013 Oct 2, The Indian army
said its troops have been battling dozens of armed rebels who have
crossed over from Pakistanís border of Kashmir. The army said 12
militants have been killed over the last nine days.
(SFC, 10/3/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 3, Pakistan said it
has scrapped plans to reinstate the death penalty, following threats
by Taliban militants to step up attacks in retaliation. At least 15
people were killed in an attack on a pro-government militia
commander in the Orakzai tribal area.
(Reuters, 10/3/13)(SFC, 10/4/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 5, Latif Mehsud, a
senior Pakistani Taliban commander, was arrested by American forces
in eastern Logar province's district of Mohammad Agha. The
Washington Post reported on Oct 11 that he was forcibly snatched
from an Afghan government convoy in Logar province several weeks ago
as Afghan officials were trying to recruit him to launch peace
(AP, 10/11/13)(Reuters, 10/12/13)
2013 Oct 5, In southern
Afghanistan a gunman, possibly a private security guard, shot dead a
member of the US-led international coalition before himself being
2013 Oct 7, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded next to a van carrying security guards tasked with
protecting workers involved in an anti-polio drive in the village of
Malikhel, about 20 km outside Peshawar, killing 2 people.
2013 Oct 10, Pakistani teenager
Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning
for education for girls, won the European Union's annual human
rights award, beating fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward
2013 Oct 10, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb exploded outside a police station in a crowded
market in Quetta, killing at least 6 people.
2013 Oct 16, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber killed 8 people in Dera Ismail Khan,
including a provincial government minister.
2013 Oct 17, Pakistani
officials said a Pakistani Ranger was killed by "unprovoked firing"
by Indian troops along the disputed northwestern India-Pakistan
border. An Indian Border Security Force officer said their forces
retaliated after being fired on by the Pakistani side. Another
Pakistani soldier was killed by militants in South Waziristan.
2013 Oct 19, The Obama
administration announced it was releasing over $1.6 billion in
economic and military assistance to Pakistan.
(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 20, Pakistanís PM
Nawaz Sharif arrived in Washington on a 4-day trip. He was scheduled
to meet with Pres. Obama on Oct 23.
(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 21, In southwest
Pakistan at least 5 passengers were killed and 16 wounded when a
train was bombed and derailed.
2013 Oct 22, Amnesty
International called on the US to investigate reports of civilians
killed and wounded by CIA drone strikes in Pakistan in a report that
provided new details about the alleged victims of the attacks,
including a 68-year-old grandmother hit on Oct 24, 2012, while
farming with her grandchildren.
2013 Oct 23, India accused
Pakistani troops of firing guns and mortars on at least 50 Indian
border posts overnight in disputed Kashmir, calling it the most
serious cease-fire violation between the nuclear-armed neighbors in
2013 Oct 23, In Washington
Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif urged US President Barack Obama to end
drone strikes in Pakistan. Obama and Sharif pledged cooperation on
the security issues that have strained ties between their nations.
(Reuters, 10/23/13)(AP, 10/23/13)
2013 Oct 24, Indian and
Pakistani troops fired machine guns and mortar shells over the
border in Kashmir, wounding at least 12 people ó including children.
2013 Oct 25, A Pakistani court
extended the custody of former dictator Pervez Musharraf, dampening
hopes he would be able to leave the country any time soon following
months under house arrest and legal wrangling over his fate.
2013 Oct 28, Pakistani police
said a young man has stabbed at least 25 women since Oct 6 in the
small town of Chichawatni, Punjab province. Many women and girls
were afraid to leave their homes.
2013 Oct 29, In southwest
Pakistan a gunmen killed a pro-government tribal elder and six
members of his family in Baluchistan province.
2013 Oct 30, The Pakistani
government said that 3% of the people killed in US drone strikes
since 2008 were civilians. A roadside bomb killed two soldiers in
2013 Oct 31, In London
Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif told British Deputy PM Nick Clegg that his
country had started talks with the Pakistani Taliban.
2013 Oct 31, In Pakistan a US
drone strike targeting a militant compound killed 3 insurgents in
2013 Nov 1, In northwest
Pakistan Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a US
drone aircraft in Miranshah. He had a $5 million US bounty on his
head. 3 others were also killed.
2013 Nov 2, The Pakistani
Taliban voted to promote their number two commander, Khan Said, also
known as Sajna, to replace leader Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed
in a strike by a US drone.
2013 Nov 4, A Pakistani court
granted former President Pervez Musharraf bail in a case related to
the death of a radical cleric, paving the way for an end to his more
than six-month house arrest.
2013 Nov 7, The Pakistani
Taliban chose the man who planned the attack on teenage activist
Malala Yousafzai as the group's new leader. The new leader, Maulana
Fazlullah, has served as the Pakistani Taliban's leader in the
northwest Swat Valley but is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan.
2013 Nov 10, Pakistani
education officials said that they have banned teenage activist
Malala Yousafzai's book from private schools across the country,
claiming it doesn't show enough respect for Islam and calling her a
tool of the West.
2013 Nov 10, In Pakistan
Nasiruddin Haqqani (36), the chief fundraiser of the Haqqani
militant network, was shot dead on the edge of Islamabad by
attackers with automatic weapons. The Pakistani Taliban vowed to
take revenge and accused Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence
(ISI) agency of killing him.
(AFP, 11/11/13)(SSFC, 11/17/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 13, The WHO said some
21 nations in the Middle East and nearby regions have jointly made
the eradication of polio an emergency priority and recognized that
Pakistan is a key part of the problem.
2013 Nov 15, In Pakistan
8 people were killed when gunmen opened fire on a Shi'ite Muslim
religious procession in Rawalpindi. In another version Shiite
Muslims staging a procession killed 7 Sunnis from an Islamic
seminary for insulting them as they passed.
(Reuters, 11/15/13)(SFC, 11/16/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 16, Pakistan called in
its army to quell sectarian unrest in three cities, after 9 people
were killed and nearly 90 wounded in violent attacks across the
country. The government imposed a rare curfew in Rawalpindi.
(AFP, 11/16/13)(AP, 11/16/13)
2013 Nov 18, Pakistan moved to
put former military dictator Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason
for suspending the constitution and declaring a state of emergency
while he was in power. Sectarian violence spread after clashes
between minority Shi'ite and majority Sunni Muslims near Islamabad
prompted the government to impose a curfew and block mobile phone
services over the weekend.
2013 Nov 19, In Pakistan a
Shi'ite professor at the University of Gujrat and his driver were
shot dead in the latest incident in a wave of spiraling sectarian
violence in the nuclear-armed country.
2013 Nov 20, Senior Afghan
officials arrived in Pakistan to initiate peace talks with the
Afghan Taliban following a breakthrough in negotiations during last
month's summit in Britain. A powerful explosion killed 3 people at a
restaurant in the southern city of Kandahar. A Taliban ambush took
place in Helmand province killing Marjah police chief, Hajji
Tooryalai Jan. A suicide car bombing has killed two paramilitary
soldiers in near the Afghan border in the Shawa area of North
(Reuters, 11/20/13)(AP, 11/20/13)
2013 Nov 20, In France
Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai was handed the EU's prestigious
Sakharov human rights prize in recognition of her crusade for the
right of all children, girls and boys, to an education.
2013 Nov 21, In northwest
Pakistan a drone strike killed 9 people, including Ahmad Jan, a
deputy of Sirajuddin Haqqani, a leader of the militant Haqqani
network; Gul Sher, leader of the Afghan Taliban in Paktia Province;
and Maulvi Hamidullah, leader of the Afghan Taliban in Khost
Province. The strike targeted a madrassa, or Islamic seminary,
outside the tribal areas that borders Afghanistan. This was only the
second such strike outside the country's lawless tribal districts.
(AFP, 11/21/13)(SSFC, 11/24/13, p.A8)
2013 Nov 22, In Pakistan a
lawyer said Dr. Shakil Afridi, who helped the CIA find Osama bin
Laden, has been charged with murder over a 2006 surgery he
performed, raising new doubts whether the physician will regain his
2013 Nov 23, In Pakistan
thousands of right-wing activists led by cricketer-turned-politician
Imran Khan staged a protest against US drone strikes, threatening to
block NATO supply routes if strikes continue.
2013 Nov 24, Pakistani
demonstrators protesting US drone strikes roughed up drivers as they
sought to stop trucks carrying NATO troop supplies and equipment
from passing through northwest Pakistan.
2013 Nov 25, The Pakistani
military deployed its first fleet of domestically developed drones,
as police cracked down on a protest by demonstrators angry at the US
for using similar aircraft to attack Islamic militants in the
2013 Nov 26, Pakistanís PM
Nawaz Sharif ceremonially broke ground on a $9.59 billion nuclear
power complex to be built in Karachi with Chinaís help. China
National Nuclear Cooperation (CNNC) promised to grant a loan of at
least $6.5 billion to finance the project which will have two
reactors with a capacity of 1,100 megawatts each.
(SFC, 11/27/13, p.A2)(Reuters, 12/24/13)
2013 Nov 26, In Pakistan
militants released 11 teachers who had been kidnapped in the lawless
northwest during a polio vaccination campaign last week.
2013 Nov 29, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed an alleged militant in North
Waziristan overnight, the latest indication Washington has no
intention of throttling back its unmanned aircraft attacks despite
increasing tension with Pakistan over the attacks.
2013 Nov 30, Pakistani PM Nawaz
Sharif promised Afghanistan that he would help arrange further
meetings between Afghan officials and a former Taliban commander as
part of renewed efforts to revive a defunct peace process.
2013 Nov 30, In Pakistan gunmen
fired on police officers protecting a team of polio workers on the
outskirts of Peshawar, killing one and wounding another.
2013 Dec 3, The US military
suspended shipments of equipment out of Afghanistan through
Pakistan, citing protests that posed a risk to truck drivers.
2013 Dec 5, In southwest
Pakistan a bomb exploded outside a mosque in Chaman, the main border
town in southwestern Baluchistan, killing at least one person.
2013 Dec 6, In eastern Pakistan
gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire on a vehicle carrying
Shamsur Rehman, a leader of a hard-line Sunni group, killing him and
wounding a passer-by before fleeing in Lahore.
2013 Dec 7, Pakistan's Supreme
Court identified six 'missing persons' who relatives say were
disappeared by the country's army from a detention center and
ordered the defence ministry to produce them.
2013 Dec 13, In northwest
Pakistan attacks on polio teams killed a polio worker and two
policemen assigned to protect one of the teams.
2013 Dec 14, Iran said it has
canceled a planned $500 million loan to Pakistan to build part of a
pipeline to bring natural gas from the Islamic Republic.
2013 Dec 15, Prominent
Pakistani Shi'ite Muslim cleric Allama Nasir Abbas was shot dead in
Lahore in what Taliban militants said was a reprisal attack for the
killing of Sunni Muslims a month ago. He was the leader of
Tehreek Nifaz Fiqah-e-Jafaria, a banned Shi'ite organization.
2013 Dec 16, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed three members of a bomb disposal team who were
on their way to defuse another bomb elsewhere in the city of
2013 Dec 18, In Pakistan a
suicide bomb attack on a checkpoint in North Waziristan killed at
least 3 soldiers and wounded 32 people.
2013 Dec 21, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen attacked an anti-polio vaccination center in the
Khyber tribal region, killing a medic on duty.
2013 Dec 23, Nearly half
Pakistan's lawmakers reported they paid no taxes, according to a
study released today, findings that may endanger billions of dollars
in IMF and other loans and aid that shore up a faltering economy.
2013 Dec 23, Residents of
Pakistan's ethnic Pashtun region of North Waziristan accused
government troops of killing dozens of civilians during a military
operation against Taliban insurgents. Military officials said more
than 30 militants, most of them ethnic Uzbeks, had been killed in a
military operation that began after a December 18 suicide bomb
2013 Dec 25, In Pakistan a
suspected American drone fired two missiles just before midnight at
a home in North Waziristan, killing at least three foreign
2013 Dec 28, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen attacked an anti-polio vaccination center on the
outskirts of Peshawar and killed a medic on duty, then fled the
2013 Dec 30, Pakistan's
national sharia court, which hears cases under the country's Islamic
legislation, appointed a female judge for the first time in its
33-year history. Ashraf Jehan (56) made history as she took the oath
2013 Bruce Riedel authored
ďAvoiding Armageddon: America, India and Pakistan to the Brink and
(Econ, 5/25/13, p.85)
2013 Malala Yousafzai (16), the
Pakistani girl shot in the head in 2012 by the Taliban, authored ďI
(SSFC, 10/13/13, p.A4)
2014 Jan 1, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed two Shia pilgrims on their way home from Iran.
2014 Jan 3, In Pakistan Iram
Ramazan, a 10-year-old maid, died in Lahore after being beaten by
the wife of the household for stealing a few rupees.
(SSFC, 1/5/14, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/mhrtzx3)
2014 Jan 3, In Pakistan two
senior Sunni leaders were killed in Islamabad.
2014 Jan 6, In Pakistan an
explosion from a suspected artillery shell stored in a house killed
10 members of a family in the Tirah Valley village of Dars in
the Khyber tribal region.
2014 Jan 6, In Pakistan Aitzaz
Hasan (17) was running late for school when he and friends were
interrupted by a stranger in school uniform who was asking for
directions. Suspicious of the query, Aitzaz tackled the man as he
walked away in Hangu, a district in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province. The man then blew himself up, taking both lives. On Jan 10
PM Nawaz Sharif said Hasan should be honored with the nation's
highest civil award of bravery.
2014 Jan 9, In Pakistan
Chaudhry Aslam, a senior police investigator known for arresting
dozens of Pakistani Taliban, was killed along with two other
officers in a car bombing in Karachi.
2014 Jan 10, Pakistani police
found two workers shot to death at a small Sufi Muslim shrine
in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2014 Jan 12, In Pakistan a bomb
attack targeting an aide of the prime minister killed 5 people in
the Swat Valley. The official escaped unharmed. Hours later
gunmen fatally shot Mian Mohammad Mushtaq, an anti-Taliban
politician, along with two aides on the outskirts of Peshawar.
Private guards working for the lawmaker, Abdul Rehman Khetran,
attacked police at a checkpoint, beat them up and stole their
weapons. Police then raided the lawmaker's fortified home in
Baluchistan province and found a private dungeon at his home in
which five people were found chained up. Khetran is a legislator for
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, a conservative, religious party.
(AP, 1/12/14)(Reuters, 1/13/14)(SFC, 1/13/14,
2014 Jan 15, In southern
Pakistan a truck slammed into a bus bringing schoolchildren home
from an outing, killing at least 17 pupils and three adults in Sindh
2014 Jan 16, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb ripped through a crowded Sunni Islamic seminary,
killing seven people and wounding 55 at the Tableeghi Jamaat
religious school on the outskirts of Peshawar.
2014 Jan 17, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded on a train as it was en route from Peshawar to Karachi. 3
passengers were killed and 15 wounded. Taliban gunmen killed 3 men
working for a private TV station in Karachi.
(AP, 1/17/14)(Reuters, 1/17/14)
2014 Jan 18, India and Pakistan
agreed to allow round-the-clock movement of trucks and containers
through their main Wagah-Attari border border crossing in Punjab.
2014 Jan 19, In Pakistan a
bombing claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, killed 26 soldiers and
wounded 30 when it ripped through a military convoy in Bannu, North
Waziristan. Army helicopters fired missiles killing 3 militants, in
apparent retaliation for the Taliban bomb attack.
(AFP, 1/19/14)(SFC, 1/22/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 20, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near the country's main
military headquarters in Rawalpindi, killing 13 people.
2014 Jan 21, Pakistani fighter
jets and helicopters attacked suspected Taliban hideouts in a tribal
area in North Waziristan killing up to 40 people. At least 28 people
were killed when a bomb exploded near a bus carrying Shi'ite Muslim
pilgrims to the city of Quetta.
(Reuters, 1/21/14)(AP, 1/22/14)
2014 Jan 21, Gunmen in Karachi,
Pakistan, attacked two teams of polio workers, killing 3 members of
the teams and wounding a 4th before fleeing.
2014 Jan 22, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on police escorting a Spanish cyclist through
Baluchistan province bordering Iran, killing six officers and
wounding the Spaniard.
2014 Jan 22, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb rigged to a bicycle exploded next to a police patrol
on its way to guard a polio vaccination team outside Peshawar. 6
officers were killed as well as a boy who was nearby.
2014 Jan 23, In northwest
Pakistan a car bomb hauled into a car repair shop in Peshawar
killing 6 people.
2014 Jan 23, In Pakistan
Muhammad Asghar (69), a Briton with a history of mental illness from
Edinburgh, was sentenced to death for blasphemy. His lawyers were
barred from the courtroom partway through the trial. Asghar was
arrested in 2010 after writing letters to a lawyer and politician
claiming to be a prophet.
2014 Jan 26, In northwest
Pakistan a hand grenade killed six children who found it while
playing in a field in Hangu.
2014 Jan 28, In Pakistan a
senior official in Bannu said 23,000 refugees in North Waziristan
had fled to the town fearing a major military operation by armed
2014 Jan 29, In Pakistan three
bomb blasts including a suicide attack targeting security forces
killed at least 4 people in Karachi. PM Nawaz Sharif dismissed
speculation he would launch an offensive against the Taliban and
called on militants to observe a ceasefire.
2014 Feb 2, The Pakistani
Taliban said in a statement that it wants five well-known political
and religious figures including ex-cricketer Imran Khan to represent
them in peace talks with the government.
2014 Feb 5, Pakistani
anti-drone activist Kareem Khan was taken from his home by around a
dozen men in police uniforms who bundled him into a police vehicle
in front of his wife, children and neighbors. He was tortured and
interrogated before being dumped blindfolded on the outskirts of the
capital early on Feb 14.
2014 Feb 6, Peace talks between
the Pakistani government and representatives of the Taliban began in
Islamabad after a short delay.
2014 Feb 6, Five Iranian border
guards were kidnapped by militants in the Iranian province of
Sistan-Baluchistan by militants who allegedly took them across the
border to Pakistan. On Feb 17 Iran said it would send forces into
Pakistan to free them if Islamabad did not take measures to secure
their release. The kidnapping was later claimed by Jaish al-Adl
(Army of Justice), a Sunni Muslim rebel group. One of the guards was
killed in March. On April 4 Iranís Fars News reported that the other
four have been released.
(Reuters, 2/17/14)(Reuters, 4/4/14)
2014 Feb 7, Pakistan's
fledgling peace talks with the Taliban suffered a fresh blow as a
negotiator for the militants said he would take no further part
until the agenda included the imposition of Islamic sharia law.
2014 Feb 11, In Pakistan
unknown assailants lobbed grenades into a cinema in Peshawar,
killing 10 people and wounding 16.
2014 Feb 13, In Pakistan an
explosion targeting a bus of policemen killed 12 of them and wounded
58 near Karachi.
2014 Feb 15, In Pakistan a
cleric ordered that a woman be stoned to death after her husband
found her with another man. She was stoned to death and an autopsy
revealed that her skull had been shattered with a brick, and that
she had multiple ax wounds. Six people were arrested on Feb 17 in
connection with the stoning.
2014 Feb 16, In southwest
Pakistan a bomb placed by an ethnic separatist group derailed a
train, killing 8 people in Kashmor district, Sindh province. A
roadside bomb killed a police officer guarding a polio vaccination
drive in the outskirts of Peshawar.
2014 Feb 16, A faction of the
Pakistani Taliban announced that they had killed 23 soldiers, who
they said had been kidnapped in 2010.
2014 Feb 18, Pakistani Taliban
fighters opened fire at an army car and killed a senior officer.
2014 Feb 18, Saudi crown prince
Alwaleed bin Talal and deputy prime minister Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al
Saud concluded a three-day-visit to Pakistan. Pakistani Finance
Minister Ishaq Dar announced the creation of the new fund, the
Pakistan Development Fund, to channel money from "friendly
countries" like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
2014 Feb 20, Pakistani air
force jets bombed militant hideouts in the country's volatile
northwest after government efforts to negotiate a peace deal with
the Pakistani Taliban broke down earlier this week. 15 people were
(AP, 2/20/14)(AFP, 2/20/14)
2014 Feb 21, In Pakistan
Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said there was still hope peace
negotiations might resume.
2014 Feb 22, In Pakistan 9
militants were killed in helicopter gunship attacks targeting
insurgent hideouts in the Hangu region.
2014 Feb 23, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb planted at a busy bus terminal near a police station
exploded, killing 14 people and wounding 15 in Kohat near the
country's lawless tribal region. Pakistani fighter jets attacked
suspected militant hideouts in Tirah valley, killing at least 18
(AP, 2/23/14)(Reuters, 2/23/14)(SFC, 2/24/14,
2014 Feb 24, In northwest
Pakistan unknown gunmen near Miranshah killed Asmatullah Shaheen
Bitani, a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban, along with 3 of
his aides. 2 security guards were killed and more than a dozen
people wounded in a suicide bombing outside the Iranian consulate in
(AFP, 2/24/14)(Reuters, 2/24/14)(SFC, 2/25/14,
2014 Feb 25, Pakistan said that
work on a pipeline to import gas from Iran cannot proceed because of
sanctions imposed by the United Sates and the European Union on
2014 Feb 25, Pakistani military
jets and helicopter gunships killed nearly 25 insurgents in the
latest tribal area strikes.
2014 Feb 26, Pakistan vowed to
press on with deadly air attacks on Taliban militants as it unveiled
its first ever counter-terrorism policy after battling a homegrown
Islamist insurgency for a decade.
2014 Feb 28, In Pakistan a band
of families, led by a 72-year-old marching in protest over missing
relatives, reached the edge of Islamabad. They began Oct. 27 in
Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.
(AFP, 2/28/14)(AP, 2/28/14)
2014 Mar 1, In northwest
Pakistan militants killed 12 members of the security escort for a
polio vaccination team, detonating a roadside bomb before opening
fire on their convoy. In western Baluchistan province a roadside
bomb killed 3 members of a government paramilitary force in Sorab.
Shortly afterwards, the paramilitary Frontier Corps announced it had
killed 10 men in Sui, 300 km southeast of Quetta.
2014 Mar 1, The Pakistani
Taliban announced that the group will observe a one-month cease-fire
as part of efforts to negotiate a peace deal with the government,
throwing new life into a foundering peace process.
2014 Mar 2, Pakistani warplanes
bombed the hideout of militant leader Mullah Tamanchey, killing 5
insurgents, only a day after the Pakistani Taliban declared a
one-month ceasefire to pursue stalled peace talks with the
government. Tamanchey had directed the deadly assault a day earlier
against a convoy carrying a polio vaccination team.
2014 Mar 3, In Pakistan gunmen
burst into a court in a busy shopping area in the heart of
Islamabad, killing at least 11 people in a suicide-bomb and gun
attack likely to shatter any prospect of meaningful peace talks with
2014 Mar 5, The Pakistani
government pushed forward with Taliban peace negotiations, despite
recent militant attacks that include a roadside bomb in the
country's northwest that killed six soldiers.
2014 Mar 12, In Pakistan rival
gangs opened fire and lobbed grenades in a notoriously violent
district of Karachi, killing 14 people including 8 women and 3
2014 Mar 14, In Pakistan at
least 10 people were killed when a motorcycle laden with explosives
exploded near a college in the center of Quetta. In Peshawar a
suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a police vehicle, killing
at least 7 bystanders including a woman and a child.
(Reuters, 3/14/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A5)
2014 Mar 14, In Pakistan a
woman died after setting herself on fire a day earlier outside a
police station after reporting men tried to rape her died. The
woman's brother had filed a complaint with police in January, saying
his sister had been abducted and the assailants tried to rape her.
2014 Mar 15, A Pakistani
judicial official reduced the 33-year jail sentence of Dr. Shakil
Afridi, alleged to have helped the US track down Osama bin Laden, to
2014 Mar 22, In Pakistan a
multi-vehicle collision involving two trucks and two passenger buses
on a coastal highway in the southwest killed 35 people and injured
2014 Mar 22, Indian police
arrested Zia Ur Rahman, a Pakistani bomb maker, along with three
associates in Rajasthan. Police said Rehman helped the Indian
Mujahideen, an Indian terror group blamed for a series of bombings
in the nation's cities.
(AP, 3/23/14)(Reuters, 3/23/14)
2014 Mar 23, In northern
Pakistan a tourist van plunged off the road in rugged terrain near a
hill resort, killing 10 people near Salgaran village.
2014 Mar 26, A Pakistani
government team traveled to a secret location in the northwest where
it held the first-ever direct talks with the Taliban.
2014 Mar 28, In eastern
Pakistan gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire late today on a car
carrying senior journalist Raza Rumi, killing his driver before
escaping in Lahore.
2014 Mar 29, In southwest
Pakistan a roadside bomb targeting a security force vehicle in
Quetta killed a teenage girl and wounded 18 people.
2014 Mar 31, A special
Pakistani court indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on
five counts of high treason, a charge that potentially carries the
death penalty. The development is the first time that an acting or
former army chief has been indicted for treason in Pakistan.
2014 Apr 3, Pakistan freed at
least 16 Taliban prisoners with the approval of PM Nawaz Sharif, in
a move designed to invigorate a shaky peace process with the
2014 Apr 7, Pakistani security
forces killed 30 separatist militants in an offensive in
Baluchistan, in one of the biggest clashes in months in the gas-rich
2014 Apr 8, In southwestern
Pakistan bomb ripped through a railway car parked at a station in
Sibi, Baluchistan province, killing at least 16 people and sending
flames and smoke billowing into the air. The separatist United
Baluch Liberation Army said the attack was in retaliation for a
military operation a day earlier against the group's activists in
(AP, 4/8/14)(SFC, 4/9/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 9, In Pakistan a bomb
tore through a bustling fruit and vegetable market in Islamabad,
killing at least 22 people. The attack came as the government tried
to negotiate an end to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP)
seven-year campaign of violence.
2014 Apr 9, Pakistan's Election
Commission awarded a parliamentary seat to the leader of a banned
sectarian group that activists blame for the deaths of hundreds of
people. Ahmed Ludhianvi will represent the city of Jhang, in Punjab
2014 Apr 10, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen opened fire on a truck carrying gasoline for NATO
forces based in Afghanistan, killing a driver and wounding another.
2014 Apr 11, Pakistani
officials said clashes this week between competing Taliban factions
killed as many as 43 fighters. Both Shehryar Mehsud and Khan Sayed
Sajna sought to gain control of the Mehsud faction of
(SFC, 4/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 12, In Pakistan gunmen
seized some 100 tribesmen on the border of Orakzai and Khyber tribal
regions. The militants, following negotiations with tribal elders,
soon released over 90 tribesmen but still held seven influential
2014 Apr 14, Pakistani police
re-arrested a convicted cannibal after finding a young boy's head in
his home. Mohammad Arif (35) and his brother Mohammad Farman (30)
from the small town of Darya Khan, served two years in jail for
cannibalism and were released last year.
2014 Apr 17, In Pakistan two
local employees working for the UN Children's Fund UNICEF went
missing in Karachi.
2014 Apr 19, In Pakistan Hamid
Mir, a famous host on the private TV broadcaster Geo, suffered three
gunshot wounds to the stomach and the upper legs in an attack near
Karachi's airport. His brother alleged the attack was planned by the
Inter-services Intelligence directorate (ISI). Mir survived the
(AP, 4/19/14)(Econ, 4/26/14, p.40)
2014 Apr 20, In southern
Pakistan a passenger bus rammed into a disabled flatbed trailer
parked on the side of a highway near Pannu Aqil, killing at least 42
people, including 17 women and children.
(AP, 4/20/14)(SFC, 4/21/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 24, In southern
Pakistan a bombing killed Shafiq Tanoli, a police officer known for
his anti-militant campaigns, and 3 other people in Karachi.
Pakistani warplanes carried out airstrikes against insurgents in the
Khyber tribal region, killing 37 suspected militants.
(AP, 4/24/14)(SFC, 4/25/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 25, In Pakistan a
powerful bomb exploded in an upscale residential area of Karachi,
killing at least 4 people and wounding 25.
2014 Apr 27, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed three soldiers in an area bordering South and
North Waziristan near the Afghan border.
2014 Apr 28, In Pakistan a
bombing killed 3 seminary students in the southern commercial hub of
2014 Apr, Pakistan held an
auction of telecom spectrum required to roll out 3G and 4G services.
This followed eight years of delays and regulatory snarl-ups.
(Econ, 4/26/14, p.64)
2014 May 2, The World Bank said
it has approved a $12 billion loan for cash-strapped Pakistan that
will be disbursed over five years.
2014 May 5, Pakistani forces
killed at least 10 separatist militants in the volatile province of
Baluchistan. Militants attacked a NATO supply convoy en route to
Afghanistan, killing two drivers.
(Reuters, 5/514)(AP, 5/514)
2014 May 5, Pakistan detained
an American as he was about to board a flight for Islamabad. The man
had arrived in Karachi on May 1 and was detained when officials
found him carrying ammunition and three knives, as well as
electronic devices that were being examined. US authorities
identified the man as an FBI agent on an anti-corruption taskforce.
Agent Joel Cox was released on May 8. The case was dismissed on May
(AP, 5/7/14)(AP, 5/8/14)(SFC, 5/9/14, p.A2)(AP,
2014 May 7, In southern
Pakistan, gunmen in Multan posing as clients shot dead Rashid
Rehman, a prominent human rights lawyer defending a professor
accused of blasphemy.
2014 May 8, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed 9 paramilitary soldiers near Miran Shah in
2014 May 9, Taliban head
Maulana Fazlullah moved against Khan "Sajna" Said after weeks of
bloody infighting in the powerful Mehsud tribe that supplies the
bulk of the Pakistani Taliban fighters.
2014 May 9, In southern
Pakistan a magnitude 5 earthquake rattled several towns in before
dawn, killing one person and injuring 70.
2014 May 9, Dominican Republic
authorities said that they have arrested a citizen of Pakistan and
six others accused of running a sophisticated migrant smuggling
2014 May 11, In Pakistan
Samiullah Khan Afrid, the lawyer for Dr. Shakil Afridi who helped
the US find Osama bin Laden, said he wouldn't represent him any
longer after facing threats from militants.
2014 May 11, In Pakistan a bomb
blast targeting refugees registering with the government killed 4
people in northwestern city of Peshawar.
2014 May 12, In Pakistan Qari
Naseer (27) and two friends raped a college girl (20) in a moving
car. Naseer, a teacher at a Quranic school in Mansehra, and the two
friends were soon arrested. He was suspected of having filmed and
blackmailed other victims.
2014 May 15, In Afghanistan a
shootout between Afghan and Pakistani border guards killed one
Afghan policeman in a remote southern region where the border
between the two countries is poorly marked.
2014 May 20, The Pakistani army
effectively declared it would override a crucial plank of the
government's strategy and take matters into its own hands. The army
said the time for talks with the troublesome Pakistani Taliban was
2014 May 21, Pakistani
warplanes and helicopters pounded militant hideouts in Mir Ali,
North Waziristan, killing 60 fighters.
2014 May 21, In Pakistan
thousands of women, children and activists marched in Baluchistan in
a protest against a campaign by Tanzeemul Islam-ul-Furqan
(Organization of Islam for the Koran) to force schools to shut down
across the region.
2014 May 21, Transparency
International said South Asia is the most corrupt region of the
world and governments must strengthen their anti-graft agencies to
prevent political interference and protect whistleblowers. The
watchdog group found serious problems with anti-corruption efforts
in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
2014 May 23, In Pakistan dozens
of baton-wielding Sikhs pushed past the front gate and entered the
grounds of the parliament in Islamabad as they protested against
recent attacks on their houses of worship.
2014 May 25, Pakistan said it
was releasing 151 Indian fishermen who were detained on charges of
crossing illegally into its territorial waters.
2014 May 25, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen stormed a tribal police post, killing six police
officers and wounding three in the Wadh area of Baluchistan
province's Khuzdar district.
2014 May 27, In Pakistan
Farzana Parveen (25), a three-months pregnant woman, was reportedly
beaten to death outside the Lahore High Court with bricks by members
of her own family for marrying the man of her choice. She had gone
to testify in defense of her husband Muhammad Iqbal (45), who was
accused by her relatives of kidnapping her and forcing her into the
marriage. Parveen's father Muhammad Azeem was detained while five
others, two brothers and three cousins, remained at large. Four more
suspects were arrested on May 29. On May 31 Farzana's elder sister
said it was Iqbal who had killed her. Iqbal has admitted that he had
killed his first wife in a dispute over Farzana in 2009. The two
brothers were arrested on June 4. Authorities also arrested a third
man for taking part in the assault who has claimed the woman Parveen
was married to him at the time she married against her family's
(AFP, 5/27/14)(AP, 5/28/14)(AP, 5/30/14)(AP,
2014 May 27, In northwestern
Pakistan a truck veered off a narrow road and fell into the Swat
River, killing 16 members of an extended family.
2014 May 27, New Indian PM
Narendra Modi met with Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif and asked that his
country "abide by its commitment" to prevent its territory from
being used in terrorism against India and speed up investigations
into the 2008 attack in Mumbai. Modi also met with the leaders of
Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Mauritius, Bangladesh
and Maldives, a day after they attended his inauguration.
2014 May 28, A major faction of
the Pakistani Taliban announced it was splitting from the militant
outfit following bloody clashes with a rival group since March.
2014 May 30, Pakistani police
chopped off the left hands of two men accused of theft after they
refused to confess to stealing electrical wire and mobile phones.
Ghulam Mustafa (38) and Liaquat Ali (42) later said they were
arrested eight days earlier after local people falsely accused them
of stealing and handed them over to the police who beat and tortured
2014 May 31, Pakistani troops
killed 16 militants following a Taliban attack on army posts in the
Bajur tribal region. Afghan officials said the airstrike along the
border reportedly killed 5 civilians. The Taliban attacked several
military posts in northwestern Pakistan after crossing over from
(Reuters, 5/31/14)(AP, 5/31/14)(SSFC, 6/1/14,
2014 Jun 3, A Pakistani air
force fighter jet crashed in Karachi after a technical fault,
killing 2 pilots and a civilian on the ground.
2014 Jun 3, British police
arrested Altaf Hussain (60), one of Pakistan's most well-known and
divisive politicians, on suspicion of money-laundering, sparking
fears of violence in his power base of Karachi where businesses
closed early and residents rushed home. Hussain, the leader of the
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), has lived in self-imposed exile in
Britain since 1992. Hussain was released on bail on June 7.
(AP, 6/3/14)(AP, 6/7/14)
2014 Jun 4, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up near a vehicle carrying military
personnel, killing 2 officers, both lieutenant colonels, and 3
civilians near Islamabad.
2014 Jun 4, In Pakistan an
18-year-old woman "miraculously survived" after being shot and
thrown into a canal by her father for marrying against the family's
wishes in Hafizabad. The woman told police her two uncles looked on
as her father shot her in the face, put her in a burlap sack and
threw her into a canal.
2014 Jun 6, Pakistan's media
regulatory agency suspended the operating license of Geo News, the
country's leading news channel, for 15 days after a spat between the
broadcaster and the country's powerful military. It also imposed a
10 million rupee fine ó roughly $100,000. TV channel Geo News said
it is suing the powerful ISI spy agency for defamation over
accusations of being anti-state.
2014 Jun 8, The Pakistani
Taliban made a brazen five-hour assault on Jinna Intíl. Airport.
Gunmen disguised as police guards stormed the international terminal
in Karachi, set off explosions. 26 people were killed 18 people as
well as all of the 10 attackers.
(AP, 6/9/14)(AP, 6/10/14)
2014 Jun 9, In Pakistan a
suspected Taliban suicide bomber rammed a truck into a military
checkpoint on the border with Afghanistan, killing 4 soldiers in
2014 Jun 10, In Pakistan at
least three gunmen attacked a training facility for airport police
near the Karachi airport, forcing a temporary suspension of flights
and triggering a brief shootout with security forces. Pakistani
military airstrikes targeted the Tirah Valley in the country's
northwest. The military said it killed 25 suspected militants in
strikes on nine hideouts.
2014 Jun 11, In Pakistan a
suspected American drone fired two missiles at a militant hideout in
North Waziristan, killing 3 militants.
2014 Jun 12, A court in
Karachi, Pakistan, ordered the government to remove former military
ruler Pervez Musharraf's name from a no-fly list in 15 days' time.
2014 Jun 12, In Pakistan a
suspected US missile strike killed at least 10 people in Ghulam Khan
town of North Waziristan.
2014 Jun 14, In southwest
Pakistan a guard for Handery Masieh, a provincial Christian
lawmaker, shot and killed the legislator during a meeting in Quetta.
2014 Jun 15, Pakistan's army
launched Operation Zarb e-Azb (strike of the Prophetís sword), a
"comprehensive operation" against militants holed up in the tribal
North Waziristan region. As many as 100 militants were reported
(Reuters, 6/15/14)(AP, 6/15/14)(Econ, 7/12/14,
2014 Jun 16, Pakistani fighter
jets pounded North Waziristan and said 37 terrorists were killed. At
least six Pakistani soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb hit an
army convoy just north of Miranshah. Police said Omar Jillani, an
intelligence official and nephew of Pakistan's powerful chief
justice, was kidnapped in the eastern city of Multan by suspected
(Reuters, 6/16/14)(AP, 6/16/14)
2014 Jun 17, Pakistani police
clashed with followers of an anti-Taliban cleric critical of
Pakistan's government in the eastern city of Lahore. The violence
killed at least 7 people. Cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri is based in Canada
but has a network of mosques and religious centers across Pakistan.
(AP, 6/17/14)(SFC, 6/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 17, The Pakistani
military said combat aircraft destroyed a bomb making factory in the
tribal region of North Waziristan and at least 25 militants were
killed in a wave of air strikes.
2014 Jun 18, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike targeting a militant hideout near the
Afghan border killed four men. Residents of a Taliban-infested
region in the northwest, where the military launched a major
offensive, began to flee after authorities lifted a curfew there.
2014 Jun 19, In Pakistan
thousands of refugees poured out of North Waziristan, terrified by
both state troops and Taliban insurgents fighting for control of the
2014 Jun 23, Tahir-ul-Qadri
(63), a populist Canada-based cleric, returned to Pakistan to try to
start what he has called a "peaceful revolution" against the
government, as his supporters engaged in violent clashes with
2014 Jun 24, In Pakistan one
woman was killed and three crew members were wounded by gunmen
shooting at an Airbus 310 plane carrying 178 passengers from Saudi
Arabia as it landed in Peshawar.
2014 Jun 27, In Pakistan a
young couple were tied up and had their throats slit with scythes
after they married for love. Muafia Bibi (17) and Sajjad Ahmed (30)
had married on June 18 without the consent of their families in the
eastern Punjabi village of Satrah. 869 so-called "honor killings"
were reported in the media last year - several a day. But the true
figure is probably much higher since many cases are never reported.
(Reuters, 6/28/14)(AP, 6/29/14)
2014 Jun 28, In Pakistan Fayaz
Aslam (26) burned alive a young girl he wanted to marry after her
family refused his proposal. Aslam doused Sidra Shaukat (20) in
gasoline before setting her alight in a field in Punjab province.
The girl was taken to hospital where she died overnight. Aslam was
arrested for murder.
2014 Jun 30, Pakistan launched
a ground offensive against militant strongholds near the Afghan
border after evacuating nearly half a million people from the
2014 Jul 2, Pakistan's
parliament passed a law giving security forces sweeping powers to
clamp down on militancy, but some activists and legislators
criticized the provisions as too harsh.
2014 Jul 8, Pakistani jets
bombed insurgent hideouts in a restive tribal area bordering
Afghanistan and killed at least 13 militants in Degan village, North
2014 Jul 10, In Pakistan a
suspected American drone fired two missiles at a compound, killing
six militants in Datta Khel, North Waziristan.
2014 Jul 11, Pakistani security
forces captured Adnan Rashid, a key Taliban commander linked to a
2003 assassination attempt on former President Pervez Musharraf.
2014 Jul 12, In Pakistan some
60 militants crossed over from Afghanistan and attacked an army post
in the Ghakhi area of the Bajur tribal region, killing an army
captain and two soldiers. Airstrikes targeting Mir Ali, North
Waziristan, killed 13 suspected extremist fighters.
2014 Jul 14, Pakistani
government forces moved in the town of Mir Ali, North Waziristan,
triggering a gunbattle in which 3 soldiers and 7 militants were
2014 Jul 15, Pakistani as
authorities rushed aid to over 800,000 people who have fled the
northwestern tribal region for safety. The military said it has
cleared Miran Shah of militants, killing 447 of them while losing 26
soldiers there since the start of the June 15 operation.
2014 Jul 15, A Pakistani court
sentenced a man to death on blasphemy charges. Mohammad Zulfiqar
(50), alleged to be mentally ill, was charged with blasphemy after
writing what were considered to be blasphemous comments on the walls
of a Lahore neighborhood in 2008.
2014 Jul 16, Pakistani military
jets killed 35 suspected militants as part of an anti-Taliban
offensive. A US drone strike killed 15-20 people in Datta Khel,
(Reuters, 7/16/14)(AP, 7/16/14)
2014 Jul 17, Pakistani police
fought for more than 10 hours with militants they said were planning
to attack the home of PM Nawaz Sharif. An intelligence officer and
two militants were killed when the shootout erupted during an
overnight operation in the eastern city of Lahore.
2014 Jul 18, In Pakistan a
group of militants attacked a security checkpoint in Jamrud, a
main town in the Khyber tribal region before dawn. 8 security forces
and 4 militants were killed. A roadside bomb struck a vehicle
carrying police in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing an
officer and wounding two others.
2014 Jul 19, In Pakistan a US
drone fired several missiles at a sprawling compound in in Datta
Khel, North Waziristan, killing 11 militants.
2014 Jul 20, Pakistan's
military bombed six militant hideouts in Shawal village, North
Waziristan, killing at least 28 insurgents.
2014 Jul 24, In Pakistan a bomb
killed at least 2 soldiers northwest of Miranshah, North Waziristan,
where the army is carrying out a major offensive against Taliban
2014 Jul 25, In Pakistan two
gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on two police men, killing
one, as they were on security duty on the outskirts of Quetta,
2014 Jul 27, In Pakistan a mob
attacked homes of Ahmadis after a sect member was accused of posting
blasphemous material on Facebook. A woman member of the religious
sect and two of her granddaughters were killed in the town of
2014 Jul 30, Pakistani security
forces in the northwestern Dir tribal region foiled an overnight
cross-border attack from Afghanistan, killing 6 militants.
2014 Jul 30, In Pakistan at
least 35 people drowned near Karachi due to heavy waves and strong
currents as they gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end
2014 Aug 2, The UN refugee
agency UNHCR said Sri Lanka must stop deporting Pakistani asylum
seekers, a practice banned under international law. Sri Lanka began
arresting asylum seekers and refugees on June 9 and has since
detained 214 Pakistanis and Afghans in two asylum centers.
2014 Aug 4, In Pakistan a bomb
killed religious leader Faqir Jamshed and two of his guards as they
traveled to a celebration at a Sufi shrine near the city of Dera
2014 Aug 5, Pakistan's military
said it had bombed six rebel hideouts in North Waziristan where it
has been carrying out an offensive since June, killing 30 suspected
2014 Aug 6, In Pakistan a US
drone fired two missiles at a sprawling compound in North Waziristan
killing at least 6 people.
(AP, 8/6/14)(SFC, 8/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 6, Pakistani security
forces arrested an Indian border guard for allegedly violating their
de-facto border in the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.
2014 Aug 9, Pakistan said it
has crippled the command and control system of local Taliban
militants adding that the likelihood of a backlash to the ongoing
military offensive in the troubled northwest would be minimal.
2014 Aug 9, In Pakistan
violence flared in several towns and cities between police and
supporters of anti-government cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, killing at
least 4 people and injuring scores. Qadri has condemned the
government as corrupt and called for the overthrow of PM Nawaz
2014 Aug 11, Indian police
accused Pakistan of injuring four people during overnight firing
along their border in Kashmir, on the eve of PM Narendra Modi's
visit to the disputed region.
2014 Aug 12, Indiaís PM
Narendra Modi ahead of a visit to Kargil, Kashmir, said Pakistan was
waging a "proxy war" in the disputed region.
2014 Aug 13, Pakistan dismissed
as "baseless rhetoric" claims by Indian PM Narendra Modi that it was
waging a "proxy war" in disputed Kashmir.
2014 Aug 13, In Pakistan
thousands of riot police sealed off Islamabad with barbed wire and
shipping containers on the eve of the country's Independence Day, in
a bid to foil mass protests aimed at toppling embattled PM Nawaz
2014 Aug 14, In Pakistan
thousands of anti-government protesters began a march to Islamabad,
from the eastern city of Lahore. Two protest groups, one led by
cricketer-turned-opposition politician Imran Khan, the other by
activist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, headed to the capital to demand that
a government they condemn as corrupt step down. 11 Taliban-linked
militants were killed and 13 members of the Pakistani security
forces were wounded in attacks on two air force bases in the
strategic city of Quetta.
(Reuters, 8/14/14)(Reuters, 8/15/14)
2014 Aug 15, In Pakistan
clashes broke out as tens of thousands of protesters from two
anti-government movements slowly converged on the capital,
presenting the 15-month-old civilian government with its biggest
2014 Aug 16, In Pakistan
thousands of protesters led by populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri
alongside opposition leader Imran Khan's march, arrived in Islamabad
to force Nawaz Sharif's government to step down for alleged
2014 Aug 17, In Pakistan tens
of thousands joined protests in Islamabad led by opposition figures
Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, demanding the "corrupt" prime
minister step down.
2014 Aug 19, Pakistan deployed
soldiers to protect the seat of the country's government ahead of a
planned march by thousands of anti-government protesters, the first
military deployment in the capital under civilian leadership.
Protesters in Islamabad broke through barriers protecting government
buildings demanding that PM Nawaz Sharif resign.
(AP, 8/19/14)(SFC, 8/20/14, p.A4)
2014 Aug 19, A driver and his
helper were killed when gunmen opened fire on NATO supply tankers,
while on their way back to Pakistan from Afghanistan.
2014 Aug 20, Thousands of
Pakistani protesters tried to blockade parliament after an
anti-government cleric told them not to allow anyone in or out, with
PM Nawaz Sharif inside at the time. The lawmakers left by a back
2014 Aug 20, In northwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb killed 6 people traveling to school in
Tangi village, in the Bajaur tribal region, as the military reported
further air strikes against the Taliban.
2014 Aug 21, Pakistanís lower
house of parliament passed a unanimous resolution rejecting calls
for PM Sharif's resignation and vowing to uphold democracy.
Opposition politician Imran Khan called off talks with the
government aimed at ending protests seeking the fall of the prime
minister, which have unnerved the nuclear-armed nation.
2014 Aug 21, Gunmen in
northwest Pakistan opened fire on tankers carrying fuel for NATO
troops in Afghanistan, killing a driver and wounding two others.
2014 Aug 22, In Pakistan the
party of famed cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who has led a
week of anti-government protests in the capital, resigned from
parliament in its latest bid to drive PM Nawaz Sharif from power
over alleged election fraud. The government retained the support of
a 190-member majority.
2014 Aug 22, Asma Shirazi,
Pakistan's first female war correspondent and host of popular TV
talk shows, was named 2014 Winner of Peter Mackler Award for
Courageous and Ethical Journalism.
2014 Aug 22, A Pakistani
paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) soldier was killed in an exchange
of fire with militants who entered southwestern Baluchistan province
from Afghanistan. Paramilitary Frontier Corps killed at least 12
separatists in an exchange of fire in Dasht area, 1,150 km (714
miles) southwest of Quetta.
2014 Aug 23, India and Pakistan
traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region, killing two villagers
on each side and wounding several others.
2014 Aug 25, Pakistani cleric
Tahir-ul-Qadri, leading a mass anti-government rally in front of
parliament, issued a 48-hour deadline for PM Sharif to step down,
saying he's prepared to die to see it happen. The country's Supreme
Court ruled that the road in front of the parliament, the Supreme
Court and other government buildings now hosting the protest be
cleared of demonstrators.
2014 Aug 25, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen opened fire on tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops
in Afghanistan, killing a driver and wounding two others.
2014 Aug 26, Pakistani PM Nawaz
Sharif met the country's powerful army chief as a political deadlock
over mass protests to demand the government's resignation showed no
signs of resolution.
2014 Aug 26, Senior Pakistani
militant figure Commander Maulana Qasim Khurassani said he and
several of his associates have split from the Pakistani Taliban and
formed their own group, inspired by the Afghan Taliban and their
fight against US troops in Afghanistan. Khurassani said the new
group is named Jamaat-ul-Ahrar.
2014 Aug 28, Pakistani police
registered allegations of abetting murder against PM Nawaz Sharif
and his brother over the June killing of 14 supporters of cleric
Tahir-ul-Qadri who is currently leading thousands of anti-government
demonstrators in Islamabad. The case was filed by cleric
2014 Aug 28, Pakistanís Dawn
newspaper reported that unidentified militants have stormed the ARY
new agency in Quetta gunning down the bureau chief, a reporter and
(SSFC, 8/31/14, p.A4)
2014 Aug 29, Pakistani
officials said troops have recovered Ajmal Khan, vice-chancellor of
Islamia College University Peshawar. He had been held for four years
by the Taliban in North Waziristan.
2014 Aug 30, In Kashmir
suspected rebels clashed with Indian soldiers near the highly
militarized cease-fire line dividing disputed Kashmir between India
and Pakistan, killing one soldier and wounding another. At least 3
Indian soldiers and 5 Kashmiri militants had been reported killed in
fighting over the past week in the mountainous Kupwara region.
2014 Aug 31, In Pakistan
thousands of anti-government protesters tried to raid the official
residence of PM Nawaz Sharif overnight, sparking clashes with police
that killed 3 people and wounded nearly 400 amid cries for the
premier to step down.
2014 Aug 31, A magnitude-6
earthquake struck northern Pakistan, though there were no immediate
reports of injuries or damage.
2014 Sep 1, Pakistani
anti-government protesters stormed the state TV building, forcing
the channel briefly off the air as they clashed with police and
pushed further into a sprawling government complex in Islamabad, in
an effort to reach the prime minister's residence.
2014 Sep 6, In central Pakistan
gunmen killed 3 people including a senior army officer in an attack
on a Sufi shrine in Sargodha. A Taliban attack on a naval dockyard
in Karachi saw two militants and a sailor killed.
(AFP, 9/8/14)(AP, 9/9/14)
2014 Sep 6, Authorities in
northern India and Pakistan said more than 230 people have been
killed in torrential monsoon rains which triggered flooding,
landslides and house collapses. This included at least 155 people
killed in both sides of Kashmir.
2014 Sep 8, Pakistan's military
said it has killed 10 militants and destroyed an explosives cache in
fresh air strikes as part of a major offensive against the Taliban
in North Waziristan.
2014 Sep 9, In Pakistan at
least 9 worshippers were killed when the roof of a mosque collapsed
in the eastern city of Lahore and an unknown number are still buried
2014 Sep 9, The death toll from
the heaviest rain to fall on Kashmir in 50 years rose to at least
420, including 217 on Indiaís side and 213 on the Pakistani side.
2014 Sep 10, Pakistani
warplanes struck five militant hideouts in a Taliban stronghold near
the Afghan border, killing 65 insurgents.
2014 Sep 10, The death toll
from the flooding in India and Pakistan climbed to at least 457.
Thousands of people fled their homes in Pakistan as monsoon flooding
that has already inundated the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir
coursed down onto the plains. Parts of Srinagar remained under two
storeys of water for nearly three weeks.
(AP, 9/10/14)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.41)
2014 Sep 11, In India and
Pakistan monsoon floods inundated more villages as the death toll in
both countries reached 461.
(SFC, 9/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 14, Pakistani police
arrested anti-government protesters overnight in what activists said
was an effort to crack down on weekslong sit-ins in the capital,
while the government said police only apprehended suspects in a
recent attack on state-run TV.
(AP, 9/14/14)(SSFC, 9/14/14, p.A6)
2014 Sep 14, In Pakistan 3
paramilitary soldiers were killed when a group of militants launched
a rocket attack on a mountain fort North Waziristan.
2014 Sep 14, In Pakistan severe
flooding sank a boat carrying a wedding party in Punjab province,
killing the bridegroom and 17 others. Experts placed explosives near
the dike to spare the city of Muzaffargarh from the flooding that
has ravaged the eastern Punjab province.
2014 Sep 16, In Pakistan a
group of militants attacked an army post from neighboring
Afghanistan, sparking a shootout that left 11 insurgents and 3
soldiers killed. Government warplanes killed 20 local militants in
the Khyber tribal region.
2014 Sep 17, Pakistan's
military launched airstrikes on five militant hideouts in North
Waziristan, killing 40 suspected fighters as part of a massive
operation that began this summer.
2014 Sep 18, In Pakistan
unidentified gunmen shot dead a professor of Islamic studies who had
faced accusations of blasphemy and threats from colleagues over his
moderate views. Dr. Muhammad Shakil Auj, the dean of the faculty of
Islamic Studies at the university in Karachi, had received threats
following complaints that his teaching was too liberal.
2014 Sep 19, In Pakistan a
soldier and 3 militants were reported killed in fighting in North
2014 Sep 20, In Afghanistan
fourteen Pakistani detainees were released from US custody in Bagram
Prison and repatriated to Pakistan.
2014 Sep 22, In Pakistan
militants attacked a check post in the northwest and shot dead 4
people including 3 policemen.
2014 Sep 24, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone fired four missiles at a vehicle carrying Uzbek
and local militants in North Waziristan, killing 10 of them.
2014 Sep 28, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb blast killed 8 people at a refugee camp on the
outskirts of Hangu as a US drone strike in nearby South Waziristan
killed 4 suspected militants.
2014 Sep 30, German
investigators asked for help in tracking down two Pakistani men
suspected of defrauding Germany of 136 million euros ($173 million)
in connection with carbon dioxide emissions trading. Mobeen Iqbal
(32) and Ashraf Muhammad (35) were wanted on international warrants
for tax fraud for allegedly running the scheme between August 2009
and April 2010.
2014 Oct 2, In Pakistan 7
people were killed and at least 11 wounded when an explosive device
ripped through a passenger bus traveling outside the volatile city
2014 Oct 4, The Pakistani
Taliban declared allegiance to Islamic State and ordered militants
across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its
campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate. In the northwest a
powerful bomb exploded at a bus station in Kohat, killing 5 people
and wounding three others. A suicide bomber struck in Quetta,
killing 5 people and wounded at least 20.
(Reuters, 10/4/14)(AP, 10/4/14)
2014 Oct 4, Pakistan officials
said a record number polio case have already been detected this
year. Doctors discovered 202 cases from January to October 3. The
previous modern record was 199 cases in 2001.
2014 Oct 5, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed 5 militants in South Waziristan
including a senior ethnic Uzbek commander.
2014 Oct 6, The Pakistani
Taliban denied reports at the weekend that it had pledged allegiance
to the Islamic State movement fighting in Syria and Iraq, saying
that its statement to the media had been misinterpreted.
2014 Oct 6, In Kashmir tens of
thousands of villagers fled their homes as Indian and Pakistani
troops bombarded each other with gunfire and mortar shells over the
border separating their portions of the disputed region. 9 civilians
(AP, 10/6/14)(AP, 10/7/14)
2014 Oct 7, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike on a Taliban compound in North Waziristan
killed at least six militants.
2014 Oct 7, Indian and
Pakistani troops fired bullets and mortar shells across the border
between Kashmir and Pakistan for a second day, with both accusing
the other of provoking the violence. Police in both countries said
troops exchanged fire for hours overnight, killing a Pakistani man
and injuring at least 22 others.
2014 Oct 8, In Kashmir 5 more
civilians were killed and thousands took refuge in camps in the
disputed region after some of the most intense fighting between
nuclear-armed neighbors Pakistan and India in a decade.
2014 Oct 9, In Pakistan two
suspected US drone strikes killed at least 5 militants in North
Waziristan where the military has been fighting insurgents since
2014 Oct 10, Taliban attack
survivor Malala Yousafzai (17) became the youngest Nobel winner ever
as she and Kailash Satyarthi (b.1954) of India won the Nobel Peace
Prize for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and
child labor at great risk to their own lives.
2014 Oct 10, In Pakistan a
stampede at an anti-government rally in Multan city, Punjab
province, killed 7 supporters of Imran Khan, the country's famous
former cricketer, now opposition politician.
2014 Oct 11, India and Pakistan
exchanged gunfire across the Kashmir frontier, ending a pause in
fighting that has already killed 17 civilians.
2014 Oct 15, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber targeted a meeting of anti-Taliban elders in the
Khyber tribal region, killing 5 people and wounding 10.
2014 Oct 16, Pakistani jet
fighters struck five militant hideouts in the northwestern Khyber
tribal region, killing at least 21 insurgents.
2014 Oct 17, Pakistan's army
extended its offensive against Islamist militants in mountains along
the Afghan border, killing at least 9 insurgents.
2014 Oct 21, Pakistan Air Force
jets hit terrorist hideouts in North Waziristan killing 30 militants
including Taliban commander Daud Wazir.
(SSFC, 10/26/14, p.A4)
2014 Oct 21, Pakistani cleric
Tahirul Qadri ended his 65-day sit-in protest in Islamabad and
announced that he will now tour major Pakistani cities holding
sit-ins and agitating for a revolution of the poor.
(SFC, 10/22/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 23, In Pakistan 8
Shi'ite members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority were killed and
one wounded after gunmen opened fire on a bus in Quetta, Baluchistan
province. Another explosion targeting a car used by security forces
killed 2 people and injured 12. In a third explosion 2 people were
killed and 30 wounded near a vehicle belonging to pro-Taliban cleric
2014 Oct 24, The World Health
Organization said that three more polio cases have surfaced in
Pakistan, bringing the number of new cases to 220, a record figure
that authorities blame on attacks by insurgents targeting
vaccination teams. This was announced as many nations observed World
2014 Oct 25, Pakistani army
jets killed at least 18 militants as part of an ongoing offensive to
eliminate militants' hideouts and ammunition stockpiles in the
Khyber tribal region.
2014 Oct 27, Pakistani military
jets and helicopters destroyed nine hideouts of militants in two
separate airstrikes killing 33 militants in an ongoing offensive in
the North Waziristan tribal region.
2014 Oct 29, In Kashmir 2
suspected rebels were been killed in a fierce gunbattle near the
heavily militarized line of control. An Indian army officer and a
suspected rebel died a day earlier in the fighting.
2014 Nov 1, Pakistan said 5
security forces personnel have been killed and four others injured
in two separate militant attacks in the northwest.
2014 Nov 2, In Pakistan a least
60 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a
restaurant at Wagah on the Pakistani-Indian border. The Pakistani
Taliban claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 11/2/14)(AP, 11/3/14)
2014 Nov 4, In Pakistan a mob
in Punjab province beat a Christian couple to death and burned their
bodies for allegedly desecrating a Koran.
2014 Nov 5, Pakistani police
arrested dozens of people after a mob beat a Christian couple to
death and burned their bodies a day earlier for allegedly
desecrating a Koran in Punjab province.
2014 Nov 6, In Pakistan a
policeman in Gujrat hacked Tufail Haider (55) to death for allegedly
making derogatory remarks about the companions of the Prophet
2014 Nov 7, In northwestern
Pakistan two roadside bombs, minutes apart, struck a minibus and a
motorcycle in Mohmand tribal region near the Afghan border, killing
at least 6 people.
2014 Nov 8, Pakistani soldiers
fighting in Khyber tribal region who battled militants overnight
found 17 bodies dumped in the countryside, identifying them all as
2014 Nov 11, In northwest
Pakistan a US drone strike reportedly killed 6 suspected militants
in North Waziristan. Dr. Sarbaland, also called Abu Khalid, and
Major Sheikh Adil Abdul Qadus, a former Pakistani army major, were
killed in the strike. Sarbaland's two young sons were also killed.
(AP, 11/11/14)(SFC, 11/12/14, p.A2)(Reuters,
2014 Nov 11, In southern
Pakistan a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck on
a highway killed 58 people.
2014 Nov 12, Pakistan's
military carried out a "precise" airstrike against a militant
stronghold in the country's tribal region near the Afghan border,
killing 19 militants.
2014 Nov 14, Afghanistan's new
President Ashraf Ghani visited Pakistan's military headquarters in a
sign of warming ties after more than a decade of mutual distrust
between the two US allies.
2014 Nov 19, A Pakistani court
sentenced four men to death for bludgeoning to death Farzana Parveen
(25), a pregnant woman, last May in the center of Lahore for
marrying against her family's wishes.
(AFP, 11/19/14)(SFC, 11/20/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 20, In northwestern
Pakistan a US drone strike killed six suspected militants in North
2014 Nov 20, In Kashmir Indian
forces reportedly fired across the border into the
Pakistan-administered portion of the disputed Himalayan region,
killing a soldier.
2014 Nov 21, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb attached to a motorcycle struck an army vehicle,
killing two soldiers on the outskirts of Peshawar. The Pakistani
Taliban (TTP) soon claimed responsibility.
2014 Nov 21, It was reported
that the Chinese government and banks will finance Chinese companies
to build $45.6 billion worth of energy and infrastructure projects
in Pakistan over the next six years.
2014 Nov 23, In Chakwal,
Pakistan, Muhammad Gullistan (30) shot dead his teenage niece
because she was listening to loud music.
2014 Nov 25, Pakistani fighter
jets reportedly killed 20 militants in the North Waziristan tribal
region. The military said it has cleared 90 percent of North
Waziristan and that the militants are currently on the run.
2014 Nov 26, In Pakistan gunmen
killed 3 female polio workers and their driver as they were on their
way to meet a police escort in Quetta. Polio cases this year stand
at a 15-year high of 265 in Pakistan.
2014 Nov 26, In Pakistan a US
drone killed 5 suspected militants in North Waziristan.
2014 Nov 27, In Nepal eight
South Asian heads of state attending their first summit in three
years reached a deal on energy sharing, but failed on two other
economic agreements during a retreat where Indian and Pakistan
leaders shook hands.
2014 Dec 2, Pakistan army's
jets and ground forces killed 24 militants as part of ongoing
operations in North Waziristan.
2014 Dec 5, In Pakistan a
300-mile trench being built along the disputed border with
Afghanistan was reported to have completed 110 miles in Baluchistan
(SFC, 12/5/14, p.A7)
2014 Dec 5, In Indiaís section
of Kashmir a series of rebel attacks killed 21 people, including 8
Indian soldiers and 3 police officers. The rebels had crossed over
from Pakistani territory.
(AP, 12/8/14)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.41)
2014 Dec 6, Pakistani soldiers
killed Adnan Shukrijumah, a top al-Qaida operative, along with two
other suspected militants in South Waziristan. Shukrijumah (39) had
been indicted in the US for his alleged involvement in a plot to
bomb the NYC subway system.
(SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A6)
2014 Dec 7, In Pakistan a
senior al Qaeda member and 3 other alleged militants were killed
when a US drone attacked a home they were in.
2014 Dec 7, It was reported
that Taliban commander Latif Mehsud, held under Afghan and Nato
custody for some, has been handed over to Pakistan along with 3
2014 Dec 8, In Pakistan
demonstrations in Islamabad turned deadly as one person was killed
in clashes between protesters and security forces.
2014 Dec 9, In Pakistan a pair
of gunmen killed a polio worker in Faisalabad, Punjab province.
(SFC, 12/10/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 9, In Pakistan a
couple and their four children were killed as retribution for a
perceived "honor crime" in the town of Athara Hazari. Police south
four men in the killings which stemmed from the mother's first
marriage nearly 30 years ago to another man.
2014 Dec 13, In Pakistan
officers killed 4 Taliban fighters likely plotting to attack a
planned Shiite rally. The four men were spotted traveling in a
vehicle near the city of Muzaffargarh in eastern Punjab province and
were killed in a shootout. Officers later raided the men's hideout
and recovered dozens of grenades, rocket launchers and four suicide
2014 Dec 16, In Pakistan 150
people, including 132 students, were killed after Taliban gunmen
broke into a school in Peshawar. 9 suicide attackers were killed in
the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years. The attack
was later reported to have been masterminded by Umar Mansoor (36) of
the Pakistani Taliban (TTP).
(Reuters, 12/16/14)(AP, 12/16/14)(AP,
12/17/14)(Reuters, 12/19/14)(SFC, 12/22/14, p.A5)(Econ, 1/24/15,
2014 Dec 18, A Pakistani
anti-terrorism court cited lack of evidence and granted $5,000 bail
to Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, the chief suspect in the 2008 Mumbai
attack trial, a decision immediately criticized by India. On Dec 19
Lakhvi ordered back to jail for at least three more months.
(AP, 12/18/14)(SFC, 12/19/14, p.A2)(SSFC,
2014 Dec 19, Pakistani
warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants overnight
in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.
2014 Dec 19, Pakistani
authorities hanged two convicted militants in the first executions
following the reinstatement of the death penalty in the wake of this
week's Peshawar school massacre.
2014 Dec 20, In northwestern
Pakistan a US drone fired two missiles at militant hideout, killing
at least 5 Taliban fighters.
2014 Dec 21, Pakistan hanged
four Islamist militants in the second set of executions since the
government lifted a moratorium after the Taliban massacred 132
children and nine others at a school last week. Rights groups
believe Pakistan has about 8,000 prisoners on death row, more than
500 of them for terrorist offences.
2014 Dec 23, In eastern
Afghanistan at least 151 Taliban fighters were reported killed by
government forces during 12 days of fighting. The Pakistani Taliban
and Lashkar-i-Taiba, the group responsible for the attacks on Mumbai
in 2008, were reported taking part in the battle.
2014 Dec 25, Pakistan's PM
Nawaz Sharif announced the country will set up special trial courts
under the supervision of military officers to prosecute terrorism
cases in the wake of the Taliban school massacre.
2014 Dec 25, Pakistani security
forces killed a Taliban commander who allegedly facilitated the
Peshawar school massacre, which left 150 people dead in the
country's worst ever terror attack. Commander Saddam was killed in a
gunfight with security forces in the restive Khyber tribal area.
2014 Dec 26, In Pakistan US
drone strikes on two Taliban compound in North Waziristan killed at
least 7 militants. Pakistani airstrikes killed 39 militants,
including two rebel commanders, in the northwest late today and an
ammunition depot was also destroyed. Troops raided a militant
hideout in an area adjoining Orakzai and Khyber tribal districts. 16
terrorists were killed and 20 injured. Police said they arrested an
important Taliban commander who was wanted for attacks on police and
was also involved in killing a local journalist in northwestern
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
(AFP, 12/26/14)(AP, 12/26/14)(AFP, 12/27/14)
2014 Dec 28, In eastern
Pakistan gunmen killed Luqman Shahzad as he walked to an agriculture
field near his village in the Gujranwala district of Punjab. Shahzad
became the 11th member of the Ahmedi community killed in Pakistan
2014 Dec 30, Pakistani police
rearrested Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, the main suspect in the 2008
Mumbai terror attacks, quashing expectations that he might soon be
freed. Someone had filed a complaint saying Lakhvi had abducted his
brother-in-law to wage "jihad" six and a half years ago.
2014 Dec 31, Indian and
Pakistani troops exchanged fire near the border that divides the
disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, leaving one dead on the Indian
side and two wounded on the Pakistani side.
2014 Ayesha Jalal authored ďThe
Struggle Pakistan: Homeland and Global Politics."
(Econ, 9/20/14, p.78)
2015 Jan 1, A Pakistani fishing
boat laden with explosives bound for India blew up, killing all four
people on board, after the Indian coast guard tried to stop and
2015 Jan 2, In Pakistan Moeen
Yasin, a six-year-old boy, was found strangled and dumped in a
mosque after being sexually abused. Police soon apprehended up to
seven people including local cleric Qari Saqib, a prime suspect in
2015 Jan 3, Pakistani
airstrikes killed 31 militants and a suspected US drone strike
killed another seven. The airstrikes in the Tirah valley of the
Khyber region destroyed four militant hideouts and a suicide bomber
2015 Jan 3, Pakistani and
Indian border guards traded artillery fire overnight along the
disputed border region of Kashmir, killing 4 people and wounding
2015 Jan 4, In northwest
Pakistan a US drone strike killed at least six suspected militants
in North Waziristan.
2015 Jan 5, In Pakistan a US
drone strike in North Waziristan killed Ubaidullah (aka Qari Imran),
in charge of al-Qaida's Indian branch of Afghan affairs, as well as
5 other fighters. In the 3rd week of this month another strike
killed deputy chief Raja Suleman (aka Ustad Ahmed Farouq).
2015 Jan 5, Pakistani troops
fired gunshots and mortar shells that killed an Indian soldier in
2015 Jan 6, Pakistan's
parliament approved the setting up of military courts to hear
terrorism-related cases, after a Taliban massacre at a military-run
school in the northwest shocked the nation.
2015 Jan 6, It was reported
that Pakistan has approved the use of grid-connected solar energy,
rooftop solar installations and mortgage financing for home solar
panels to boost uptake of clean energy in the country.
2015 Jan 7, In Pakistan the
bullet-riddled body of Abid Mehmood (52), a Muslim man arrested for
blasphemy, was found in Taxila, a town about 40 km from Islamabad,
after being released from jail.
2015 Jan 11, A new video showed
a group of Pakistani and Afghan militants beheading a Pakistani
soldier after pledging allegiance to Islamic State.
2015 Jan 11, In southern
Pakistan at least 57 people including women and children were killed
when their bus collided with an oil tanker.
(SFC, 1/12/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 13, Pakistan executed
7 prisoners by hanging at four prisons. This was on the 2nd day of a
visit by US Sec. of State John Kerry for talks on counter-terrorism
cooperation, economic aid and other issues..
(SFC, 1/14/15, p.A3)
2015 Jan 15, The Pakistani
parliament passed a resolution that condemned the French ďI am
Charlie" cartoon as hate speech and called on the intíl. community
to take a decisive step to stop such practice.
(SFC, 1/17/15, p.A4)
2015 Jan 15, In northwest
Pakistan a US drone strike killed at least five suspected militants
in the Tehsil Ladha area of South Waziristan.
2015 Jan 16, Pakistan police
fired tear gas and water cannon at about 200 protesters outside the
French consulate in the southern port city of Karachi when a
demonstration against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
turned violent. The clashes left four people with gunshot wounds.
(Reuters, 1/16/15)(SFC, 1/17/15, p.A4)
2015 Jan 17, Afghan officials
said security services have arrested five men in recent weeks in
connection with the Dec 16 massacre at a Pakistan military school
last month that killed 150 people, most of them children.
2015 Jan 18, Different
Pakistani political and religious groups protested for a fourth day
against what they call blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet
Muhammad in the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
2015 Jan 19, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed 4 militants in North Waziristan. 3
security troops and 7 militants were killed in a clash in the Banda
area of the Bajur tribal region.
2015 Jan 22, Pakistan's
Maritime Security Agency arrested 38 Indian fishermen for violating
its waters in the Arabian Sea.
2015 Jan 22, Pakistan announced
that Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the political wing of Lashkar-e-Taiba, was
banned. Lashkar-e-Taiba was responsible for the bloody attacks on
Mumbai in 2008.
(Econ, 1/24/15, p.33)
2015 Jan 23, In Pakistan
thousands of people rallied in cities across the country against the
French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, although the demonstrations
2015 Jan 25, A massive blackout
struck Pakistan early today, leaving as much as 80 percent of the
country without electricity at its height as officials rushed to
2015 Jan 25, Pakistanís army
said airstrikes have killed 35 militants in North Waziristan.
2015 Jan 30, In southern
Pakistan a powerful bomb tore through a busy Shiite mosque, killing
at least 61 people in Shikarpur, Sindh province.
2015 Jan, A US drone operation
this month killed American doctor Warren Weinstein, abducted in
2011, and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, abducted in 2012. This same
operation in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan resulted
in the death of American al Qaeda leader, Ahmed Farouq. The White
House acknowledged this on April 23 and said American al Qaeda
member, Adam Gadahn, was also killed, likely in a separate
operation. US government officials said the CIA carried out the
drone strikes on Jan. 14 and Jan. 19 in Pakistan.
(Reuters, 4/23/15)(AP, 4/23/15)
2015 Feb 1, In Pakistan an
advance party arrived in a C-130 transport plane for Saudi Prince
Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz to visit the southwestern desert
region to hunt the Houbara bustard, a bird supposedly protected by
law. He led a hunting party to Baluchistan last year that officials
said killed more than 2,000 bustards.
2015 Feb 3, In Pakistan two
roadside bombings targeted police in the country's restive
northwest, killing six officers.
2015 Feb 12, A Pakistani army
spokesman says 12 local Taliban militants involved in a deadly
school attack late last year have been arrested. Maj. Gen. Asim
Saleem Bajwa told a media briefing that another 9 members, of what
is believed to be a 27-member cell, have already been killed.
2015 Feb 13, In Pakistan at
least 19 people were killed in Peshawar in a gun and bomb attack on
a Shi'ite mosque. The Pakistani Taliban, who are fighting against
the state to set up a hardline Sunni theocracy, claimed
2015 Feb 14, In Pakistan gunmen
killed a driver and wounded a polio worker in the Khyber tribal
region as another vaccination team went missing ahead of a
nationwide vaccination drive.
2015 Feb 15, In Pakistan a
government paramilitary force shot and killed Usman Saifullah Kurd,
a regional commander for an al-Qaida linked militant cell, and one
of his aides on the outskirts of Quetta.
2015 Feb 17, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide attack on a provincial police headquarters killed at
least 6 other people in the eastern city of Lahore, in what
militants called a revenge strike for the hangings of their
2015 Feb 18, In Pakistan at
least 2 people were killed in an attack on a mosque in Rawalpindi
belonging to the Shiite Muslim community. Fahad Marwat, a spokesman
for the Taliban splinter group Jundullah, claimed responsibility,
saying it was revenge for an ongoing army operation aimed at driving
militants out of their North Waziristan stronghold.
2015 Feb 27, In northern
Pakistan four prisoners believed to be involved in the 2013 slaying
of 10 foreign climbers at the base of one of the world's tallest
mountains escaped from jail in Gilgit before dawn. One was killed
and another re-arrested, while two escaped.
2015 Mar 2, Pakistani officials
said hundreds of parents in the northwest were arrested and jailed
over the weekend on charges of endangering public security after
refusing to give their children polio vaccinations.
2015 Mar 10, In Pakistan the
Punjab Child Marriage Restraint Act, which previously provided for a
month-long prison sentence and a fine of Rs 1,000 [about 100 rupees
to a dollar] for parents of children but spared clerics solemnizing
the marriage contract, increased penalties to a six-month prison
term and a fine of Rs 50,000 for the parents and the cleric.
2015 Mar 11, Pakistani troops
raided the Karachi headquarters of the Muttahida Quami Movement's
(MQM) offices, arresting about 20 suspects and seizing weapons.
Party leader Faisal Subzwari accused the Rangers of killing one MQM
worker and said the weapons were licensed and necessary to guard the
offices against Taliban threats.
2015 Mar 13, A Pakistani court
ordered the release of Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, the main suspect in
the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, because a three-month detention
period has expired. He was unlikely to be freed because he still
faced charges in a separate kidnapping case.
2015 Mar 13, Pakistani
warplanes pounded militant hideouts in a northwestern tribal region
near the Afghan border, killing at least 48 suspected militants.
2015 Mar 14, In northwestern
Pakistan shepherds found 13 bullet-riddled bodies in South
Waziristan. Officials said the bodies were Taliban fighters.
2015 Mar 15, In eastern
Pakistan a pair of suicide bombers attacked two churches in Lahore
as worshippers prayed inside killing 17 people.
(AP, 3/15/15)(AP, 3/16/15)
2015 Mar 16, Pakistani police
fired tear gas after Christian protesters clashed with police in the
eastern city of Lahore, a day after Taliban suicide bombers killed
17 people in suicide attacks on two churches in the city.
2015 Mar 17, Pakistan hanged 12
convicts. This was the largest number of people executed on the same
day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted
2015 Mar 17, In Pakistan
Samiullah Khan Afridi, a former lawyer for a doctor who helped the
US find Osama bin Laden, was killed by a gunman in Peshawar.
(SFC, 3/18/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 17, In Pakistan two
female anti-polio health workers were gunned down along with a
policeman as they were vaccinating children in Mansehra.
2015 Mar 18, Pakistani air
strikes reportedly killed 34 militants in the Tirah Valley in the
Khyber region. Residents put the toll at 20. The Pakistani Taliban
claimed responsibility for the killing in Peshawar of a district
president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
2015 Mar 25, Pakistani military
jets killed 30 militants in the Tirah Valley of the Khyber tribal
region. The army said 80 militants were killed in the area over the
weekend with 7 government soldiers also killed.
(SFC, 3/26/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 26, The Pakistani
Taliban killed 5 police officers in a rocket attack in country's
2015 Mar 27, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb on a motorcycle hit a police bus in Karachi and left
10 people wounded. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
2015 Mar 28, Pakistan's
military said its soldiers killed at least 15 militants in the Tirah
valley of the Khyber region.
2015 Mar 14, Pakistani
authorities arrested top model Ayaan Ali (21) after finding $506,800
tucked into her luggage while trying to fly to Dubai. A court
granted her bail on July 14 and she was freed on July 16.
(AP, 7/14/15)(AP, 7/16/15)
2015 Mar, In Pakistan Baloch
separatists attacked tankers carrying fuel to a Chinese company
working on a mining project.
(Econ, 6/6/15, p.31)
2015 Apr 2, A Pakistani
military courtsí statement said six Islamic militants have been
sentenced to death on charges including terrorism, murder, suicide
bombing and kidnapping for ransom. It said a seventh suspect was
sentenced to life imprisonment.
2015 Apr 5, In northwest
Pakistan Mir Ahmad Shah (25) gunned down his former fiancťe and nine
of her relatives, six months after murdering his own parents and two
brothers for refusing to pay his dowry.
2015 Apr 7, It was reported
that the Obama administration has notified Congress that it is
selling Pakistan 15 Viper attack helicopters, air-to-surface
missiles and other forms of military assistance valued at $952
2015 Apr 9, In Pakistan a
defense lawyer said a court has ordered the release of
Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks,
for the second time in less than a month. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was
released on bail late today.
(AP, 4/9/15)(AFP, 4/10/15)
2015 Apr 10, Pakistan's
parliament voted not to join the Saudi-led military intervention in
Yemen, dashing Riyadh's hopes for powerful support from outside of
the region in its fight to halt the advance of Iranian-allied Houthi
2015 Apr 11, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen shot and killed at least 20 workers, most of whom
were sleeping, in a dawn attack at a dam construction site in the
Gobdan area of the Turbat district in Baluchistan province.
(AP, 4/11/15)(SSFC, 4/12/15, p.A5)
2015 Apr 13, Pakistan said its
troops have killed 13 members of a militant group that claimed
responsibility for a weekend attack on a dam project in the
southwestern Baluchistan province that left 20 construction workers
2015 Apr 16, In Pakistan Debra
Lobo (55), an American teacher, was shot in the head and critically
wounded in an apparent terrorist attack in Karachi.
(SFC, 4/17/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 20, China's President
Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan to oversee the signing of agreements
aimed at establishing a Pakistan-China Economic Corridor. China and
Pakistan launched a plan for energy and infrastructure projects in
Pakistan worth $46 billion.
2015 Apr 21, India said it has
intercepted a Pakistani boat with what appeared to be 500 pounds of
heroin valued at some $100 million. Eight Pakistanis were arrested.
(SFC, 4/22/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 24, In Pakistan gunmen
on a motorcycle killed Sabeen Mahmud (40), a prominent women's
rights activist, just hours after she held a forum in Karachi on the
country's restive Baluchistan region. Her mother was also wounded.
(AP, 4/25/15)(Econ, 5/2/15, p.82)
2015 Apr 26, In Pakistan a
storm late today brought heavy rains and winds of up to 120 kph (75
mph), causing hundreds of homes to collapse. At least 45 people were
left dead in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2015 Apr 28, A Pakistani
private guard shot and killed himself in front of the US Consulate
in Lahore because of his "uneasy relations with his family."
2015 Apr 30, A Pakistani court
sentenced 10 militants to life in prison for their involvement in
the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai.
2015 May 1, Pakistan's PM Nawaz
Sharif praised the country's armed forces for defeating militants in
the North Waziristan tribal area. The army says it has cleared
militants from most of the area and has a comprehensive plan for the
phased return of those displaced by the fighting.
2015 May 3, In Pakistan 8
members of a wedding party died when metal dowry furniture strapped
to the bus they were traveling in struck a power line.
2015 May 8, A Pakistan military
helicopter carrying diplomats to inspect a tourism project crashed
killing 7 people, including the ambassadors of Norway and the
Philippines and the wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian
ambassadors. 17 people were on board the Mi-17 when it crashed into
a school in Gilgit and caught fire. The
Taliban later claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 5/8/15)(AP, 5/10/15)
2015 May 12, In southwest
Pakistan gunmen shot and killed two paramilitary troops and two
workers for an army-owned company at a canal construction site in in
the Kolachi area of Dera Ismail Khan district.
2015 May 12, In Afghanistan
Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif promised coordinated military operations
with Afghan forces to hunt down militants along their shared border,
saying on a visit to Kabul that he condemned a recent Taliban
2015 May 13, In Karachi,
Pakistan, gunmen on motorcycles boarded a bus and opened fire on
commuters, killing 44 people. Jundullah militants, affiliated with
the Islamic State, claimed responsibility. All the passengers were
Ismailis, a minority Shi'ite Muslim sect.
(Reuters, 5/13/15)(AFP, 5/14/15)
2015 May 14, Pakistani
warplanes pounded militant strongholds late today in the North
Waziristan tribal region along the Afghan border, killing at least
15 suspected militants. The paramilitary Frontier Corps killed 13
suspected "terrorists" in the Splinji and Johan areas of Baluchistan
after they came under fire during a search operation.
2015 May 16, In Pakistan
missiles fired from a US drone struck a compound in the North
Waziristan tribal region, killing 5 militants. 3 of the militants
killed were Uzbeks and the other two were Pakistanis.
2015 May 17, In eastern
Pakistan 6 siblings died in a fire in a residential building in
Lahore. The fire broke out at the two-story building due to a short
circuit. Three boys aged 5 to 12 were burned to death, while three
girls, ages 7 to 15, died of suffocation.
2015 May 18, The spy agencies
of Afghanistan and announced that they have agreed to share
intelligence and carry out "coordinated intelligence operations"
against militants operating along their porous border.
2015 May 18, In Pakistan two
missiles fired from a US drone hit a compound in the North
Waziristan tribal region late today, killing 3 militants.
2015 May 19, Pakistani federal
investigators raided multiple offices of a software company after a
report in The New York Times said it made millions of dollars
marketing fake degrees worldwide.
2015 May 26, In Pakistan two
overnight raids by security forces in the port city of Karachi
killed 7 militants.
2015 May 28, Pakistan executed
3 Baluch separatists convicted of hijacking a plane in 1998, which
they attempted to fly to India to disrupt Islamabad's first nuclear
2015 May 29, In western
Pakistan 22 Pashtuns were killed after about 20 armed men hijacked
two buses in the Mastung district. Gunmen let Baluch people flee
while killing others. The assailants fled and still held some of the
(AP, 5/30/15)(SFC, 5/30/15, p.A4)(SFC, 5/30/15,
p.A4)(Econ, 6/6/15, p.31)
2015 May 29, In Pakistan a
police officer was killed and six people wounded when a suicide
bomber blew himself up in Lahore, nearly one km from the Gaddafi
Stadium where Pakistan played Zimbabwe in a soccer match.
2015 Jun 5, Pakistani officials
said 8 of the 10 men reportedly convicted and jailed for attempting
to murder schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai in October 2012 were
actually cleared. The man suspected of actually firing the gun at
Malala, named by officials as Ataullah Khan, was believed to be on
the run in Afghanistan, along with Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah
Fazlullah, who ordered the attack.
2015 Jun 6, In southwest
Pakistan gunmen in Quetta opened fire on a vehicle carrying police
officers, killing 4 of them before fleeing.
2015 Jun 8, In Pakistan at
least 19 Islamist militants and 7 government soldiers were killed in
a fierce gun battle early near Dattakhel, North Waziristan.
2015 Jun 9, Pakistani military
jets reportedly killed 12 militants in airstrikes in the
northwestern Khyber tribal region near the Afghan border.
2015 Jun 11, In Pakistan 6
police were killed in two separate attacks, including a suicide
bombing that wounded a senior police commander.
2015 Jun 11, Pakistan shut down
the Pakistan chapter of Save the Children for alleged ties to
2015 Jun 13, In Pakistan air
strikes killed 20 suspected militants around Datta Khel in North
Waziristan as the military marked the one-year anniversary of an
anti-Taliban offensive in the area.
2015 Jun 14, Pakistan imposed a
one-month moratorium on executions during Ramadan.
2015 Jun 14, A Pakistani
official said the Interior Ministry has halted an order it made
closing the office of international aid group Save the Children in
2015 Jun 16, Pakistan's
government announced that international aid groups can operate for
another six months provided they register with officials in three
2015 Jun 18, It was reported
that two men were arrested this week in Baluchistan, Pakistan, for
reportedly marrying each other. They were charged under Section 277
of the Pakistani penal code. A man who allegedly officiated the
ceremony was also arrested.
(SFC, 6/18/15, p.A4)
2015 Jun 22, Pakistani
officials said an intense heat wave over three days has killed more
than 180 people in southern Sindh province.
2015 Jun 23, Pakistani
officials said nearly 700 people have died in a severe three-day
2015 Jun 24, The government of
Pakistan allowed the international aid agency Save the Children to
reopen its offices in Islamabad. The move came two weeks after the
government accused the group of violating its own charter, without
2015 Jun 24, In southern
Pakistan pre-monsoon rains brought the first signs of respite as the
death toll from a scorching 4-day heat wave climbed to 838.
2015 Jun 26, In Pakistan sea
breezes brought lower temperatures to ease a heat wave that killed
more than 1,150 people around the port city of Karachi.
2015 Jun 27, A Pakistani
official said the weeklong heat wave in the southern port city of
Karachi has left 1,233 people dead.
2015 Jun 28, Pakistani air
strikes killed at least 20 suspected militants in the northwestern
2015 Jun 29, Pakistani
authorities killed 4 militants, arrested two and seized a large
cache of weapons on a house near the eastern city of Lahore. The
militants were planning to target important buildings in Lahore
during the current Ramadan holiday.
2015 Jul 1, Border clashes
between Afghan and Pakistani security forces broke out, killing at
least one person and potentially undermining efforts by both sides
to improve relations.
2015 Jul 2, In Pakistan at
least four cars of a train being used to transport soldiers fell
into a canal because of a bridge collapse in the eastern Punjab
province, killing at least 12 soldiers. A government investigation
into a train accident that killed 17 soldiers showed the train
driver was speeding and that his negligence caused the tragedy.
(AP, 7/2/15)(AP, 7/17/15)
2015 Jul 7, Pakistani
paramilitary forces killed 3 suspected Sunni militants, including a
senior commander, in Quetta.
2015 Jul 7, Pakistani rescuers
say flash floods caused by heavy monsoon rains have killed at least
5 people in Islamabad.
2015 Jul 7, Afghan President
Ashraf Ghani said he had sent a delegation to Pakistan to meet
Taliban representatives, his first acknowledgement of official talks
with insurgents who are fighting to topple the government in Kabul.
The Taliban staged two separate suicide bombings in Kabul, killing
at least one person and wounded three, including a NATO soldier. Two
drone strikes targeted militants loyal to Islamic State, killing
between 25 and 49 insurgents in Nangarhar province.
(Reuters, 7/7/15)(AP, 7/7/15)
2015 Jul 8, Pakistan said
Afghan and Taliban representatives have agreed to meet again after
landmark through-the-night talks aimed at ending a 13-year
2015 Jul 10, The prime
ministers of nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan agreed at a
rare meeting to cooperate on eliminating terrorism in South Asia.
2015 Jul 10, Russiaís President
Vladimir Putin announced that India and Pakistan will join the
Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a group dominated by Russia and
China and also including former Soviet republics in Central Asia.
2015 Jul 11, A Pakistani
military official said troops in the Waziristan tribal region near
the Afghan border have killed 9 militants after an attack on a
2015 Jul 14, Pakistani military
jets reportedly killed 14 militants in the North Waziristan tribal
2015 Jul 15, The Pakistani
military shot down a small Indian spy drone in Kashmir. Indian and
Pakistani troops exchanged fire in Kashmir, killing a woman and
wounding at least 4 other people on the Indian-controlled side.
(Reuters, 7/15/15)(AP, 7/15/15)
2015 Jul 16, India and Pakistan
exchanged gunfire and mortar bombs in the disputed Kashmir region,
killing 5 civilians and injuring more than a dozen.
2015 Jul 22, Pakistan's
military deployed helicopters and boats to evacuate flood victims in
and around the city of Chitral in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where
monsoon rains and flash floods washed away several villages this
week. So far, 3 people have died while 285,000 have been affected by
2015 Jul 24, In Pakistan aid
agencies said flash flooding caused by torrential monsoon rains have
killed at least 28 and affected hundreds of thousands of people,
with further downpours expected in the coming days.
2015 Jul 25, In northwest
Pakistan a magnitude-5.1 quake rocked Islamabad and elsewhere early
today killing 3 people.
2015 Jul 25, In northern
Pakistan heavy monsoon rains lashed an already-deluged area before
dawn, as rescuers found the bodies of another 24 people killed by
the flooding inundating parts of the country. On July 27 the death
toll was raised to 81.
(AP, 7/25/15)(AP, 7/28/15)
2015 Jul 26, In Pakistan gunmen
killed Iqbal Baig, a local employee of the US Embassy in Islamabad.
A motive for the attack was unclear. He worked for the US Drug
2015 Jul 27, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on a police convoy, killing 2 officers and a woman
passer-by in the southwestern city of Quetta. Police fired back and
killed one of the attackers and wounded the other who escaped.
2015 Jul 29, In eastern
Pakistan Malik Ishaq, who directed the operations of the Taliban-
and al-Qaida-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, was gunned down along
with 5 other detained militants during an assault on a police convoy
that was transporting him from prison in Multan. 8 of the attackers
trying to free him were also killed. Ishaq helped found
Laskhar-e-Jhangvi in the 1990s.
2015 Aug 2, Pakistani security
forces killed Umar Lateef, a senior Al-Qaeda commander, and detained
his wife in an overnight raid on his hideout in the southwestern
province of Baluchistan. His wife was head of Al-Qaeda's women's
wing in south Punjab and Baluchistan.
2015 Aug 3, Pakistani
authorities said the death toll from flash floods triggered by
seasonal monsoon rains in various parts of the country has risen to
118. Floodwater has inundated vast areas, leaving tens of thousands
2015 Aug 4, In Kashmir
Pakistani and Indian border guards traded gunfire and mortar shells
along their disputed border, killing two Pakistanis and an Indian.
2015 Aug 5, Pakistan's Supreme
Court ruled to allow military trials for terror suspects.
2015 Aug 5, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir 2 paramilitary soldiers and a suspected
rebel were killed when a convoy of troops was ambushed. Indian
forces captured a Pakistani militant after the deadly attack. Two
boys aged 10 and 11 were killed in a blast as they were playing with
an explosive device they found in the Ganderbal area.
(AP, 8/5/15)(Reuters, 8/5/15)
2015 Aug 6, In northwest
Pakistan a military helicopter crashed in a mountainous region near
the district of Mansehra in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, killing
all 12 people on board.
2015 Aug 6, Pakistani
authorities said the death toll from flash floods triggered by
seasonal monsoon rains in various parts of the country has risen to
2015 Aug 7, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed 4 militants in the village of Datta
Khel, North Waziristan.
2015 Aug 9, In Kashmir 2
suspected rebels and an Indian army soldier were killed in two
gunbattles after a group of militants crossed over from Pakistan in
the nearby Tangdar sector of the border.
2015 Aug 10, Pakistani police
in Punjab province arrested five more people over a major child sex
abuse scandal after a lawyer for the victims accused them of
protecting culprits, while activists said the case was just the tip
of the iceberg. At least 280 children were filmed being sexually
abused by a gang of 25 men who used the hundreds of videos they
produced to blackmail the youngsters' parents. Videos dated back to
2015 Aug 11, Pakistanís army
said it has foiled a militant plot to attack Independence Day
celebrations on August 14. The army said it had carried out a raid
in Karachi as part of the operation.
2015 Aug 12, In southern
Pakistan gunmen killed 4 policemen in Karachi. The military said it
has captured militants involved in a plot to attack Independence Day
celebrations on August 14. including Bakhat Zaman, the deputy chief
of the Pakistani Taliban.
2015 Aug 13, Pakistan's army
announced the death penalty for six militants linked to the Dec 16,
2014, assault on a school in Peshawar that killed 151 people, mainly
students. The army also announced it would execute another man for
carrying out an attack on soldiers in the city of Karachi in March
that killed three.
2015 Aug 13, A high-level
Afghan delegation arrived in Pakistan to discuss security
cooperation and peace efforts.
2015 Aug 15, The Pakistani
government says senior Cabinet minister Mushahidullah Khan has
resigned from his post after claiming in an interview that the
country's former spy master Zaheerul Islam wanted to overthrow PM
Nawaz Sharif through violent rallies in Islamabad last year. The
military denied Khan's claim and Sharif's government said it was not
aware of any such conspiracy.
2015 Aug 15, India and
Pakistani troops traded heavy gunfire and mortars in Kashmir,
killing at least 4 civilians and injuring 23 others.
2015 Aug 15, Pakistani spy
master Hamid Gul (b.1936) died of a brain hemorrhage. He came into
real power when he became chief of the ISI in 1987 and led the
powerful Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency as it funneled US
and Saudi cash and weapons to Afghan jihadis fighting against the
Soviets and later publicly supported Islamic militants.
2015 Aug 16, In Pakistan a bomb
killed Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada and 18 other people at
his home in the political heartland of PM Nawaz Sharif.
Lashkar-e-Islam, a Taliban-affiliated militant group, claimed
responsibility for the attack.
(Reuters, 8/16/15)(AP, 8/17/15)(Reuters, 8/19/15)
2015 Aug 16, Indian and
Pakistani troops traded heavy gunfire and mortar rounds for a
seventh straight day along the highly militarized line of control in
Kashmir. Indian police said 6 civilians had died in the Pakistani
shelling over the last two days. Pakistan's army said that 2
civilians had been killed.
2015 Aug 17, Pakistani air
strikes killed at least 24 suspected militants in four areas of
North Waziristan. A shootout in the southern port city of Karachi
killed two suspected al-Qaida members and an intelligence officer.
(Reuters, 8/17/15)(AP, 8/18/15)
2015 Aug 19, In Kashmir border
guards from Pakistan and India continued trading fire in violence
that killed two Pakistani villagers.
2015 Aug 19, Pakistani military
air strikes killed at least 25 suspected militants in the northwest,
taking to 133 the army's toll of insurgents in the region this week.
2015 Aug 20, Pakistani
airstrikes reportedly killed 43 militants in North Waziristan.
2015 Aug 22, In Pakistan
Chinese bicyclist Hong Xudong, kidnapped near Dera Ismail Khan by
the Taliban in May, 2014, was freed.
(Reuters, 8/23/15)(AP, 8/24/15)
2015 Aug 23, Militants firing
from Afghan territory killed four Pakistani soldiers along the
border at the Akhandwala Pass.
2015 Aug 26, In Pakistan Asim
Hussain, a petroleum minister in the previous PPP-led government,
was arrested. A day later he was accused in court of financing
2015 Aug 27, A Pakistani
anti-corruption court issued an arrest warrant for former PM Yousaf
Raza Gilani (2008-2012) and another senior party leader, Makhdoom
Amin Fahim, in a case alleging millions of dollars of graft in a
trade development scheme.
2015 Aug 27, In central
Pakistan a suspected Taliban militant blew himself up during a
police raid, killing his own wife and two children in the town of
2015 Aug 27, The Indian army
killed 4 insurgents and captured another during a 12-hour clash near
the disputed border with Pakistan in the Indian-controlled portion
2015 Aug 28, In Kashmir Indian
and Pakistani border guards traded gunfire and shelling overnight,
leaving 9 civilians dead and another 63 wounded.
2015 Aug 29, The Pakistani
military killed 14 suspected militants in its latest airstrikes in
in Shawal, North Waziristan.
2015 Aug 29, A Taliban official
said gunbattles between rival Taliban factions left at least five
dead in southern Afghanistan as its members met in Pakistan to
resolve a leadership crisis following the death of its former leader
Mullah Mohammad Omar.
2015 Aug 30, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen attacked a small airport, killing two officials at
Baluchistan province's Jewni airport.
2015 Sep 2, Pakistani warplanes
bombarded the Shawal Valley, killing at least 17 suspected
militants. More air strikes in the Khyber tribal area killed at
least 14 militants and wounded six more. A suspected US drone strike
on a militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan killed 6 men. In the
northwestern city of Peshawar gunmen ambushed a police patrol,
killing 3 police officers and wounding six.
(Reuters, 9/2/15)(AP, 9/2/15)
2015 Sep 6, Pakistan used its
first-ever armed drone, killing 3 "high profile" militants in the
Shawal valley of the Waziristan tribal region.
(AP, 9/7/15)(SFC, 9/11/15, p.A2)
2015 Sep 9, In Pakistan gunmen
shot dead journalist Aftab Alam in Karachi, less than 24 hours after
a technician working for the country's most popular news channel was
killed in a similar attack.
2015 Sep 11, Indian and
Pakistani border forces agreed to maintain restraint on their
disputed Kashmir frontier, as they sought to defuse tensions that
have been heightened in recent months by militant attacks that each
side blames the other for.
2015 Sep 15, Pakistan's
military accused neighboring India of killing a Pakistani soldier by
resorting to what it called "unprovoked firing" in the disputed
Himalayan region of Kashmir.
2015 Sep 16, A Pakistani
counter-terrorism official said police have arrested Mohammad
Shabih, an alleged al-Qaida financier, in the southern port city of
2015 Sep 18, In northwest
Pakistan an attack by Taliban gunmen on an air force base killed 29
people including 16 worshippers, who were gunned down when the
militants stormed a mosque inside the compound during prayers. 13
gunmen were also killed in the attack on Badaber air base, about 10
km (6 miles) south of Peshawar.
(Reuters, 9/18/15)(AP, 9/18/15)
2015 Sep 19, Pakistani jets
killed 16 suspected militants in bombing raids in the Tirah Valley
near the Afghan border. Communications intercepts showed the
Pakistani Taliban gunmen were being directed by handlers in
2015 Sep 27, In eastern
Afghanistan Islamic State gunmen attacked checkpoints in Nangarhar
province, killing 3 police in the group's first attack on the
country's security forces. Afghanistan responded to the pre-dawn
attack with a wave of airstrikes that killed 85 IS militants. All
the terrorists killed were reportedly Pakistani citizens under the
command of Hafiz Saeed, who was also killed.
2015 Sep 30, Pakistani PM Nawaz
Sharif proposed steps to ease tensions between the nuclear rivals,
including the formalization of a fraying 2003 cease-fire along the
disputed frontier in Kashmir at the annual gathering of world
leaders at the UN. The next day India delivered a blunt response:
"Give up terrorism" and we can talk.
2015 Oct 1, Pakistan's military
said its air force has carried out "precise" airstrikes targeting
the Taliban in the North Waziristan tribal area near the Afghan
border, killing 25 militants.
2015 Oct 2, Pakistan took its
long-running dispute with neighboring India to the UN as the
country's UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi presented three dossiers to
Sec.-Gen. Ban Ki-moon's office alleging Indian involvement in
fomenting unrest in Pakistan.
2015 Dilip Hiro authored ďThe
Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan."
(Econ., 2/21/15, p.81)
2015 Andrew Small authored ďThe
China-Pakistan Axis: Asiaís New Geopolitics."
(Econ, 1/24/15, p.74)