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 In Pakistan the Punjab
Food Authority (PFA) was founded, the first agency of its kind
in the country.
(Econ 5/6/17, p.39)
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. On Dec 2, 2016,
Abdul Rehman (46), suspected of starting the Karachi fire, was
arrested in Thailand.
(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 grandchildren 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 Pakistan officially
recognized transgender as a third gender.
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. In 2017 a court
acquitted 155 people who were accused of torching homes in the
Christian neighborhood. A bomb exploded in a Sunni mosque in the
northwest, killing at least four people and wounding more than 25
others in Peshawar.
(AP, 3/9/13)(AP, 1/29/17)
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 won 124 of 272
seats. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of Imran Khan won
control of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
(AP, 5/11/13)(AP, 5/12/13)(Econ, 5/18/13,
p.42)(Econ 6/10/17, p.40)
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 21, Pakistani
authorities arrested Shagufta Kausar and her husband Shafqat
Emmanuel on blasphemy charges. On April 4, 2014 they were sentenced
to death. In 2021 an appeals court acquitted the Christian couple.
(https://tinyurl.com/58dwyd37)(SFC, 6/4/21, p.A4)
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 Sep, In Pakistan the
paramilitary Rangers launched an army directed crackdown on crime in
(Econ, 9/5/15, p.44)
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)
2013 Pakistan established its
National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA).
2013-2019 In Pakistan of the 33 journalists
murdered during this period not a single killer was punished.
(Econ., 6/13/20, p.28)
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 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 (CPEC).
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 Oct 4, The Pakistani
Taliban released a video showing the hanging of Bashir Ahmad Khan, a
military intelligence officer, in retaliation for recent executions
of militants by Pakistan.
2015 Oct 8, In Pakistan
paramilitary troops in Karachi arrested a prominent politician,
fueling jitters about a showdown between the powerful Muttahida
Qaumi Movement (MQM) party and the military-run Rangers.
2015 Oct 11, Pakistanis began
voting in a closely contested by-election seen as a referendum on PM
Nawaz Sharif's rule.
2015 Oct 13, Pakistani police
arrested three police officers after a woman set herself on fire a
day earlier and accused them on her deathbed of gang raping her near
Multan. Also in Multan a man (42) died after setting himself on fire
to protest the demolition of his home.
2015 Oct 13, Pakistani
authorities hanged 9 convicts, including four brothers. The
executions brought the nationwide total to 255 since December, when
Pakistan lifted the moratorium on the death penalty.
2015 Oct 14, In central
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up at the election office of
a ruling party lawmaker, killing 7 people and wounding nine others
in Taunsa city.
2015 Oct 22, In southwest
Pakistan a powerful bomb at a Shiite mosque killed 10 people and
wounded several others in the district of Sibi.
2015 Oct 22, Pres. Obama met
with Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif at the White House to talk of
strengthening ties and possible financial assistance to Islamabad.
(SFC, 10/22/15, p.A3)
2015 Oct 23, In southern
Pakistan a suicide bomber targeted a Shiite religious procession,
killing at least 18 people and wounding 40 others in Jacobabad,
2015 Oct 23, India accused
Pakistan of a cease-fire violation in Kashmir in which one Indian
civilian was killed and another was wounded.
2015 Oct 25, In Pakistan
gunfire and shelling by Indian border guards killed three civilians
near Sialkot, a city in the eastern Punjab province. Another 14
people were wounded. India said Pakistan fired first.
2015 Oct 26, A major earthquake
struck the remote Afghan northeast, killing at least 135 people in
Afghanistan and nearby northern Pakistan and sending shock waves as
far as New Delhi. The death toll from the 7.5 magnitude quake soon
reached 390 with 272 killed in Pakistan and 121 in Afghanistan.
(Reuters, 10/2615)(AP, 10/29/15)
2015 Oct 27, The Taliban
encouraged aid groups to help victims of the massive earthquake in
northern Afghanistan and Pakistan as rescuers struggled to form a
clear picture of the damage caused by the disaster as the death toll
2015 Oct 28, The Pakistani
documentary film ďA Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness",
directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, was released. Its worldwide
premier was on HBO on March 7, 2016. It was about honor killings in
Pakistan and won an Oscar.
(http://tinyurl.com/hujbky5)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.32)
2015 Oct 31, In Pakistan 11
people were killed when rival political parties fired on each other
in local elections in the Khairpur district of the southern province
of Sindh, which held the polls along with the central Punjab
2015 Nov 1, In Pakistan a
bombing in Baluchistan province early today targeted a train bound
for Rawalpindi, where the military is headquartered. 3 passengers
were killed and seven others wounded.
2015 Nov 2, Pakistan banned all
TV and radio coverage of Islamic militant groups, including the one
suspected of carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks, and ordered
broadcast outlets to stop running advertisements for the groups'
2015 Nov 2, In Kashmir 2 Indian
army soldiers were reported killed by Pakistani firing along the
militarized de facto border dividing Kashmir between the two
2015 Nov 4, In Pakistan a
factory building collapsed as a new floor was being added in an
industrial area on the outskirts of Lahore, killing at least 37
workers and injuring dozens. 103 people were rescued from the
(AP, 11/4/15)(Reuters, 11/5/15)(AP, 11/7/15)
2015 Nov 17, In southwestern
Pakistan a train carrying 280 passengers derailed in a remote area,
killing the train driver and 11 passengers and injuring at least 57
2015 Nov 20, In Pakistan gunmen
on motorcycles opened fire in Karachi, killing 4 members of the
security forces who were deployed outside a mosque.
2015 Nov 22, In northwestern
Pakistan unidentified gunmen killed TV journalist Hafeez Ur Rehman
(42) on the outskirts of Kohat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in the
second such murder this month.
2015 Nov 24, A female Pakistani
air force pilot was killed when her trainer jet crashed near the
central town of Mianwali.
2015 Nov 30, Canada-based
BlackBerry said it is exiting Pakistan rather than hand over its
customers' private messages, after the government demanded access to
encrypted data sent through company servers.
2015 Dec 1, In Pakistan gunmen
killed 2 soldiers in the southern city of Karachi.
2015 Dec 2, Pakistan hanged
four convicted militants who were sentenced to death over a Taliban
attack on an army-run school last year that killed more than 150
2015 Dec 2, Afghan Taliban
leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was injured in a firefight following an
argument at a meeting of militant commanders in Pakistan. 4 people
were reported killed in the firefight.
2015 Dec 3, Pakistan refused to
allow about 30 "unverified deportees" from Greece to get off a plane
at Islamabad. 19 others whom Pakistan deemed legitimate deportees
were allowed to disembark.
2015 Dec 6, The top security
officials from India and Pakistan held talks in Thailand's capital,
signaling a resumption of the rival countries' on-again, off-again
2015 Dec 9, India and Pakistan
announced that they were resuming the dialogue on outstanding
issues, ending a two-year-long stalemate. A regional conference held
in Pakistan ended with calls for the resumption of Afghan peace
negotiations and an agreement by Islamabad and New Delhi to relaunch
bilateral talks that broke down in August over tensions in Kashmir.
(AP, 12/9/15)(SSFC, 12/13/15, p.A25)
2015 Dec 13, In Pakistan a bomb
blast killed 24 people at a crowded bazaar in a predominantly Shiite
area of the northwestern Kurram tribal region. Sectarian jihadist
group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the blast at the
Eidgah used-clothes market in Parachinar city.
(AFP, 12/13/15)(Reuters, 12/13/15)
2015 Dec 18, Pakistan's army
said it has killed 23 suspected militants in early morning strikes
in Shawal valley in North Waziristan and in the Khyber tribal
2015 Dec 25, Indian PM Narendra
Modi made a surprise "goodwill" visit to Pakistan to meet his
counterpart Nawaz Sharif, both reaffirming to resume high-level
2015 Dec 25, In Afghanistan and
Pakistan a 6.3 earthquake jolted the Hindu Kush just before
midnight. At least 12 people were injured in eastern Nangarhar
province. A pregnant woman was killed when a boulder fell on her
house in Peshawar.
2015 Dec 29, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a government office, killing at
least 23 people and wounding more than 70 in Mardan, Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province. A Pakistani Taliban faction claimed
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)
2015 Tuberculosis claimed the
lives of an estimated 1.8 million people around the world this year,
60% of whom lived in China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan and
2016 Jan 2, In northern India
militants launched a deadly attack on an Air Force base in
Pathankot, exchanging fire with Indian forces who, backed by tanks
and helicopters, battled for over 15 hours before wresting back
control of the compound. All 5 attackers and at least 2 guards were
killed in northwestern Punjab state. India blamed militants from
(Reuters, 1/2/16)(SSFC, 1/3/16, p.A6)
2016 Jan 4, Pakistan PM Nawaz
Sharif started a three-day visit to Sri Lanka during which several
agreements aiming to strengthen relations between the south Asian
nations are to be signed.
2016 Jan 9, In southwest
Pakistan a roadside bomb killed two coast guards and wounded three
others in Baluchistan province. Elsewhere in Baluchistan armed
motorcyclists gunned down 2 policemen who were guarding a mosque in
2016 Jan 11, In Pakistan
representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United
States gathered in Islamabad hoping to lay the roadmap to peace for
the war-shattered Afghan nation.
2016 Jan 11, Pakistan arrested
Maulana Masood Azhar, the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant
group, on suspicion his outfit masterminded the Jan 2 attack on an
air base in India.
2016 Jan 13, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed at least 15 people, most of them police,
outside a polio eradication center in Quetta. The Pakistani Taliban
and Jundullah, which has links with the Taliban and has pledged
allegiance to Islamic State, separately claimed responsibility for
the attack. Attackers on a motorcycle lobbed grenades and opened
fire at the ARY News Islamabad office.
2016 Jan 18, In Pakistan a bomb
blast targeted paramilitary troops, killing 5 soldiers and wounding
three in the southwestern city of Quetta.
2016 Jan 18, Representatives
from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States gathered in
Kabul and called on the Taliban to resume peace talks with the
2016 Jan 19, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up close to a police
checkpoint, killing 11 people and wounding more than 20 on the
outskirts of Peshawar. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
2016 Jan 20, In northwestern
Pakistan armed militants stormed Bacha Khan University in the city
of Charsadda, killing 21 people and wounding dozens. Umar Mansoor, a
senior Pakistani Taliban commander involved in the December 2014
attack on the army school in Peshawar, claimed responsibility for
the Charsadda assault and said it involved four of his men, who were
(Reuters, 1/20/16)(AP, 1/22/16)
2016 Jan 22, Pakistan's Supreme
Court lifted a ban on hunting a rare bird, after the government
argued it hurt relations with Gulf states whose wealthy hunters
traditionally travel to Pakistan to pursue the endangered species
2016 Jan 26, Pakistan's most
populous province said it has ordered schools shut for five days and
told 22.5 million students in Punjab to stay at home because of cold
2016 Jan 30, Pakistani forces
killed five suspected separatists overnight near Quetta, Baluchistan
2016 Jan 30, In Pakistan
notorious Lyari gang war leader Uzair Baluch, the alleged mastermind
of a string of murders of local politicians and policemen, was
arrested in the country's crime-ridden commercial capital of
2016 Feb 2, Pakistani security
forces reportedly opened fire on an anti-privatization rally in the
port city of Karachi, killing two employees.
2016 Feb 2, Intizar Hussain
(b.1925) Pakistani writer of Urdu novels, short stories, poetry and
nonfiction, died in Lahore. He is widely recognized as a leading
literary figure of Pakistan and was among the finalists of the Man
Booker Prize in 2013. His books included "A Chronicle of the
Peacocks: Stories of Partition, Exile and Lost Memories" (2002).
2016 Feb 3, Most flights by
Pakistan's ailing national airline were grounded, as striking
employees disrupted operations to protest against a government
2016 Feb 6, In western Pakistan
at least 9 people were killed and more than 40 wounded when a
suicide bomber blew himself up near a military convoy in Quetta.
2016 Feb 6, In southern
Pakistan a fire killed all 10 members of a fisherman's family on
Kharo Chan island, Sindh province.
2016 Feb 6, Afghanistan, China,
Pakistan and the United States launched their third round of talks
aimed at finding a way to get the warring Taliban to sit and talk
peace with the Afghan government. The talks in Islamabad concluded
with a call for direct talks between the government and the Taliban
by the end of February.
2016 Feb 10, In Pakistan a car
slammed into a gas tanker, causing a fireball that killed 10 people,
including six children eastern Punjab province.
2016 Feb 12, Pakistanís army
said it has arrested 97 al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants,
including three commanders, in the southern city of Karachi and
foiled a planned attack to break US journalist Daniel Pearl's killer
out of jail. Two gunmen shot and killed a police officer and wounded
two others in an attack on a patrol on a main road in Islamabad.
(Reuters, 2/12/16)(AP, 2/13/16)
2016 Feb 14, In southern
Pakistan a train crashed into a van at a crossing, killing eight
people and injuring four from the same family.
2016 Feb 18, Pakistani Taliban
militants shot and killed at least nine security forces personnel in
two separate attacks in the northwestern Mohmand tribal region.
(Reuters, 2/18/16)(AP, 2/20/16)
2016 Feb 20, Pakistani security
forces killed 5 "terrorists" in the northwestern Mohmand tribal
region near the Afghan border.
2016 Feb 24, It was reported
that Pakistan's army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif has ordered troops to
launch the final phase an operation to purge militants in a tribal
region near the Afghan border.
2016 Feb 24, Pakistanís Punjab
province passed a law to protect women from violence. A
constitutionally empowered body of mullahs quickly declared the law
to be un-Islamic.
(Econ, 3/5/16, p.37)
2016 Feb 29, In Pakistan Mumtaz
Qadri was hanged in Rawalpindi's Adiala jail. He had shot Salman
Taseer, the liberal Punjab governor, 28 times at an Islamabad market
in 2011. Thousands protested in a number of cities against the
execution. Qadri was hailed by hardline Islamists as a hero for
killing the provincial governor who was seeking reform of the
2016 Mar 1, In Pakistan 2 local
employees of the US consulate in the city of Peshawar were killed by
an explosive device along with some soldiers while on
2016 Mar 1, In Pakistan
Muhammad Asif went on the run after murdering his sisters Fozia Bibi
(22) and Suriya Bibi (24) in a suspected honor killing in Punjab
2016 Mar 2, In Pakistan some
100,000 people turned out for the funeral of Mumtaz Qadri. Ha had
been hanged in Rawalpindi's Adiala jail for the 2011 shooting of
Salman Taseer, the liberal Punjab governor.
(Econ, 4/16/15, p.31)
2016 Mar 3, A powerful
Pakistani religious body that advises the government on the
compatibility of laws with Islam declared a new law that
criminalizes violence against women to be "un-Islamic." The Women's
Protection Act, passed by Punjab province, last week, gives
unprecedented legal protection to women from domestic, psychological
and sexual violence.
2016 Mar 7, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked the entrance to a court, killing
16 people in the town of Shabqadar. A group affiliated with the
Pakistani Taliban and calling itself Jamat-ul-Ahrar claimed
(AP, 3/7/16)(SFC, 3/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 8, Pakistani officials
said a joint operation in the Kuchlak area near Quetta, Baluchistan
province, uncovered Shahbaz Taseer (33), the son of slain Gov.
Salman Taseer. He had been abducted five years ago eight months
after his father was assassinated in Islamabad by his guard, Mumtaz
Qadri, over accusations of blasphemy.
2016 Mar 12, In northwest
Pakistan heavy rain caused the collapse of a coal mine, killing at
least 8 miners and leaving another four missing and feared dead.
Officials said heavy rains in other parts of the northwest have led
to the deaths of 7 people in two days due to collapsing roofs and
2016 Mar 16, Pakistan's Supreme
Court ordered the government to lift a travel ban on former military
ruler Pervez Musharraf, paving the way for him to leave the country
while awaiting trial for treason and other charges.
2016 Mar 16, In Pakistan a bomb
on a bus carrying government employees in Peshawar killed 17 people.
A militant group claimed responsibility, saying it was revenge for
death sentences passed against Islamists.
(Reuters, 3/16/16)(AP, 3/17/16)
2016 Mar 16, Turkmenistan's
president arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit that is likely to
focus on a proposed gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through
Afghanistan, Pakistan and on to India.
2016 Mar 17, Pakistani soldiers
carried out a raid in the Tarel valley, killing 3 militants involved
in attacks on tourists and security forces. The exchange of fire
also killed two security personnel.
2016 Mar 19, In northern
Pakistan a mudslide on a hilly track buried 8 teenage students
returning home after exams after several days of heavy rain in the
village of Susam.
2016 Mar 24, Pakistan arrested
an Indian intelligence officer for his involvement in "subversive
activities" in southwestern Baluchistan province and lodged a
protest with India's envoy over the case. Kulbhushan Jadhav of India
was arrested by Pakistan after he allegedly entered the country from
Iran. Pakistani officials say he has been linked to 1,345 deaths in
acts of terrorism in Pakistan, making secret trips to the country
from Iran. The alleged spy was later sentenced to death by a
Pakistani military court.
(AP, 3/25/16)(AP, 2/18/19)
2016 Mar 25, Iran's Pres.
Hassan Rouhani arrived in Pakistan on a landmark visit, his first
since becoming president. Rouhani and Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif
signed a five years strategic action plan aimed at boosting
bilateral trade to the level of US Dollars five billion by 2021.
(AP, 3/25/16) (Reuters,
2016 Mar 27, In eastern
Pakistan a bomb blast in Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in Lahore killed 74
people and wounded some 340. The suicide bombing was claimed by the
Pakistani Taliban's Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction.
(Reuters, 3/28/16)(Econ, 4/2/16, p.39)
2016 Mar 30, In Pakistan
hundreds of radical Islamists who had rallied for four days in the
heart of Islamabad ended their demonstrations hours after the
government threatened to use force to disperse them. The Islamists
were protesting last month's hanging of a policeman who had shot and
killed a secular governor over his opposition to the country's
strict blasphemy laws.
2016 Apr 3, In northwestern
Pakistan flash floods triggered by overnight torrential rains killed
at least 36 people in several areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2016 Apr 4, Pakistani officials
said flash floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 55
people and rescuers were trying to help thousands of survivors
including some cut off by a landslide in a mountain valley.
2016 Apr 9, Pakistan hanged two
brothers convicted of murdering six people from the same family in a
land dispute, just days after Amnesty International criticized the
country for becoming the world's third most prolific executioner
after China and Iran. Nasir Mehmood and Tahir Iqbal were hanged in
the eastern city of Sialkot for the 2002 murders.
2016 Apr 10, In Pakistan a
magnitude 6.6 earthquake rattled Islamabad and other cities across
the country. 6 people were killed across northern Pakistan. The
quake's epicenter was in remote northeastern Afghanistan.
(AP, 4/10/16)(Reuters, 4/11/16)
2016 Apr 13, In Pakistan a
head-on collision between a passenger bus and truck killed at least
19 passengers, including women and children, in eastern Punjab
2016 Apr 16, Pakistan's army
took over an operation to dislodge a criminal gang holding 24
hostages from a 10 kms (6 mile) long island in the center of the
Indus River in Punjab province. The security operation involving
more than 1,600 security forces was now in its eleventh day. At
least 6 police officials have been killed in the battle for the
2016 Apr 18, In Pakistan more
than 140 rebels surrendered to government authorities in
insurgency-hit Baluchistan province. The government was keen to
secure the province as work begins on the $46 billion China Pakistan
Economic Corridor, a project that will see a trade route built along
the length of Pakistan, culminating in Baluchistan's deep-water port
2016 Apr 19, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber detonated his explosive device outside a
government tax office in the city of Mardan, killing at least one
person and wounding nine others. Hours after the attack, Ahsanullah
Ahsan, a spokesman for the Jamat-ul-Ahrar militant group, claimed
2016 Apr 20, In Pakistan gunmen
on motorcycles shot and killed 7 police officers involved in a polio
vaccination campaign in two separate attacks in Karachi.
2016 Apr 21, Pakistan arrested
al Qaeda operative Abdur Rehman Sindhi in a joint operation between
police and intelligence agencies in Karachi.
(AP, 4/22/16)(AP, 4/25/16)
2016 Apr 22, The Pakistani
Taliban killed Sikh lawmaker Sardar Suran Singh, an adviser to the
chief minister for minority affairs in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
2016 Apr 25, Afghan Taliban
delegation arrived in Pakistan to meet officials in a bid to restart
a stuttering peace process with Kabul.
2016 Apr 29, In Pakistan the
charred body of Ambreen Riasat (17) was found in a burned van in the
tourist resort of Donga Gali. On May 5 police said they have
arrested 13 members of a local tribal council who strangled a local
girl and set her body on fire for helping one of her friends elope.
2016 May 3, In Pakistan Aftab
Husain, a prominent party activist and an aide to Farooq Sattar, MQM
leader in the National Assembly, died two days following his arrest
in Karachi. MQM accused the regional paramilitary Pakistan Rangers
force of killing Hussain. The Rangers, who answer to the Ministry of
Interior and to the army, said Husain was "wanted in several
criminal cases" and had died of a heart attack.
2016 May 3, Pakistan's army
chief signed off on the death sentences of 11 members of the Taliban
convicted of terrorism, kidnappings, attacks on civilians as well as
assaults on police and army officers. The 11 had the right to
2016 May 7, In Pakistan gunmen
riding motorcycles shot and killed rights activist Khurram Zaki and
wounded two other people in southern port city of Karachi.
2016 May 10, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded in the parking area of a state-run university in Quetta,
Baluchistan province, killing 2 police officers and wounding five
2016 May 12, Officials said
Pakistan is spending $4 billion a year on cotton imports to support
the ailing textile industry, after erratic rainfall and drought in
the country's cotton fields slammed growers and the country's
2016 May 18, In Pakistan a twin
bombing killed a police officer and wounded nine people in the
northwestern city of Peshawar.
2016 May 18, In Pakistan 8
al-Qaida operatives and other militants were killed near the city of
Multan, Punjab province. Several of the accomplices managed to flee
but were traced to the district of Dera Ghazi Khan, where six were
killed in a firefight with security forces the following day.
2016 May 18, A fifth round of
four-nation talks (Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and
China) aimed at laying the ground for a negotiated end to the Afghan
war began in Pakistan, as hopes faded for bringing the Taliban
insurgents to the table quickly.
2016 May 20, Afghan Taliban
leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone strike in the
Afghan-Pakistan border area. US officials later said Mansour was
likely killed in an air strike on Pakistani soil.
(AP, 5/21/16)(Reuters, 5/22/16)
2016 May 28, Pakistani media
said the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has
banned advertisements for contraceptive products on television and
radio over concern that they expose inquisitive children to the
subject of sex.
2016 May 30, In Pakistan
schoolteacher Maria Bibi (19) was tortured, doused with gasoline and
set on fire for refusing to marry a man twice her age. Before she
died she had given a statement to police, saying five attackers had
stormed her house in the town of Upper Dewal. All five suspects were
2016 May 31, In London the Walk
Free Foundation's Global Slavery Index said about 45.8 million
people around the world are trapped in modern slavery. India
reportedly had the largest number of modern slaves, 18.35 million,
followed by China with 3.39 million and Pakistan with 2.13 million.
2016 Jun 1, Pakistan imposed
full border controls across the Afghan-Pakistan border at Torkham
near the Khyber Pass.
(Econ, 6/11/16, p.41)
2016 Jun 8, In Pakistan a woman
in Lahore burned her 17-year-old daughter, Zeenat Rafiq, alive to
punish her for marrying against the family's wishes.
2016 Jun 10, In Pakistan 5
worshippers were killed and five injured when a steel shed in the
courtyard of a central Karachi mosque collapsed.
2016 Jun 13, In Pakistan a
transgender woman suffered a gunshot wound to her thigh for refusing
to have sex with three attackers who broke into her home in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province, in the latest in a series of assaults on trans
2016 Jun 14, In Pakistan
Maj. Ali Jawad Khan, wounded in cross-border clashes near
Afghanistan, died of his wounds at a military hospital. He was the
second fatality from the artillery exchanges at the Torkham crossing
on the Afghan-Pakistan border that erupted late on June 12.
2016 Jun 14, An Afghan border
guard was killed and five wounded in renewed clashes late today at
the Torkham Pakistani-Afghan border crossing.
2016 Jun 15, Pakistani troops
fired heavy artillery at Afghan forces at their main Khyber Pass
border crossing, an escalation after days of clashes at the Torkham
crossing that have killed four people and stranded thousands on both
2016 Jun 16, In central
Pakistan Monil Mai (32) was arrested hours after she allegedly threw
acid on her boyfriend Sadaqat Ali for refusing to marry her in the
Mukhdoom Rashid neighborhood of Multan. She had been having an
affair with Ali for several years and wanted him to marry her so
that she could divorce her husband. Ali died of his wounds on June
(AP, 6/17/16)(AP, 6/21/16)
2016 Jun 17, In Pakistan a
mother and son slit the throat of 22-year-old Muqadas Tofeeq in the
village of Butrawala in Punjab province for marrying against the
wishes of her family. Tofeeq was the mother of a 10-month-old
2016 Jun 22, In Pakistan gunmen
killed famous Sufi singer Amjad Sabri in the southern port city of
Karachi. Islamic extremists reject Sufi traditions and have targeted
Sufis in past attacks.
(AP, 6/22/16)(Econ, 7/2/16, p.82)
2016 Jun 26, Pakistani
counter-terrorist police raided a building in Lahore and arrested
three men affiliated with Islamic State who were planning to attack
2016 Jun 28, In Pakistan
militants ambushed a police patrol in Quetta, killing 4 officers.
2016 Jun 29, In Pakistan gunmen
ambushed an army vehicle in Quetta, killing 4 soldiers.
2016 Jul 3, In northern
Pakistan heavy monsoon rains overnight triggered flash floods that
killed at least 30 people in the Chitral district.
(AP, 7/3/16)(SFC, 7/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 8, In Pakistan
national hero Abdul Sattar Edhi (92), the founder of the country's
largest welfare organisation, died in Karachi.
2016 Jul 12, "Move on
Pakistan", a largely-unknown political party founded in 2013, placed
posters overnight begging the countryís powerful army chief to
launch a coup.
2016 Jul 13, In Pakistan Hafiz
Saeed (66), a founding member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group,
accused the US of giving India free reign to crush anti-Indiaian
protests in Kashmir. The US has put a $10 million bounty on Saeed.
(SFC, 7/15/16, p.A4)
2016 Jul 14, The former head of
Afghanistan's main intelligence agency released documents which he
said showed that Pakistani intelligence services helped leaders of
the Taliban and the feared Haqqani network in 2014 and 2015.
2016 Jul 15, Pakistani fashion
model and social media star Qandeel Baloch, real name Fauzia Azeem,
was strangled by her brother Waseem in what appeared to be an honor
killing in Multan, Punjab province. Her social media photos had
challenged social norms. Waseem was arrested on July 17 and
confessed to killing his sister. In 2019 Waseem was found guilty of
murder and sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 7/16/16)(Reuters, 7/16/16)(AP,
7/17/16)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.32)(SFC, 9/28/19, p.A2)
2016 Jul 20, In Pakistan Samia
Shahid (28), a dual British-Pakistani citizen, was murdered during a
visit to her family in their village in Punjab province. Her husband
later branded her death an "honor killing" and called for the UK and
Pakistani governments to ensure his wife received justice. A
forensic examination later concluded that Samia Shahid, 28, of
Bradford was killed by asphyxiation.
(AFP, 7/29/16)(AP, 8/4/16)
2016 Jul 22, Pakistan's PM
Nawaz Sharif pledged an "era of development" in Pakistan-controlled
Kashmir after his party won 31 of 41 seats in the local legislative
assembly. Sharif urged a crowd of supporters in Muzaffarabad, the
capital of Pakistan-held Kashmir, not to forget the sacrifices of
people living in the Indian-controlled side.
2016 Jul 26, In Pakistan
unidentified gunmen killed two army soldiers in a hit and run attack
in the southern port city of Karachi.
2016 Jul 29, In Pakistan Kosar
and Gulzar Bibi, aged 22 and 28, were shot dead by their brother
Nasir Hussain (35) as they prepared to marry men they had chosen
themselves in Punjab province. Hussain fled the scene.
2016 Jul 30, In southern
Pakistan a roadside bomb has exploded near a vehicle carrying
paramilitary rangers, killing a security official and wounding three
officers and five civilians. A spokesman for the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar
militant group, claimed responsibility.
2016 Jul 30, In northwest
Pakistan flash floods triggered by monsoon rains swept away a bus
carrying a wedding party, killing people 27 people in the Landi
Kotal tribal region.
2016 Jul 30, Pakistan arrested
at least 12 staff of its national carrier following the discovery of
6 kg (13.23 lb) of heroin in the toilet of an aircraft bound for
2016 Jul, In Pakistan leading
MQM politician Waseem Akhtar was arrested for numerous crimes
including instigating riots in 2007. In August the city council of
Karachi elected him mayor.
(Econ, 8/27/16, p.27)
2016 Aug 3, China hosted a
meeting with Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. The four
countries agreed to set up an anti-terrorism alliance, as China
seeks to boost coordination with neighbors to tackle what it says is
a growing domestic militant threat.
2016 Aug 3, The Pentagon said
it will not pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements
because it was taking adequate action against the Haqqani network.
2016 Aug 4, A Pakistani
helicopter crash-landed in Afghanistan in Taliban-held territory in
Logar province and all passengers and crew were missing and feared
captured by insurgents. The Afghan Taliban released all five
Pakistanis and one Russian crew member on August 13.
(Reuters, 8/4/16)(Reuters, 8/13/16)
2016 Aug 6, Pakistani Federal
Investigation Agency officials arrested Mathew Craig Barrett, an
American citizen, from an Islamabad guest house. Barrett was
deported and blacklisted in 2011 after being found in the area of a
2016 Aug 7, Gen. Abdul Raziq, a
senior Afghan police official regarded as one of the country's most
powerful men, said he has banned the use of the Pakistani currency
in the key southern province of Kandahar. Raziq said the currency
ban is in retaliation against Pakistan's protection of the Taliban.
2016 Aug 8, In Pakistan a
suicide bombing that targeted lawyers killed at least 74 people in
the city of Quetta.
(AP, 8/9/16)(Reuters, 8/11/16)
2016 Aug 11, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb hit a security vehicle and wounded 13 people in the
southwestern city of Quetta, days after a suicide bombing at a
hospital killed at least 74 people.
2016 Aug 19, A Pakistani court
banned construction of the country's first rapid mass transit
system, Chinese-funded metro project, within 200 feet (61 meters) of
historic buildings in the city of Lahore, in a victory for heritage
2016 Aug 20, Pakistan army said
its jets and ground forces destroyed six militant hideouts in a
northwestern tribal region, killing 9 "terrorists" near the Afghan
2016 Aug 21, Pakistani security
forces reported 6 ďterrorists" killed in the remote Khyber region in
a new offensive against Islamist militants in the area.
2016 Aug 22, Officials said the
Chaman border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan remains
closed for the fourth consecutive day after Afghan protesters burned
a Pakistani flag.
2016 Aug 23, Pakistan's
paramilitary Rangers shuttered the offices of the Muttahida Qaumi
Movement in the port city of Karachi, Hyderabad and elsewhere in the
country after overnight clashes in Karachi left one person dead and
2016 Aug 24, A Pakistani lawyer
said imprisoned politician Waseem Akhtar, who is almost certain to
be the next mayor of Karachi, will run the teeming metropolis via
"video link" from his prison cell. Akhtar, a member of the Muttahida
Qaumi Movement (MQM), was arrested last month on suspicion of aiding
2016 Aug 27, In Pakistan a
shootout erupted late today on the edge of Lahore when gunmen tried
to break the militants out of police custody. 4 Islamic extremists,
allegedly involved in a 2009 attack on the visiting Sri Lankan
cricket team, were killed in the shootout with police.
2016 Sep 1, Pakistan's military
said the Chaman border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan has
reopened nearly two weeks after it was closed in response to Afghan
protesters burning the Pakistani flag at a border rally.
2016 Sep 1, The Pakistani army
announced that it had arrested 309 alleged IS operatives and
(Econ, 11/19/16, p.34)
2016 Sep 2, In northwest
Pakistan two bombs killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens
outside a court complex in the city of Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province, hours after militants killed 2 people in a Christian
neighborhood in the same region. Both attacks were claimed by
Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a breakaway Pakistani Taliban faction.
2016 Sep 10, In Pakistan gunmen
killed Dr. Zaka Ullah. He was instrumental in an anti-polio drive in
the northwestern city of Peshawar.
2016 Sep 13, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed 2 police officers in Quetta. Another three were
wounded as they foiled a suicide attack on a Shiite mosque in the
southern city of Shikarpur.
2016 Sep 15, Pakistani police
arrested the father, husband and brother of a woman who was tortured
and hanged alongside her alleged boyfriend in a family courtyard in
eastern Punjab province. Khalida Bibi, a married mother-of-three,
and her alleged boyfriend, Mohammad Mukhtar (21), were murdered in a
so-called honor killing in the village of Mian Channu.
2016 Sep 15, A Pakistani
express train crashed into a freight train killing at least four
people and injuring 93.
2016 Sep 16, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a Sunni mosque in Ambar, killing
at least 36 worshippers and wounding 28 others.
(AP, 9/16/16)(AP, 9/17/16)
2016 Sep 18, In Pakistan two
gunmen on a motorcycle killed 3 soldiers near the northwestern city
of Peshawar. Jamaatul Ahrar, a breakaway faction of the Taliban,
claimed responsibility for the attack.
2016 Sep 18, In Kashmir a
separatist attack on an army base in Uri near the disputed frontier
killed 18 soldiers. 4 rebels were killed as the soldiers returned
fire. India accused Pakistan of being behind the attack.
(Reuters, 9/18/16)(SFC, 919/16, p.A4)(AP,
2016 Sep 20, Indian soldiers
battled two groups of suspected militants along the highly
militarized de facto border dividing the disputed Himalayan region
of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, leaving one soldier dead.
Indian soldiers killed 8 people trying to cross the disputed border.
(AP, 9/20/16)(Reuters, 9/20/16)
2016 Sep 23, In Pakistanís part
of Kashmir a speeding bus plunged into a fast-flowing river killing
at least 24 passengers.
2016 Sep 24, India's PM
Narendra Modi said he'll work to isolate Pakistan internationally,
accusing India's archrival of trying to destabilize Asia by
2016 Sep 26, Human Rights Watch
said that Pakistan's corrupt and ill-equipped police system
encouraged serious rights violations, including arbitrary arrests,
torture and "encounter killings," in which police stage shootouts to
kill individuals in custody.
2016 Sep 27, Pakistan's Supreme
Court upheld the death penalty against Imdad Ali, a mentally ill man
convicted of murder in 2001, overturning a previous appeal and a
court decision staying his execution.
2016 Sep 29, Indian commandos
carried out a series of lightning strikes along the de facto border
with Pakistan in Kashmir, provoking furious charges of "naked
aggression" from its nuclear-armed neighbor. Pakistan said two of
its soldiers had been killed and nine more wounded in what it
described as small arms fire. Pakistan said eight Indian soldiers
died and that one was captured.
(AFP, 9/29/16)(AP, 9/30/16)
2016 Sep 30, Pakistan said the
summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
leaders set for Islamabad in November has been postponed
indefinitely, amid rising tension between arch-rivals India and
2016 Sep 30, Pakistani
authorities said unknown gunmen killed six people from the same
family in southwestern Baluchistan province while attackers killed a
police officer in the southern city of Karachi in order to free two
alleged killers he was escorting.
2016 Oct 3, Indian and
Pakistani troops fired at each other in disputed Kashmir, as Indian
troops searched an army camp elsewhere in the region where suspected
militants killed an Indian paramilitary soldier.
2016 Oct 6, Pakistan passed
long-awaited legislation closing a loophole that allowed people who
killed for "honor" to walk free, three months after the murder of a
social media star by her brother sparked international revulsion.
2016 Oct 6, Indian soldiers
shot dead seven suspected militants who tried to attack two army
bases in northern Kashmir, prompting anger from Pakistan as a crisis
between the two neighbors over the disputed region grows.
2016 Oct 7, In Pakistan a
freight train rammed into a bus on an unmanned railroad crossing in
eastern Punjab province, killing at least three people. Two bombs
struck a passenger train minutes apart near the village of Mach in
Baluchistan province, killing at least six people and wounding 19.
2016 Oct 14, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen riding on motorcycles shot and killed three
paramilitary officers in the city of Quetta before fleeing.
2016 Oct 17, In central
Pakistan two passenger buses collided in Khanpur town killing 25
people and leaving 69 injured.
(SFC, 10/18/16, p.A2)
2016 Oct 19, In Kashmir firing
by Indian troops along the Line of Control, a ceasefire violation,
killed one Pakistani and wounded 12.
2016 Oct 20, Pakistan's Supreme
Court paved the way for execution of a mentally ill death-row
prisoner by ruling that schizophrenia does not qualify as a mental
disorder. Imdad Ali has been on death row since he was convicted in
2001 in a murder case.
2016 Oct 20, In India the
celebration of Bollywood and international film kicked off amid the
sober announcement that at least one screening was canceled. The
Pakistani classic "Jago Hua Savera," or "Awake, It's Dawn," was
dropped from the Mumbai Film Festival schedule after a local
organization claimed it would cause public outrage.
2016 Oct 23, In Kashmir
shelling across the border between India and Pakistan killed two
Pakistani civilians, an Indian soldier and a boy.
2016 Oct 24, In Pakistan two
gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire killing officer Akbar Ali in the
Charsadda district of Khayber Pakhtunkhwa province. The attackers
fled the scene.
2016 Oct 24, In southwest
Pakistan militant fighters attacked a police training college in
Quetta late today in a raid that killed 61 people and wounded more
than 100. Pakistani authorities blamed militant group,
(Reuters, 10/25/16)(AP, 10/25/16)
2016 Oct 26, Pakistani
authorities arrested Sharbat Gula, an Afghan woman immortalized on a
1985 National Geographic magazine cover, for living in the country
on fraudulent identity papers. On Oct 30 a government minister said
she would be freed on bail days. On Nov 2 a Peshawar court denied
the bail request.
(AFP, 10/30/16)(AP, 11/2/16)
2016 Oct 26, Pakistan's
military said Indian troops have killed two civilians and wounded
eight others in what it called an incident of "unprovoked firing" in
a remote village bordering Indian-controlled Kashmir, while a third
villager died in hospital of gunshot wounds sustained in a similar
incident the previous day.
2016 Oct 27, The Pakistani
government banned all political meetings, rallies and protests in
the capital, Islamabad, ahead of a planned opposition march against
PM Nawaz Sharif on Nov. 2. The ban, which also applies to the
adjacent garrison city of Rawalpindi, will remain in force for two
2016 Oct 27, The provincial
court of Pakistan's Sindh province ordered police and the area's
excise department to start closing all shops selling alcohol.
2016 Oct 28, Pakistani riot
police clashed with stone-throwing supporters of
cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan who rallied in the capital in
defiance of a government-imposed ban on demonstrations.
2016 Oct 28, In Kashmir
soldiers from India and Pakistan continued to shell villages and
border posts. An Indian paramilitary officer said a civilian and a
soldier were killed by Pakistani firing.
2016 Oct 29, In Pakistan gunmen
on motorcycles killed five people at a religious gathering of
Shi'ite Muslims in Karachi, in the latest attack claimed by the
Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's Al Alami faction.
(Reuters, 10/29/16)(Reuters, 11/7/16)
2016 Oct 29, In Kashmir two
Indian soldiers were killed in fighting with Pakistani soldiers and
suspected militants along the volatile frontier.
2016 Oct 30, Pakistani police
arrested more than 100 supporters of opposition politician Imran
Khan who entered Islamabad days before a planned protest shutdown of
2016 Oct 31, Pakistani police
launched a nation-wide crackdown overnight, arresting at least 1,500
supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan ahead of an
opposition rally planned later this week in Islamabad.
2016 Oct 31, Pakistan's Supreme
Court stayed the execution of a mentally ill prisoner whose hanging
was to take place later this week. Imdad Ali (50), convicted of
murdering a religious scholar in 2001, was diagnosed with
schizophrenia in 2008.
2016 Nov 1, Indian officials
said 7 civilians were killed in Kashmir and nine others wounded by
Pakistani shelling. Two women were also reported killed in the
Rajouri sector in cross-border firing.
2016 Nov 3, Pakistan named
eight Indian diplomats it accuses of espionage and terrorism, as
tension mounted between the nuclear-armed rivals following days of
artillery duels and skirmishes on the border dividing the disputed
2016 Nov 4, In Pakistan five
supporters of the Sunni Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), which
advocates for Shi'ites to be legally declared non-Muslim and has a
violent offshoot that targets Shi'ite mosques, were killed in
drive-by attacks in Karachi.
2016 Nov 4, In Pakistan a court
in Peshawar ordered that Sharbat Gulla, the National Geographic's
famed green-eyed 'Afghan Girl', be deported once her detention
2016 Nov 5, Pakistani officials
said heavy smog loaded with pollutants has covered several urban and
rural areas in Punjab province, prompting breathing problems, and
causing more than 20 deaths in traffic accidents caused by poor
visibility on highways.
2016 Nov 6, The Indian army
said Pakistani shelling killed two of its soldiers at posts along
the border of Indian-administered Kashmir. Five others including
three civilians were injured.
2016 Nov 7, Pakistani police
arrested dozens of people in a crackdown on more than 90 seminaries
in Karachi, following a series of sectarian shootings in the city.
2016 Nov 7, Pakistani officials
said Indian troops have opened fire across the Line of Control in
the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing three civilians
and wounding six others as Indian and Pakistani troops continue to
trade heavy fire.
2016 Nov 8, Indian and
Pakistani troops once again traded fire across the Line of Control
in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing three civilians
and wounding four others on the Pakistani side, and killing one
2016 Nov 9, Afghanistan's
President Ashraf Ghani welcomed home Sharbat Gulla, National
Geographic's famed green-eyed "Afghan Girl," just hours after she
was deported from Pakistan, the latest in the odyssey of the
globally recognized refugee.
2016 Nov 12, In Pakistan the
Islamic State dispatched a suicide bomber to the Shah Noorani shrine
in Balochistan province where people had come to watch Sufi mystics
dance. More than 50 people were killed.
(Econ, 11/19/16, p.34)
2016 Nov 14, Pakistanís
military said Indian troops fired on its soldiers in Kashmir killing
seven and prompting return fire.
(SFC, 11/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Nov 16, Pakistan ordered
400 Turkish nationals to leave the country ahead of a visit by
Turkeyís President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2016 Nov 16, In Pakistan
Karachi mayor Waseem Akhta, accused of helping militants and
instigating political violence, was released from prison after a
court granted him bail in the last of 39 cases against him.
2016 Nov 16, Pakistani
authorities arrested eight alleged Islamic State militants in Lahore
who were taking orders from commanders in Syria.
2016 Nov 19, In Pakistan four
members of the security forces were shot dead by gunmen on a
motorcycle in the southwestern city of Quetta. The Islamic State
group soon claimed responsibility.
2016 Nov 21, Pakistan's
military said Indian shelling has targeted several villages in
Kashmir, killing four civilians and wounding 10.
2016 Nov 22, Three Indian
soldiers were killed along the highly militarized de facto border
that divides the disputed region of Kashmir between India and
2016 Nov 23, Indian troops
fired on a Pakistani passenger bus in Kashmir, killing 10 civilians
in one of the deadliest incidents in weeks of violence in the
2016 Nov 26, Pakistan's office
of the prime minister announced that Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa has been
appointed as the new army chief and Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat as
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.
2016 Nov 26, In northwestern
Pakistan four heavily-armed suicide bombers attacked a military
facility and killed two soldiers, but failed to storm a busy mosque
inside. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat-ur-Ahrar (TTP-JA), claimed
responsibility for the attack on Ghalani Camp in Mohmand Agency.
2016 Nov 26, Six Pakistanis
working for a Polish oil and gas surveying company were kidnapped in
northwestern Pakistan, years after a Polish engineer from the same
company was beheaded by Pakistani militants.
2016 Nov 29, In northern India
militants attacked an army base near the city of Jammu, Jammu and
Kashmir state, killing at least seven security personnel and taking
hostages in the boldest assault on a military base in the region in
recent months. Three militants were also reported killed in the
gunbattle. In another part of Kashmir Indian border forces exchanged
fire with three suspected militants from Pakistan. All three were
(Reuters, 11/29/16)(SFC, 11/30/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 7, In northern
Pakistan a plane carrying 47 people crashed on the slope of a
mountain in the Havelian area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. There
were no survivors.
(Reuters, 12/7/16)(AFP, 12/7/16)(AP, 12/8/16)
2016 Dec 10, In Pakistan gunmen
shot and killed counterterrorism police Officer Riazul Islam and
wounded his young son in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
2016 Dec 12, In Pakistan
thousands of Sunni Muslims marking the Prophet Muhammad's birthday
attacked a mosque outside Islamabad belonging to the Ahmadi
religious minority, wounding several people.
2016 Dec 14, Pakistan's
military said it has successfully test-fired a revised version of a
locally developed medium-range cruise missile, which can strike
targets both on land and sea.
2016 Dec 19, Pakistani movie
theaters began screening Bollywood films again, ending an 11-week
boycott in response to political and military tensions with India.
2016 Dec 25, Pakistani
officials said 220 Indian fishermen have been released from a jail
in Karachi and will be handed over to Indian authorities on Dec 26.
2016 Dec 27, Representatives of
Russia, China and Pakistan met in Moscow and warned that the
influence of Islamic State (IS) was growing in Afghanistan and that
the security situation there was deteriorating.
2016 Dec 27, Pakistan reported
that at least 31 people have died from drinking tainted liquor over
the Christmas holiday. A total of 19 people died today, and 12 a day
earlier in eastern Punjab province.
2016 Dec 28, Pakistan's PM
Nawaz Sharif inaugurated a 340 MW nuclear power plant built with
Chinese aid, the third of four such projects aimed at addressing
longtime energy shortages.
2016 In Pakistan some 24,000
madrasas were attended by at least 2 million boys. Nearly all the
schools adhered to the highly conservative Deobandi sect, whose
beliefs are similar to Saudi Wahhabism.
(Econ, 4/2/16, p.14)
2016 Pakistan began to erect
chain-link fencing and razor wire along its 2,600 mile boundary with
Afghanistan. Completion was expected in 2021.
(Econ., 1/2/21, p.25)
2016 Pakistanís population was
about 182 million with Hindus at about 2%.
(Econ, 3/5/16, p.37)
2017 Jan 4, Pakistan's Supreme
Court asked the police to look into allegations that a 10-year-old
girl working as a maid was tortured by her employers, an influential
judge and his wife, after disturbing photographs of the girl,
purporting to show her badly beaten and bruised, circulated on
social media. A day earlier the girl's parents announced they have
"forgiven" the judge and his wife, apparently after reaching a
2017 Jan 4, In Pakistan four
campaigners of the Civil Progressive Alliance of Pakistan (CPAP)
activist group went missing.
2017 Jan 7, In Pakistan Samar
Abbas, president of the Civil Progressive Alliance of Pakistan
(CPAP), an anti-extremism activist group, went missing. This was
days after four other campaigners disappeared in a way that has
alarmed supporters of free speech.
2017 Jan 8, Pakistani media
said the countryís recently retired army chief Raheel Sharif has
been appointed to lead a new Saudi-military alliance to fight
2017 Jan 8, Pakistani police
said 13 people have been killed in a head-on collision between a car
and a passenger van in the eastern province of Punjab.
2017 Jan 9, Pakistan's military
says it has successfully test-fired a submarine-launched cruise
missile for the first time, giving it a "credible second strike
2017 Jan 9, Pakistani
opposition lawmakers called for an investigation into the
disappearance of four social activists last week, including a
prominent university professor who often spoke out over
disappearances of fellow campaigners.
2017 Jan 12, In Pakistan
journalist Muhammad Jan (37) was shot and killed while returning
home by unidentified assailants. He had worked for the Urdu-language
daily Qudrat and was teaching at a school.
2017 Jan 16, A court in
Pakistan sentenced a mother to death for burning her daughter alive
as punishment for marrying without the family's consent. Zeenat
Rafiq (18) married Hassan Khan and eloped to live with his family a
week before she was killed last June 8.
2017 Jan 19, In Pakistan
hardline religious protesters of Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah
threw stones at supporters of five missing activists in Karachi, and
demanded that police charge the missing men under a blasphemy law
that carries a mandatory death sentence.
2017 Jan 21, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded in a market in Parachinar, the capital of the Kurram tribal
region, killing at least 24 people and wounding at least 50. The
Taliban claimed responsibility.
(AP, 1/21/17)(AFP, 1/22/17)
2017 Jan 24, Pakistan
successfully tested a new nuclear capable surface-to-surface missile
that is able to deliver multiple warheads and evade radar detection.
2017 Jan 26, Pakistan's
television regulator banned well-known talk show host Aamir Liaquat
Hussain for hate speech, after he hosted shows accusing liberal
activists and others of blasphemy, an inflammatory allegation that
could put their lives at risk.
2017 Jan 31, Pakistani
supporters of Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed staged small protests and
condemned the United States, after police detained the accused
architect of an attack on the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166
people in 2008.
2017 Feb 3, Pakistani PM Nawaz
Sharif inaugurated one of the first highway sections of his
government's planned $11.5 billion spending plan on roads intended
to expand trade and speed up economic growth.
2017 Feb 4, In northern
Pakistan at least 13 people were killed in an avalanche that buried
five homes following heavy snowfall in the town of Chitral.
2017 Feb 6, In Pakistan Afghan
diplomat Mohammad Zaki Abdu was shot and killed by his security
guard inside the consulate in the port city of Karachi.
2017 Feb 10, Seven Pakistani
fishermen, who remained jailed in Yemen for over a decade, returned
home following efforts by the ICRC and Pakistan's Ministry of
2017 Feb 12, The chairman of
Pakistan's senate says the body will not welcome any US delegation,
member of Congress or dignitary in Islamabad after the US failed to
issue a visa to the senate's deputy chairman, a member of the
right-wing Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam political party, to attend a meeting
at the United Nations.
2017 Feb 13, A Pakistani judge
banned Valentine's Day celebrations in the country's capital, saying
they are against Islamic teachings.
2017 Feb 13, In eastern
Pakistan a suicide bomber plowed a motorcycle into a group of police
escorting a protest rally in Lahore, killing 15 people and wounding
nearly 60. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway Taliban faction, claimed the
(AP, 2/13/17)(Econ, 2/25/17, p.32)
2017 Feb 15, In northwestern
Pakistan two suicide bombings killed at least six people in Peshawar
following an almost three-month-long lull in the volatile region.
(AP, 2/15/17)(AFP, 2/17/17)
2017 Feb 16, In southern
Pakistan 88 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated
explosives at the Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in the town of
Sehwan Sharif. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 2/16/17)(AFP, 2/17/17)
2017 Feb 17, Pakistani forces
said they had killed more than 100 "terrorists" after 88 people died
in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group on a Sufi shrine
which stoked fears of a fresh surge in militancy.
2017 Feb 18, Pakistani
authorities shut down a second key border crossing into Afghanistan,
halting trade supplies to the neighboring landlocked country and
increasing tensions between the two nations in the wake of a bloody
suicide bombing at a beloved shrine in Pakistan.
2017 Feb 20, Pakistani
airstrikes killed "dozens" of militants in the Wucha Bibi area of
North Waziristan along the Afghan border.
2017 Feb 21, In northwestern
Pakistan a group of suicide bombers with grenades and assault rifles
struck outside a courthouse, killing six people in the town of Tangi
in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The attack was claimed by a Taliban
2017 Feb 22, Pakistan said it
will send paramilitary forces to crack down on Islamic militants in
the Punjab province, a move that the ruling party of PM Nawaz Sharif
had long rejected because of opposition among its Islamist
2017 Feb 23, In Pakistan an
explosion in a building under construction ripped through a market
in an upscale neighborhood in Lahore, killing ten people. Officials
later said it was most probably an accident caused by a gas leak,
not a bomb.
(AP, 2/23/17)(Reuters, 2/24/17)
2017 Feb 24, A Pakistani court
acquitted Mohammad Ishaq, an Islamic preacher who was sentenced to
death four years ago on charges of blasphemy. In 2013 a citizen had
accused him of claiming in conversation to actually be God.
2017 Feb 26, In Pakistan the
show, "Pakistan First with President Musharraf", debuted on Bol TV,
a channel that recently ran afoul of government regulators when one
of its hosts was accused of hate speech. Musharraf now lived in
Dubai and faced several criminal cases at home.
2017 Mar 1, Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan agreed to
improve ties, including in the fight against terrorism, on the
sidelines of an economic cooperation summit in the Pakistani capital
2017 Mar 2, Pakistan said it
will conduct its first census in 19 years. The 70-day data-gathering
campaign will start March 15.
2017 Mar 2, Pakistan announced
plans to bring its militancy-wracked tribal areas into the
mainstream political fold by ending a de facto system of direct rule
that critics said suppressed development and fuelled extremism.
2017 Mar 2, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed two men on a motorcycle in a
village near the Afghanistan border.
2017 Mar 3, Pakistani police
said about 1,300 suspected militants have been arrested in a sweep
of hideouts in Punjab province. Another 36 militants died in
shootouts with police and in paramilitary operations since the
two-week sweep began last month.
2017 Mar 4, In Pakistan
unidentified gunmen killed attorney Mohammed Jan Gigyani in
northwestern Shabqadar town. Gigyani was a prominent lawyer
affiliated with the secular Qaumi Watan political party.
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway faction of Pakistani Taliban militants
claimed responsibility for the killing.
2017 Mar 7, Thousands of
stranded Afghans and Pakistanis returned home as Pakistan
temporarily reopened two main crossings that had been closed last
month after a wave of militant attacks.
2017 Mar 8, In Pakistan more
than 2,000 students from Islamic seminaries rallied in Islamabad,
urging the government to take stern action against all those people
who are posting blasphemous content on social media.
2017 Mar 8, Pakistani
authorities hanged five "hardcore terrorists" after they were found
guilty of carrying out attacks in the country. The convicts belonged
to the Pakistani Taliban, or Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.
2017 Mar 9, Pakistan shut its
porous border with landlocked Afghanistan after opening it for two
days, saying the measure was necessary to save Pakistanis from
attacks from militants operating inside Afghanistan.
2017 Mar 15, Pakistan launched
a national census, the country's first in 19 years.
2017 Mar 16, In Pakistan Umer
Tanveer killed his newlywed bride three days after their wedding in
Lahore by suffocating her with a pillow. Tanveer had married his
paternal cousin under family pressure but was interested in another
woman who lived in Dubai. Tanveer initially denied killing Hira but
then confessed to the crime.
2017 Mar 19, A US drone
airstrike in Afghanistan killed Qari Yasin, a Pakistani militant and
al-Qaida leader, accused of involvement in a deadly attack on a bus
carrying Sri Lanka's cricket team in 2009.
(Reuters, 3/21/17)(AP, 3/25/17)
2017 Mar 20, Pakistan's PM
Nawaz Sharif ordered the reopening of the country's border with
Afghanistan, ending a protracted closure that has cost businesses on
both sides millions of dollars and deepened tensions between the two
2017 Mar 22, Pakistani troops
clashed with militants during a raid in a tribal region near the
Afghan border, with two soldiers and five "terrorists" killed. A
local Pakistani Taliban commander was among those reported killed in
the Orakzai tribal region.
2017 Mar 25, Pakistan said it
has started building a fence along the Afghan border in areas where
it says militants have launched cross-border attacks.
2017 Mar 27, In Pakistan a
special 3-day anti-polio drive was launched in Islamabad after
traces of the virus were found in the city's sewage system.
2017 Mar 30, In Pakistan a
suspected militant killed Saleem Latif, a lawyer from the country's
minority Ahmadi sect, over blasphemy allegations. Security forces
arrested the attacker following the killing in eastern Punjab
2017 Mar 31, In Pakistan a
powerful car bomb exploded near a minority Shiite Muslim place of
worship in the northwest town of Parachinar, killing at least 24
people and wounding over 70 others. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway
faction of Pakistani Taliban militants, claimed responsibility.
2017 Apr 2, In Pakistan 20
people were tortured and then murdered with clubs and knives at a
Sufi shrine, in an attack purportedly carried out by Abdul Waheed,
the shrine's custodian, and several accomplices at the edge of
Sargodha, Punjab province.
2017 Apr 6, Retired Pakistani
Lt. Col. Mohammad Habib went missing after arriving in Nepal.
Pakistani officials later said he was seized by Indian intelligence
and that the abduction was aimed at pressuring Pakistan to release
Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian naval officer convicted of espionage
who was sentenced to death on April 10.
2017 Apr 8, Pakistani police
killed 10 militants in a shootout after coming under attack in the
eastern city of Lahore. The slain men included Anwarul Haq, a key
facilitator of the Feb 13 suicide attack in which 13 people were
killed in the city.
2017 Apr 10, Pakistan's
military sentenced an Indian naval officer to death on charges of
espionage and sabotage. Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in March
2016, had been convicted by a military tribunal. Jadhav was
kidnapped last year from Iran and his subsequent presence in
Pakistan was never explained credibly.
2017 Apr 13, In northwestern
Pakistan Mashal Khan (23), a student at Wali Khan University, was
beaten to death by fellow students after a dormitory debate was
followed by accusations of blasphemy being spread across a
university campus in Maradan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. On April
15 eight Pakistanis involved in the mob lynching of Khan over his
liberal views were charged with murder and terrorism. Police later
said Khan was targeted by students who saw him as a political rival.
(AFP, 4/14/17)(AP, 4/16/17)(AP, 6/4/17)(Econ,
2017 Apr 14, In central
Pakistan security forces raided a militant hideout in the Dera Ghazi
Khan district, triggering an intense shootout in which three
soldiers and 10 militants were killed.
2017 Apr 14, Pakistan's
military late today captured a woman identified as Noreen Leghari, a
would-be Islamic State female suicide bomber, in Lahore before she
could carry out an attack on the Christian community during Easter
2017 Apr 15, Pakistan's
military said security forces foiled a "major terrorist attack" on
minority Christians overnight when they killed a militant and
detained his associate in the eastern city of Lahore.
2017 Apr 20, Pakistan's Supreme
Court ruled there was insufficient evidence to order PM Nawaz
Sharif's removal from office over corruption allegations levelled by
the opposition, but it ordered further investigations.
2017 Apr 20, Pakistani police
said three women dressed in burqas killed a man who had been accused
of blasphemy in 2004 in a northeastern, the second brutal killing
over alleged insults to Islam in a week.
2017 Apr 25, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb targeting a minivan in the northwestern Kurram tribal
area killed 14 people.
2017 Apr 26, Pakistan's
military released a video in which Liaquat Ali, better known by his
nom de guerre, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said Afghan and Indian intelligence
agencies gave funds and other assistance to Pakistani Taliban
militants to fight Islamabad. Ehsan, the group's former spokesman,
surrendered last week.
2017 Apr 26, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed several Pakistani Taliban militants
in North Waziristan.
2017 Apr 27, In Pakistan the
Islamic State killed Maulvi Daud, a senior Afghan Taliban official,
in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
2017 Apr 30, Pakistani
authorities uncovered an illegal organ trade ring, arresting two
doctors and their three associates in Lahore.
2017 Apr 30, In northwest
Pakistan a minibus plunged into a ravine in the mountainous in Upper
Dir district, killing 11 people.
2017 May 1, In Kashmir
militants fighting Indian rule ambushed a van carrying cash for the
state-run Jammu and Kashmir Bank, killing five policemen and two
bank officials. India's army accused Pakistani troops of killing two
of its soldiers paroling the de facto border in the disputed Kashmir
region before mutilating their bodies, and vowed to exact revenge.
Pakistan's military denied the allegations.
2017 May 3, Pakistan and Iran
reached an agreement to strengthen security along their shared
border after last week's incident when gunmen killed 10 Iranian
2017 May 4, Pakistani
authorities executed three Pakistani Taliban militants after they
were convicted by military courts over links to acts of terrorism.
2017 May 5, In Pakistan an
International New York Times opinion piece criticizing the powerful
Pakistani army was censored by its local publisher, replaced by a
blank space in a country where it can be dangerous to speak out
against the military establishment.
2017 May 5, Afghan security
forces fired across the border on Pakistani census workers and
troops escorting them, killing nine and drawing a response from the
military. On the Afghan side, officials reported six killed in the
incident. Gen. Abdul Raziq, the police chief in Kandahar province,
blamed Pakistan for initiating the gunbattle. He accused Islamabad
of using the census as a mask to conceal the crossing of militants
from Pakistan into Afghanistan. 11 people were killed in fighting
between the two countries prompting Pakistan to close the border
(AP, 5/5/17)(AP, 5/6/17)
2017 May 5, An Afghan truck
driver was killed after a rocket fired from across the border hit
him in Nangarhar province.
2017 May 7, Pakistan said its
forces killed at least 50 Afghan troops and destroyed five
checkpoints in clashes along the disputed border two days earlier,
while Afghanistan dismissed the account, saying only two border
police and a civilian were killed.
2017 May 10, Turkey said it has
signed a memorandum of understanding with Pakistan for the sale of
four Turkish made corvette warships and 52 Pakistan-made training
planes for Ankara's armed forces.
2017 May 11, In Kashmir two
civilians were killed and three others injured when Indian and
Pakistani soldiers traded gunfire and shelled each other's border
posts in the disputed region.
2017 May 12, Pakistanís army
said Pakistan and Afghanistan military officials have agreed to
increase the number of bilateral interactions through various
command and staff channels to foster an environment of mutual
respect, trust and cooperation.
2017 May 12, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded next to a convoy of the deputy chairman of the Pakistan
Senate in Baluchistan province, killing at least 25 people. The
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing.
2017 May 13, In southwestern
Pakistan ten laborers were gunned down while working on link roads
in Baluchistan province to connect outlying towns to the country's
$57-billion Chinese "Belt and Road" initiative.
2017 May 13, In Kashmir Indian
and Pakistani troops traded fire, killing two civilians and wounding
2017 May 18, The UN
International Court of Justice ordered Pakistan not to execute
Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, convicted of espionage and
terrorism, in a case that has further strained relations between the
2017 May 19, In Pakistan
suspected militants gunned down three Pakistani workers building a
Chinese-funded "Silk Road" highway in Baluchistan province, just
days after a similar attack killed 10.
2017 May 21, In Pakistan gunmen
shot and killed four policemen returning to their station from a
patrol about 90 km (56 miles) south of Peshawar in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province. A pair of gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire
on a stationary police van in an upscale neighborhood in the
southern port city of Karachi, killing two policemen and wounding
2017 May 22, In northwestern
Pakistan roadside bomb killed at least five people and wounded
several in the Khyber tribal region close to the Afghan border.
2017 May 22, A security
official said Pakistan has begun a crackdown on online criticism of
its powerful military, with up to 200 social media accounts under
2017 May 22, Pakistani
authorities found 20 kg (44 lbs.) of heroin on a Pakistan
International Airlines (PIA) flight bound for London during a search
at Islamabad airport.
2017 May 23, India said it had
attacked and damaged Pakistani army posts in Kashmir as it sought to
prevent militants infiltrating from the Pakistani side of the
disputed region, but Pakistan denied the assertion.
2017 May 24, Pakistani prison
authorities executed Atta Ullah and Taj Mohammad, both members of
the Pakistani Taliban, over their involvement in a 2014 school
attack that killed 150 people, mostly schoolchildren.
2017 May 24, In Pakistan armed
men pretending to be policemen kidnapped Chinese language teachers
Lee Zing Yang (24) and Meng Li Si (26) in Quetta. Their deaths were
confirmed on June 12.
(Reuters, 5/24/17)(AP, 6/12/17)
2017 May 27, Pakistani
authorities reopened the main Chaman border crossing at
Afghanistan's request. Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to
maintain a ceasefire in the border town.
2017 May 28, In Pakistan a
record high of 53.5 degrees C (128.3 degrees F) was set in the
southwestern city of Turbat, the world's hottest-ever temperature
recorded for the month of May.
2017 May 29, In Pakistan two
demonstrators were killed in a protest against electricity shortages
in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, reportedly when
police fired to disperse crowds.
2017 May 30, In southern
Pakistan protesters in Karachi set tires ablaze after power cuts
disrupted a traditional pre-dawn meal during the holy month of
2017 May 30, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen killed Haji Mohammad Farid, a close aide and
relative of Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Faridís
bullet-riddled body was found was found outside a mosque on the
outskirts of the city of Peshawar.
(Reuters, 5/30/17)(AP, 5/30/17)
2017 Jun 1, India's troops
fired mortars and used small arms to target civilians in border
towns in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing a
villager. Another four civilians were wounded in the shelling, which
the Pakistani military said was in violation of a cease-fire
agreement. Pakistani troops returned fire.
2017 Jun 3, It was reported
that Pakistan has frozen the accounts of 5,000 suspected militants,
taking about $3 million out of their pockets. Pakistan's National
Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), established in 2013, has begun
the painstaking work of devising anti-terror financing policies,
freezing bank accounts of known terrorist groups and identifying
those that have resurfaced with different names.
2017 Jun 3, The Pakistani
military said its troops had killed five Indian soldiers in
retaliation to Indian firing along the Line of Control in disputed
Kashmir. The Indian army said two of its soldiers were killed in an
ambush by suspected insurgents.
(Reuters, 6/3/17)(AP, 6/3/17)
2017 Jun 4, Pakistan said a
two-day military operation has killed 12 militants in the
southwestern province of Baluchistan.
2017 Jun 8, Pakistanís military
said a three-day operation has killed 12 militants in the
southwestern province of Baluchistan. The military operation foiled
an attempt to set up an organized Islamic State group base. The
Taliban-linked Sunni sectarian outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Almi was
working to establish the IS foothold.
2017 Jun 9, China and Pakistan
said they are investigating the Islamic State group's claim that two
Chinese teachers abducted on May 24 in Baluchistan province have
been killed, after a video appearing to show the pair was sent to
2017 Jun 10, In Pakistan
Taimoor Raza (30), minority Shiite Muslim, was sentenced to death
for sharing blasphemous content about Islam on social media.
2017 Jun 10, The Indian army
said it has foiled infiltration bids by suspected militants from the
Pakistani side along a heavily militarized de facto border dividing
Kashmir between the two countries and killed six intruders over the
2017 Jun 11, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen shot and killed three officers and wounded another
person in a hit-and-run attack on a police post in Quetta. The
banned militant group Lashker-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for
2017 Jun 11, In Pakistan a lone
gunman shot and killed a journalist in the northwestern town of
2017 Jun 12, Pakistan confirmed
that two Chinese language teachers, abducted at gunpoint on May 24,
have been killed.
2017 Jun 12, Indian and
Pakistani troops traded fire in the disputed Himalayan region of
Kashmir, killing two civilians and wounding three others on the
2017 Jun 13, Pakistani
intelligence officials said a suspected US missile strike in the
northwest has killed a militant commander and his aide in a village
some five km south of Thal city.
2017 Jun 14, In Pakistan two
members of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group escaped from the
jail in the port city of Karachi. A jail superintendent and 11 other
officials were soon arrested in the wake of a jail break.
2017 Jun 15, Pakistan's PM
Nawaz Sharif denied allegations of corruption and money laundering
during a nearly three-hour appearance before a Supreme
Court-appointed team investigating his family's offshore companies.
2017 Jun 16, Two Pakistani
officials disappeared as they were traveling by road from the
Jalalabad consulate in eastern Afghanistan on their way to Pakistan.
2017 Jun 17, Pakistani security
forces in an overnight raid arrested four members of the
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group and seized weapons and explosives from their
hideout in Karachi. The detained men reportedly wanted to target a
rally of Shiite Muslims.
2017 Jun 20, Pakistan's army
says construction will begin soon on a fence across the border with
Afghanistan in order to improve security.
2017 Jun 23, In Pakistan a
suicide car bomber killing at least 14 in the southwestern city of
Quetta. Two blasts later killed at least 67 in the northwest town of
Parachinar. Gunmen in Karachi attacked police officers at a roadside
restaurant and killed four of them before fleeing. Jamaat ur Ahrar,
a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility
for the attack in Quetta. A faction of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi soon
claimed responsibility for the attacks in Parachinar.
(Reuters, 6/23/17)(AP, 6/24/17)(SFC, 6/24/17,
2017 Jun 24, Chinese Foreign
Minister Wang Yi has arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit to
discuss bilateral ties and stability with neighboring Afghanistan.
2017 Jun 25, In eastern
Pakistan an overturned oil tanker burst into flames, killing 157
people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather
leaking fuel outside the city of Bahawalpur. The death toll
continued to rise in south Punjab as many suffered extensive burns.
The death toll later climbed to 215.
(AP, 6/25/17)(AP, 6/26/17)(AP, 6/30/17)(Reuters,
2017 Jun 25, In northwestern
Pakistan six children were killed in a village when they picked up
an explosive device that looked like a toy in the South Waziristan
region. A day earlier two children were killed in a nearby village
when they stepped on a landmine while playing in the fields.
2017 Jun 27, Pakistan strongly
criticized the US decision to impose sanctions on Syed Salahuddin,
senior leader of the Kashmiri militant group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.
2017 Jun 28, Pakistan's Shiite
Muslims took their protests to Islamabad. Meanwhile in the majority
Shiite Kurram tribal region, thousands of residents have been
staging daily sit-ins after twin bombings killed more than 70 people
2017 Jun 28, Pakistani
authorities arrested Zafarullah Achakzai, a reporter for the Daily
Qudrat newspaper, under a new electronic crime law aimed at
combating terrorism and preventing blasphemy but which critics say
is used to suppress political dissent.
2017 Jun 29, In Pakistan tens
of thousands of people protested in Parachinar to demand better
security after twin bombings in a market there last week killed 75
2017 Jul 1, In northwestern
Pakistan a health worker, who had been immunizing children against
polio, was shot dead as he returned to his base from an outreach
2017 Jul 6, In Pakistan gunmen
shot and killed Malik Naveed (38), a regional political party
leader, and his guard in Quetta, Baluchistan province. Naveed was
one of the leaders of the opposition Baluchistan National Party.
2017 Jul 6, The UN Security
Council added the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani
Taliban, to a list of organizations and individuals subject to
freezing of assets, a travel ban and an arms embargo.
2017 Jul 7, A spokesman for
Pakistan's oil and gas regulatory body said the agency has ordered a
local subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell to pay about 250 million
rupees ($2.4 million) in compensation and damages for the June 25
fuel truck fire that killed 215 people.
2017 Jul 8, In Kashmir seven
people were killed in cross-border shelling by both Pakistan and
India as hundreds of militants and political activists took to the
streets in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir to commemorate the 2016 death
of Burhan Wani.
2017 Jul 9, Pakistan summoned
India's deputy high commissioner in Islamabad after five civilians
were killed by "unprovoked" Indian fire across the Line of Control
in the disputed Kashmir region. In a separate 'goodwill gesture' it
also released scores of Indian fishermen held for illegal fishing in
its territorial waters.
2017 Jul 10, In Pakistan a new
report said an official investigation into corruption allegations
against PM Nawaz Sharif and his family has found a "significant
disparity" between their declared wealth and known sources of
income. A 275-page report summarized the findings of a two-month
(AP, 7/10/17)(Econ 7/15/17, p.33)
2017 Jul 11, Pakistani
opposition parties urged the country's PM Nawaz Sharif to step down
after a Supreme Court probe into corruption allegations against his
family members found "significant disparity" between their declared
wealth and known sources of income.
2017 Jul 11, A Pakistani
subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell agreed to pay a fine of about 257
million rupees ($2.4 million) in compensation for a tanker truck
explosion that killed more than 200 people on June 25.
2017 Jul 12, Pakistani police
said Mohammad Shahzad shot dead his sister and her daughter in a
so-called "honor killing" in the eastern city of Lahore.
2017 Jul 13, Pakistani PM Nawaz
Sharif for the first time explicitly dismissed a report from a
corruption investigation that raised questions about the source of
his family's wealth, rejecting it as slander.
2017 Jul 13, In Pakistan
Islamist gunmen killed Superintendent of Police Mubarak Shah (56)
and three other policemen guarding him in Quetta.
2017 Jul 14, Pakistani police
in Kharian, Punjab province, detained a Christian teenager (16) on
blasphemy charges for allegedly using derogatory remarks against
Islam's prophet Muhammad.
2017 Jul 15, A Pakistan
official said that laboratory testing shows that water from Lake
Rawal is "fit for human consumption" after tons of dead fish were
found in the water body on Islamabad's outskirts. The Lake Rawal
reservoir is used as the main source of water for the garrison city
2017 Jul 16, Pakistan said it
has launched a new military operation near the Afghan border to
combat militants in the Rajgal Valley of the Khyber tribal region.
2017 Jul 17, Pakistani
opposition parties called on the Supreme Court to remove PM Nawaz
Sharif from office after an investigation found that he and his
family possess wealth exceeding their known sources of income.
(SFC, 7/18/17, p.A2)
2017 Jul 17, In Kashmir four
Pakistani soldiers, one Indian soldier and a child were killed as
Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire across a cease-fire line
dividing the troubled region between the two countries.
2017 Jul 18, In Pakistan a
dilapidated, three-story building in a poorer neighborhood of
Karachi collapsed before dawn, killing at least five people and
2017 Jul 19, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen shot dead four members of the Hazara Shi'ite Muslim
minority in Baluchistan province, in what police suspect was a
2017 Jun 19, Pakistani security
forces recovered wreckage of an Iranian drone shot down by a
Pakistani JF-17 Jet. It was unknown when the unmanned aerial vehicle
(UAV) was shot down.
(The National Interest, 8/29/19)
2017 Jul 21, The chairman of
Pakistan's financial regulator was arrested, accused of forging
documents in a corruption case against PM Nawaz Sharif. Zafar Hijazi
was accused by investigators of doctoring the records of a sugar
mill owned by the Sharif family.
2017 Jul 21, It was announced
that the US Pentagon is withholding hundreds of millions of dollars
meant to reimburse Pakistan for its fight against terrorist groups,
citing Islamabadís failure to take sufficient action Against the
Haqqani network, an offshoot of the Taliban in Pakistan.
(SFC, 7/22/17, p.A2)
2017 Jul 23, In Pakistan at
least 150 people were killed when an overturned fuel tanker truck
exploded as they collected spilled fuel.
(SFC, 7/26/17, p.A3)
2017 Jul 24, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bombing killed 26 people in the eastern city of
2017 Jul 26, Pakistani police
said they have arrested 20 members of a village council over
instructing a man to rape a girl (17) to avenge the rape of his
sister (13). The girl is the sister of the man who is suspected in
the rape of the other girl earlier this month.
2017 Jul 27, Pakistani police
arrested the head of the Raja Pur village council for allegedly
sanctioning the rape of a teenage girl. Council chief Saeed Patwari
allegedly gave Mohammad Ashfaq permission to rape a 17-year-old girl
to avenge the July 16 rape of his 13-year-old sister by another man,
Omar Wadda. 23 councilmen were already arrested in the case.
2017 Jul 28, Pakistan's PM
Nawaz Sharif stepped down, hours after the country's Supreme Court
disqualified him from office in dramatic developments that have
plunged the nuclear-armed nation into another major crisis. The
Supreme Court employed little-used Article 62 of the Constitution,
which calls for the dismissal of any lawmaker deemed dishonest, to
(AP, 7/28/17)(Reuters, 7/30/17)
2017 Jul 29, Pakistan's ruling
party appointed Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (58) as interim prime minister
after the ouster of Nawaz Sharif, while Sharif's brother, Shahbaz
Sharif (65), was chosen as his long-term successor.
(AP, 7/29/17)(SSFC, 7/30/17, p.A5)
2017 Jul 29, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying villagers in Panjgur, a
southwestern border town near Iran, killing four people and wounding
2017 Aug 1, Pakistan's
parliament elected ruling party loyalist Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as
prime minister, days after Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme
Court after a corruption probe.
2017 Aug 7, In Pakistan the JuD
charity said it has entered politics by forming a new party. The new
Milli Muslim League party will follow the ideology of Jamaat-ud-Dawa
(JuD), which the US says is a front for banned militant group
Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) and is run by Hafiz Saeed, the alleged
mastermind of the 2008 attacks that killed 166 people.
2017 Aug 7, Pakistani security
forces killed four Taliban militants in the eastern city of Lahore
hours after a truck bomb killed one person and wounded 22.
2017 Aug 9, Pakistan's deposed
prime minister Nawaz Sharif began two days of rallies aimed at
demonstrating his political strength, ignoring security threats and
drawing thousands of supporters.
2017 Aug 9, In Pakistan a
shootout with militants killed an army major and three other
officers. One attacker was shot dead and another blew himself up in
a raid on a home in the Dir tribal region.
(SFC, 8/10/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 10, In Pakistan Ruth
Pfau (87), a German physician and nun who devoted her life to the
eradication of leprosy in Pakistan, died in Karachi.
2017 Aug 11, In southern
Pakistan gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire on a vehicle
carrying a senior police officer in Karachi, killing him and his
guard before fleeing the scene. Hours later, a powerful bomb struck
in a remote northwestern tribal region, killing three people and
2017 Aug 12, In southwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a military
truck in Quetta killing eight soldiers and seven civilians.
(SSFC, 8/13/17, p.A4)
2017 Aug 14, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed eight soldiers in a remote district in the
southwestern province of Baluchistan, the second attack within days
in the troubled region.
2017 Aug 15, Ousted Pakistani
PM Nawaz Sharif sought a review of a Supreme Court decision that
disqualified him from office over undeclared assets.
2017 Aug 17, Pakistan launched
a registration drive to document the estimated 1 million Afghan
nationals who have been living in the country illegally since
fleeing war and unrest in the 1980s.
2017 Aug 19, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen on a motorcycle killed Attaullah Shah, a local
leader of the pro-Taliban Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam party in Dera Ismail
Khan, in an apparent assassination before fleeing.
2017 Aug 20, In Pakistan
bandits abducted seven policemen from a forested area of southern
Punjab. The gang called for several of its members who are behind
bars to be freed.
2017 Aug 21, Pakistan's
military claimed success in a month-long operation against militants
in a troubled Khyber tribal region. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif
Ghafoor said that ground troops backed by the air force killed 52
terrorists since July 15.
2017 Aug 27, Pakistani police
used tear gas and batons to disperse anti-US protesters in the
southern port city of Karachi. Police took action when a group of
Shiite students tried to march toward the US consulate and an
officer was injured in the process.
2017 Aug 30, Pakistan's lower
house of parliament has passed a resolution denouncing US President
Donald Trump's claim that the country harbors militants battling US
forces in neighboring Afghanistan.
2017 Aug 31, A Pakistani
anti-terrorism court declared ex-military leader Pervez Musharraf a
fugitive in the murder case of former PM Benazir Bhutto and
acquitted five people in the killing. The court sentenced two former
police officers to 17 years in prison for failing to protect former
(Reuters, 8/31/17)(AP, 8/31/17)
2017 Sep 2, In Pakistan two
gunmen targeting an ethnic party lawmaker after Eid prayers instead
shot down two others, including a child, in the port city of
2017 Sep 4, In Pakistan a
suspect involved in an attack on a lawmaker killed one police
officer and wounded another during a raid at his house and he was
able to escape from his eastern Karachi neighborhood. Abdul
Karim Siddiqi was the mastermind of an attack on an ethnic lawmaker
2017 Sep 10, In Pakistan 10
members of a family who were on their way to a wedding celebration
died when their van collided with a long trailer in Punjab province.
2017 Sep 10, In Pakistan
thousands of supporters of Pakistan's main Islamic Jamaat-e-Islami
party gathered in Karachi to protest Myanmar's treatment of its
Rohingya Muslim minority.
2017 Sep 13, Pakistani police
said they suspect two teenagers were electrocuted to death by their
own families last month when they tried to elope. Authorities have
exhumed the bodies of the 16-year-old girl and her 18-year-old lover
and were conducting tests to determine the cause of death. The male
relatives have been arrested.
2017 Sep 14, Mťdecins Sans
FrontiŤres, also known as Doctors Without Borders, said the
government of Pakistan has moved to end 14 years of its operation in
the Kurram tribal region.
2017 Sep 15, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed three people in the tribal area
near the Afghanistan border, in what Afghan Taliban sources say was
an attack targeting a Haqqani network militant.
2017 Sep 15, A Pakistani judge
sentenced a Christian man to death after finding him guilty of
insulting Islam's Prophet in the eastern Punjab province.
2017 Sep 16, Counterterrorism
officials and analysts said thousands of Shiite Muslims from
Afghanistan and Pakistan are being recruited by Iran to fight with
President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria, lured by promises of
housing, a monthly salary of up to $600 and the possibility of
employment in Iran when they return.
2017 Sep 17, Pakistanis began
casting votes for the parliamentary seat vacated by ousted PM Nawaz
Sharif, in a by-election seen as a test of support for the Sharif
dynasty ahead of the 2018 general election. Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif,
the wife of Mr. Sharif, was elected even though she was in London
undergoing treatment for cancer.
(Reuters, 9/17/17)(Econ, 9/23/17, p.33)
2017 Sep 17, In Pakistan a
blast struck a vehicle in the Mamund area of Bajaur, killing five
security personnel and an official from the civilian administration.
The militant Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group said it carried
out the attack.
2017 Sep 19, In southern
Pakistan an accidental explosion at a cement factory killed at least
five people in Rohri.
2017 Sep 22, Pakistan's
military said at least six Pakistani villagers were killed and 26
were wounded in an overnight attack by India in the disputed
Himalayan region of Kashmir, adding that hundreds of villagers were
forced to move to safer places.
2017 Sep 23, In Pakistan
attackers across the border in Afghanistan opened fire on a newly
built border post in recently cleared Rajgal Valley, killing a young
2017 Sep 23, Indian troops,
according to Pakistan, fired across the Line of Control in the
disputed Kashmir region, killing a young girl and wounding two other
2017 Sep 27, Pakistan's army
said Indian troops have fired across the frontier in the disputed
region of Kashmir, killing a young man and wounding four people.
2017 Sep 29, Indian troops with
heavy weapons reportedly targeted civilians from across the frontier
in the disputed region of Kashmir, killing two villagers and a
2017 Sep 30, Thousands of
Shiite Muslims rallied across various parts of Pakistan ahead of
tomorrow's religious festival of Ashura, or "Day of Remembrance".
2017 Oct 2, Pakistani activist
Ahmed Zeb, hunted by the Taliban, narrowly escaped a car blast that
killed his father and a passenger. Zeb vowed the next day to keep up
his struggle against militancy in the northern Swat Valley. The
attack was claimed by a spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban.
2017 Oct 2, In Kashmir Indian
and Pakistani troops fired at each other, killing a boy (10) and a
girl (15) and injuring 12 other civilians on the Indian side.
2017 Oct 3, In Kashmir Indian
police killed three suspected militants in army uniforms after they
infiltrated a security camp beside the main airport in the disputed
region. One Indian security official was killed and three wounded in
a gun fight that followed. Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammad took
responsibility for the attack.
2017 Oct 5, In southwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber struck a Shiite shrine packed with
worshippers in the remote village of Jhal Masgi, Baluchistan
province, killing 16 people and wounding 30 in an apparent sectarian
attack. The death toll soon increased to 24 after four victims died
at a hospital.
(AP, 10/5/17)(AP, 10/7/17)
2017 Oct 9, In Pakistan gunmen
ambushed a car with minority Shiite Muslims in the southwestern city
of Quetta, killing four of them and a passer-by. A Taliban attack on
a military vehicle in northwestern Pakistan left three soldiers
2017 Oct 11, Pakistan's
electoral commission barred from contesting elections the Milli
Muslim League (MML), a new political party backed by Islamist Hafiz
Saeed, who has a $10 million US bounty on his head.
2017 Oct 12, Pakistan's army
said it has rescued a kidnapped US-Canadian couple and their three
children after receiving intelligence from the United States. The
family was abducted in 2012 while traveling in Afghanistan and held
by the militant Haqqani network. They were identified as Canadian
Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children.
(Reuters, 10/12/17)(AP, 10/12/17)
2017 Oct 12, The Pakistani
Taliban reportedly killed Haroon Khan, a local journalist, in the
country's volatile northwest. The Taliban accused him of secretly
working for Pakistani intelligence.
2017 Oct 14, In Kashmir a young
man was killed during anti-India protests following a gunbattle that
killed two rebels. Indian troops had cordoned off southern Litter
village on a tip that militants were hiding in a civilian home.
Later in the day a police officer was killed and another injured
after rebels sprayed gunfire at two police vehicles passing through
the southern Kulgam area. The next day Pakistan said Indian fire
across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region had killed
(AP, 10/14/17)(AP, 10/15/17)
2017 Oct 15, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb near the Afghan border killed four soldiers and
wounded three others in the Kurram tribal region.
2017 Oct 17, In Pakistan two
suspected US drone strikes killed 11 people on the mountainous
Pakistan-Afghanistan border, following a strike a day earlier that
2017 Oct 18, Pakistan's
military said that new fencing and guard posts along the border with
Afghanistan would help prevent militant attacks in both countries.
The military has so far fenced off about 43 km of the Federally
Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and planned to fence up most of
the 2,500 km (1,500 mile) frontier despite Kabul's protests that the
barrier would divide families and friends along the Pashtun tribal
(AP, 10/18/17)(Reuters, 10/18/17)
2017 Oct 18, Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP) said that Khalifa Umar Mansoor, the militant
commander accused of masterminding a massacre at a school in
Peshawar in 2014, has been killed.
2017 Oct 18, In Pakistan Zeenat
Shahzadi (26), abducted in 2015, was recovered from near the Afghan
border. her mother later said she under extreme mental pressure and
unable to tell much about her ordeal.
2017 Oct 19, A Pakistani
anti-corruption court indicted ousted PM Nawaz Sharif and his
daughter over allegations linked to ownership of London properties,
opening a trial that could see the former leader jailed.
2017 Oct 19, Omar Khalid
Khorasani, the leader of Pakistani militant group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar,
died of wounds sustained in a US drone strike in Afghanistan. He had
planned some of the deadliest suicide bombings in Pakistan over the
2017 Oct 21, In Pakistan rescue
workers recovered the bodies of seven of nine mine workers who were
buried under a landslide in the country's southwest.
2017 Oct 22, Pakistan's
paramilitary force killed eight alleged "terrorists" in an overnight
shootout in Karachi. Two of the killed gunmen were identified as
members of the Ansar al-Shariya militant group.
2017 Oct 27, In Pakistan
assailants riding on motorcycles attacked outspoken journalist Ahmad
Noorani in Islamabad, leaving him badly hurt with head injuries.
2017 Oct 27, In Pakistan
unidentified kidnappers bundled Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi, the deputy
governor of Afghanistan's northwestern province of Kunar, into a car
in Peshawar and took him away.
2017 Oct 29, Pakistan released
68 Indian fishermen held for trespassing into its territorial
waters. 380 Indian fishermen remained behind bars in the country.
2017 Oct 31, In Pakistan Aasia
Bibi (21) appeared before a judge on murder charges after she
allegedly poisoned her husbandís milk last week. 17 other people
were inadvertently when her mother used the tainted milk to make a
(http://tinyurl.com/y8nrc9h7)(SFC, 11/2/17, p.A4)
2017 Nov 3, In northwestern
Pakistan a mudslide killed eight children and wounded two others in
Gardai village in the Bajur tribal region.
2017 Nov 4, Officials said smog
has enveloped much of Pakistan and neighboring India, causing
highway accidents and respiratory problems, and forcing many
residents to stay home.
2017 Nov 8, Pakistani police
said they have arrested Zarina Begum (49) for allegedly plotting
with her newly married niece to poison the young woman's husband
with tainted milk that would eventually kill him and 17 other
relatives in a remote village.
2017 Nov 10, In Pakistan more
than 3,000 Islamists camped out on the edge of Islamabad, demanding
the removal of the country's law minister over a recently omitted
reference to the Prophet Muhammad in a constitutional bill. The
rally drew criticism from residents and rights activists when an
infant died a day earlier on the way to a hospital due to the road
2017 Nov 13, The Pakistani
military said militants have crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan
and killed a Pakistani army officer and a soldier.
2017 Nov 14, A Pakistani
anti-corruption court issued an arrest warrant for Finance Minister
Ishaq Dar after the veteran politician failed to turn up for several
2017 Nov 14, Pakistani police
arrested dozens of members of a hard-line Islamist party that has
blocked a main entrance to Islamabad since last week, in the latest
confrontation between religious activists and authorities.
Supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan party blame minister
Zahid Hamid for changes to an electoral oath that it says amounts to
2017 Nov 14, It was reported
that Pakistanís white-backed vulture is facing extinction. Its
population has been devastated by the use of industrial drugs to
breed the cattle whose carcasses they traditionally feed on.
Diclofenac, used as a painkiller by livestock breeders, was banned
in neighboring India in 2006 after it was also blamed for destroying
the vulture population there.
2017 Nov 16, Pakistan army said
troops had killed a Baluch separatist commander involved in the
slaying of 15 men from Punjab in Baluchistan, where separatist
groups have waged a low-level insurgency.
2017 Nov 18, Pakistani
authorities found the bodies of five more Pakistanis who were
apparently planning to cross into Iran on their way to Europe to
seek work as migrant laborers. The men were apparently part of a
group that included 15 men from the Punjab province who were killed
earlier this week by a separatist group.
2017 Nov 19, A Pakistani
investigator says federal agents in Quetta have arrested Mohammad
Sadiq, a "human smuggler" linked to the recent deaths of 20 people
near the border with Iran.
2017 Nov 19, Pakistani police
said a car carrying a family has fallen off a mountainous road into
a deep gorge killing five and wounding one in the country's
2017 Nov 20, A Pakistani court
granted the government three more days to find a way to clear an
Islamist rally near Islamabad.
2017 Nov 22, A Pakistani court
ordered the release of one of the alleged masterminds of the 2008
Mumbai attacks which killed more than 160 people. Firebrand cleric
Hafiz Saeed, who heads the UN-listed terrorist group Jamaat-ud-Dawa
(JuD) and has a $10 million US bounty on his head, will be freed
Nov. 23 after less than a year in detention.
2017 Nov 24, Pakistani
authorities acting on a court order released Hafiz Saeed, a
US-wanted militant, who allegedly founded a banned group linked to
the 2008 Mumbai, India attack that killed 168 people.
2017 Nov 25, Pakistani police
launched an operation to clear Islamist protesters from an
intersection linking the Islamabad with the garrison city of
Rawalpindi, sparking other demonstrators across the country to take
to the streets in solidarity and bringing major cities to a virtual
standstill. The clashes in Islamabad left six dead and dozens
wounded after security forces failed to disperse supporters of the
Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party.
(AP, 11/25/17)(AP, 11/26/17)
2017 Nov 25, Pakistani police
said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest in the
southwestern city of Quetta, killing at least four people and
wounding 19 others.
2017 Nov 26, In Pakistan
Islamist party activists clashed with security forces for a second
day outside Islamabad, burning vehicles before withdrawing into an
uneasy stand-off at a protest camp they have occupied for two weeks.
2017 Nov 26, Pakistani police
arrested ten people for killing a newly-wed couple who entered into
a free-will marriage in the southern port city of Karachi. Abdul
Hadi (24) and Hasina Bibi (19) were killed by relatives last week
for marrying without permission from their elders earlier this
2017 Nov 27, Pakistan's law
minister Zahid Hamid resigned after the embattled government bowed
to demands from a small Islamist group, striking a deal with the
help of the military to end a weeks-long anti-blasphemy protest.
2017 Nov 29, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire at the main gate of a Shiite mosque in Islamabad killing
a worshipper and wounding three others.
2017 Dec 1, Pakistani Taliban
gunmen disguised in all-enveloping burqas stormed the campus of an
agricultural college, killing 12 people and wounding 35. Police and
army troops summoned to the scene killed all three of the attackers
at the Agriculture Training Institute in the northwestern city of
(Reuters, 12/1/17)(AP, 12/1/17)
2017 Dec 3, In eastern Pakistan
Raza Mehmood Khan (40), a member of Aghaz-i-Dosti (Start of
Friendship), a group that works on peace building between
arch-rivals Pakistan and India, went missing he left home in Lahore.
2017 Dec 5, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed six people and wounded eight others in Khaddi,
a village in the North Waziristan tribal region.
2017 Dec 7, Pakistani officials
said a boat carrying dozens of pilgrims has capsized near an island
in the Arabian Sea, killing 14 people. Over 30 people were missing
after the boat sank near Thatta, 100 km (60 miles) east of Karachi.
2017 Dec 8, The family of
Pakistani human rights activist Raza Mahmood, who has campaigned for
friendly ties with India, said he went missing earlier this week in
the eastern city of Lahore.
2017 Dec 9, In Pakistan some
313 militants from three separatist movements handed over weapons in
Quetta to Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, the Chief Minister of Baluchistan
province. Government officials say about 2,000 militants have
surrendered over the past 18 months.
2017 Dec 13, The Pakistan
Humanitarian Forum (PHF), which represents 63 intíl aid groups said
Pakistan has told at least 10 foreign-funded aid groups to close,
including a charity founded by hedge fund billionaire and
philanthropist George Soros.
2017 Dec 14, Officials speaking
anonymously said Pakistan has ordered 21 foreign aid groups to wrap
up their activities and prepare to leave after they failed to
re-register under tough regulations introduced two years ago.
2017 Dec 17, In Pakistan
thousands of Islamists rallied in two major cities to condemn US
President Donald Trump for declaring Jerusalem Israel's capital.
2017 Dec 17, In Pakistan two
suicide bombers struck a church in the city of Quetta killing nine
people and wounding over 50 others. The Islamic State claimed
(AP, 12/17/17)(Reuters, 12/17/17)
2017 Dec 19, Pakistan's
government detailed plans to seize control of charities and
financial assets linked to Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, who
Washington has designated a terrorist. This was not made public
until Jan. 1, 2018.
2017 Dec 23, India officials
said least four Indian soldiers were killed in Pakistani firing
along the highly militarized de facto border that divides the
disputed region of Kashmir between the nuclear-armed rivals.
2017 Dec 24, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb exploded near a team of bomb disposal experts, killing
three soldiers in Ghulam Khan in the North Waziristan tribal region.
2017 Dec 24, In central
Pakistan two speeding buses coming from opposite directions collided
and crashed into a van on a highway, killing 10 people and injuring
2017 Dec 25, Three Pakistani
soldiers were killed by Indian fire across the Line of Control in
the disputed Kashmir region. Indian soldiers reportedly targeted
Pakistani posts after the Pakistani side had targeted their
2017 Dec 26, A suspected US
drone attack along the Pakistani-Afghan border killed an Islamist
militant commander from the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network.
2017 Dec 29, A Pakistani
official said 145 Indian fishermen have been handed over to Indian
authorities at a border crossing near the eastern city of Lahore.
2017 Dec 29, Pakistan's supreme
court exonerated Mohammad Mansha (58), convicted of blasphemy, after
he served nine years of a life sentence in prison. Mansha was
arrested in September 2008 after the imam of a mosque in the
Bahawalnagar district in Punjab province told authorities that
Mansha had desecrated a copy of the Quran.
2017 Dec 31, Five Indian
soldiers and three suspected militants were killed after rebels
stormed a paramilitary camp in disputed Kashmir, triggering a
daylong battle. Separately, Indian and Pakistani soldiers traded
gunfire along the highly militarized line dividing Kashmir between
the two rivals, killing an Indian soldier.
2017 Pakistanís latest census
put the population at about 207.7 million, making it the worldís
fifth most populous country. It also showed that almost 30% of the
population lived in poverty.
(SSFC, 9/10/17 p.A9)(Econ, 8/5/17, p.54)
2017 In Pakistan some 25
million children, half of all those aged five to 16, were out of
(Econ, 1/21/17, p.32)
2018 Jan 1, US President Donald
Trump lashed out at Pakistan in his first tweet of 2018, threatening
to cut off aid over what he said were its "lies and deceit" in
offering "safe haven to terrorists."
2018 Jan 2, The United States
accused Pakistan of playing a "double game" on fighting terrorism
and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to
maintain US aid.
2018 Jan 4, The US State
Department said it has placed Pakistan on a special watch list for
"severe violations of religious freedom". The United States said it
was suspending at least $900 million in security assistance to
Pakistan until it takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the
Haqqani network militant groups.
(AP, 1/4/18)(Reuters, 1/5/18)
2018 Jan 5, A senior Pakistani
senator expressed disappointment at the US decision to suspend
military aid, saying it will be detrimental to bilateral relations.
2018 Jan 8, Pakistan released
147 Indians, detained for fishing illegally, from prison and handed
over to Indian authorities.
2018 Jan 9, A Pakistani court
ordered the release of a radical anti-US cleric who went to
Afghanistan with thousands of volunteers to help the Taliban fight
against Americans after the 2001 US-led invasion. Sufi Mohammad is
also known as the father-in-law of Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of
the Pakistani Taliban.
2018 Jan 9, In Pakistan a bomb
targeting a police truck killed 7 people and wounded 23 in the city
of Quetta. Four of those killed and most of the wounded, were
2018 Jan 9, In Pakistan the
body of Zainab Ansari (8) was found in a garbage bin in Kasur city,
Punjab province. Police said she had been abducted last week, raped
and murdered. DNA testing later linked the killing to at least five
other cases of child abuse and murder in Kasur. eight suspects were
(AP, 1/10/18)(SSFC, 1/14/18, p.A4)
2018 Jan 10, In Pakistan a mob
angered over the recent rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl
attacked a police station and a nearby government building in
eastern Punjab province, triggering clashes that left at least two
people dead and several injured.
2018 Jan 13, In Pakistan police
in the port city of Karachi killed Naqeeb Ullah (27), claiming he
was linked to Taliban insurgents. Ullah's relatives denied he was a
Taliban member and demanded justice.
2018 Jan 14, In Pakistan the
body of an abducted five-year-old girl was found in a field near the
northwestern city of Mardan. Provincial police later said that an
autopsy indicated sexual abuse.
2018 Jan 15, In Pakistan a
delegation approved by the Taliban's supreme leader visited the
Islamabad this week for exploratory talks on restarting peace
negotiations to end Afghanistan's 16-year war.
2018 Jan 15, In Pakistan
militants opened fire on a paramilitary convoy in the country's
southwest, killing at least six troops and wounding four others.
2018 Jan 15, In Kashmir four
Pakistani soldiers were reported killed in shelling by Indian forces
in the disputed region. Pakistan said its forces responded, killing
three Indian soldiers and wounding several others. India's military
said that Pakistani forces fired first and no casualties were
recorded on the Indian side. India said its forces killed five
members of a pro-Pakistan militant group trying to slip into Indian
2018 Jan 19, Pakistan's army
chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, confirmed death sentences by military
court rulings for 10 militants over their involvement in a series of
attacks against security forces. The men were reportedly involved in
the killing of 41 people.
2018 Jan 19, Pakistani
authorities closed down the offices of Radio Mashaal, a US
government funded radio station, saying that it portrayed the
country as a ďhub of terrorism" and ďa failed state."
(SFC, 1/20/18, p.A2)
2018 Jan 19, In Pakistan four
men in eastern Punjab province reportedly dragged a polio campaign
worker into a room, stripped her lower dress off, took pictures of
her and attempted to rape her but her screaming attracted others and
the suspects got away.
2018 Jan 19, In Kashmir
tensions soared along the volatile frontier between India and
Pakistan, as rival troops shelled villages and border posts for a
third day. Officials in the two countries said 3 civilians and 2
soldiers were killed on both sides in the latest clash.
2018 Jan 20, Indian and
Pakistani troops traded fire along their volatile frontier in
Kashmir, killing at least five civilians and a soldier in the latest
escalation of violence in the disputed region.
2018 Jan 21, In Pakistan gunmen
shot and killed Fazlur Rehman, a former police officer who was fired
over the 2011 killing of five Chechen women in the southwestern city
of Quetta. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the
2018 Jan 22, In Pakistan a
student shot and killed a college principal in the northwestern town
of Shabqadar after being scolded for regularly showing up late. In
Lahore students linked to rival groups clashed for hours at the
University of Punjab, with dozens reported wounded. The radical
Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba party dominates the university and has a
history of clashing with rival groups.
2018 Jan 22, Indian and
Pakistani soldiers again targeted each other's posts and villages
along their volatile frontier in disputed Kashmir after a day's
lull, killing at least one civilian and wounding three others. The
recent flare-up has left 13 civilians and nine soldiers dead and
dozens injured on the two sides.
2018 Jan 23, In Pakistan a
government spokesman in Punjab province said that a suspect,
identified as Mohammed Imran, has been arrested near the city of
Kasur where Zainab Ansari (7) was killed earlier this month.
2018 Jan 24, Pakistani
officials said two missiles fired from a US drone struck a home near
the border with Afghanistan, killing two militants from the Haqqani
network of the Afghan Taliban. They were identified as commander
Ahsanullah and Nasir Mehsud. Pakistan condemned the strike.
(AP, 1/24/18)(Reuters, 1/24/18)
2018 Jan 24, US-funded Radio
Free Europe/Radio Liberty urged Pakistan to allow it to resume
operations, saying officials closed its news bureau in Islamabad and
accused its radio service of acting against Pakistan's interests.
2018 Jan 25, Thousands of
Pakistanis rallied in the port city of Karachi to demand the arrest
of a police commander charged with killing a 27-year-old aspiring
model. Rao Anwar went into hiding after he and other officers killed
Naqeeb Ullah earlier this month and then tried to cover it up,
saying that Ullah was a Taliban militant killed in a shootout.
2018 Jan 27, Pakistan's Supreme
Court gave police three days to arrest Rao Anwar, an absconding
officer who is involved in killing aspiring model Naqeebullah Mehsud
in a fake shootout. Rao Anwar was reportedly involved in at least
192 raids in which 444 people were killed, and that the killing of
Naqeebullah Mehsud is just the latest of such incidents.
2018 Jan 27, Two Pakistani
military helicopters began an operation to rescue two stranded
climbers, identified as Tomasz Mackiewicz of Poland and Elisabeth
Revol of France, on a Himalayan peak.
2018 Jan 28, A Pakistani
official said volunteers were able to rescue French mountaineer
Elisabeth Revol from Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest peak in the
world, but called off efforts to retrieve Polish climber Tomasz
Mackiewicz, who was declared deceased.
2018 Jan 29, A Pakistani court
convicted two Chinese nationals for tampering with an ATM machine,
sentencing each of them to a year in prison and a fine of around
2018 Jan 31, Afghanistan gave
neighboring Pakistan confessions and other proof showing that the
militants who carried out a recent series of attacks were trained in
Pakistan and that Taliban leaders there are allowed to roam freely.
2018 Jan 31, A magnitude 6.1
earthquake hit Afghanistan and Pakistan killing a young girl and
injuring 15 others.
(SFC, 2/1/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 1, In Pakistan
thousands of people from the countryís powerful Mehsud tribe rallied
in Islamabad, demanding the arrest of police officer Rao Anwar
accused of killing aspiring model Naqeeb Ullah in a Jan. 13 shootout
2018 Feb 2, An estimated 90
migrants are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya after a
smuggler's boat capsized early today, leaving three known survivors
and 10 bodies washed up on shore. Most of the migrants on board were
said to be Pakistanis.
2018 Feb 3, In Pakistan a
suicide attack on a military unit killed 11 soldiers and wounded 13
in the Swat Valley. A day later the Pakistani Taliban claimed
responsibility for the suicide attack.
(AP, 2/3/18)(AP, 2/4/18)
2018 Feb 3, In Pakistan three
gunmen shot and killed a female singer, known only as Sumbul who
refused to accompany them to a private party in Mardan.
2018 Feb 3, Afghan and
Pakistani officials met for a second round of talks in Kabul about
allegations levelled against Islamabad in the wake of recent deadly
militant attacks in Kabul that have killed over 200 people.
2018 Feb 5, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb was planted near a garbage bin at a crowded
intersection in the town of Panjgur and detonated remotely. Eight
passers-by were wounded and one soon died.
2018 Feb 5, In Pakistan a
Chinese man, Chen Zhu (45), working with a shipping company was shot
dead in what police described as a targeted attack in Karachi.
2018 Feb 6, In northwestern
Pakistan an enraged crowd of thousands of Wazir tribesmen torched
the house and office of the commander of a pro-government militia.
The tribesmen were angry over the death of a young man from the
tribe in the town of Dera Ismail Khan.
2018 Feb 7, A Pakistani court
sentenced a man to death and convicted 30 others over the lynching
of a 23-year-old university student who was falsely accused of
blasphemy. Mohammad Mashal Khan was killed by a mob on his
university campus in April 2016 over rumors, which later proved to
2018 Feb 7, Police in Pakistan
said they have arrested two teenagers suspected in the murder of a
four-year-old girl last month.
2018 Feb 7, In Libya an embassy
official said about 20 people, including eight Pakistanis, feared to
have drowned on a boat that sank off Libya on Feb. 2 were brought
back to shore by smugglers and were being held at an unknown
2018 Feb 8, It was reported
that Pakistan's media regulatory authority, acting on a court order,
has instructed all news channels, radio stations and print media to
refrain from promoting Valentine's Day.
2018 Feb 8, In Pakistan a US
drone strike killed seven militants in the border village of Gorwak,
2018 Feb 10, In Pakistan
thousands of Mehsud tribesmen ended their dayslong sit-in in
Islamabad after assurances that the police officer accused of
killing a 27-year-old aspiring model will be arrested and their
other demands also met.
2018 Feb 11, Asma Jehangir
(66), one of Pakistan's most prominent right activists and lawyers,
died of a heart attack in the eastern city of Lahore.
2018 Feb 12, India's defense
minister said gunmen belonging to the Pakistan-based militant group
Jaish-e-Mohammed were behind a weekend attack on an army camp in
2018 Feb 14, Pakistan began
seizing assets and funds belonging to Islamic charities
Jamaat-ud-Dawa organization and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation,
linked to a radical cleric wanted by the US. It was the first step
against Hafiz Saeed since he was freed by Pakistani authorities in
November on a court order.
2018 Feb 15, Pakistan's army
accused neighboring Indian soldiers of targeting a school van from
across the frontier in Kashmir, killing the driver, leaving the
students "severely traumatized" and forcing local residents to flee
2018 Feb 17, A Pakistani court
sentenced serial killer Mohammad Imran (24) to death after finding
him guilty of killing eight children, including a 7-year-old girl
whose rape and murder drew nationwide condemnation and triggered
2018 Feb 21, Pakistan's Supreme
Court ruled against former PM Nawaz Sharif, declaring that anyone
disqualified from holding office cannot serve as head of a political
party. The court ruling requires that Sharif's name be removed as
president of Pakistan Muslim League-N party.
2018 Feb 22, Pakistanís foreign
ministry said Indian troops have opened fire in the disputed Kashmir
region, killing a laborer on the Pakistani side of the boundary.
2018 Feb 22, The global
Financial Action Task Force (FATF) decided to place Pakistan on a
so-called grey list of nations that are not doing enough to combat
2018 Feb 23, Afghanistan's
Pres. Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan's PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi launched a
1,814 km (1,130 mile) gas pipeline that will feed Turkmenistan gas
to Afghanistan, as well as Pakistan and eventually to India.
2018 Feb 24, Pakistan's
interior minister said the Islamic nation will expedite steps to
curb terror financing and money laundering a day after the country
avoided ending up on a terror watch list by a global task force.
2018 Feb 24, A Pakistani court
acquitted 12 men of child sex abuse and blackmail charges, the
latest verdict in a massive pedophilia scandal that rocked the
country in August 2015. Two of the accused were jailed for life in
April last year.
2018 Feb 24, In Pakistan a
blasphemy suspect suffered serious injuries after jumping off a
federal building. Sajid Masih, was arrested a day earlier for
allegedly posting blasphemous material on Facebook. He told local
media that officials had tortured him and confiscated his mobile
2018 Feb 24, India and Pakistan
exchanged artillery fire in the disputed Kashmir region forcing
hundreds of people to flee in the Uri area.
2018 Feb 27, In Pakistan an
appellate court suspended the three-year jail terms handed down to
25 suspects over the lynching of a university student who was
falsely accused of blasphemy until their appeals are heard. Mohammad
Mashal Khan (23) was killed by a mob on his university campus in
Mardan in April 2016 over unfounded rumors that he had shared
blasphemous content on social media.
2018 Mar 1, Pakistan said an
"unprovoked" Indian attack killed two soldiers and a 70-year-old
villager in the disputed Kashmir region.
2018 Mar 3, Pakistan's ruling
party gained control of parliament's upper house in a secret ballot,
in a boost for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party ahead
of a general election due in summer. Candidates backed by PML-N won
15 of the 52 seats up for grabs, overtaking the Pakistan Peoples
Party (PPP) as the biggest group in the upper house. Krishna Kumari
Kohli was elected as first female senator from the lowest Dalit
caste. A Taliban-linked cleric was defeated.
(Reuters, 3/3/18)(AFP, 3/4/18)(AP, 3/4/18)
2018 Mar 7, Pakistanís said it
has approved Indiaís proposals for exchanges of civilian detainees,
in a statement believed to also cover some of those held over the
2018 Mar 7, In Pakistan 21
students were killed in a drone strike on a seminary near the Bajur
tribal region. The son of Taliban Mullah Fazlullah was the among 21
killed by missiles fired by a US drone.
2018 Mar 9, Pakistani police
said they have arrested a key suspect sought for inciting the
lynching of a university student who was falsely accused of
blasphemy in the country's northwest. Arif Khan had been in hiding
since April 2016, after a mob killed 23-year-old Mohammad Mashal
Khan at his university campus in the town of Mardan.
2018 Mar 9, In Pakistan the
Islamabad High Court issued a ruling that requires people to declare
their religion on all official documents. It also requires that
citizens take a religious oath upon joining the civil service, armed
forces or judiciary. The oath would require people to testify that
the Prophet Muhammad was the last messenger sent by God, the
repudiation of a core Ahmadi belief. Protesters said this could lead
to the persecution of minorities, particularly adherents of the
Ahmadi faith. Pakistan declared Ahmadis non-Muslims in 1974.
2018 Mar 15, In Pakistan a
Taliban-linked Pakistani cleric and six of his family members were
killed in a powerful explosion at the cleric's home in the remote
southwestern town of Qillah Saifullah, Baluchistan province. The
explosion apparently occurred when a bomb or an explosive device was
being loaded in a vehicle.
2018 Mar 17, In Pakistan
militants ambushed a polio vaccination team in a remote tribal
region, killing two of the medical workers and seriously wounding
another two. The gunmen also attacked tribal police and the
paramilitary Frontier Corps when they responded to the attack.
2018 Mar 18, In Kashmir five
members of an Indian family were killed and two injured by shelling
from Pakistani troops in the Poonch region along the Line of
Control, the de facto border between India and Pakistan.
(Reuters, 3/18/18)(SFC, 3/19/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 21, In Pakistan Rao
Anwar, senior superintendent of police in the port city of Karachi,
surrendered to the Supreme Court after two months on the run. He was
suspended on January 20 after four men, including aspiring model
Naqibullah Mehsud, were killed in a shoot-out with police.
2018 Mar 24, Pakistani police
say Aniqa Khatoon was depressed when she allegedly strangled her
three children in the eastern city of Lahore. Khatoon inflicted
several cuts on her forearms with a sharp blade before informing her
father and police of the kids' deaths on the outskirts of Lahore.
2018 Mar 26, Pakistani police
arrested 12 people, including members of a village council, elders
and relatives, for ordering a man to rape a girl in revenge for the
rape of his sister.
2018 Mar 27, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on a rickshaw carrying a transgender woman who went by
the name Pinky and her male companion. Both later died of their
2018 Mar 29, Nobel Peace Prize
winner Malala Yousafzai said she was excited to be back in Pakistan
for the first time since she was shot in 2012 by Taliban militants.
In a brief speech at a ceremony at PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's office
she said that that she will continue to campaign for the education
of girls and asked Pakistanis to be united on issues like providing
better health care and education.
2018 Mar, Marvia Malik (21)
made history in Pakistan by becoming the first transgender
newscaster in a conservative Muslim country where members of her
community are taunted in public, ostracized by family and targeted
in violent attacks.
2018 Apr 2, Pakistan's army
chief confirmed death sentences for 10 convicted militants,
including the killer of well-known Sufi singer Amjad Sabri in 2016.
2018 Apr 3, The United States
said it has placed a Pakistani political group called the Milli
Muslim League (MML), controlled by Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, on
its list of foreign terrorist organizations, saying it was merely an
alias for a militant group blamed for a bloody 2008 attack in India.
2018 Apr 4, In Pakistan about a
thousand supporters of radical cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi staged a
sit-in in Lahore after a court declared him a fugitive over violent
rallies in Islamabad last year, in which five people were killed.
2018 Apr 6, Pakistan's PM
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrived in Afghanistan for a day-long visit
many see as an effort to ease strained relations between the two
neighbors and revive a push for peace talks with the Taliban.
2018 Apr 6, In Pakistan
hundreds rallied across the country to denounce the recent killing
of 18 people by Indian forces in the disputed Himalayan region of
2018 Apr 7, Pakistan's PM
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Afghanistan has accepted his offer to
revive stalled peace talks between the Afghan government and the
2018 Apr 7, A Pakistani
government official says Indian troops have fired across the Line of
Control in the disputed Kashmir region, killing a woman and wounding
2018 Apr 7, In Pakistan a car
carrying American diplomat Col. Joseph Emanuel Hall accidently
hit a Pakistani motorcyclist in Islamabad, killing him on the spot.
Pakistani TV stations soon aired footage showing a white vehicle
running a red light and striking a motorcyclist. The family of the
motorcyclist, identified by police as Ateeq Baig (22), lodged
charges against the US. Police soon requested a travel ban on Hall.
(AP, 4/7/18)(AP, 4/8/18)(AP, 4/10/18)
2018 Apr 8, In Pakistan an
estimated 15,000 people attended a rally in Peshawar, organized by
the Movement for Protection of Pashtuns group, demanding the release
of scores of suspects being held by authorities on alleged links to
2018 Apr 9, Pakistani
authorities launched a new polio vaccination drive, aiming to reach
38.7 million children under the age of 5.
2018 Apr 10, Pakistan fired
nearly 200 rockets across the border into Afghanistan's northeastern
Kunar province, killing one person and forcing nearly 300 residents
2018 Apr 10, In Pakistan local
performer Samina Sindhu was fatally shot at a party held by a
wealthy landlord to celebrate his son's birth. One of the guests
drunkenly ordered Sindhu, who was pregnant, to dance before shooting
her. The shooter was soon arrested. The singer had to perform due to
poverty and her husband was reportedly under pressure to drop
2018 Apr 15, Two Pakistani
soldiers were killed in cross-border fire from Afghanistan while
working on a fence intended to cover nearly all of the disputed
2,500 km border separating the countries.
2018 Apr 16, The Human Rights
Commission of Pakistan issued a report card saying people continue
to disappear, sometimes because they criticize the military or
advocate better relations with neighboring India.
2018 Apr 16, Afghan tribesmen
returned a Pakistani soldier they captured a day earlier in a deadly
skirmish along the countries' border, as well as the bodies of five
2018 Apr 17, In Pakistan
clashes broke out in Karachi between police and protesters angered
by the killing of a seven-year-old girl earlier this week, in
violence that left one protester dead with a gunshot to the head.
The girl went missing two days ago. Her body was found a day
earlier, and initial forensics report suggested she was raped before
2018 Apr 17, A Pakistani high
court convicted a former judge and his wife of torturing a child
(10) working as a servant at their home and sentenced them to a year
in prison. Former deputy district judge Raja Khurram and his wife
Maheen were also fined the sum of 100,000 Pakistani rupees, about
$900. The case of the girl, Tayyaba, first made headlines when
police rescued her in 2016 from the judge's residence in Islamabad.
2018 Apr 18, In Pakistan a
Shiite shopkeeper was killed in a drive-by shooting the southwestern
city of Quetta. The shopkeeper was from the Shiite Hazara community
and police said that it appeared to have been a targeted killing.
2018 Apr 19, Pakistan said
Afghan authorities have returned the bodies of five Pakistani
soldiers killed during a weekend clash along a disputed segment of
the two countries' border, and also released a sixth soldier
captured by the Afghans.
2018 Apr 22, In Pakistan gunmen
killed two members of the local Shiite Hazara community and wounded
a third in Quetta. This was the fifth attack in recent months
targeting Shiites in Quetta.
2018 Apr 22, In Pakistan Asma
Yaqub died at a hospital in the city of Lahore. A Muslim man had
hurled gasoline at her outside her home in the city of Sialkot last
week before setting her on fire and fleeing the scene. The Christian
woman had refused his marriage offer. Police soon arrested Rizwan
Gujar, who confessed to the attack.
2018 Apr 24, In Pakistan three
suicide bombers blew themselves up near a police vehicle and a
security checkpoint in separate incidents in the southwestern city
of Quetta, killing six police and wounding 15 members of the
(Reuters, 4/24/18)(AP, 4/24/18)(AP, 4/28/18)
2018 Apr 24, Pakistani police
arrested a father and uncle in Gujrat, Punjab province, charged with
the killing of Sana Cheema (25), an Italian citizen. They were
suspected in an "honor" killing of Cheema, who died on April 18
under mysterious circumstances.
2018 Apr 26, A Pakistani court
disqualified Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif from parliament, striking
another blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)
party ahead of a general election due in a few months. The court
ruled Asif did not fully disclose his status as an employee of a UAE
company and therefore was "not qualified" to be in parliament.
2018 Apr 27, In Pakistan gunmen
late today fatally shot three local tourists and their driver in the
South Waziristan tribal region along the Afghanistan border.
2018 Apr 28, Pakistan's
disenfranchised Ahmadi community released an annual report that
detailed growing hostilities against the minority sect, including
indiscriminate arrests and impediments blocking them from voting in
2018 Apr 28, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen attacked an electronics shop and fatally shot two
shopkeepers, both of them minority Hazara Shiites.
2018 Apr 29, Pakistani lawyer
Jalila Haider began a hunger strike to bring attention to the
killing of Shiites in the city of Quetta. She planned to continue
the strike until the army chief visits the city and details concrete
steps to bring the killers to justice and protect the religious
2018 Apr 30, In Pakistan the
city of Nawabshah recorded a record temperature of 122.4 degrees
Fahrenheit, the highest ever reliably recorded, anywhere in the
world, for the month of April.
(SFC, 5/5/18, p.A2)
2018 May 1, Pakistani PM Shahid
Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the long-delayed new airport in the
capital, Islamabad, replacing the cramped Benazir Bhutto airport
often criticized by travelers.
2018 May 2, Pakistani lawyer
Jalila Haider ended her three-day hunger strike on Wednesday after
the country's top general vowed to redouble efforts to protect the
2018 May 3, In Pakistan gunmen
killed six laborers from Punjab province who were working on a
project for the national phone company in the border town of Kharan,
2018 May 5, Pakistan's army
chief confirmed death sentences for 11 "hardcore terrorists" after
military courts found them guilty of carrying out multiple attacks
that killed 60 civilians and security forces in recent years.
2018 May 5, In Pakistan methane
gas explosions at tow coal mines in the Marwar coalfields in
Baluchistan province killed at least 23 people.
(Reuters, 5/6/18)(SFC, 5/7/18, p.A2)
2018 May 6, Pakistan's interior
minister Ahsan Iqbal was shot in the arm in a suspected
assassination attempt at a public meeting in Punjab province. Police
soon identified the gunman as Abid Hussain. Iqbal was expected to
survive. Police later said Abid Hussain (21) is a youth leader of
the Islamist Tehreek-e-Labaik party.
(AFP, 5/6/18)(AP, 5/7/18)(Reuters, 5/8/18)
2018 May 6, In southern
Pakistan four people were burned alive late today when a truck
collided with the motorized rickshaw they were in near at the famous
shrine of Sufi saint Shahbaz Qalander.
2018 May 7, In Pakistan a
five-day anti-polio drive was launched to vaccinate millions of
children under five years of age against the crippling disease.
2018 May 10, Pakistani police
said they have arrested the father and brother of Sana Cheema (25),
an Italian woman of Pakistani descent, who was strangled last month
in a suspected honor killing.
2018 May 11, Pakistan imposed
"reciprocal" restrictions on the movement of US diplomats after the
US required Pakistani diplomats to get permission five days in
advance to travel more than 25 miles from their embassy.
(SFC, 5/12/18, p.A2)
2018 May 11, In Indonesia
Muslim scholars from Afghanistan, Indonesia and Pakistan issued an
edict saying that violent extremism and terrorism, including suicide
attacks, are against Islamic principles, in an effort to convince
the Taliban to end its violence.
2018 May 13, In
Pakistani-administered Kashmir an old wooden bridge over a
fast-moving river in the Neelum Valley collapsed as dozens of
students were taking pictures on it, leading to at least five
deaths. Eleven students remained missing.
2018 May 13, In Pakistan
violent overnight rainstorms in the northwest caused at least 15
deaths and injured dozens.
2018 May 16, Pakistani troops
acting on intelligence raided a militant hideout near the
southwestern city of Quetta, triggering a shootout in which an
intelligence officer and a notorious militant wanted for over 100
deaths of minority Shiites were killed along with two other
2018 May 16, A power cut hit a
large part of Pakistan, suspending work at factories and businesses
in its industrial heartland and highlighting the challenges
successive governments have faced in getting to grips with chronic
2018 May 17, In Kashmir an
Indian paramilitary soldier was killed by a Pakistani sniper late
today, leading to cross-border firing and shelling at several
forward posts. Eight civilians, including an Indian husband and wife
and four members of a Pakistani family, were killed when Indian and
Pakistani soldiers fired at border posts and villages along the
highly militarized frontier.
2018 May 22, A Pakistani
welfare organization said the heatwave gripping the Karachi region
amid widespread power cuts has killed 65 people in the last four
2018 May 23, In Kashmir Indian
and Pakistani soldiers shelled dozens of villages and border posts
for a sixth straight day. Officials said a total of six civilians
and a soldier were killed on the two sides. The fighting followed
days of confrontations that left four civilians on each side and two
Indian soldiers dead.
2018 May 24, Pakistan passed
legislation paving the way for its restive tribal areas to enter the
mainstream political fold, bringing an ending to a colonial-era
arrangement that endorsed collective punishment and fuelled
2018 May 24, Italy's foreign
minister proudly announced the return to Italy of a young Pakistani
woman (19) who was taken by her family to Pakistan to have an
abortion against her will after she got pregnant by her Italian
2018 May 26, In Kashmir at
least four suspected militants were killed in a gunbattle with
government troops after crossing into the Indian-controlled part of
Kashmir from the Pakistani side of the disputed territory.
2018 May 27, In Pakistan the
assembly of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province approved a bill
to merge the tribal region along the Afghan border with its
territory, paving the way to granting equal rights to about 5
million people in the restive area. The bill now goes to President
Mamnoon Hussain to be signed into law.
2018 May 27, Pakistani
counterterrorism police ambushed suspected militants early today as
they were traveling on motorcycles near the city of Gujrat, setting
off a shootout in which three of the men escaped. Six members of the
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar group, behind a bomb attack in the eastern city of
Lahore last year, were killed.
2018 May 28, Pakistan's ruling
party and the opposition selected Nasir-ul-Mulk, a former chief
justice, as the country's caretaker prime minister for an interim
two-month period pending parliamentary elections this summer.
2018 May 28, The former head of
Pakistan's powerful spy agency was banned from travel and will face
a formal inquiry over a book he co-authored with his former Indian
counterpart Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor. Retired Lt. Gen. Asad Durrani
was summoned to army headquarters for questioning about "Spy
Chronicles," a book that documents his exploits as head of
Inter-Services Intelligence from 1990 to 1992.
2018 May 29, Pakistan's
military said that local generals using a special hotline have
reached an understanding to stop trading artillery fire in the
disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
2018 May 30, In Pakistan a
roadside bombing has killed at least two soldiers and wounded three
in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, a tribal region that
2018 May 30, In Indonesia
Zulfiqar Ali, a terminally ill Pakistani prisoner on death row,
passed away in a hospital, shortly after rights activists in
Pakistan sought his release on humanitarian grounds. He had been
arrested in November 2004 and convicted on drug smuggling charges.
2018 May 31, Pakistani
President Mamnoon Hussain signed a bill, formally make it law, to
merge country's tribal region with the northwestern Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province and giving equal rights to about 5 million
people living in the rugged area.
2018 Jun 1, In Pakistan gunmen
shot and killed an administrative staff member and wounded three
security guards in the restive North Waziristan tribal region.
Hizbul Ahrar, an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed
responsibility for the attack.
2018 Jun 3, Pakistani security
forces killed six militants and thwarted seven attempts to target
military posts in a northwestern tribal region and a border village
in the southwest. Five troops were wounded in the two cross-border
attacks in the Bajur tribal region and in the village of Qamar Din
Qarez in Baluchistan province.
2018 Jun 3, Indian officials
said two paramilitary soldiers were killed and eight civilians
wounded today when Pakistani soldiers attacked dozens of forward
posts along the highly militarized frontier in disputed Kashmir.
2018 Jun 6, In southwestern
Pakistan two gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire on a parked
police vehicle in Quetta, killing one policeman and wounding two
2018 Jun 10, A group of
militants sneaked into the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir from
the Pakistani side of the disputed territory, sparking a gunbattle
that left at least six suspected rebels dead.
2018 Jun 13, Indian and
Pakistani forces traded fire along the highly militarized frontier
in disputed Kashmir after Pakistani firing killed at least four
Indian paramilitary soldiers and injured three others on border
2018 Jun 15, In Pakistan
militants killed three soldiers late today in a cross-border attack
in the North Waziristan region.
2018 Jun 16, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire on a vehicle
carrying paramilitary soldiers in Quetta, killing three troops
2018 Jun 20, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on a police officer's car in the northwestern city of
Quetta, killing his minor son and uncle and injuring the officer
critically. The attackers escaped on motorcycles.
2018 Jun 20, In northwestern
Pakistan a vehicle drove off a road in a mountainous area, killing
nine people and injuring another four. Hours earlier, a vehicle
carrying tourists in the scenic Swat Valley drove into a river,
killing six people and injuring three.
2018 Jun 23, Pakistan's army
killed six militants in a search operation in South Waziristan,
where two soldiers were also killed in the clash. A military
statement said the operation was conducted in the Spina Mela area.
2018 Jun 23, Pakistani Taliban
militants said they have chosen religious scholar Mufti Noor Wali
Mahsud (40) as their new chief in place of Mullah Fazlullah, who was
killed earlier this month in a US drone strike.
2018 Jun 28, A Pakistani
official said Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, head of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal
Jamaat (ASWJ), has been removed from the country's terrorist
watchlist while the Election Commission considers whether his group
can field candidates in a general election next month. ASWJ is one
of the country's largest Islamist extremist groups.
2018 Jun 29, A Pakistani high
court overturned a tribunal decision disqualifying outgoing PM
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi from running in his home constituency.
2018 Jun 29, In northern
Pakistan Austrian mountaineer Christian Huber was killed when an
avalanche hit the climbers' tent during a strong storm at a height
of 5,900 meters (6,455 yards) on Ultar Sar Peak in the Hunza Valley.
2018 Jul 3, In Pakistan
torrential monsoon rains lashed many cities and towns across the
country before dawn, flooding streets and killing six people in
2018 Jul 4, In Pakistan
suspected US drone strike killed militant commander Qari Abdullah
Dawar and his associate near their mountain hideout in the Tor
Tangai area of North Waziristan. The slain militants were from the
Gul Bahadur group, which has carried out attacks inside Afghanistan.
2018 Jul 5, Pakistan's
anti-graft body arrested Fawad Hassan, a former top bureaucrat who
served as secretary to ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, over alleged links to a
2018 Jul 6, A Pakistani
anti-graft tribunal announced a much-awaited ruling in a corruption
case against former PM Nawaz Sharif, sentencing him to 10 years in
prison and a fine of $10.6 million over purchases of luxury
apartments in London. Sharif was in London with his ailing wife.
(AP, 7/6/18)(SFC, 7/7/18, p.A2)
2018 Jul 7, In Pakistan Serge
Dessureault, the Canadian leader of an international mountaineering
expedition, fell to his death on K2 mountain, often considered the
world's most difficult to climb.
2018 Jul 8, Police in Pakistan
arrested Mohammad Safdar, the convicted son-in-law of former PM
Nawaz Sharif, after he resurfaced in the garrison city of Rawalpindi
leading a rally of supporters.
2018 Jul 9, Pakistan opposition
leader Imran Khan, a former cricket star who hopes to become the
next prime minister, unveiled his party's manifesto: "Road to New
Pakistan," ahead of this month's July 25 parliamentary elections.
(AP, 7/9/18)(SFC, 7/10/18, p.A2)
2018 Jul 11, The Pakistani
Taliban claimed responsibility for an overnight suicide bombing at a
campaign rally killed secular politician Haroon Ahmed Bilour and 20
2018 Jul 12, Pakistani police
detained scores of supporters of former PM Nawaz Sharif. His party,
the Pakistan Muslim League, claimed it was an attempt to prevent
them from staging a welcome-home rally upon the ousted leader's
return from London.
2018 Jul 13, In southwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber killed at least 128 people, including a
politician running for a provincial legislature in Baluchistan
province in the second election-related attack this week. Four
others died in a strike in the northwest amid growing tensions over
ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's return ahead of the July 25
vote. The death toll later spiked to 149.
(AP, 7/13/18)(AP, 7/14/18)(Reuters, 7/16/18)
2018 Jul 13, Pakistan's former
PM Nawaz Sharif returned from London along with his daughter Maryam
to face a 10-year prison sentence on corruption charges. Maryam
Sharif faced seven years in jail.
2018 Jul 16, In southern
Pakistan a trailer truck has hit a parked passenger bus carrying
wedding guests on a busy highway near the southern city of
Hyderabad, killing at least 15 people in the town of Matiarai, Sindh
2018 Jul 16, In central
Pakistan a gas cylinder exploded at a restaurant in the city of
Multan and killed at least three people.
2018 Jul 18, Pakistani
authorities reversed this week's controversial order that former PM
Nawaz Sharif be tried on corruption charges in jail for security
2018 Jul 19, The latest Global
Slavery Index showed one in 10 people in North Korea live in
slavery, with most forced to work for the state. The index listed
Eritrea, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Afghanistan,
Mauritania, South Sudan, Pakistan, Cambodia and Iran as the worst
offenders after North Korea.
2018 Jul 20, Pakistani security
forces killed Hidayat Ullah, the mastermind of the country's worst
ever suicide bombing, in an early morning shootout in the southwest
province of Balochistan. An official said Ullah was facilitator of
Hafeez Nawaz, who carried out the suicide bombing last week which
killed at least 149 people.
2018 Jul 21, Police in Pakistan
said Mohammad Ahmed Mughal, an independent candidate for parliament
from Faisalabad, has shot himself to death after his sons disagreed
with his politics.
2018 Jul 22, In Pakistan
Ikramullah Gandapur, a candidate from the party of Pakistan prime
ministerial hopeful and former cricket star Imran Khan, was killed
in a suicide attack that wounded four others in the northwestern
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2018 Jul 23, The chief justice
of Pakistan's Supreme Court appointed judge Tahira Safdar as the
first woman chief justice to Baluchistan province's highest court.
2018 Jul 25, Pakistan held
general elections. A suicide bomber killed at least 31 people near a
polling center in Quetta. The knife-edge general election pitted
cricket hero Imran Khan (65) against the PML-N, the party of jailed
ex-PM Nawaz Sharif. Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party
first place finish put him on the brink of becoming the country's
next prime minister.
(Reuters, 7/25/18)(AP, 7/25/18)(Reuters, 7/26/18)
2018 Jul 26, Pakistan's former
cricket star Imran Khan declared victory in parliamentary elections
marred by violence and allegations of fraud. He pledged to fight
corruption and build a nation that bowed to no one.
2018 Jul 31, The United States
froze the assets of three Pakistanis it has linked to
Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group blamed for the deadly 2008
attacks in India's financial capital, Mumbai. The US Treasury
targeted Hameed ul Hassan and Abdul Jabbar, who it said were
responsible for funneling money to Lashkar-e-Taiba and paying
salaries to its members. The State Department added Abdul Rehman
al-Dakhil to its list of "specially designated global terrorists,"
saying he was a senior commander of the group.
2018 Jul, The head of a
Pakistani company convicted of bilking customers worldwide out of
$140 million in online sales of bogus university degrees was
sentenced by a court in Islamabad to 20 years in prison. Shoaib
Shaikh, chief of software firm Axact, escaped but was arrested in
2018 Aug 2, Pakistan's top
court barred Talal Chaudhry, the former deputy interior minister,
from holding office for the next five years for insulting judges in
a speech last March, in which he assailed the top court for
dismissing PM Nawaz Sharif from office.
2018 Aug 3, In northern
Pakistan eight girls' and four boys' schools, were attacked by bombs
and set on fire overnight in Gilgit, where Taliban-linked militants
opposed to girls' education are active.
2018 Aug 5, Pakistani police
said gunmen killed one police officer and wounded another during an
overnight search operation for suspects linked to the torching of
nearly a dozen schools in Gilgit-Baltistan. One suspect was killed
in the gunbattle and another 17 have been arrested in the ongoing
2018 Aug 6, In Pakistan Imran
Khan's party officially nominated the cricket star-turned-politician
to be the next prime minister. To assume office, Khan will face a
vote in parliament in which he will have to defeat a rival candidate
fielded by the opposition.
2018 Aug 6, Pakistani
authorities launched a week-long anti-polio campaign touted as a
'final push' against the crippling disease.
2018 Aug 10, In northern
Pakistan gunmen killed three police in late night attack. One of the
gunmen was killed in the ensuing shootout.
2018 Aug 11, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber in a parked car blew himself up and wounded three
Chinese engineers and three paramilitary near a bus carrying the
engineers from Baluchistan to Karachi.
2018 Aug 12, Pakistani police
detained eight Chinese nationals who tried to enter a power plant
with weapons in the eastern Punjab province. The eight men were
stopped at a checkpoint outside the Qadirabad power plant in Sahiwal
after a pump-action gun, a handgun, a rifle and ammunition were
found in their vehicle.
2018 Aug 12, In northwestern
Pakistan a collision between a bus and a truck left five members of
the security forces dead and 12 injured in the Dara Zinda area.
2018 Aug 12, In Pakistan a coal
mine caved in late today after a methane gas explosion. At least 8
workers were killed in the village of Sanjdi, Baluchistan province.
2018 Aug 15, Pakistan's
parliament elected Asad Qaiser, an ally of Imran Khan, as its
speaker, paving the way for the former cricket star to become the
next prime minister.
2018 Aug 16, Pakistan's foreign
ministry confirmed the suspension of a US military training program
for Pakistani soldiers.
2018 Aug 17, Pakistani
lawmakers elected former cricket legend Imran Khan (65) prime
minister. He pledged to bring to justice "all those who have robbed
this country" through corruption.
2018 Aug 17, In Pakistan a
transgender woman, who went by the name Nazo, was shot dead and
dismembered in the suburbs of Peshawar. Police arrested two men who
were taking the body parts to dispose of them.
2018 Aug 18, Pakistan's cricket
star-turned-politician Imran Khan was sworn in as prime minister
despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security
services of intervening on his behalf in last month's elections.
2018 Aug 20, The Pakistani
government said it will bar jailed former leader Nawaz Sharif from
traveling abroad, in one of the first decisions taken by new PM
Imran Khan's cabinet.
2018 Aug 20, In northwestern
Pakistan dozens of transgender people in Peshawar held a protest
demanding more protection after a transgender woman was shot dead
and dismembered last week. 478 attacks transgender people have been
reported this year.
2018 Aug 21, Pakistan's newly
installed PM Imran Khan offered to start a dialogue with archrival
India to resolve conflicts between the two nuclear armed nations,
including the long-standing dispute over the Kashmir region.
2018 Aug 22, A Pakistani
official said at least two anglers drowned and five others were
missing after their boat sank in rough waters in the Arabian Sea off
the coast of southwestern Baluchistan province.
2018 Aug 23, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed one soldier and wounded another three in the
northwest near Dand Kalay in North Waziristan.
2018 Aug 27, Pakistan's senate
passed a resolution condemning an anti-Islam cartoon contest planned
by a far-right Dutch lawmaker, in one of the first actions taken by
the assembly since last month's elections.
2018 Aug 29, In Pakistan
thousands of Islamists launched a march toward the capital to
protest a far-right Dutch lawmaker's plans to hold a Prophet
Muhammad cartoon contest later this year. The Tehreek-i-Labaik
Islamist party called for the expulsion of the Dutch ambassador as
it launched the protest.
(Reuters, 8/29/18)(AP, 8/29/18)
2018 Aug 30, In Pakistan
thousands of hard-line Islamists angered over a far-right Dutch
lawmaker's plans to hold a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest marched
toward the capital after police briefly stopped them because of
2018 Aug 31, A Pakistani court
convicted and sentenced two men to death over the 2013 murder of
politician Zahra Shahid (60) from PM Imran Khan's ruling
Tehrik-e-Insaf party in the southern city of Karachi.
2018 Aug 31, Thousands of
Pakistan's hard-line Islamists dispersed peacefully after ending
their protest march near Islamabad following the cancellation of a
Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest sponsored by an anti-Muslim Dutch
2018 Sep 1, The Pentagon said
it is seeking to reallocate $300 million in assistance to Pakistan
due to Islamabad's lack of "decisive actions" in support of regional
2018 Sep 4, Pakistani lawmakers
elected Arif Alvi, a nominee from PM Imran Khan's party, to the
ceremonial office of president.
2018 Sep 7, It was reported
that Pakistan's new government has canceled the appointment of Atif
Mian (43), a renowned Princeton economist to its Economic Advisory
Council, after a strong backlash by the emergent ultra-right
Tehreek-e-Labbaik party against the choice of a member of the Ahmadi
2018 Sep 10, Pakistan's army
chief confirmed death sentences for 13 "hardcore terrorists" after
military courts found them guilty of carrying out attacks that
killed 202 people including 151 civilians.
2018 Sep 11, Kulsoom Nawaz
(68), the wife of former Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif's and one of
Pakistan's most well-regarded politicians, died after months of
lying in critical condition at a London hospital.
2018 Sep 14, In southwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb exploded near a security convoy, killing
three security personnel near the town of Pashi, Baluchistan
2018 Sep 15, In northwestern
Pakistan the roof of a mud and brick house collapsed amid heavy rain
killing four members of a family and injuring another.
2018 Sep 17, Pakistan's PM
Imran Khan pledged to grant citizenship to Pakistan-born children of
Afghan and Bengali refugees who have been living in the country for
decades. UN reports say Pakistan has the largest refugee population
in the world, mostly from Afghanistan.
2018 Sep 17, Pakistan's new
government began auctioning off about 100 government-owned vehicles
as part of new PM Imran Khan's highly publicized cost-cutting drive.
2018 Sep 18, Pakistan's new PM
Imran Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of his first official
2018 Sep 19, Pakistan's former
prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son in-law, were
released from a prison in the garrison city of Rawalpindi after a
court suspended their prison sentences while they appeal.
2018 Sep 20, A Pakistani
official said PM Imran Khan has written to his Indian counterpart
Narendra Modi, seeking to resolve outstanding disputes between the
two nuclear-armed nations, including the issue of the divided region
2018 Sep 21, India called off a
planned meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani
counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in
New York this month following the killing of an Indian border guard
in Kashmir and Pakistan's glorification of insurgents fighting
Indian rule in the Himalayan territory.
2018 Sep 22, Pakistani PM Imran
Khan labeled India arrogant for cancelling what would have been the
countries' first high-level talks in years.
2018 Sep 23, In Pakistan gunmen
attacked the base camp of a pro-government militia early today,
killing four of its members in the Dasht-e-Goran area of
2018 Sep 25, It was reported
that Pakistani businessmen, whose wives and children are trapped in
China's restive Xinjiang, are traveling to Beijing to lobby their
embassy, in hopes that the south Asian nation's new government will
pressure its ally for their release.
2018 Sep 26, Two Pakistani men
went to their embassy in Beijing to lobby for help in reuniting with
their wives, who they say are ethnic Uighurs blocked from leaving
2018 Sep 28, Pakistan's army
chief confirmed death sentences for 11 Taliban fighters, "hardcore
terrorists" convicted by military courts for attacks in recent years
that killed 69 people, including 20 soldiers.
2018 Sep 29, A Pakistani court
found a former judge and his accomplice guilty of killing the young
son of another former judge and sentenced them to death. Sikandar
Lashari and Irfan Bengali had been charged with murdering
19-year-old Aqib Shahani, the son of former judge Khalid Shahani, on
Feb. 19, 2014, in the city of Hyderabad.
2018 Oct 1, Pakistan's Railways
Minister Sheikh Rasheed said Islamabad has cut the size of the
biggest Chinese "Silk Road" project in Pakistan by $2 billion,
citing government concerns about the country's debt levels.
2018 Oct 2, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb hit a security convoy in the Awaran district of
Baluchistan province, killing three members of a provincial
paramilitary force and wounding eight.
2018 Oct 4, A spokeswoman for
ActionAid said Pakistan has ordered 18 international aid groups to
shut down operations and leave the country. ActionAid focuses on
education, poverty alleviation and human rights and is headquartered
2018 Oct 5, In Pakistan agents
of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested opposition
leader Shehbaz Sharif, the brother of ousted PM Nawaz Sharif, in a
longstanding corruption case, nine days before crucial by-elections
are due to be held.
2018 Oct 5, In Pakistan
unidentified gunmen shot and killed Ismail Darvesh, the senior
leader of a Sunni extremist group, along with his guard in the
northwestern city of Peshawar.
2018 Oct 9, Pakistan's currency
plunged by about 7 percent after the government said it would seek
emergency bailout loans from the International Monetary Fund.
2018 Oct 9, Two Afghan military
officials were jailed for 20 years after a two-year trial for
sharing state secrets with Pakistan. Shah Mohammad and Nazirullah
were arrested in 2016 after traveling to Pakistan to hand over
information to Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.
2018 Oct 11, Thai authorities
convicted 70 Pakistani asylum seekers of staying illegally in
Thailand despite their protestations that they face persecution if
they are sent home, as police intensified a crackdown on illegal
2018 Oct 12, A Pakistani judge
signed the execution order for Mohammad Imran, a serial child killer
convicted of killing eight children in eastern Punjab province. He
was arrested in January, two weeks after authorities say he raped
and killed Zainab Ansari (7) and threw her body into a garbage dump
in the city of Kasur.
2018 Oct 12, Hundreds of
supporters from an extremist Islamist party rallied in the eastern
Pakistan city of Lahore to pressure judges to uphold a death
sentence for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted in 2010 of
2018 Oct 16, In Pakistan at
least 15 people, mostly women and schoolgirls, were killed in two
separate road accidents.
2018 Oct 16, In Pakistan the
sons of suspected drug dealer Musarrat Iqbal, arrested in the
country's northwest, killed local reporter Sohail Khan, who wrote
about their father's case. Khan was the second Kay-2 journalist to
be killed in just over a year in Haripur.
2018 Oct 16, At least 10
Iranian security personnel including Revolutionary Guards were
kidnapped on the border with Pakistan, and a separatist group that
claimed responsibility described the act as revenge for oppression
of Sunni Muslims. The kidnapped security personnel were reportedly
unconscious at the time. Reports followed that they had eaten
drugged food and that infiltrators helped with the abduction to
(Reuters, 10/16/18)(Reuters, 10/17/18)
2018 Oct 17, In Pakistan
Mohammad Imran, a man convicted of killing eight children, was
executed at a prison early today after the country's top court
rejected a request for his public hanging.
2018 Oct 18, Disgraced Pakistan
legspinner Danish Kaneria finally admitted his involvement in a
fixing scandal, more than six years after he was banned for life and
denied he was guilty.
2018 Oct 22, In Pakistan
rickshaw driver Mohammad Khalid died in Karachi two days after
setting himself on fire to protest police demands for bribes.
2018 Oct 23, Pakistan
negotiated a $6 billion assistance package of loans and deferred
payments from Saudi Arabia in hopes of resuscitating its flagging
economy, struggling under the weight of a whopping $18 billion
2018 Oct 24, Pakistani
officials said Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a senior Taliban
commander arrested in 2010, has been released from prison after
high-level negotiations. Baradar was a senior figure in the
insurgent group and coordinated military operations in southern
Afghanistan before his arrest eight years ago in Karachi.
2018 Oct 26, Pakistan's army
chief approved death sentences for 14 "hardcore terrorists"
convicted by military courts for attacks in recent years that killed
19 security forces and three civilians.
2018 Oct 27, Pakistan's top
court reinstated a ban on the broadcast of Indian TV content
following a petition from local producers.
2018 Oct 27, Kashmiris observed
'Black Day' across Pakistan and other parts of the world including
in Pakistan's zone of the disputed Himalayan region to mark the
Indian occupation dating back to 1947.
2018 Oct 27, Pakistani police
Officer Tahir Khan Dawar disappeared and was presumed abducted by
militants. Photographs purporting to show his badly beaten and
tortured body surfaced on social media Nov. 14. The body was later
found in Afghanistan's volatile Nangarhar province and handed over
to Pakistani authorities.
2018 Oct 28, Pakistan's
President Arif Alvi says the country will not establishing ties with
Israel and that it supports the Palestinians because the Gaza Strip
has also faced "unprecedented atrocities" like Kashmir.
2018 Oct 28, It was reported
that traces of oil have been found along Pakistan's coastline near
Karachi. Leakage from an underwater pipeline was suspected and a
nearby refinery was ordered to suspend operations.
(SFC, 10/29/18, p.A2)
2018 Oct 30, In Pakistan Arshad
Jamal (35) opened fire from a rifle, killing his mother, his
brother's wife and her 3-year-old son amid a family feud over
property inheritance. Jamal fired again and killed his cousin, who
tried to stop him, before fleeing the scene in the northwestern town
2018 Oct 31, Pakistan's top
court acquitted a Christian woman who was sentenced to death under
the country's controversial blasphemy law, a landmark ruling that
sparked protests by hard-line Islamists and raised fears of
violence. Asia Bibi had been on death row since 2010.
2018 Nov 2, In Pakistan
prominent cleric Maulana Samiul Haq (81), head of his faction of the
Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam party, was killed in a knife attack at his home
in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. Haq was known as 'father of the
(AP, 11/2/18)(AP, 11/3/18)
2018 Nov 2, Islamists held
rallies across Pakistan against freedom for Asia Bibi and to
denounce the Oct. 31 Supreme Court ruling that overturned her 2010
conviction of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Her release was
apparently delayed after talks failed between the government and
radical Islamists who want her publicly hanged.
2018 Nov 2, China promised to
support Pakistan's economy as visiting PM Imran Khan spoke of his
country's "very difficult" economic situation amid a burgeoning
2018 Nov 3, In Pakistan
nationwide protests triggered by a Christian woman's acquittal on
blasphemy charges ended following an overnight deal between
Islamists and the government. Under the agreement Asia Bibi may not
leave the country until the Pakistan Supreme Court's ruling is
reviewed. Her lawyer, Saiful Mulook, left Pakistan and fled to the
Netherlands, due to fear that he could be attacked after Bibi's
conviction was overturned days earlier.
(AP, 11/3/18)(Reuters, 11/5/18)
2018 Nov 3, China said it was
willing to offer assistance to Pakistan to help it weather its
current fiscal woes but that terms of such aid are still being
discussed. Pakistani PM Imran Khan met with his Chinese counterpart
Li Keqiang in Beijing.
(AP, 11/3/18)(AFP, 11/3/18)
2018 Nov 6, Italy said it will
help Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman, leave her country
because her life is in danger following charges of blasphemy against
Islam that put her on death row for eight years.
2018 Nov 8, In Pakistan Aasia
Bibi was with her family and under heavy security after being
transferred to Islamabad overnight from her detention facility in
southern Punjab, triggering expectations that her departure from the
country could be imminent.
2018 Nov 8, A Pakistani court
found a woman and her friend guilty of poisoning to death 17 family
members and sentenced them each to multiple life sentences in
prison. The judge also fined Aasia Bibi and Shahid Lashari 3 million
rupees ($23,000) each. Bibi was married against her will in
September last year to Amjad Hussain in the central city of Rajan
2018 Nov 10, In Pakistan
journalist Nasrullah Khan was taken from home early today by armed
men, some wearing uniforms, who said he would be released after
questioning. They also took his computer. Khan worked as a subeditor
for a local daily in Karachi. On Nov. 12 Khan was charged with
possessing "provocative literature."
(AP, 11/11/18)(AP, 11/12/18)
2018 Nov 11, A Pakistani
official said Iranian border guards have killed two people trying to
cross through an illegal route from the Panjgur district in
2018 Nov 11, In disputed
Kashmir two Indian soldiers were killed over the last 24 hours when
Pakistani soldiers fired along the highly militarized de facto
2018 Nov 12, The Netherlands
resumed visa and passport services in Pakistan following a brief
suspension, denying that its embassy had closed over security
concerns after the country gave shelter to the lawyer of a Christian
woman in a blasphemy case.
2018 Nov 12, Taliban officials
said Pakistan has released Abdul Samad Sani, a US-designated
terrorist who served as the Afghan Central Bank governor during the
militants' rule, along with a lower-ranking commander named
2018 Nov 18, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb exploded in the suburbs of Quetta as a paramilitary
vehicle was passing, killing three soldiers and wounding another
four. A rocket-propelled grenade hit a security vehicle in North
Waziristan, killing two soldiers and wounding another two.
2018 Nov 22, In Pakistan a bomb
targeting Haqqani network militants in their hideout in the tribal
areas bordering Afghanistan killed three people, including two
militants. No group claimed responsibility for the blast.
2018 Nov 22, India approved the
building of a new border entry point and road connecting the
northern state of Punjab to the border with arch rival Pakistan,
making it quicker and easier for Sikh pilgrims to visit a holy site.
2018 Nov 23, In Pakistan armed
separatists stormed the Chinese Consulate in the southern port city
of Karachi, triggering an intense hour-long shootout during which
two civilians, two police officers and all three assailants were
killed. Four suspects, who allegedly facilitated three attackers,
were soon arrested in Karachi and other Sindh province towns. The
attack was later claimed by Baluch separatists who have long accused
the federal government of unfairly exploiting the oil and
(AP, 11/23/18)(AP, 11/24/18)(AP, 11/25/18)
2018 Nov 24, Police in Pakistan
said they have arrested some 300 supporters of a detained radical
Islamic cleric who disrupted daily life with nationwide rallies
following the acquittal of a Christian woman sentenced to death for
blasphemy. Supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik party were picked up
in sweeps across Punjab province following the arrest overnight of
its leader, Khadim Hussain Rizvi.
2018 Nov 28, Pakistan's PM
Imran Khan attended a groundbreaking ceremony at the Kartarpur
corridor for the first visa-free border crossing with India that
will allow Sikh pilgrims to easily visit their shrines on each side
of the border.
2018 Nov 29, Pakistan's
recently elected PM Imran Khan said his government will introduce a
new law that will reward whistleblowers who help authorities
identify corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and private citizens who
stash money in Pakistan and in foreign banks.
2018 Dec 1, Pakistan's
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that Tehreek-e-Labbaik
party chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi and two other leaders have been
booked under treason and terrorism charges. This came after violent
rallies followed the Oct 31 acquittal of Asia Bibi, who had been
charged with blasphemy in 2010. Rizvi and 3,000 followers were
initially arrested under pre-emptive laws last week.
(AP, 12/1/18)(SFC, 12/3/18, p.A2)
2018 Dec 1, Pakistani security
forces said they have killed Hakim Khan, a local Taliban commander,
who had taken six people hostage in the country's northwest.
Security forces rescued all the hostages safely in an operation in
the Daraban area of Dera Ismail Khan overnight.
2018 Dec 4, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen opened fire overnight on a vehicle in Peshawar
carrying local TV journalist Noor-ul-Hassan, killing him and
wounding his cameraman.
2018 Dec 6, In Pakistan
hundreds of supporters of opposition leader, Shahbaz Sharif, clashed
with police in the eastern city of Lahore, leaving dozens of
protesters hurt. The violence erupted when riot police used batons
to prevent Sharif's supporters from reaching an anti-graft tribunal.
2018 Dec 6, It was reported
that Pakistan is kicking out 18 international charities after
rejecting their final appeal to stay in the country. The majority of
the shuttered aid groups are US-based, while the rest are from
Britain and the European Union.
2018 Dec 7, Pakistan's PM Imran
Khan said his country will no longer act as a hired gun in someone
else's war, striking a note of defiance against US demands for
Islamabad to do more in the battle against militancy.
2018 Dec 8, In Pakistan a blast
late today targeted a religious gathering of an ethnic party and
wounded six people in the southern port city of Karachi.
2018 Dec 11, Pakistan's
anti-graft body said it has arrested a senior politician from former
PM Nawaz Sharif's party over links to a multimillion-dollar housing
scam. Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother, who is also accused in
the case, were arrested in Lahore after a court refused to extend
2018 Dec 11, US Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo added mainly Muslim Pakistan to the US list of
"countries of particular concern", which have violated religious
freedoms or tolerated abuses against religious groups.
2018 Dec 14, In southwestern
Pakistan six security officials were killed and 14 others wounded in
an attack when their convoy came under heavy firing in a mountainous
area near the border with Iran. Some 30 militants attacked the
Frontier Corps convoy. Four attackers were killed in the shootout.
(Reuters, 12/14/18)(AP, 12/16/18)
2018 Dec 15, The foreign
ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and China met in Kabul to discuss
trade, development and ways to end Afghanistan's 17-year war.
2018 Dec 16, It was reported
that Pakistan's army chief has approved death sentences for 15
people convicted by military courts of involvement in attacks that
killed 32 security forces and two civilians.
2018 Dec 17, Pakistan's foreign
ministry spokesman, Mohammad Faisal, said that Indian national Hamid
Nehal Ansari is being repatriated to New Delhi after serving a
three-year prison sentence for spying.
2018 Dec 17, The Taliban held
"another" meeting with US officials, this time in the United Arab
Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati
representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to
Afghanistan's 17-year war.
2018 Dec 21, Pakistan
reportedly opened fire in the Keran sector of Kashmir, killing two
Indian army officers.
2018 Dec 21, In northwestern
Pakistan the bodies of two men and two women, 18 to 21 years old
were found near their remote mountain village. The four cousins were
reportedly shot dead over "family honor" on the orders of a village
council. Police soon arrested one man involved in the killings and
searched for others.
2018 Dec 21, The UAE government
via its state-run news agency said the government-owned Abu Dhabi
Fund for Development will deposit the $3 billion in State Bank of
Pakistan in the coming days.
2018 Dec 24, In Pakistan an
anti-graft tribunal sentenced former PM Nawaz Sharif to seven years
in prison for corruption, drawing criticism from his party, which
said the decision was a "black stain" on the justice system. He can
appeal the verdict, under which he was also fined $25 million for
not disclosing how his family set up the Al-Azizia Steel Mills when
he was exiled to Saudi Arabia in 1999.
2018 Dec 25, In Pakistan
assailants killed former lawmaker Ali Raza Abidi outside his home in
2018 Dec 26, Pakistani
journalists, who have taken on military dictators and been beaten
and jailed in the pursuit of a free press, said they now face a form
of censorship that is more subtle but no less chilling, one
spearheaded by the security services.
2018 Dec 27, Pakistan announced
a travel ban on former President Asif Ali Zardari and 171 other
individuals while authorities complete an investigation into alleged
2018 Dec 28, Pakistan's army
chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, approved death sentences for 22
militants convicted by military courts of involvement in attacks
that killed 176 security forces and civilians in recent years.
2018 Dec 31, Indian troops
fired at Pakistani forces across the two countries' line of control
in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing a woman and
wounding nine civilians.
2018 India applied to the EU
for "geographical indication" status for basmati rice. Pakistan,
which also produced basmati rice, rejected the claim.
(SSFC, 11/29/20, p.A6)
2019 Jan 1, In Pakistan four
Taliban militants stormed a security forces facility in the
southwestern town of Loralai, triggering a battle that left four
security forces and the attackers dead.
2019 Jan 5, In Pakistan a car
bomb exploded in a Peshawar neighborhood wounding three people and
damaging several shops.
2019 Jan 6, In Pakistan
government talks with the United Arab Emirates on setting up an oil
refinery in Pakistan "reached their final stage" during the visit of
the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
2019 Jan 6, Pakistani officials
said two roadside bombs blasts have wounded eight people in the
country's southwestern Baluchistan province.
2019 Jan 15, In Pakistan a fire
broke out at a home in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, killing a
bride to be and four other women who were preparing the woman's
2019 Jan 15, Europol said
authorities in Belgium and Portugal have dismantled a gang suspected
of organizing sham marriages between mostly Portuguese women and
Pakistani men. Europol said police have arrested 17 suspects in
Belgium ó where it also found 43 people it described as "irregular
migrants" ó and three in Portugal.
2019 Jan 19, In Pakistan
counter-terrorism officers killed four insurgents, including two
women, in a shootout on a highway in eastern Punjab province. Three
suspects escaped on a motorcycle. Hundreds of people took to the
streets in provincial capital Lahore and in Sahiwal, accusing police
of killing innocent citizens in what they said was a staged shootout
to showcase police performance.
2019 Jan 20, Pakistani
officials said authorities have arrested more than a dozen
counter-terrorism officers after police shot and killed a
middle-aged couple, their 13-year-old daughter and another man in
what they initially claimed was a shootout with insurgents a day
2019 Jan 21, In Pakistan a bus
has collided with an oil tanker, killing 13 passengers and leaving
another 16 with severe burns in southwestern Baluchistan province.
2019 Jan 21, In Pakistan a
methane gas explosion in a coalmine in the country's southwest
killed at least three miners in Baluchistan province.
2019 Jan 25, Pakistan announced
plans to ease visa restrictions for tourists from 90 countries,
including the US and Europe, in a bid to revive its tourism sector,
decimated by years of negligence and problems with militants.
2019 Jan 29, Pakistan's top
court upheld the acquittal of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman at the
center of a blasphemy row which has ignited violent protests, been
linked to two assassinations and spotlighted religious extremism.
She was expected to leave the country soon.
2019 Jan 29, Pakistani Taliban
militants armed with guns and grenades attacked a regional police
station in the southwestern Baluchistan province, triggering a
shootout that killed eight police officers and a civilian and
wounded 17 others. Two of the four militants were reported killed.
2019 Jan 31, In Pakistan the
British High Commission in Islamabad said convicted child-sex
offender Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain (41), who was part of a gang that
exploited teenage girls in a northern English town, has been
arrested in Pakistan where he fled during his trial.
2019 Feb 1, Pakistani police
fired tear gas and wielded batons to disperse a rally by Islamic
radicals in the southern port city of Karachi against the acquittal
of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. Nationwide
rallies the extremists had called for against Aasia Bibi's freedom
2019 Feb 4, A report by the
International Center for Integrated Mountain Development said that
one-third of Himalayan glaciers will melt by the end of the century
due to climate change, threatening water sources for 1.9 billion
people, even if current efforts to reduce climate change succeed.
2019 Feb 5, Pakistan's PM Imran
Khan and President Arif Alvi offered support for rebels in the
Indian part of the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir as the
country staged rallies marking the annual Day of Solidarity with
2019 Feb 6, Pakistan's top
court warned the military and intelligence agencies they must not
exceed their mandate and meddle in politics, an apparent rebuke over
their handling of Islamist protests in 2017.
2019 Feb 9, Pakistani
authorities detained rights activist Dr. Ammar Ali Jan, who led a
protest, and journalist Rizwan-ur-Rehman Razi, who allegedly
criticized state agencies on social media.
2019 Feb 10, Pakistani
journalist Rizwan-ur-Rehman Razi was released on a bond of about
$730. He had been booked for tweeting against state agencies.
2019 Feb 10, At the World
Government Summit in Dubai Pakistan's PM Imran Khan said his nation
needed "painful" economic reforms to cut back on its massive debt,
just after meeting the head of the International Monetary Fund.
2019 Feb 12, In Pakistan
suspected militants killed four officers after opening fire on a
police vehicle in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan.
2019 Feb 17, Saudi Arabia's
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was greeted with a booming 21-gun
salute in Pakistan, as he kicked off an Asia tour months after being
tarnished by his alleged links to the murder of journalist Jamal
2019 Feb 19, Pakistan accused
India of sponsoring terrorism and of using the United Nations'
highest court for "political theater" as it urged judges to dismiss
an Indian case seeking to save alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav from
2019 Feb 20, Pakistani and
Indian officials said that India has halted a key bus service with
the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir, cutting the only land
route linking the divided Himalayan region.
2019 Feb 20, In Pakistan Naseeb
Khan (25) and Bibi Dakhtar (20) were found dead with slit throats in
the western suburbs of Karachi. They went missing last year and
police suspected they were killed on the orders of an elders'
council over a perceived affront to family honor.
2019 Feb 21, Pakistan's PM
Imran Khan authorized the armed forces to "respond decisively and
comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure" by neighboring
2019 Feb 21, An Indian
government minister said India has decided to stop the flow of water
to Pakistan from its share in the rivers under the Indus Water
Treaty regulating river flows between the two nations.
2019 Feb 22, Pakistan
re-imposed a ban on two charities run by a US-designated terrorist
blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Jamat-ut-Dawa and
Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation are thought to be a front for
Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant group founded by Hafiz Saeed, a Muslim
cleric who lives freely in Pakistan.
2019 Feb 22, It was reported
that Pakistan's army has stripped former spy chief Lt. Gen. Asad
Durrani of his pension and other benefits over a book he co-authored
with his former Indian counterpart. Durrani co-authored "Spy
Chronicles" (2018), a book that documents his exploits as head of
Inter-Services Intelligence from 1990 to 1992, with A.S. Daulat, the
former head of India's Research and Analysis Wing, and Indian
journalist Aditya Sinha.
2019 Feb 22, Pakistani police
said five children have died of suspected food poisoning after their
family had dinner at a restaurant in Karachi the previous night.
2019 Feb 24, In Pakistan
mountain climbers Daniele Nardi of Italy and Briton Tom Ballard last
made contact from around an elevation of some 6,300 meters (nearly
20,700 feet) on Nanga Parbat, slightly more than one-third up the
8,126-meter peak nicknamed Killer Mountain because of the dangerous
2019 Feb 26, India's air force
carried out air strikes inside Pakistan killing hundreds of
militants in a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), the militant
group that claimed credit for a Feb. 14 suicide bombing attack that
killed Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir. Pakistan said there
had been no casualties at all. Following the air strike India and
Pakistan troops exchanged gunfire across the border in the disputed
region of Kashmir.
2019 Feb 27, Pakistani PM Imran
Khan called for talks with India and hoped "better sense" would
prevail to de-escalate the dispute with its nuclear-armed neighbor
following air strikes by both sides.
2019 Feb 27, Pakistan's
military said it shot down two Indian warplanes in the disputed
region of Kashmir and captured a pilot, raising tensions between the
nuclear-armed rivals to a level unseen in the last two decades.
Mortar shells fired by Indian troops from across the frontier
dividing the two sectors of Kashmir killed six civilians and wound
several others. A helicopter crash in the region also killed six
Indian air force officials and a civilian on the ground.
2019 Feb 28, Pakistan's PM
Imran Khan pledged his country would release a captured Indian
fighter pilot, a move that could help defuse the most serious
confrontation in two decades between the nuclear-armed neighbors
over the disputed region of Kashmir..
2019 Feb 28, A temporary
closure of air space over Pakistan snarled air traffic, especially
between Asia and Europe, though some airlines adjusted by rerouting
2019 Mar 1, Pakistani officials
handed over a captured Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at
a border crossing with India in a "gesture of peace" promised by PM
Imran Khan amid a dramatic escalation with the country's archrival
over the disputed region of Kashmir. In a heavily edited video
distributed by the Pakistani military just before his release,
Varthaman praised the professionalism of the Pakistani army and
criticized Indian media for creating war hysteria.
(AP, 3/1/19)(AFP, 3/2/19)
2019 Mar 2, Pakistan's military
said two of its soldiers have been killed in an exchange of fire
with Indian forces near the Line of Control that separates the
disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir between the rivals. Over the
last 24 hours a total of at least six civilians have been killed on
both sides of Kashmir.
2019 Mar 4, A key train service
with neighboring India resumed and schools in Pakistani Kashmir
opened in another sign of easing tensions between the two
nuclear-armed rivals since a major escalation last week over the
disputed Kashmir region.
2019 Mar 5, Pakistan's Interior
Ministry said that authorities have arrested dozens of suspects in
the wake the Feb. 14 suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir
that killed 40 Indian troops. Among those arrested was Mufti Abdul
Rauf, the brother of the group's leader, Masood Azhar.
2019 Mar 6, Indian and
Pakistani soldiers shelled military outposts and villages along
their highly militarized frontier in disputed Kashmir, in an
outbreak of new violence despite stepped-up diplomatic efforts by
the rival countries to ease tensions.
2019 Mar 6, In Pakistan
Mohammed Afzal (31), also known as Afzal Kohistani, was shot dead in
the northwestern district of Abbotabad. The young rights campaigner
had fought for seven years for justice for five possible victims of
so-called honor killings. Police soon identified the killer as his
2019 Mar 9, India said that it
was returning a key diplomat to Pakistan's capital amid an easing of
tensions between the nuclear neighbors, but also demanded that its
archrival take concrete steps against terrorists operating from its
2019 Mar 9, The Italian
Ambassador to Pakistan said that the bodies of British climber Tom
Ballard and Italian climber Daniele Nardi, who went missing on Feb.
24 while ascending Pakistan's Nanga Parbat, the so-called "Killer
Mountain," have been found. Their bodies were unlikely to be
2019 Mar 10, In Kashmir Indian
troops shelled the Pakistani-controlled sector, killing a
70-year-old man. India blamed Pakistani troops for the initiating
2019 Mar 11, A Pakistani
anti-graft tribunal indicted former PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and six
others over millions of dollars in losses because of delays to a
power project. Ashraf served as prime minister in 2012.
2019 Mar 12, A Pakistani court
sentenced 20 members of a criminal gang to death after finding them
guilty of killing several security officials and kidnappings in
Punjab province. The Chotu gang remained active until 2016, when
police backed by military helicopters raided its hideouts in the
town of Rajanpur and arrested dozens of suspects.
2019 Mar 14, India and Pakistan
agreed to go forward with a new border crossing and route for Sikh
pilgrims to visit a holy temple in Pakistan, a rare glimmer of
cooperation after tension flared over the neighbors' decades-old
2019 Mar 14, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb went off in a market near the town of Panjgur,
Baluchistan province, killing two people and wounding seven.
2019 Mar 17, In Pakistan four
people were killed and 10 injured when a bomb went off on a train
track in the resource-rich province of Baluchistan.
2019 Mar 20, A Pakistani
student stabbed a college professor to death in Bahawalpur,
apparently because he felt that a planned party that women were
going to be involved with would be un-Islamic.
2019 Mar 20, A Pakistani court
sentenced Czech model Tereza Hluskova (22) to eight years and eight
months in prison on charges of drug trafficking. Hluskova was
arrested in possession of 8.5 kg, or 19 pounds, of heroin in January
2018 at the Lahore airport from where she was heading to Ireland via
Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
2019 Mar 21, A Pakistani
anti-terrorism court sentenced two men, including a local government
official, to life in prison for their role in the brutal campus
lynching two years ago of Mashal Khan (23), a university student
accused of blasphemy.
2019 Mar 22, In Pakistan gunmen
on motorcycles opened fire on a convoy carrying Maulana Taqi Usmani,
a prominent religious scholar, and his associates in the southern
port city of Karachi, killing the cleric's two guards and seriously
wounding his driver.
2019 Mar 23, Pakistan
celebrated its national day with a military parade showcasing its
missiles, tanks and aircraft. The prime minister and his Indian
counterpart exchanged goodwill messages in a sign of easing tensions
between the nuclear-armed rivals.
2019 Mar 26, A Pakistani court
placed two teenage sisters from the minority Hindu community in a
government shelter as authorities launched an investigation into
whether the girls were abducted and forced to convert and marry two
2019 Mar 27, Pakistani police
arrested a man for beating his wife in public after the incident
triggered wide condemnation and uproar on social media. Faisal's
wife had complained that her husband had stripped her naked, beat
her and shaved her head for refusing to dance for his friends at
2019 Mar 30, Pakistani
journalist Matloob Musavi was forcibly taken by masked men in
private and police vehicles in Karachi.
2019 Mar 30, In Pakistan a bus
hit a rickshaw killing six schoolgirls and driver in the eastern
Bhakkar district of Lahore.
2019 Apr 1, Pakistan scrapped
terrorism trials before special military courts after the tribunals'
mandate expired today, ending a measure that had been in place for
over four years to help authorities curb militant attacks.
2019 Apr 1, Facebook said it
has deleted 712 accounts and 390 pages in India and Pakistan for
"inauthentic behavior," many of them linked to India's opposition
Congress party days before a general election, and others related to
2019 Apr 2, In Kashmir Pakistan
and India traded fire in the disputed Himalayan region, leaving
seven people dead.
2019 Apr 5, Pakistan's Foreign
Ministry said officials will release 360 Indian prisoners detained
for fishing illegally in the country's territorial waters in the
Arabian sea. The anglers will be freed in four batches starting
2019 Apr 7, In Pakistan a
vehicle tumbled off a mountainous road into a river, killing seven
2019 Apr 9, A Pakistani
anti-graft tribunal indicted opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif on
charges he misused his authority to benefit his family's factory
while he was chief minister in the eastern Punjab province. His son
Hamza Shahbaz was also indicted.
2019 Apr 12, In southwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomb ripped through an outdoor market on the
outskirts of Quetta, killing 20 people, half of them ethnic Hazaras,
in an attack apparently aimed at minority Shi'ite Muslims. The
Islamic State group soon claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 4/12/19)(AP, 4/13/19)
2019 Apr 14, In Pakistan
thousands of Sikh pilgrims from across the world concluded their
celebration of the Vaisakhi harvest festival amid heightened
security in the town of Hasanabdal, outside Islamabad.
2019 Apr 16, Pakistani security
forces raided a militant hideout in the northwestern city of
Peshawar, triggering an 18-hour shootout in which a police officer
and all five suspected militants at the site were killed.
2019 Apr 18, Pakistan's finance
minister Asad Umar said he will step down amid a wave of criticism
over the government's handling of a financial crisis that has sent
2019 Apr 18, In Pakistan gunmen
wearing police and paramilitary uniforms ambushed a bus before dawn
and killed 14 people after going through their ID cards and forcing
them out on a remote part of a coastal highway in southwestern
Baluchistan province. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry later said a group
of militants crossed the border from neighboring Iran carried out
the deadly attack against Pakistan armed forces. The Baloch Raji
Aajoi Saangar (BRAS) umbrella group said it targeted Pakistani navy
and Coast Guard officials traveling on buses.
(AP, 4/18/19)(Reuters, 4/20/19)(AP, 4/20/19)
2019 Apr 21, Pakistani PM Imran
Khan began his first official visit to Iran for talks set to focus
on strengthening ties and countering terrorism.
2019 Apr 22, In Pakistan
hundreds of school children were taken to hospitals complaining of
nausea and vomiting after being given polio vaccinations. Angry
family members responded by storming a local health facility in
Peshawar and setting it ablaze.
2019 Apr 22, Iran's President
Hassan Rouhani said that a new joint security force with Pakistan
will be formed to combat militants based along the two countries'
2019 Apr 24, Pakistan recorded
two new polio cases in the country's northwest despite efforts
against the crippling disease. Gunmen in Bannu killed a policeman
protecting polio workers during a three-day nationwide polio drive.
2019 Apr 25, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire on female polio
vaccination workers in the town of Chaman, killing one and wounding
2019 Apr 27, In Pakistan a bomb
blast near the Afghan border killed three security personnel in
2019 Apr 27, Pakistani health
officials suspended a nationwide anti-polio campaign after a health
worker and two policemen escorting vaccination teams were killed in
separate attacks across the country in less than a week. The
decision to halt the campaign came after two new polio cases were
reported in the country's northwestern province of Khyber
2019 Apr 29, A Pakistani
military spokesman said Pakistan plans to take control of a network
of over 30,000 madrasas as part of a drive to "mainstream" the
Islamic schools by bringing them under state control.
2019 Apr, In Pakistan nearly
900 children in the small city of Ratodero were reported bedridden
with raging fevers that resisted treatment. The city was the
epicenter of an HIV outbreak that overwhelmingly affected children.
Health officials initially blamed the outbreak on a single
pediatrician, saying he was reusing syringes. Many of the infected
children had gone to the same pediatrician, Muzaffar Ghanghro, who
served the cityís poorest families and appeared to be at the center
of the outbreak.
(NY Times, 10/27/19)
2019 May 1, In Pakistan dozens
of militants sneaked into the country and opened fire on troops in a
former Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border, triggering a
shootout that killed three soldiers in North Waziristan.
2019 May 1, The UN added Masood
Azhar, the leader of a Pakistan-based Islamist group, to its list of
global terrorists after China lifted its objections. Pakistan
confirmed the move. This came months after Azhar's group,
Jaish-e-Mohammad, claimed responsibility for the Feb. 14 suicide
attack in disputed Kashmir that killed 40 Indian soldiers.
(AFP, 5/1/19)(AP, 5/1/19)
2019 May 8, In eastern Pakistan
a suicide bomber attacked security forces guarding a famous Sufi
shrine in Lahore, killing at least 10 people and wounding 20 others.
Hizbul Ahrar, an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed
responsibility for the attack.
2019 May 8, Pakistani officials
said Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after
spending eight years on death row, has left for Canada to be
reunited with her daughters.
2019 May 9, In Pakistan three
soldiers and two coalminers were killed in attacks in the town of
Hernai in volatile southwestern Baluchistan province.
2019 May 11, In Pakistan an
assault on the Pearl Continental hotel in the southwestern coastal
town of Gwadar left nine people dead, including four gunmen killed
by security forces.
2019 May 16, A Pakistani court
upheld death sentences for three Muslims but acquitted two others in
the 2014 mob killing of a Christian couple accused of blasphemy in
the eastern city of Lahore.
2019 May 20, In Pakistan the
body of a girl (10), who disappeared after leaving home a week ago,
was discovered in a nearby forest. Islamabad police chief Mohammad
Abbas was suspended for failing to act promptly in the case.
2019 May 23, Pakistan's
military successfully test-fired a long-range ballistic missile
capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The surface-to-surface
Shaheen-II missile, which has a range of 1,500 km, or 932 miles,
ended in the Arabian Sea.
2019 May 24, In Pakistan a
bombing at a Sunni mosque in the city of Quetta, the capital of
restive Baluchistan province, killed two people, including the
prayer leader. 28 worshippers were wounded.
2019 May 25, Pakistani police
said six people have been arrested for allegedly collecting funds
for two outlawed militant organizations.
2019 May 26, In northwestern
Pakistan a minority Pashtun group attacked a security post near the
Afghan border, wounding five soldiers. Three
attackers were reported killed and 10 wounded. Militants attacked an
army post in North Waziristan late today where ethnic tensions have
recently flared up with minority Pashtuns. A shootout killed one
soldier and wounded five others.
(AP, 5/26/19)(AP, 5/27/19)
2019 May 27, Pakistani police
arrested a veterinarian from the country's tiny minority Hindu
community on charges of desecrating Islam's holy book in southern
2019 May 27, Pakistani troops
exchanged fire with protesters when they assaulted a security post
in the northwest. The ethnic minority Pashtun protesters were
complaining about the mistreatment of a woman by soldiers.
2019 May 29, Pakistan said it
arrested six men accused of raising funds for an outlawed
Pakistan-based group that claimed responsibility for the suicide
bombing that killed 40 Indian troops in Kashmir earlier this year.
2019 May 29, A Pakistani
parliamentarian and civil rights leader accused authorities of lying
about a violent clash between Pashtun activists and security forces
over the weekend as tensions soar between the military and rights
2019 May 30, Pakistani lawmaker
Mohsin Dawar, who escaped a deadly clash between the military and
activists over the weekend, was arrested after surrendering to
authorities. The military accused him and another member of
parliament of being involved in an assault on a security post in the
volatile North Waziristan region. The Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement
(PTM), which was co-founded by Dawar and campaigns for civil rights
for ethnic minority Pashtun people, said troops killed 13 civilians.
2019 May 31, Pakistani health
officials say 681 people have tested positive for HIV in Ratodero,
of whom 537 are children, since April 25. Officials suspected the
outbreak is linked to reused syringes and needles and improperly
screened blood transfusions.
2019 May, Pakistani police
swept through posh neighborhoods in the Punjab provincial capital of
Lahore and in the national capital, Islamabad. They arrested Chinese
nationals and their Pakistani partners involved in two
marriage-broker networks that sought out Pakistani girls for Chinese
2019 Jun 1, A Pakistani soldier
was reported killed by a gun and bomb attack during a patrol in the
Boya area of North Waziristan district.
2019 Jun 3, British Airways
resumed flights to Pakistan, over a decade after they were suspended
in the wake of a truck bombing of a hotel in the capital, which
2019 Jun 4, Pakistan's PM Imran
Khan said the powerful military has agreed in a rare move to cut its
hefty budget for a year to help ease the South Asian country's
"critical financial situation".
2019 Jun 7, In northwestern
Pakistan four soldiers were killed and another four were wounded by
a roadside bomb blast in the Khar Qamar tribal area.
2019 Jun 10, Pakistan's
anti-graft body arrested former President Asif Ali Zardari, widower
of assassinated ex-Premier Benazir Bhutto, in a multi-million dollar
money laundering case that has shaken the country.
2019 Jun 11, British police
arrested Pakistani politician Altaf Hussain in London as part of an
investigation into speeches he gave as founder of the Muttahida
Qaumi Movement (MQM) political party that ruled the megacity of
Karachi for decades.
2019 Jun 14, Pakistani
anti-corruption authorities ordered Faryal Talpur, sister of former
President Asif Ali Zardari and one of the leaders of the opposition
Pakistan Peoples Party, to be confined to her residence as they
continued an anti-graft crackdown that critics say is aimed at
2019 Jun 16, It was reported
that Pakistani investigators are trying to unravel trafficking
networks that convince impoverished Pakistanis to marry off their
daughters to Chinese men for cash, and they say evidence is growing
that many of the women and girls are sold into prostitution once in
2019 Jun 17, In Pakistan an
avalanche stranded a group of four Italian and three Pakistani
climbers on a mountain in the country's north. the next day a
Pakistani army helicopter rescued four Italian and two Pakistani
climbers. A Pakistani member of the team was killed.
(AP, 6/17/19)(AP, 6/18/19)
2019 Jun 22, Dozens of Afghan
political leaders attended a peace conference in Pakistan to pave
the way for further Afghan-to-Afghan dialogue.
2019 Jun 24, Pakistan thanked
Qatar for the $3 billion investment announced hours earlier by Emir
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
2019 Jun 26, The top leaders of
Pakistan's major opposition political parties met in Islamabad to
discuss how to oust the government of PM Imran Khan over his alleged
failure in handling the country's economic crisis. Pakistan's
currency dropped to an all-time low of 160 rupees to the dollar.
2019 Jun 26, In Pakistan a
police constable was killed and 5 people injured, following a gun
battle with Taliban militants at a police housing and training
complex in southwestern Baluchistan province.
2019 Jun 27, Pakistan called
for stronger trade relations with Afghanistan and more cooperation
on regional security as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited
Islamabad, pledging renewed effort to end the 18-year war in
2019 Jun 29, In Pakistan the
bullet riddled body of Aftab Aurangzeb (19) was found late today at
a river bank in his home town of Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province. Pakistani police soon arrested Aurangzeb Akbar for
murdering his transgender son.
2019 Jun 30, Pakistani
counterterrorism forces raided a Taliban hideout, triggering a
shootout that killed three insurgents in the eastern city of Gujrat.
2019 Jul 3, Pakistan's military
said an explosion has killed five soldiers near the Indian border in
(SFC, 7/4/19, p.A2)
2019 Jul 11, In southern
Pakistan a passenger train rammed into a freight train killing at
least 20 people at the Walhar Railway Station in eastern Punjab
(SFC, 7/12/19, p.A2)
2019 Jul 16, Pakistan's central
bank raised its main policy rate by 100 basis points to 13.25%,
citing increased inflationary pressures and a likely near-term rise
in prices from higher utility costs.
2019 Jul 17, The United
Nations' highest court ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of
Kulbhushan Jadhav, an alleged Indian spy, and undertake a full
review of his case, after agreeing with India's contention the man's
rights had been violated in a case that has been a source of
friction between the nuclear neighbors.
2019 Jul 19, Pakistani
Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said an agreement has been
reached on a plan to overhaul instruction at madrasas or religious
schools to bring the institutions closer into line with conventional
schools and curb extremist teaching.
2019 Jul 20, Voters in the
turbulent former tribal zones of northwestern Pakistan went to the
polls in the first provincial elections since the region lost the
semi-autonomous status it had held since the British colonial era.
2019 Jul 21, In northwestern
Pakistan a female suicide bomber killed at least eight people and
wounded 26 more in an attack outside a local civilian hospital in
Dera Ismail Khan. The attack happened after two police were killed
at a roadside checkpoint outside the city and was claimed by
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, often known as the Pakistani Taliban.
2019 Jul 22, Pres. Donald Trump
welcomed Pakistani PM Imran Khan to the Oval Office. Trump
diminished the US' 18-year war in Afghanistan as one where the US
has "acted as policemen, not soldiers" and suggested the US could
swiftly end it through brute military strength that would leave "10
million people" dead. Trump offered to mediate in the dispute
between Pakistan and India over Kashmir.
2019 Jul 25, Pakistan's main
opposition parties held protest rallies in cities across the
country, accusing PM Imran Khan's government of ruining the economy
and seeking to intimidate and silence its opponents.
2019 Jul 26, In Pakistan four
paramilitary officials patrolling in the restive southwestern
Baluchistan province were killed in an ambush by unidentified
2019 Jul 27, In Pakistan a
military vehicle was ambushed and six soldiers killed in the
country's mountainous northern areas in the North Waziristan region.
2019 Jul 30, Indian and
Pakistani soldiers traded heavy gunfire across a cease fire line
dividing Kashmir leaving one Indian soldier and one Pakistani
(SFC, 7/31/19, p.A2)
2019 Aug 2, Indian security
officials said they had found evidence of attacks planned by
Pakistani military-backed militants on a major Hindu pilgrimage in
Kashmir. Thousands of Indian tourists, pilgrims and workers soon
started leaving the disputed region.
(Reuters, 8/2/19)(AP, 8/3/19)
2019 Aug 5, India scrapped a
1947 constitutional provision that gave the state of Jammu and
Kashmir its own constitution and broad decision-making rights.
Pakistan's foreign ministry rejected India's revocation of a special
status for the portion of disputed Kashmir that it controls saying
the move violates a UN resolution. Music videos soon began appearing
about Indians moving to the Muslim-majority region, buying land
there and marrying Kashmiri women.
(AP, 8/5/19)(SFC, 8/23/19, p.A3)
2019 Aug 6, Pakistanís foreign
minister wrote to the United Nations, while its army pledged to go
to ďany extentíí against Indiaís move to revoke the autonomous
status of Kashmir, thatís claimed in full by the two South Asian
2019 Aug 8, Pakistan halted its
main train service to India and banned Indian films as it kept up
the diplomatic pressure on New Delhi for revoking the special status
of Kashmir, the region at the heart of 70 years of hostility between
2019 Aug 8, Pakistan's
anti-corruption bureau arrested opposition leader Maryam Nawaz, the
latest high-profile detention of a member of the Sharif political
dynasty. The daughter of former PM Nawaz Sharif was arrested with
her cousin, Yousaf Abbas, while attempting to visit her father at a
jail in the city of Lahore.
2019 Aug 10, Pakistan said it
had cancelled a bus linking Lahore with India's capital New Delhi,
the last remaining public transport link between the neighbors
divided by a dispute over the Kashmir region.
2019 Aug 13, Pakistan called
for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council, saying India's
decision to strip its part of disputed Kashmir of autonomy poses "an
imminent threat" to international peace and could lead to ethnic
cleansing and genocide in the Muslim-majority region.
2019 Aug 15, Pakistan said
three of its soldiers and five Indian troops were killed in a
cross-border exchange of fire in the contested Kashmir region, one
of the deadliest clashes between the rival armies this year.
2019 Aug 15, Thousands of
people, many waving Pakistani and Kashmiri flags, protested outside
the Indian High Commission in London in support of the disputed
Himalayan region of Kashmir.
2019 Aug 16, In southwest
Pakistan a blast at a mosque in killed four people. 20 more people
were wounded at the site 25 km (15 miles) from the city of Quetta.
2019 Aug 23, Pakistan's Supreme
Court ordered disciplinary action against a judge who convicted
former premier Nawaz Sharif, effectively giving a boost to Sharif's
appeal against a seven-year jail term for corruption.
2019 Aug 30, Cities around
Pakistan came to a standstill as tens of thousands of people poured
onto the streets in a government-led demonstration of solidarity
with the disputed region of Kashmir, after India revoked its
autonomy this month.
2019 Aug 31, In Pakistan a bus
fell off a mountainous road into a river, killing at least 24
passengers in the northwest.
(SSFC, 9/1/19, p.A4)
2019 Sep 2, Pakistan granted
rare consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian man facing the
death penalty after being convicted of spying.
2019 Sep 4, India officially
declared that the leaders of two Pakistan-based militant groups are
terrorists under a new law. The Home Ministry named Masood Azhar,
chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, founder of
Lashkar-e-Taiba, as terrorists under the amended Unlawful Activities
(Prevention) Amendment Act.
2019 Sep 4, Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirates sent their top diplomats to Pakistan to
help Islamabad defuse tensions with India over the disputed Kashmir
2019 Sep 7, India's national
security adviser said more than 200 suspected militants are trying
to cross into Indian Kashmir from Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of
trying to stoke violence in the region.
2019 Sep 8, India imposed
curfews in several parts of the contested Kashmir region, after
clashes between security forces and Shi'ite Muslims taking part in a
2019 Sep 18, Pakistan's
anti-graft agency said it had arrested opposition Pakistan People's
Party leader Khursheed Shah in an investigation into the sources of
his wealth, the latest high-profile detention of an opposition
2019 Sep 22, In northern
Pakistan a bus crash killed 26 people after its brakes failed on a
winding mountain road near Chilas.
(SFC, 9/23/19, p.A2)
2019 Sep 24, In Pakistan-held
Kashmir a magnitude 5.8 earthquake destroyed buildings, cracked
roads and killed 22 people. Nearly 200 more people were injured. The
death toll soon rose to 37.
(Reuters, 9/24/19)(SFC, 9/26/19, p.A4)
2019 Sep 27, Pakistani PM Imran
Khan has denounced India's crackdown in Kashmir and warned of a
"bloodbath" in the disputed region. Indian PM Narendra Modi earlier
denounced terrorism but avoided any mention of Kashmir.
2019 Sep 28, In Pakistan's
southwestern province of Balochistan a blast killed three, including
Maulana Mohamad Hanif, Deputy Secretary General of the opposition
party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F).
2019 Oct 2, Afghan Taliban
officials arrived in Islamabad to discuss the possibility of
reviving talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan.
2019 Oct 3, A Pakistani health
official said about 20,000 cases of dengue fever have been confirmed
in recent months along with 34 deaths from the disease.
(SFC, 10/4/19, p.A2)
2019 Oct 4, In Pakistan the
Taliban met with US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad for
the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly
imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan's 18-year war 'dead' a month
2019 Oct 9, Chinese President
Xi Jinping said he was watching the situation in Kashmir and would
support Pakistan in issues related to its core interests.
2019 Oct 13, Pakistani PM Imran
Khan on a visit to Iran said he was acting ďnot as a mediator but as
a facilitator" for talks between Tehran and Riyadh, where heís
2019 Oct 16, Indian and
Pakistan troops traded fire in the disputed Kashmir region killing
four civilians and wounding nearly a dozen others.
(SFC, 10/17/19, p.A2)
2019 Oct 18, Pakistan's
government hailed the FATF's decision, which offers a reprieve to PM
Imran Khan as he works to shore up his country's faltering economy
and attract foreign investment and loans. The Financial Action Task
Force has given Pakistan four months to prove it is fighting
terrorism financing and money laundering ó or it could be put on a
damaging global blacklist.
2019 Oct 20, India and Pakistan
blamed one another for cross-border shelling in the disputed Kashmir
region which killed and injured soldiers and civilians on both sides
and made it one of the deadliest days since New Delhi revoked
Kashmir's special status in August. India said shelling overnight by
Pakistan killed two Indian soldiers and one civilian. Pakistan said
one of its soldiers and three civilians had died and that India had
violated the ceasefire.
2019 Oct 22, The chief of one
of Pakistan's largest religious parties announced a protest campaign
aimed at ousting PM Imran Khan, raising the prospect of political
turmoil as the government struggles to stabilize the economy.
2019 Oct 31, In Pakistan a fire
swept through a train in Punjab province killing at least 74 people.
Passengers said it took nearly 20 minutes for the train to stop.
(SFC, 11/1/19, p.A4)
2019 Oct, A Pakistani court
acquitted 31 Chinese nationals charged in connection with
trafficking women to be sold as brides in China. Investigators later
revealed a list of 629 girls and women who were sold as brides and
taken to China since 2018. Investigations were said to have ground
to a halt in June because of pressure from government officials
fearful of hurting lucrative ties with Beijing.
(SFC, 12/5/19, p.A5)
2019 Nov 1, In Pakistan tens of
thousands of members of a radical Islamist party camped out in
Islamabad overnight and demanded the resignation of PM Imran Khan
over economic hardships. Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of the
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, began his "Azadi March" from the
southern city of Karachi last Sunday.
2019 Nov 8, The IMF said
Pakistan's fiscal deficits are narrowing, as it announced it would
release the second tranche of its $6 billion financial assistance
program to the country.
2019 Nov 13, In Pakistan
anti-government protesters called off a two-week sit-in on the
capital's main highway, but began what they called a "Plan B" aimed
at crippling the country's roads and ousting PM Imran Khan.
2019 Nov 13, Pakistani rights
activist Idris Khattak, who worked for both Amnesty International
and Human Rights Watch, went missing along with his driver. Later,
his driver told his family that Khattak was taken by unidentified
men from his car while they were traveling in the country's volatile
2019 Nov 14, In Pakistan
thousands of anti-government protesters blocked highways across the
country in a bid to oust PM Imran Khan, though the disruption fell
short of what organizers had planned.
2019 Nov 22, Amnesty
International said tens of thousands of people in Lahore, Pakistan,
are at risk of respiratory disease because of poor air quality from
(SFC, 11/23/19, p.A2)
2019 Nov 26, Pakistan's Supreme
Court suspended an extension of the term of office for the country's
army chief, putting it on a possible collision course with the
2019 Nov 26, In Pakistan at
least nine members of the Pakistan navy were killed and 29 other
people injured when their bus fell into a deep roadside ditch in the
south of the country.
2019 Nov 28, Pakistan's top
court gave the government six months to justify why it granted a
controversial extension to the country's army chief, in a rare case
that pits the judiciary against the government and the military.
2019 Dec 13, In Pakistan at
least 13 people were killed in a fiery collission between a
passenger bus and a pickup truck in Baluchistan province.
(SFC, 12/14/19, p.A2)
2019 Dec 17, A Pakistani court
sentenced former military dictator Perve Musharraf to death in a
treason case for subverting the country's Constitution in 2007 when
he imposed a state of emergency in an attempt to thwart politiacl
opposition. Musharraf (76) was currently in self-imposed exile in
(SFC, 12/18/19, p.A2)
2019 Dec 19, Pakistan's foreign
minister said that he has written to the United Nations this month,
warning the world body of what he says are actions by New Delhi to
position missile launchers in the Indian-controlled Kashmir.
2019 Dec 22, Pakistani
authorities said mortars fired by Indian troops into its portion of
the Kashmir region killed three civilians and damaged nearly a dozen
home in recent days.
(SFC, 12/23/19, p.A2)
2019 Dec 25, India and Pakistan
traded fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, with the
latest exchanges killing two Pakistani troops, an Indian soldier and
a civilian woman.
2019 Dec 26, In eastern
Pakistan five al-Qaida operatives were arrested in a raid late
today. The raid in Punjab province was carried out in collaboration
with the country's top intelligence agency, the Inter Services
2019 Dec 31, Pakistan began
issuing special health ID cards for transgender people as a way to
lessen health care discrimination.
(SFC, 1/1/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 13, It was reported
that at least 54 people have been killed by the combination of heavy
snowfall, brutal cold and severe flooding in Afghanistan and
Pakistan. A deadly winter storm brought severe impacts to millions
of people from parts of the Arabian Peninsula to Pakistan beginning
late last week and through the weekend.
2020 Jan 15, Officials said
search teams aided by Pakistani troops pulled out 21 more bodies
from homes destroyed by this week's avalanches in the disputed
Himalayan region of Kashmir, raising the overall death toll due to
severe winter weather to 160 for Pakistan and Afghanistan.
2020 Jan 15, It was reported
that Pakistan has arrested Piran Ditta Khan (71) in the 2005 killing
of Sharon Beshenivsky (38), a British police officer who was gunned
down as she responded to a robbery in the city of Bradford in 2005.
Six men were later arrested in Britain but Khan, who was suspected
of being the armed gang's organizer, had fled abroad.
2020 Jan 27, In Pakistan
Manzoor Pashteen, leader of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM),
which has campaigned against military excesses during anti-terrorism
operations, was arrested in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
Authorities detained two lawmakers belonging to a rights movement as
they and hundreds of supporters across the country gathered to
protest the arrest of their leader on charges of sedition.
2020 Feb 3, Pakistan, a close
Chinese ally, said it was resuming air travel to China after a
2020 Feb 12, A Pakistani court
handed down a five-year prison sentence to radical cleric Hafiz
Saaed for terrorism financing. The court charged that his charities
are fronts for the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba. The US has a $10
million bounty on Saaed for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks that
killed 166 people.
(SFC, 2/13/20, p.A2)
2020 Feb 17, In Pakistan a
suicide bombing killed eight people and wounded 16 others in the
restive Baluchistan province, when it struck an Islamist rally in
Quetta, the regional capital.
2020 Feb 19, Pakistani
officials said soybean dust from shipping containers, not toxic gas
from a gas leak, was responsible for the recent deaths of 14 people
in the southern port city of Karachi.
2020 Feb 23, Pakistan
temporarily closed its borders with Iran, which announced a weeklong
closing of schools, universities and cultural centers. The outbreak
has killed at least 12 people in Iran, according to state
television, the largest number of deaths outside China.
(NY Times, 2/24/20)
2020 Feb 26, Pakistan said it
has detected its first two cases of the coronavirus.
2020 Feb 29, Pakistan confirmed
two more cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of positive
cases to four since Feb 26, when the first two cases were reported
in the country.
2020 Mar 3, A Pakistani court
gave the go-ahead to the country's largest women's rights event but
told organizers to ensure participants adhere to "decency and moral
values." The Aurat March, using the Urdu word for women, has been
attended by tens of thousands over the last two years to mark
International Women's Day on March 8.
2020 Mar 13, Pakistan said it
will shut all land borders and limit international flights for 15
days to halt the spread of coronavirus. Pakistan has reported 21
cases of the virus but no deaths.
2020 Mar 16, The US Department
of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added 24
companies and individuals to the Entity List for posing a risk to US
national security and foreign policy interests. They included nine
entities in Pakistan that are associated with the country's missile
technology program, six from Iran, five from the United Arab
Emirates, two from China, and two from Russia.
2020 Mar 17, Pakistani PM Imran
Khan declared that there would be no national lockdown to block the
spread of the coronavirus.
(Econ, 3/28/20, p.36)
2020 Mar 18, Pakistani security
forces raided a militant hideout in North Waziristan, triggering a
shootout that killed four soldiers and seven militants.
(SFC, 3/19/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 20, In Pakistan seven
miners were killed and three injured in a blast inside a coal mine
in Baluchistan province.
(SFC, 3/21/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 21, Pakistan suspended
all international flights for two weeks to limit the spread of
coronavirus. The country reported its third coronavirus death, with
confirmed cases rising to 534.
2020 Mar 22, In Pakistan Dr
Osama Riaz, who screened suspected coronavirus patients, died after
testing positive for the coronavirus, highlighting the danger to
physicians who have threatened to strike unless access to protection
equipment improves. Pakistan has reported three deaths and 658
patients infected with the coronavirus.
2020 Mar 24, Pakistani PM Imran
Khan announced a 1trn rupee ($7bn) support package, cutting fuel
prices and earmarking money for the poor as a national lockdown
continued due to the coronavirus pandemic.
(Econ, 3/28/20, p.36)
2020 Mar 26, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on security forces patrolling a remote border region
near Iran, killing two soldiers. The troops were patrolling the
region where smugglers have a strong presence.
2020 Mar 26, Pakistan's cases
of coronavirus rose to 1,098, up from 250 a week earlier. Eight
deaths have been reported.
(SFC, 3/27/20, p.A4)
2020 Mar 28, China sent a plane
loaded with medical personnel and supplies to help Pakistan fight
the spread of the coronavirus in one of the world's most populous
nations. Pakistan has 1,408 confirmed cases of the virus, including
2020 Apr 2, A Pakistani court
overturned the murder and terrorism convictions against Ahmed Omar
Saeed Sheikh (46) for killing the American journalist Daniel Pearl.
His death sentence was commuted to seven years in prison for
kidnapping the Wall Street Journal reporter in 2002. The convictions
of three other men in the case were also overturned. A day later the
Sindh provincial government ordered Sheikh to remain in custody for
(SFC, 4/3/20, p.A2)(SFC, 4/4/20, p.A2)
2020 Apr 3, In Pakistan mosques
were allowed to remain open for Muslims to gather for weekly
prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the
country had shut down. Pakistan has reported 2,450 confirmed cases
and 36 deaths. PM Imran Khan said he would not consider possible
easing of restrictions on movement before April 14.
2020 Apr 6, Pakistan said it
would reopen its border for four days so that Afghans wishing to
return home can go back. On the other side of the border, which
closed nearly a month ago, the Afghan government has set up a
coronavirus quarantine camp for the returnees. Pakistani nationals
stranded in Afghanistan will also be allowed to go back. Some
200,000 Afghans and counting have been flowing home across its
border with Iran, one of the worldís biggest epicenters of the
pandemic, for weeks.
2020 Apr 7, Pakistan has
recorded 4,004 cases of the coronavirus and 54 deaths. Pakistan's
military promised that dozens of doctors who were briefly jailed for
protesting a lack of protective equipment will get the equipment
2020 Apr 9, Pakistan's military
said its troop have shot down a small Indian spy drone after it
violated the country's airspace along the Line of Control in
(SFC, 4/10/20, p.A2)
2020 Apr 11, Pakistani troops
raided a militant hideout in North Waziristan triggering a shootout
that left seven insurgents and two soldiers dead. An explosion in
Baluchistan province killed two soldiers.
(SSFC, 4/12/20, p.A3)
2020 Apr 12, In Kashmir three
civilians were reportedly killed when shells fired by the Pakistani
army hit homes at two locations along the Line of Control in the
Kupwara area of Indian controlled Kashmir.
(SFC, 4/14/20, p.A2)
2020 Apr 13, Pakistan summoned
an Indian official to protest over cross-border shelling from its
neighbor that it said had killed a child and wounded four civilians
2020 Apr 18, Pakistan lifted
restrictions on congregational prayers at mosques, but put in place
a host of safety conditions to avert the further spread of the
coronavirus in the country. Pakistan has registered 7,638 cases of
the virus and 143 deaths.
2020 Apr 20, In Pakistan
militants armed with assault rifles attacked an army security post
in a former Taliban stronghold in the country's northwest early
today, triggering a shootout that killed a soldier. Five insurgents
were also killed.
2020 Apr 20, Panama registered
191 new cases and 10 deaths, bringing total cases to 4,658 and the
death toll to 136.
2020 Apr 28, Pakistan reported
14,079 coronavirus cases including 301 deaths, 20 of them over the
2020 Apr 29, Pakistan said it
is preparing to loosen coronavirus lockdown restrictions as the
number of infections and deaths are well below previous projections.
Pakistan has registered 15,289 cases of COVID-19 including 335
(Reuters, 4/29/20)(SFC, 4/30/20, p.A4)
2020 Apr 29, Indian artillery
fire in the disputed Kashmir region hit Pakistani army posts and
villages killing a soldier, a woman and a girl (16). India said
Pakistani troops had attacked Inidan positions with small arms and
mortar shells in at least four places.
(SFC, 5/1/20, p.A2)
2020 May 1, It was reported
that a new wave of ravening locust swarms threaten to devastate
crops in parts of Pakistan. Half a million acres in 22 districts of
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh provinces were under
(The Telegraph, 5/1/20)
2020 May 2, Pakistan recorded
its highest single-day increase in new coronavirus infections with
1,297 new cases, bringing the total to 18,114. The increase
coincided with a growing number of daily tests.
(SSFC, 5/3/20, p.A5)
2020 May 5, Pakistan said it
raised concerns with the United Arab Emirates that workers are
returning home with high infection rates and that crowded living
conditions in the UAE may be helping the virus spread.
2020 May 8, Coronavirus cases
in Pakistan surged past 25,000, just hours before the government was
due to lift lockdown steps.
2020 May 8, In southwestern
Pakistan a roadside bombing in a remote area, close to the border
with Iran, struck a patrol vehicle, killing six soldiers, including
an army major. The Baluch Liberation Army soon claimed
responsibility for the attack.
(AP, 5/8/20)(AP, 5/9/20)
2020 May 9, Pakistani
authorities reported a jump of 1,637 coronavirus cases with 24 new
(SSFC, 5/10/20, p.A6)
2020 May 10, Police in the
Pakistan-ruled part of Kashmir said Indian troops across the
disputed border opened fire with automatic rifles, shooting a women
dead. Shauzia Akhtar was reportedly shot in the head as she prepared
breakfast in her home along the border.
(AP, 5/10/20)(SFC, 5/11/20, p.A2)
2020 May 11, Markets across
Pakistan were teeming after opening up for the first time in over a
month as the country began to lift its lockdown despite a rise in
the rate of coronavirus infections. Of its 667 deaths from the
coronavirus, around 200 have been registered over the past week, and
there are almost 31,000 confirmed infections.
2020 May 14, Pakistani sisters
Jasima Bibi and Saeeda Bibi were killed in North Waziristan.
Authorities soon arrested two men for their role in the murders. A
video posted online had showed them being kissed by a man. One
arrested man was the father of the first victim and the other was
the brother of the second. Police later launched a manhunt for the
murdered of the murder of the two teenage girls.
(The Telegraph, 5/17/20)(Reuters, 5/19/20)
2020 May 18, In Pakistan 7
troops were killed when gunmen detonated a bomb to ambush a convoy
in Baluchistan province. An 8th soldier was killed in a roadside
bombing in the northwest.
(SFC, 5/20/20, p.A2)
2020 May 22, In Pakistan an
Airbus A320 jetliner carrying 99 people crashed in a crowded
neighborhood near Jinnah International Airport in Karachi
after an apparent engine failure during landing. 97 people were
killed and two people survived. Eight people on the ground were
(AP, 5/22/20)(AP, 5/23/20)(SSFC, 5/24/20, p.A4)
2020 May 24, In Pakistan more
than 1,000 worshippers gathered and prayed shoulder-to-shoulder in
an open field in Karachi, with only a few of them wearing masks.
Muslims around the world began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally
festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan,
with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing
renewed coronavirus outbreaks.
2020 May 25, A resident of the
Kathua district of Indian-administered Kashmir, reported a bird -
painted pink and carrying a coded ring tagged to its foot - flew
into her home late today. The Indian Border Security Force passed
the pigeon on to the police, who launched an investigation and
logged the animal as a ĎPak Suspected Spy.í
(The Telegraph, 5/26/20)
2020 May 31, In Pakistan Hassan
Sidiqui and his wife reportedly beat to death their 8-year-old maid
after she opened a cage to feed parrots and the birds flew away. The
couple were soon arrested and a probe into the girl's death was
opened by the state'ws human rights minister.
(SFC, 6/6/20, p.A2)
2020 May 31, Pakistan's daily
death toll from COVID-19 kept climbing, hitting a new high of 88
overnight putting the death toll at 1,483. The country has counted
69,496 positive cases of COVID-19.
2020 Jun 4, The Pakistani
government registered 4,688 new cases of COVID-19 and 82 new
fatalities across the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the
total to 85,264 confirmed cases and 1,770 deaths.
(Good Morning America, 6/4/20)
2020 Jun 5, Pakistani security
forces shut down more than 3,000 shops and markets across the
country for violating social distancing regulations. Pakistan
recorded 68 more coronavirus-related deaths raising the overall toll
to 1,838. Total infections reached 89,249.
(SFC, 6/6/20, p.A6)
2020 Jun 14, An Indian soldier
was killed by Pakistani shellfire in Kashmir.
(Econ., 6/20/20, p.30)
2020 Jun 15, Two Indian
officials in Pakistan were allegedly abducted and tortured by
(Econ., 6/20/20, p.30)
2020 Jun 19, Pakistan reported
4,944 new confirmed cases for the coronavirus raising that total to
165,062. The death toll rose by 136 for a total of 3,229.
(SFC, 6/20/20, p.A6)
2020 Jun 20, Indian troops
backed by artillery fired on villages along the
Pakistani-administered side of Kashmir killing a girl (13) and
wounding her mother and brother.
(SFC, 6/22/20, p.A2)
2020 Jun 21, It was reported
that the coronavirus is spreading in Pakistan at one of the fastest
rates in the world, and its overwhelmed hospitals are turning away
patients. But the government is pushing ahead with opening up the
country, trying to salvage a near-collapsed economy.
2020 Jun 24, Pakistan's
aviation minister Ghulam Sarqar Khan said 262 out of 860 Pakistani
pilots had "fake" licenses. The following day Pakistan Int'l.
Airlines (PIA) said it will ground 150 pilots accusing them of
obtaining licenses by having others take exams for them.
(SFC, 6/26/20, p.A4)
2020 Jun 29, In Pakistan at
least three people were killed today after gunmen stormed the stock
exchange in the city of Karachi. A separatist group, the Baluchistan
Liberation Army, claimed responsibility.
2020 Jun 30, The European
Union's aviation safety agency said that Pakistanís national airline
will not be allowed to fly into Europe for at least six months after
the countryís aviation minister revealed that nearly a third of
Pakistani pilots had cheated on their pilotís exams.
2020 Jul 3, In eastern Pakistan
a passenger train crashed into a bus carrying Sikh pilgrims, killing
(SFC, 7/4/20, p.A2)
2020 Jul 5, Pakistan reported
93 more coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, increasing the
countryís fatalities from COVID-19 to 4,712 since the start of its
outbreak at the end of February. As many as 3,191 new cases were
reported in the previous 24 hours, increasing the countryís overall
cases to 228,474.
2020 Jul 6, Pakistan has now
recorded 231,813 coronavirus infections and 4,762 deaths. Pakistan's
foreign minister and health minister have recently tested positive
for he virus.
(SFC, 7/7/20, p.A6)
2020 Jul 8, Pakistan's national
carrier said it is firing 28 pilots found to have tainted licenses.
262 pilots are currently grounded in the country.
(SFC, 7/9/20, p.A2)
2020 Jul 10, In Pakistan daily
coronavirus infections dropped to 2,751 over the last 24 hours as
testing decreased. Total deaths crossed the 5,000 mark.
(SFC, 7/11/20, p.A5)
2020 Jul 23, In northwester
Pakistan a bombing wounded at least 20 people in the town of
Parachinar, a majority Shiite town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
(SFC, 7/24/20, p.A2)
2020 Jul 26, A UN report,
released earlier this week, says more than 6,000 Pakistani
insurgents are hiding in Afghanistan, most belonging to the outlawed
Pakistani Taliban group responsible for attacking Pakistani military
and civilian targets.
2020 Jul 29, In Pakistan Tahir
Ahmad Nasim (47), facing charges of blasphemy, was shot dead in
court as he awaited the start of his hearing. His attacker (24) was
arrested. Nasim was a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community that
many mainstream Islamic schools consider to hold blasphemous
(The Telegraph, 7/29/20)
2020 Jul 31, Pakistan fired a
barrage of rockets overnight across its southwestern border killing
9 people and wounding 50 in the Afghan border town of Spinboldak.
Pakistan said Afghan border guards fired first.
(SFC, 8/1/20, p.A2)
2020 Aug 4, A Pakistani court
sparked outrage by ruling a 14-year-old Christian girl was legally
married to a Muslim man who allegedly abducted her at gunpoint. The
Lahore High Court ruled that Maira Shahbaz had willingly converted
to Islam and married Mohamad Nakash.
(The Telegraph, 8/5/20)
2020 Aug 7, Pakistan recorded
782 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours and 17 deaths.
In total Pakistan has reported 282,642 confirmed cases and 6,052
(SFC, 8/8/20, p.A5)
2020 Aug 9, In Pakistan troops
with boats rushed to evacuate people in Sindh province as three days
of heavy monsoon rains killed at least 58 people across the country.
(SFC, 8/10/20, p.A2)
2020 Aug 17, A Taliban
spokesman said a militant faction in Pakistan that split years ago
from the Pakistani Taliban has returned and rejoined the insurgents.
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, was formed in 2014 by Umar Khalid Khurasani when it
split from the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
2020 Aug 18, It was reported
that Pakistan's drug regulator has greenlit the country's first
Phase 3 clinical trial for a potential COVID-19 vaccine, which is
being developed by China's CanSino Biologics (CanSino) and Beijing
Institute of Biotechnology.
2020 Aug 21, Pakistan issued
sweeping financial sanctions against Afghanistanís Taliban and other
groups, just as the Taliban is in the midst of US-led peace process
in the neighboring country. The orders were issued as part of
Pakistan's efforts to avoid being blacklisted by the Financial
Action Task Force (FATF).
2020 Aug 25, The Africa
Regional Certification Commission announced that Africa has been
declared free from wild polio. The disease is now only found in
Afghanistan and Pakistan.
2020 Aug 25, India's
anti-terrorism agency named a Pakistan-based militant leader as the
prime mastermind of a 2019 car bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir
that killed 40 Indian soldiers and brought the nuclear-armed rivals
to the brink of war. A charge sheet named Masood Azhar, chief of
Jaish-e-Mohammed, and 19 others among the accused.
2020 Aug 28, In Pakistan heavy
overnight rains hit parts of the country including the financial
capital Karachi bringing more flooding to towns and villages and
leaving at least 36 people dead.
2020 Sep 25, Pakistani PM Imran
Khan assailed Indiaís Hindu nationalist government and its moves to
cement control of Muslim-majority Kashmir, calling India a state
sponsor of hatred and prejudice against Islam.
2020 Sep 28, Pakistanís
anti-graft body arrested Shahbaz Sharif, the opposition leader of
the Pakistan Muslim League party, over his alleged involvement in a
money laundering case after a court rejected bail for him. The move
came just before planned protests next month by his party seeking to
force PM Imran Khan's resignation.
2020 Sep 28, The authorities in
Pakistan indicted former President Asif Ali Zardari on
money-laundering charges. His supporters said the charges were part
of a wider trend targeting politicians opposed to PM Imran Khan.
Zardari, the widower of former PM Benazir Bhutto, served as
president from 2008 to 2013.
(NY Times, 9/29/20)
2020 Aug, Pakistani
investigative journalist reported that the family of Asim Saleem
Bajwa, a retired general how now heads the China Pakistan Economic
Corridor (CPEC) Authority, had amassed business interests worth tens
of millions of dollars as he rose through the ranks. None of the
holdings in question had been mentioned in the general's official
declaration of assets.
(Econ., 10/31/20, p.37)
2020 Oct 1, Pakistanís ailing
former PM Nawaz Sharif (70) accused the country's powerful military
of political interference, saying in a televised speech from exile
in London that the military had rigged the 2018 vote that brought
the country's current prime minister to power.
2020 Oct 4, Pakistan's military
killed two militants in a shootout in the North Waziristan district.
(SFC, 10/5/20, p.A2)
2020 Oct 8, Pakistan's
terrorism police arrested two suspected militants on charges of
collecting funds for outlawed charities of radical cleric Hafiz
Saeed, founder and chief of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba.
(SFC, 10/9/20, p.A2)
2020 Oct 15, In Pakistan
militants attacked a convoy of the country's biggest oil and gas
exploration company in Baluchistan province. Seven soldiers and
seven private security guards were killed. The Baluchistan
Liberation Army claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 10/17/20, p.A2)
2020 Oct 27, In Pakistan a
powerful bomb blast ripped through an Islamic seminary on the
outskirts of Peshawar, killing at least eight students and wounding
2020 Oct 30, In Pakistan
demonstrations in Islamabad turned violent as some 2,000 people who
tried to march toward the French Embassy were pushed back by police
firing tear gas and beating protesters with batons. Tens of
thousands of Muslims, from Pakistan to Lebanon to the Palestinian
territories, poured out of prayer services to join anti-France
protests, as the French president's vow to protect the right to
caricature the Prophet Muhammad continues to roil the Muslim world.
2020 Nov 1, In Pakistan
hundreds of protesters burned effigies of France's leader and
chanted anti-French slogans, as President Emmanuel Macron tried to
send a message of understanding to Muslims around the world.
2020 Nov 16, Pakistan banned
public political rallies after recording its highest daily
coronavirus infections since July for four days running.
2020 Nov 30, Pakistani
opposition supporters rallied in Multan, calling on PM Imran Khan to
resign over alleged bad governance and incompetence. Police earlier
in the day acknowledged arresting over 370 people, while opposition
groups put the number at more than 1,800.
2020 Nov 30, It was reported
that thousands of volunteers in Pakistan are being recruited to
trial a vaccine from Chinese manufacturer CanSinoBio in return for
sharing the finished drugs when they are available.
(The Telegraph, 11/30/20)
2020 Dec 11, Pakistan's foreign
minister called for the UN and the EU to investigate a recent report
exposing a 15-year disinformation campaign that Islamabad alleges
was designed to serve India's interests and discredit Pakistan. New
Delhi denied the claims.
2020 Dec 20, The United Arab
Emiratesí top diplomat publicly acknowledged a so-far unexplained
ban on visitors from Pakistan, which travel agents say also targets
tourists and laborers from a dozen Muslim-majority countries amid
the pandemic and the UAE's normalization of ties with Israel.
2020 Dec 21, Pakistan reported
1,792 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 62 deaths in the past 24
hours. There have been 9,392 deaths among 458,968 COVID-19 cases
since February when the first infection was detected in the country.
2020 Dec 22, Pakistani security
forces raided a militant separatist hideout in southwestern
Baluchistan province, triggering a shootout that left 10 suspects
(SFC, 12/23/20, p.A4)
2020 Dec 24, A Pakistani court
ordered the immediate release of four men accused of orchestrating
the 2002 kidnapping and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl,
including the main suspect earlier sentenced to death for
masterminding the killing.
(The Telegraph, 12/24/20)
2020 Dec 27, It was reported
that nearly 1,000 girls from religious minorities are forced to
convert to Islam in Pakistan each year, largely to pave the way for
marriages that are under the legal age and non-consensual.
2020 Dec 30, In Pakistan
supporters of Maulana Shareef, a radical Islamist cleric, set on
fire and demolished a Hindu temple in the northwestern town of
Karak. Local police detained 31 people and raids were under way to
arrest Shareef and other participants.
(SFC, 1/1/21, p.A4)