Timeline Pakistan C 2011-2020

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2011        Jan 1, Pakistans Pres. Zardari signed the 19th amendment to the constitution giving judges a freer hand in making judicial appointments.
    (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 Taseers 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, p.45)(AP, 10/1/11)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/6/11)

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 economy.
    (AP, 1/7/11)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/12/11)

2011        Jan 13, In northwest Pakistan suspected militants targeted a police vehicle and a security checkpoint with bombs, killing four officers and wounding nine others.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
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 killers.
    (Reuters, 3/1/14)

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.
    (AP, 1/15/11)

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.
    (AP, 1/17/11)

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 Baluchistan province.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/21/11)

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.
    (AP, 1/23/11)
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.
    (AP, 1/23/11)

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 Davis 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.
    (AFP, 1/28/11)

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.
    (AP, 1/31/11)
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 1,300.
    (AP, 1/31/11)
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 smartphone's services.
    (Reuters, 1/31/11)

2011        Feb 1, In Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province gunmen killed four policemen and kidnapped four others, including a senior local official, in separate incidents.
    (AP, 2/2/11)

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 three others.
    (AP, 2/2/11)

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.
    (AP, 2/4/11)

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.
    (AFP, 2/5/11)

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.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)

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 passengers.
    (AFP, 2/8/11)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/9/11)
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 using it.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
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.
    (AFP, 2/9/11)

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.
    (AFP, 2/10/11)

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.
    (AFP, 2/11/11)
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.
    (AFP, 2/11/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/11/11)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/12/11)
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 Batkhela.
    (AFP, 2/12/11)

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.
    (AP, 2/15/11)

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.
    (AP, 2/18/11)

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.
    (AP, 2/21/11)

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.
    (AP, 2/24/11)

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.
    (AFP, 2/25/11)

2011        Feb 27, In southwestern Pakistan gunmen torched two NATO oil tankers.
    (AP, 2/27/11)

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 impoverished country.
    (AP, 3/1/11)

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 Islamabad.
    (AP, 3/2/11)

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.
    (AFP, 3/4/11)

2011        Mar 5, In south Pakistan a suspected militant died in a blast at his home on the outskirts of Karachi.
    (AP, 3/5/11)

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.
    (AP, 3/9/11)

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.
    (AP, 3/11/11)

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.
    (AP, 3/13/11)

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.
    (AP, 3/14/11)

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.
    (AP, 3/16/11)

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.
    (AP, 3/16/11)

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 Bahadurs 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.
    (AP, 3/23/11)

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.
    (AP, 3/24/11)

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.
    (AP, 3/25/11)

2011        Mar 28, In Pakistan Islamist militants ambushed a troop convoy near Peshawar killing 11 soldiers.
    (SFC, 3/29/11, p.A2)

2011        Mar 30, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber killed 10 people in the town of Swabi.
    (AFP, 4/1/11)

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.
    (AP, 4/4/11)

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.
    (AP, 4/4/11)

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 Pakistan.
    (AP, 4/6/11)

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 more dead.
    (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.
    (AP, 4/10/11)

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.
    (AFP, 4/11/11)

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.
    (AP, 4/13/11)
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.
    (AP, 4/13/11)

2011        Apr 14, Pakistan freed 89 Indian fishermen imprisoned for fishing and violating its territorial waters as the nuclear-armed rivals resume a fledgling peace process.
    (AFP, 4/14/11)
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.
    (AP, 4/14/11)

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 soldiers.
    (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 in Attock.
    (AP, 4/17/11)

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, Pakistans 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 drone attacks.
    (AP, 4/23/11)

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 city.
    (AP, 4/26/11)

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.
    (AP, 4/30/11)

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, No Easy Day, under the pseudonym Mark Owen.
    (AP, 5/2/11)(SFC, 6/2/11, p.A4)(SFC, 8/30/12, p.A3)

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.
    (AP, 5/3/11)

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.
    (AP, 5/7/11)

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. Pakistans 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 Senate.
    (AFP, 5/11/11)
2011        May 10, In Pakistan US missiles killed three alleged Arab militants in the Baghar area of South Waziristan.
    (AP, 5/10/11)
2011        May 10, Pakistans 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 chiefs.
    (AFP, 11/22/11)

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.
    (AFP, 5/11/11)

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.
    (AP, 5/12/11)
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.
    (AFP, 5/12/11)

2011        May 13, Pakistans 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.
    (AP, 5/14/11)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/14/11)

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.
    (AFP, 5/15/11)

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.
    (AFP, 5/16/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/16/11)

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 Pakistans 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 more reactors.
    (AFP, 5/17/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/17/11)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/18/11)
2011        May 18, China and Pakistan signed three agreements in Beijing on economic and technology cooperation, banking and mining.
    (AP, 5/18/11)

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.
    (AP, 5/20/11) 
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.
    (Reuters, 5/20/11)

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.
    (AFP, 5/21/11)

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. 
    (Reuters, 5/23/11)
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 confirmation.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/25/11)

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, 5/28/11)   

2011        May 27, Pakistani fighter jets pounded militant hide-outs in the country's northwest Orakzai and Kurram tribal regions, killing 23 suspected insurgents.
    (AP, 5/27/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/27/11)

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.
    (AP, 5/28/11)

2011        May 29, In Pakistan gunmen killed two Shiite policemen in Quetta city.
    (AP, 5/29/11)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/30/11)
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 Glacier.
    (AP, 5/30/11)

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.
    (AP, 5/31/11)
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.
    (AP, 7/18/11)

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 intelligence.
    (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, Pakistans 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 ladens compound fro several years. Some 35-40 people were said to have been arrested countrywide on suspicion of working for the CIA on the Abbottabad operation.
    (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.
    (AP, 6/17/11)

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. Pakistans 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.
    (AP, 6/20/11)
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.
    (AP, 6/19/11)
2011        Jun 19, In Pakistan Muhammad Riaz chopped off his wifes 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 Riazs 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 wounded 12.
    (AP, 6/20/11)

2011        Jun 23, India and Pakistan held talks on peace and security issues in Islamabad, part of efforts to stabilize South Asia.
    (AFP, 6/23/11)
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.
    (AP, 6/24/11)
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 anti-terrorism conference.
    (AFP, 6/24/11)

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 officials.
    (AP, 6/26/11)
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 Frontier Corps.
    (AP, 6/27/11)
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.
    (AFP, 6/28/11)

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.
    (AFP, 6/30/11)

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, 2012.
    (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.
    (AP, 7/3/11)

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.
    (AP, 7/4/11)

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 people.
    (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.
    (AP, 7/9/11)
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.
    (Reuters, 7/10/11)
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.
    (AP, 7/11/11)

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.
    (AP, 7/12/11)

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.
    (AP, 7/14/11)

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.
    (AP, 7/14/11)

2011        Jul 16, In Pakistan gunmen ambushed a bus carrying Sunni Muslims and killed all 10 passengers in the northwestern Kurram tribal region.
    (AP, 7/16/11)

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 forces.
    (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 southwestern Baluchistan.
    (AP, 7/23/11)

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.
    (AP, 7/24/11)

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 rock Karachi.
    (AFP, 7/25/11)

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.
    (AFP, 7/27/11)
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.
    (AFP, 7/28/11)

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 neighboring Iran.
    (AFP, 7/29/11)

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 Constabulary.
    (AP, 8/2/11)

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).
    (AFP, 8/3/11)

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.
    (AFP, 8/11/11)
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.
    (AP, 8/11/11)

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.
    (AP, 8/12/11)

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.
    (AP, 8/14/11)

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.
    (AP, 8/18/11)

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.
    (AP, 8/20/11)
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.
    (AP, 8/20/11)

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 North Waziristan.
    (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.
    (AFP, 8/28/11) 

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.
    (AP, 8/25/11)

2011        Aug 25, Pakistan officials said an American surveillance drone has crashed in the southwest near a paramilitary base close to the Afghan border.
    (AP, 8/25/11)

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.
    (AFP, 8/28/11)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/31/11)
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 divided Kashmir.
    (AFP, 8/31/11)

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 station.
    (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.
    (AP, 9/5/11)
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.
    (AP, 9/5/11)

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.
    (AP, 9/7/11)

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 Pakistan.
    (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.
    (AP, 9/13/11)

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 Pakistans 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.
    (AFP, 9/18/11)
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.
    (AP, 9/19/11)

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.
    (AP, 9/19/11)

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.
    (AP, 9/22/11)

2011        Sep 30, In Pakistan a US missile strike killed three suspected militants in the South Waziristan tribal area.
    (AP, 9/30/11)

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 south.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/2/11)

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.
    (AP, 10/4/11)
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.
    (AP, 10/4/11)

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.
    (AFP, 10/5/11)

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.
    (AP, 10/8/11)

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.
    (AFP, 10/11/11)
2011        Oct 11, Washington acknowledged for the first time that it is waging "war" against militants in Pakistan.
    (AFP, 10/13/11)

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 commander.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/17/11)

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.
    (AP, 10/21/11)

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 family.
    (AFP, 10/23/11)

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 injuries.
    (AFP, 10/24/11)

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.
    (AFP, 10/28/11)

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.
    (AFP, 10/28/11)
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.
    (AFP, 10/28/11)

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.
    (AP, 2/1/12)
2011        Oct, Pakistan reported its 115th case of polio. The current annual global number was down to about 1000.
    (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.
    (AFP, 11/1/11)
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.
    (AP, 11/1/11)

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.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)
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.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)
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.
    (AP, 11/2/11)

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.
    (AFP, 11/3/11)

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.
    (AFP, 11/5/11)

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.
    (AP, 11/9/11)

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.
    (AFP, 11/10/11)

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.
    (AP, 11/12/11)

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.
    (AP, 11/13/11)

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.
    (AP, 11/18/11)
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.
    (AFP, 11/14/11)

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.
    (AP, 11/16/11)

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.
    (AFP, 11/20/11)

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.
    (AFP, 11/22/11)
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.
    (AFP, 11/22/11)

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.
    (AFP, 11/23/11)

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.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)

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 conservative nation.
    (AP, 12/3/11)

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.
    (AP, 12/5/11)

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.
    (AP, 12/8/11)

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.
    (AP, 12/10/11)
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 explosion.
    (AFP, 12/10/11)

2011        Dec 11, Pakistans 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.
    (AP, 12/12/11)
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 Waziristan.
    (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 neighboring Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 12/11/11)

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.
    (AFP, 12/13/11)

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.
    (AP, 12/18/11)

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.
    (AFP, 12/19/11)
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 Baluchistan.
    (AFP, 12/19/11)

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.
    (AP, 12/22/11)
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.
    (AFP, 12/22/11)

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 soldiers.
    (AP, 12/24/11)

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.
    (AFP, 12/25/11)

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.
    (AP, 12/29/11)

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.
    (AFP, 12/31/11)

2011        M. J. Akbar authored Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan.
    (Econ, 1/22/11, p.98)
2011        Anatol Lieven authored Pakistan: A Hard Country.
    (Econ, 4/9/11, p.92)
2011        Bruce Riedel authored Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, American, and the Future of Global Jihad.
    (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 family's honor.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)
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, 2013.
    (AP, 5/23/13)

2012        Jan 1, Pakistan and India exchanged lists of their nuclear sites under an accord which prohibits both sides from attacking these locations.
    (AFP, 1/1/12)
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 tribal district.
    (AFP, 1/1/12)
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.
    (AFP, 1/3/12)

2012        Jan 2, Pakistani protesters clashed with police and major cities were paralyzed as thousands of people demonstrated over severe gas shortages and price hikes.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
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.
    (AFP, 1/15/12)

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.
    (AP, 1/3/12)

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 Dales 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.
    (AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 7, Pakistan freed 179 Indian fishermen who were imprisoned for violating territorial waters.
    (AFP, 1/7/12)

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.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)

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 elections.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)

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 the kidnapping.
    (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.
    (AFP, 1/22/12)

2012        Jan 22, In Pakistan a Kenyan aid worker and his Pakistani driver working for CARE Intl went missing in southern province of Sindh.
    (AFP, 1/22/12)

2012        Jan 23, In Pakistan a US drone fired two missiles into a vehicle, killing four militants at Degan village in North Waziristan.
    (AFP, 1/23/12)

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.
    (AFP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, In northwest Pakistan nine phosphate miners were feared dead after they were buried by a large landslide in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (AP, 1/25/12)

2012        Jan 26, In Pakistan security forces killed at least 20 militants in the northwestern Kurram tribal region after coming under attack.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
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.
    (AFP, 1/26/12)
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 to Damascus.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/29/12)

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.
    (AFP, 1/30/12)

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.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)

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.
    (AFP, 2/2/12)

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.
    (AP, 2/3/12)

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.
    (AFP, 2/7/12)

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.
    (AP, 2/8/12)

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.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)

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.
    (AP, 2/12/12)

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.
    (AFP, 2/12/12)

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.
    (AFP, 2/13/12)
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.
    (AFP, 2/13/12)
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 soldiers.
    (AP, 2/14/12)

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.
    (AFP, 2/16/12)

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 Sunnis.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/18/12)

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 region.
    (AP, 2/19/12)

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.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
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 of war.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)

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.
    (AP, 2/22/12)

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.
    (AP, 2/23/12)

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.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)

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 responsibility.
    (AP, 2/28/12)
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 bazaar.
    (AFP, 2/28/12)

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.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)
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.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)

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.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)

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.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)

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.
    (AFP, 3/8/12)

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.
    (AFP, 3/9/12)
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, went missing.
    (AFP, 3/19/12)

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.
    (AFP, 3/11/12)

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.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)

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.
    (AP, 3/13/12)
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 alight.
    (AP, 3/15/12)

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.
    (AP, 3/15/12)

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.
    (AP, 3/28/12)

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.
    (AFP, 3/19/12)

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.
    (AP, 3/23/12)

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.
    (AP, 3/23/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
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.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)
2012        Mar 24, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari arrived in Tajikistan for regional security talks with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)

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.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)

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 evening.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
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 terrorists.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
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.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)

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 charges.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
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 Mastung district.
    (AP, 3/29/12)

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.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)

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.
    (AP, 4/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 4/2/12)
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.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)

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.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)

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.
    (AP, 4/5/12)

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.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)

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 Kashmir region.
    (AFP, 4/7/12)(AP, 12/1/12)

2012        Apr 8, Pakistans President Asif Ali Zardari became the countrys first head of state since 2005 to visit India. Zardari and Indias 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.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)

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.
    (AP, 4/13/12)

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.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)

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.
    (AFP, 4/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 4/16/12)

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 1947.
    (AP, 4/18/12)

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 killed.
    (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.
    (AFP, 4/24/12)

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.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
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 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 the Lyari area of Karachi, in the consecutive second day of violence and unrest. Police retreated following an 8-day operation against local gangsters. Five officers were killed along with at least 20 civilians. In 2021 Samira Shackle authored "Karachi Vice," an account of the city's recent history.
    (https://tinyurl.com/9k8pd26j)(Econ., 2/6/21, p.68)

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 from work.
    (Reuters, 4/29/12)
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 five others.
    (AFP, 4/29/12)

2012        Apr 30, The EU announced a further 20 million in aid to victims of Pakistan's 2011 monsoon floods, as well as people displaced by conflict, bringing funding this year to 55 million.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)
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.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)

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.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)

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.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)(http://tinyurl.com/6lkvhd2)

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.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)

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 his colleagues.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)

2012        May 7, In Pakistan Taliban militants beheaded two Pakistani soldiers and hung their heads from wooden poles in Miran Shah, North Waziristan.
    (AP, 5/7/12)

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.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)

2012        May 11, In Pakistan a taxi driver was killed when a mortar bomb hit his cab in the upmarket Hayatabad area of Peshawar.
    (AFP, 5/12/12)

2012        May 12, In Pakistan a roadside bomb targeting a vehicle carrying police killed one officer in Peshawar.
    (AP, 5/12/12)

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.
    (AP, 5/15/12)

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.
    (AFP, 5/16/12)

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.
    (AP, 5/17/12)

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 claimed responsibility.
    (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.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)

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 3 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 Miranshah.
    (AFP, 5/23/12)

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.
    (AP, 5/26/12)

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.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)

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.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)
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 Center.
    (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.
    (AP, 6/2/12)

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.
    (AFP, 6/4/12)

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.
    (AP, 6/5/12)

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.
    (AFP, 6/9/12)

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.
    (AFP, 6/10/12)

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.
    (AP, 6/12/12)
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.
    (AFP, 6/12/12)

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.
    (AP, 6/14/12)

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.
    (AP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 16, Pakistani militants in North Waziristan banned anti-polio vaccination teams, to protest US drone strikes saying the attacks were killing civilians.
    (AFP, 6/17/12)

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 Shiite students.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)

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.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)

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.
    (AP, 6/21/12)

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.
    (AP, 6/22/12)

2012        Jun 23, In Pakistan gunmen on motorcycles shot dead 8 men at a laundry in the restive southwestern city of Quetta.
    (AFP, 6/23/12)

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 white sheet.
    (AFP, 6/24/12)(AFP, 6/25/12)(AFP, 6/26/12)(AFP, 6/27/12)

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 others.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)

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 city.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
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.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)

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 Kurram district.
    (AFP, 7/2/12)

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 route.
    (AP, 7/4/12)

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.
    (AFP, 7/5/12)
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.
    (AFP, 7/7/12)
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 the country.
    (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.
    (AP, 7/8/12)

2012        Jul 9, In Pakistan gunmen killed 7 soldiers and a policeman in an attack on an army camp near Gujrat.
    (SFC, 7/10/12, p.A4)

2012        Jul 12, Pakistans 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.
    (AP, 7/12/12)
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 one prisoner.
    (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.
    (AFP, 7/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 7/14/12)

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 tribal area.
    (AP, 7/15/12)
2012        Jul 15, Iraq signed a gas exploration deal with Pakistan Petroleum.
    (AFP, 7/15/12)

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.
    (AFP, 7/16/12)
2012        Jul 16, Pakistan began a widely publicized 3-day polio vaccination campaign.
    (AFP, 7/17/12)

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.
    (AP, 7/18/12)

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 Dir district.
    (AFP, 7/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 7/22/12)

2012        Jul 22, Pakistani fighter jets bombarded militant hideouts in different areas of Upper Orakzai tribal region, killing more than 10 people.
    (AFP, 7/22/12)

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 replacement.
    (AP, 7/25/12)

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.
    (AP, 7/26/12)

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.
    (AFP, 7/31/12)

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.
    (AFP, 8/1/12)

2012        Aug 3, Pakistans Supreme Court struck down a law recently passed by parliament and aimed at protecting PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf from being charged with contempt of court.
    (AP, 8/3/12)

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.
    (AFP, 8/6/12)

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.
    (AFP, 8/5/12)

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 Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 8/6/12)

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.
    (AP, 8/8/12)

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 investment.
    (AFP, 8/10/12)

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 insufficient evidence.
    (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, p.A8)

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.
    (AFP, 8/18/12)

2012        Aug 19, In Pakistan US drones fired a flurry of missiles in North Waziristan, killing a total of 10 suspected militants.
    (AP, 8/19/12)

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.
    (AFP, 8/23/12)

2012        Aug 23, Pakistani officials said heavy monsoon rains that triggered flooding in the country's north have caused at least 26 deaths.
    (AP, 8/23/12)

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.
    (AFP, 8/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 8/25/12)

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 Islamist militants.
    (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 soldiers.
    (AP, 8/31/12)   

2012        Aug 29, In Pakistan at least eight soldiers were killed in clashes after militants attacked a checkpost in South Waziristan.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)

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.
    (AP, 8/31/12)

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.
    (AP, 9/1/12)

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.
    (AFP, 9/3/12)

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.
    (AP, 9/4/12)

2012        Sep 6, A spokesman for intl. 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.
    (AP, 9/6/12)

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.
    (AP, 9/7/12)

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.
    (AP, 9/8/12)

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.
    (AP, 9/9/12)

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.
    (AP, 9/10/12)

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, 11/2/12)

2012        Sep 13, In Pakistan gunmen killed seven road construction workers in Mastung district in Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 9/13/12)

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 Karachi.
    (AP, 9/16/12)
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 district.
    (AP, 9/16/12)

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, Pakistans 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 United States.
    (AP, 9/20/12)

2012        Sep 22, In northwest Pakistan a US drone has two missiles at a vehicle in North Waziristan, killing four suspected militants.
    (AP, 9/22/12)

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.
    (AP, 9/28/12)

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.
    (AP, 9/29/12)

2012        Oct 6, Thousands of Pakistanis headed toward the militant-riddled tribal belt to protest US drone strikes 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 drone strikes.
    (AP, 10/7/12)

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.
    (AP, 10/8/12)

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.
    (AP, 10/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/9/12)

2012        Oct 10, In Pakistan US drones killed 5 people.
    (AP, 10/11/12)

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.
    (AP, 10/11/12)

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.
    (AP, 10/13/12)

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.
    (AP, 10/14/12)
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 beheaded.
    (AP, 10/15/12)

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.
    (AP, 10/15/12)

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 election.
    (AP, 10/19/12)

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 people.
    (AP, 10/28/12)

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 year.
    (AP, 11/5/12)

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 to death.
    (AP, 11/2/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/3/12)

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 bystanders.
    (AP, 11/7/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/8/12)

 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.
    (AP, 11/12/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/19/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)

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 midnight Wednesday.
    (AP, 11/22/12)

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 commemoration.
    (AP, 11/23/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/24/12)

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 holiday.
    (AP, 11/25/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
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 get high.
    (AP, 11/26/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/30/12)
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 of Kashmir.
    (AP, 12/1/12)

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 others.
    (AP, 12/1/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/3/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/5/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/9/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/10/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/13/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/15/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/16/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/17/12)
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 northwest.
    (AP, 12/18/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/18/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)

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 Peshawar.
    (AP, 12/20/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/22/12)
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 illegal migrants.
    (AP, 12/22/12)

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 Karachi.
    (AP, 12/25/12)
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 to account.
    (AP, 1/25/13)

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.
    (AP, 12/27/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/29/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/30/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/31/12)
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 Pakistani Taliban.
    (AP, 12/31/12)

2012        Stephen Cohen authored The Future of Pakistan.
    (Econ, 2/11/12, p.83)
2012        Ahmed Rashid authored Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
    (Econ, 4/14/12, p.92)
2012        Pakistan officially recognized transgender as a third gender.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2012        Baluchistan (Balochistan) province was home to 9 million of Pakistans 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.
    (AP, 1/1/13)

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.
    (AP, 1/1/13)

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.
    (AP, 1/3/13)

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 the strike.
    (AP, 1/3/13)

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.
    (AP, 1/6/13)
2013        Jan 6, In Pakistan suspected American drones fired several missiles into three militant hideouts in the South Waziristan tribal region, killing 9 Pakistani Taliban fighters.
    (AP, 1/6/13)

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 Pakistani-controlled territory.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
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 suspected militants.
    (AP, 1/8/13)

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.
    (AP, 1/9/13)

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.
    (AP, 1/10/13)

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.
    (AP, 1/14/13)

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.
    (AP, 1/15/13)
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 demonstrators.
    (AP, 1/15/13)

2013        Jan 16, India and Pakistan agreed to ease tensions in disputed Kashmir after recent clashes there.
    (AP, 1/16/13)
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.
    (AP, 1/16/13)

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.
    (AP, 1/17/13)
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.
    (AP, 1/17/13)

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 investigation.
    (AP, 1/18/13)(SFC, 1/24/13, p.A4)

2013        Jan 24, Pakistans 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.
    (AP, 1/24/13)

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.
    (AP, 1/26/13)

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.
    (AP, 1/29/13)

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.
    (AP, 1/31/13)

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.
    (AP, 2/1/13)

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.
    (AP, 2/2/13)

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 Taliban.
    (AP, 2/4/13)

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.
    (AP, 2/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/9/13)

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.
    (AP, 2/11/13)

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.
    (AP, 2/14/13)
2013        Feb 14, Indian troops shot and killed a Pakistani soldier who crossed the makeshift border separating Indian and Pakistani held Kashmir.
    (AP, 2/15/13)

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).
    (AP, 2/18/13)

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.
    (AP, 2/19/13)

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 phones.
    (AP, 2/21/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/21/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/22/13)

2013        Feb 23, In Pakistan a bus carrying a wedding party plunged into a canal in Peshawar, killing 17 people.
    (AP, 3/16/13)

2013        Feb 25, In southern Pakistan a blast at a Sufi shrine killed two people in Shikarpur.
    (AP, 2/25/13)

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.
    (AP, 2/26/13)

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 United States.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
2013        Feb 27, In Pakistan gunmen shot and killed a news reporter in Miran Shah, North Waziristan.
    (AP, 2/27/13)

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.
    (AP, 3/1/13)

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.
    (AP, 3/4/13)

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.
    (AP, 3/10/13)

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.
    (AP, 3/11/13)

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 Quetta.
    (AP, 3/12/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/13/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/13/13)

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.
    (AP, 3/14/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/15/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/15/13)

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.
    (AP, 3/16/13)
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 others.
    (AP, 3/16/13)

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.
    (AP, 3/18/13)

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.
    (AP, 3/21/13)

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 suspected militants.
    (AP, 3/22/13)

2013        Mar 23, In eastern Pakistan a bus has overturned on a highway after hitting a roadside electricity pole, killing at least 32 passengers.
    (AP, 3/23/13)
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 Waziristan.
    (AP, 3/23/13)

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.
    (AP, 3/24/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/13)

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.
    (AP, 3/29/13)

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.
    (AP, 3/30/13)

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 province.
    (AP, 3/31/13)

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.
    (AP, 4/1/13)

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.
    (AP, 4/5/13)

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 self-imposed exile.
    (AP, 4/7/13)

2013        Apr 8, Pakistani military officials said four days of fierce fighting in the northwest has left 30 soldiers and nearly 100 militants dead.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 4/8/13)

2013        Apr 10, In northwestern Pakistan gunmen shot to death a policeman protecting a team of female polio workers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (AP, 4/10/13)

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.
    (AP, 4/11/13)

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.
    (AP, 4/14/13)

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.
    (AP, 4/14/13)
2013        Apr 14, In northwest Pakistan a suspected US missile strike killed four people in Datta Khel town of North Waziristan.
    (AP, 4/14/13)

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.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
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.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
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 Delhi.
    (AP, 4/16/13)

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.
    (AP, 4/18/13)

2013        Apr 19, Pakistans 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 motivated."
    (AP, 4/19/13)

2013        Apr 20, Pakistans 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.
    (AP, 4/20/13)

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.
    (AP, 4/28/13)

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.
    (AP, 4/22/13)

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.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
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, Omars 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.
    (AP, 4/24/13)

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 elections.
    (AP, 4/26/13)

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 were wounded.
    (AP, 4/26/13)

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.
    (AP, 4/28/13)

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.
    (AP, 4/29/13)

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.
    (AP, 4/30/13)

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.
    (AP, 5/2/13)

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.
    (AP, 5/2/13)

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 (6).
    (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.
    (AP, 5/5/13)

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.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
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 priorities.
    (Reuters, 5/6/13)

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.
    (AP, 5/7/13)

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.
    (AP, 5/8/13)

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 wounded.
    (AP, 5/9/13)

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.
    (AP, 5/10/13)

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 militants.
    (AP, 5/15/13)

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.
    (AP, 5/16/13)

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.
    (AP, 5/17/13)

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 election.
    (AP, 5/19/13)

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.
    (AP, 5/19/13)

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.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/20/13)

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.
    (AP, 5/22/13)

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.
    (AP, 5/23/13)

2013        May 24, In northwest Pakistan a pair of suspected militant attacks killed 9 people in Mattani and Peshawar.
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 24, In Pakistan an American diplomat accidentally killed a pedestrian while driving in Islamabad.
    (AP, 5/24/13)

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.
    (AP, 5/25/13)

2013        May 28, In northwest Pakistan gunmen shot dead a female polio worker and wounded another on the outskirts of Peshawar.
    (AP, 5/28/13)

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, Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/29/13)0

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.
    (AP, 5/31/13)

2013        Jun 3, In Pakistan attackers in the northwestern town of Hangu shot and killed Farid Khan, a newly elected provincial lawmaker.
    (AP, 6/3/13)

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.
    (AP, 6/5/13)

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 servants.
    (AP, 6/7/13)
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.
    (AP, 6/8/13)

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.
    (AP, 6/8/13)

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.
    (AP, 6/9/13)

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.
    (AP, 6/10/13)

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 Pakistans 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.
    (AP, 6/16/13)

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.
    (AP, 6/18/13)

2013        Jun 19, In northwest Pakistan militants attacked a military convoy with rocket-propelled grenades and other heavy weapons, killing 6 soldiers.
    (AP, 6/19/13)

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.
    (AP, 6/21/13)

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 bargaining chip.
    (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.
    (AP, 6/24/13)

2013        Jun 25, Pakistani investigators named former military dictator Pervez Musharraf as the prime suspect in the Dec. 2007 assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto.
    (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.
    (AP, 6/26/13)

2013        Jun 27, In southern Pakistan a bomb killed at least two people in Kuchlak village, Baluchistan province, an area frequently hit by violence.
    (AP, 6/27/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/1/13)

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 neighborhood.
    (AP, 6/30/13)(Reuters, 6/30/13)
2013        Jun 30, Pakistans 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.
    (Reuters, 7/7/13)

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 government.
    (Reuters, 7/3/13)

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.
    (AP, 7/4/13)

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.
    (AP, 7/6/13)
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.
    (AP, 7/8/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/10/13)

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.
    (AP, 7/11/13)

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.
    (AP, 7/12/13)

2013        Jul 13, In Pakistan 2 suspected Arab nationals were killed in North Waziristan in a late night US drone strike.
    (Reuters, 7/14/13)

2013        Jul 14, Pakistan Air Force jets pounded several militant hideouts between Orakzai and Khyber overnight killing 7 insurgents.
    (Reuters, 7/14/13)
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."
    (Reuters, 7/14/13)

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.
    (AP, 7/20/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 7/20/13)

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.
    (AP, 7/27/13)

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.
    (AP, 7/24/13)

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.
    (AP, 7/25/13)

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 Shiites.
    (AP, 7/27/13)

2013        Jul 28, In Pakistan a suspected US drone strike killed five people in the Shawal area of North Waziristan.
    (AP, 7/28/13)

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.
    (AP, 7/30/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/1/13)

2013        Aug 3, In Pakistan  gunmen ambushed and killed 4 police officers overnight in their patrol vehicle in Karachi.
    (AP, 8/3/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/5/13)

2013        Aug 6, Five Indian soldiers were killed in an ambush by militants and Pakistani soldiers along the disputed border in Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 8/6/13)

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.
    (AP, 8/7/13)

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 children.
    (AP, 8/8/13)

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.
    (AP, 8/9/13)

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.
    (AP, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 11, India and Pakistan exchanged more gunfire across the disputed border in Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 8/11/13)

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.
    (AP, 8/14/13)

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.
    (AP, 8/15/13)

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, Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 8/16/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/19/13)

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.
    (AP, 8/20/13)
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.
    (AP, 8/21/13)

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.
    (AP, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 21, Pakistans 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.
    (Reuters, 8/24/13)

2013        Aug 27, Pakistani Taliban fighters attacked an army camp overnight near the Afghan border, killing at least one soldier.
    (AP, 8/27/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/29/13)

2013        Aug 31, In northwest Pakistan a US drone killed at least 4 militants in a missile strike targeting a compound in North Waziristan.
    (AFP, 8/31/13)

2013        Sep 1, At least 9 Pakistani servicemen were killed when a roadside bomb hit an army convoy passing through North Waziristan.
    (Reuters, 9/1/13)

2013        Sep 4, In Pakistan a senior navy officer was shot dead and his Swedish wife wounded in the port city of Karachi.
    (AFP, 9/4/13)
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.
    (AP, 9/4/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 9/6/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 9/7/13)

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 Pakistans 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.
    (AP, 9/10/13)

2013        Sep 11, The Pakistani Taliban and the army exchanged prisoners as a confidence building measure ahead of possible peace talks.
    (AP, 9/11/13)

2013        Sep 13, In southwestern Pakistan suspected militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at trucks carrying NATO oil supplies, killing a driver.
    (AP, 9/13/13)

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 the border.
    (Reuters, 9/15/13)

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.
    (AP, 9/20/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 9/19/13)

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 war.
    (Reuters, 9/21/13)

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.
    (AP, 9/22/13)

2013        Sep 24, In Pakistan a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the southern part of Baluchistan province.
    (Reuters, 9/24/13)
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.
    (AP, 9/25/13)

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.
    (AP, 9/25/13)

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 long-silent community.
    (AP, 9/26/13)
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.
    (AP, 9/26/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 9/26/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 9/26/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)

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.
    (AP, 9/30/13)

2013        Sep, In Pakistan the paramilitary Rangers launched an army directed crackdown on crime in Karachi.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 10/2/13)
2013        Oct 2, The Indian army said its troops have been battling dozens of armed rebels who have crossed over from Pakistans 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 talks.
    (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 killed.
    (AP, 10/5/13)

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.
    (AP, 10/7/13)

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 Snowden.
    (Reuters, 10/10/13)
2013        Oct 10, In southwestern Pakistan a bomb exploded outside a police station in a crowded market in Quetta, killing at least 6 people.
    (AP, 10/10/13)

2013        Oct 16, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber killed 8 people in Dera Ismail Khan, including a provincial government minister.
    (AP, 10/16/13)

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.
    (AP, 10/17/13)

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, Pakistans 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.
    (Reuters, 10/21/13)

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.
    (AP, 10/22/13)

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 a decade.
    (AP, 10/23/13)
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 including children.
    (AP, 10/25/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/25/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/28/13)

2013        Oct 29, In southwest Pakistan a gunmen killed a pro-government tribal elder and six members of his family in Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 10/29/13)

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 South Waziristan.
    (AP, 10/30/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/31/13)
2013        Oct 31, In Pakistan a US drone strike targeting a militant compound killed 3 insurgents in North Waziristan.
    (AFP, 10/31/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/2/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/2/13)

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.
    (AP, 11/4/13)

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.
    (AP, 11/7/13)

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.
    (AP, 11/10/13)
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.
    (AP, 11/13/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/18/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/19/13)

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 Waziristan.
    (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.
    (AFP, 11/20/13)

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 freedom.
    (AP, 11/22/13)

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.
    (AFP, 11/23/13)

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.
    (AP, 11/24/13)

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 country.
    (AP, 11/25/13)

2013        Nov 26, Pakistans PM Nawaz Sharif ceremonially broke ground on a $9.59 billion nuclear power complex to be built in Karachi with Chinas 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.
    (Reuters, 11/26/13)

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.
    (AP, 11/29/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/30/13)
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.
    (AP, 11/30/13)

2013        Dec 3, The US military suspended shipments of equipment out of Afghanistan through Pakistan, citing protests that posed a risk to truck drivers.
    (AFP, 12/3/13)

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.
    (AP, 12/5/13)

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.
    (AP, 12/6/13)

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.
    (AFP, 12/7/13)

2013        Dec 13, In northwest Pakistan attacks on polio teams killed a polio worker and two policemen assigned to protect one of the teams.
    (AP, 12/13/13)

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.
    (AP, 12/14/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/16/13)

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 Peshawar.
    (AP, 12/16/13)

2013        Dec 18, In Pakistan a suicide bomb attack on a checkpoint in North Waziristan killed at least 3 soldiers and wounded 32 people.
    (Reuters, 12/18/13)

2013        Dec 21, In northwestern Pakistan gunmen attacked an anti-polio vaccination center in the Khyber tribal region, killing a medic on duty.
    (AP, 12/21/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/23/13)
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 attack.
    (Reuters, 12/23/13)

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 militants.
    (AP, 12/26/13)

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 scene.
    (AP, 12/28/13)

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 in Karachi.
    (AFP, 12/30/13)

2013        Bruce Riedel authored Avoiding Armageddon: America, India and Pakistan to the Brink and Back.
    (Econ, 5/25/13, p.85)
2013        Malala Yousafzai (16), the Pakistani girl shot in the head in 2012 by the Taliban, authored I Am Malala.
    (SSFC, 10/13/13, p.A4)
2013        Pakistan established its National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA).
    (AP, 6/3/17)

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.
    (CSM, 1/9/14)

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.
    (CSM, 1/9/14)

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.
    (AP, 1/6/14)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/14)

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.
    (AP, 1/9/14)

2014        Jan 10, Pakistani police found  two workers shot to death at a small Sufi Muslim shrine in  Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (AP, 1/10/14)

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, p.A2)

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 province.
    (Reuters, 1/15/14)

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.
    (AP, 1/16/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/18/14)

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.
    (AP, 1/20/14)

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.
    (AP, 1/21/14)

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.
    (AP, 1/22/14)
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.
    (AP, 1/22/14)

2014        Jan 23, In northwest Pakistan a car bomb hauled into a car repair shop in Peshawar killing 6 people.
    (AP, 1/23/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/24/14)

2014        Jan 26, In northwest Pakistan a hand grenade killed six children who found it while playing in a field in Hangu.
    (AP, 1/26/14)

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 forces.
    (Reuters, 1/28/14)

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.
    (AFP, 1/29/14)

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.
    (AP, 2/2/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/14/14)

2014        Feb 6, Peace talks between the Pakistani government and representatives of the Taliban began in Islamabad after a short delay.
    (AP, 2/6/14)
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 Irans 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.
    (AFP, 2/7/14)

2014        Feb 11, In Pakistan unknown assailants lobbed grenades into a cinema in Peshawar, killing 10 people and wounding 16.
    (Reuters, 2/11/14)

2014        Feb 13, In Pakistan an explosion targeting a bus of policemen killed 12 of them and wounded 58 near Karachi.
    (Reuters, 2/13/14)

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.
    (AP, 2/18/14)

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.
    (AP, 2/16/14)
2014        Feb 16, A faction of the Pakistani Taliban announced that they had killed 23 soldiers, who they said had been kidnapped in 2010.
    (AP, 2/17/14)

2014        Feb 18, Pakistani Taliban fighters opened fire at an army car and killed a senior officer.
    (Reuters, 2/18/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/13/14)

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 reported killed.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 2/22/14)

2014        Feb 22, In Pakistan 9 militants were killed in helicopter gunship attacks targeting insurgent hideouts in the Hangu region.
    (Reuters, 2/22/14)

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 insurgents.
    (AP, 2/23/14)(Reuters, 2/23/14)(SFC, 2/24/14, p.A2)

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 Peshawar.
    (AFP, 2/24/14)(Reuters, 2/24/14)(SFC, 2/25/14, p.A2)

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 Tehran.
    (AFP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, Pakistani military jets and helicopter gunships killed nearly 25 insurgents in the latest tribal area strikes.
    (AP, 2/25/14)

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.
    (AFP, 2/26/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/1/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/1/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/2/14)

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 Taliban insurgents.
    (Reuters, 3/3/14)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/14)

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 children.
    (Reuters, 3/12/14)

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.
    (AP, 3/14/14)

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 23 years.
    (AP, 3/15/14)

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 20.
    (AP, 3/22/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/23/14)

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.
    (AP, 3/26/14)

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.
    (AP, 3/29/14)

2014        Mar 29, In southwest Pakistan a roadside bomb targeting a security force vehicle in Quetta killed a teenage girl and wounded 18 people.
    (AP, 3/29/14)

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.
    (AP, 3/31/14)

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 militant group.
    (Reuters, 4/3/14)

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 province.
    (Reuters, 4/7/14)

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 the province.
    (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.
    (AFP, 4/9/14)
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 province.
    (Reuters, 4/10/14)

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.
    (AP, 4/10/14)

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 Tehrik-e-Taliban.
    (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 men.
    (AP, 4/13/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/14/14)

2014        Apr 17, In Pakistan two local employees working for the UN Children's Fund UNICEF went missing in Karachi.
    (AFP, 4/20/14)

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 attack.
    (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.
    (AP, 4/25/14)

2014        Apr 27, In Pakistan a roadside bomb killed three soldiers in an area bordering South and North Waziristan near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 4/28/14)

2014        Apr 28, In Pakistan a bombing killed 3 seminary students in the southern commercial hub of Karachi.
    (AP, 4/28/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/2/14)

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 19.
    (AP, 5/7/14)(AP, 5/8/14)(SFC, 5/9/14, p.A2)(AP, 5/19/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/8/14)

2014        May 8, In Pakistan a roadside bomb killed 9 paramilitary soldiers near Miran Shah in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 5/8/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/10/14)
2014        May 9, In southern Pakistan a magnitude 5 earthquake rattled several towns in before dawn, killing one person and injuring 70.
    (AP, 5/9/14)
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 operation.
    (AP, 5/9/14)

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.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, In Pakistan a bomb blast targeting refugees registering with the government killed 4 people in northwestern city of Peshawar.
    (AP, 5/11/14)

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.
    (AP, 5/14/14)

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.
    (AP, 5/15/14)

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 over.
    (Reuters, 5/23/14)

2014        May 21, Pakistani warplanes and helicopters pounded militant hideouts in Mir Ali, North Waziristan, killing 60 fighters.
    (AP, 5/21/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/21/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/21/14)

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.
    (AP, 5/23/14)

2014        May 25, Pakistan said it was releasing 151 Indian fishermen who were detained on charges of crossing illegally into its territorial waters.
    (AP, 5/25/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/14)

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 wishes.
    (AFP, 5/27/14)(AP, 5/28/14)(AP, 5/30/14)(AP, 6/1/14)(AP, 6/4/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/27/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/27/14)

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.
    (AFP, 5/28/14)

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 them.
    (Reuters, 6/2/14)

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 neighboring Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 5/31/14)(AP, 5/31/14)(SSFC, 6/1/14, p.A5)

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.
    (AP, 6/3/14)
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.
    (AP, 6/4/14)
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.
    (AP, 6/7/14)

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 roughly $100,000. TV channel Geo News said it is suing the powerful ISI spy agency for defamation over accusations of being anti-state.
    (Reuters, 6/6/14)

2014        Jun 8, The Pakistani Taliban made a brazen five-hour assault on Jinna Intl. 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 North Waziristan.
    (Reuters, 6/9/14)

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.
    (AP, 6/10/14)

2014        Jun 11, In Pakistan a suspected American drone fired two missiles at a militant hideout in North Waziristan, killing 3 militants.
    (AP, 6/12/14)

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.
    (AFP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, In Pakistan a suspected US missile strike killed at least 10 people in Ghulam Khan town of North Waziristan.
    (AP, 6/12/14)

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.
    (AP, 6/14/14)

2014        Jun 15, Pakistan's army launched Operation Zarb e-Azb (strike of the Prophets sword), a "comprehensive operation" against militants holed up in the tribal North Waziristan region. As many as 100 militants were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 6/15/14)(AP, 6/15/14)(Econ, 7/12/14, p.36)

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 Taliban gunmen.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 6/17/14)

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.
    (AP, 6/18/14)

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 troubled region.
    (Reuters, 6/19/14)

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 police.
    (AFP, 6/23/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 6/25/14)

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.
    (AP, 6/29/14)

2014        Jun 30, Pakistan launched a ground offensive against militant strongholds near the Afghan border after evacuating nearly half a million people from the region.
    (AP, 6/30/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/2/14)

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 Waziristan.
    (AFP, 7/8/14)

2014        Jul 10, In Pakistan a suspected American drone fired two missiles at a compound, killing six militants in Datta Khel, North Waziristan.
    (AP, 7/10/14)

2014        Jul 11, Pakistani security forces captured Adnan Rashid, a key Taliban commander linked to a 2003 assassination attempt on former President Pervez Musharraf.
    (AP, 7/16/14)

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.
    (AP, 7/12/14)

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 killed.
    (AP, 7/15/14)

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.
    (AP, 7/15/14)
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.
    (AP, 7/15/14)

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, North Waziristan.
    (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.
    (AP, 7/17/14)

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.
    (AP, 7/18/14)

2014        Jul 19, In Pakistan a US drone fired several missiles at a sprawling compound in in Datta Khel, North Waziristan, killing 11 militants.
    (AP, 7/19/14)

2014        Jul 20, Pakistan's military bombed six militant hideouts in Shawal village, North Waziristan, killing at least 28 insurgents.
    (AFP, 7/20/14)

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 militants.
    (AFP, 7/25/14)

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, Baluchistan province.
    (AFP, 7/25/14)

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 Gujranwala.
    (Reuters, 7/28/14)

2014        Jul 30, Pakistani security forces in the northwestern Dir tribal region foiled an overnight cross-border attack from Afghanistan, killing 6 militants.
    (AP, 7/30/14)
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 of Ramadan.
    (AFP, 8/1/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/3/14)

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 Ismail Khan.
    (Reuters, 8/4/14)

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 militants.
    (AFP, 8/5/14)

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.
    (AFP, 8/8/14)

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.
    (AFP, 8/9/14)
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 Sharif.
    (Reuters, 8/9/14)

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.
    (AFP, 8/11/14)

2014        Aug 12, Indias PM Narendra Modi ahead of a visit to Kargil, Kashmir, said Pakistan was waging a "proxy war" in the disputed region.
    (AFP, 8/13/14)

2014        Aug 13, Pakistan dismissed as "baseless rhetoric" claims by Indian PM Narendra Modi that it was waging a "proxy war" in disputed Kashmir.
    (AFP, 8/13/14)
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 Sharif.
    (Reuters, 8/13/14)

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 challenge yet.
    (Reuters, 8/15/14)

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 election-rigging.
    (AFP, 8/16/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/17/14)

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.
    (AFP, 8/21/14)

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 entrance.
    (Reuters, 8/20/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/20/14)

2014        Aug 21, Pakistans 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.
    (AFP, 8/21/14)
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.
    (AFP, 8/21/14)

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.
    (AP, 8/22/14)
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.
    (AFP, 8/22/14)
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.
    (AFP, 8/22/14)

2014        Aug 23, India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others.
    (AP, 8/23/14)

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.
    (AP, 8/25/14)
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.
    (AFP, 8/25/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/26/14)
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.
    (AP, 8/27/14)

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 Tahir-ul-Qadri's organization.
    (AP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 28, Pakistans Dawn newspaper reported that unidentified militants have stormed the ARY new agency in Quetta gunning down the bureau chief, a reporter and an accountant.
    (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.
    (AFP, 8/29/14)

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.
    (AP, 8/30/14)

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.
    (AP, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, A magnitude-6 earthquake struck northern Pakistan, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
    (AP, 8/31/14)

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.
    (AP, 9/1/14)

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.
    (AFP, 9/6/14)

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.
    (AFP, 9/8/14)

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 under rubble.
    (AFP, 9/9/14)
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 Indias side and 213 on the Pakistani side.
    (Reuters, 9/9/14)

2014        Sep 10, Pakistani warplanes struck five militant hideouts in a Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border, killing 65 insurgents.
    (AP, 9/10/14)
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.
    (AFP, 9/14/14)
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.
    (AP, 9/14/14)

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.
    (AP, 9/16/14)

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.
    (AP, 9/17/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 9/18/14)

2014        Sep 19, In Pakistan a soldier and 3 militants were reported killed in fighting in North Waziristan.
    (AFP, 9/19/14)

2014        Sep 20, In Afghanistan fourteen Pakistani detainees were released from US custody in Bagram Prison and repatriated to Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 9/21/14)

2014        Sep 22, In Pakistan militants attacked a check post in the northwest and shot dead 4 people including 3 policemen.
    (AFP, 9/22/14)

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.
    (AP, 9/24/14)

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.
    (AP, 9/28/14)

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.
    (AP, 9/30/14)

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 of Peshawar.
    (Reuters, 10/2/14)

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.
    (AP, 10/4/14)

2014        Oct 5, In Pakistan a suspected US drone strike killed 5 militants in South Waziristan including a senior ethnic Uzbek commander.
    (Reuters, 10/5/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/6/14)
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 were killed.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/7/14)
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.
    (AP, 10/7/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/8/14)

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 June.
    (AP, 10/9/14)

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.
    (AP, 10/10/14)
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.
    (AP, 10/11/14)

2014        Oct 11, India and Pakistan exchanged gunfire across the Kashmir frontier, ending a pause in fighting that has already killed 17 civilians.
    (Reuters, 10/11/14)

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.
    (AP, 10/15/14)

2014        Oct 16, Pakistani jet fighters struck five militant hideouts in the northwestern Khyber tribal region, killing at least 21 insurgents.
    (AP, 10/16/14)

2014        Oct 17, Pakistan's army extended its offensive against Islamist militants in mountains along the Afghan border, killing at least 9 insurgents.
    (Reuters, 10/17/14)

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 Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman.
    (Reuters, 10/23/14)

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 Polio Day.
    (AP, 10/24/14)

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.
    (AP, 10/26/14)

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.
    (AP, 10/27/14)

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.
    (AP, 10/29/14)

2014        Nov 1, Pakistan said 5 security forces personnel have been killed and four others injured in two separate militant attacks in the northwest.
    (AFP, 11/1/14)

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.
    (AP, 11/5/14)

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.
    (AP, 11/5/14)

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 Muhammad.
    (AP, 11/6/14)

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.
    (AP, 11/7/14)

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 insurgents.
    (AP, 11/8/14)

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, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 11, In southern Pakistan a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck on a highway killed 58 people.
    (AP, 11/11/14)

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.
    (AP, 11/12/14)

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.
    (AP, 11/14/14)

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 Waziristan.
    (Reuters, 11/21/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/14)

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.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/21/14)

2014        Nov 23, In Chakwal, Pakistan, Muhammad Gullistan (30) shot dead his teenage niece because she was listening to loud music.
    (Reuters, 11/25/14)

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.
    (AP, 11/25/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, In Pakistan a US drone killed 5 suspected militants in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 11/26/14)

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.
    (AP, 11/27/14)

2014        Dec 2, Pakistan army's jets and ground forces killed 24 militants as part of ongoing operations in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 12/2/14)

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 province.
    (SFC, 12/5/14, p.A7)
2014        Dec 5, In Indias 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.
    (Reuters, 12/7/14)
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 others.

2014        Dec 8, In Pakistan demonstrations in Islamabad turned deadly as one person was killed in clashes between protesters and security forces.
    (AP, 12/8/14)

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.
    (AP, 12/10/14)

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 bomb vests.
    (AP, 12/13/14)

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, p.33)

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, 12/21/14, p.A10)

2014        Dec 19, Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants overnight in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
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.
    (AP, 12/19/14)

2014        Dec 20, In northwestern Pakistan a US drone fired two missiles at militant hideout, killing at least 5 Taliban fighters.
    (AP, 12/20/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/21/14)

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.
    (AP, 12/23/14)

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.
    (AP, 12/25/14)
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.
    (AFP, 12/26/14)

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 this year.
    (AP, 12/28/14)

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.
    (AP, 12/30/14)

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.
    (AP, 12/31/14)

2014        Ayesha Jalal authored The 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 search it.
    (Reuters, 1/2/15)

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 the case.
    (AFP, 1/3/15)

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 training center.
    (AP, 1/4/15)
2015        Jan 3, Pakistani and Indian border guards traded artillery fire overnight along the disputed border region of Kashmir, killing 4 people and wounding eight.
    (AP, 1/3/15)

2015        Jan 4, In northwest Pakistan a US drone strike killed at least six suspected militants in North Waziristan.
    (Reuters, 1/4/15)

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).
    (AP, 4/12/15)(http://tinyurl.com/poa2hjd)(Reuters, 4/23/15)
2015        Jan 5, Pakistani troops fired gunshots and mortar shells that killed an Indian soldier in northern Kashmir.
    (AP, 1/5/15)

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.
    (AFP, 1/6/15)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/6/15)

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.
    (AP, 1/8/15)

2015        Jan 11, A new video showed a group of Pakistani and Afghan militants beheading a Pakistani soldier after pledging allegiance to Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 1/11/15)
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 I am Charlie cartoon as hate speech and called on the intl. 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.
    (Reuters, 1/15/15)

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.
    (AP, 1/17/15)

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.
    (AP, 1/18/15)

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.
    (AP, 1/19/15)

2015        Jan 22, Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency arrested 38 Indian fishermen for violating its waters in the Arabian Sea.
    (AP, 1/22/15)
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 remained peaceful.
    (AP, 1/23/15)

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 restore power.
    (AP, 1/25/15)
2015        Jan 25, Pakistans army said airstrikes have killed 35 militants in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 1/25/15)

2015        Jan 30, In southern Pakistan a powerful bomb tore through a busy Shiite mosque, killing at least 61 people in Shikarpur, Sindh province.
    (AFP, 1/30/15)

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.
    (AFP, 2/2/15)

2015        Feb 3, In Pakistan two roadside bombings targeted police in the country's restive northwest, killing six officers.
    (AP, 2/3/15)

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.
    (AP, 2/12/15)

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 responsibility.
    (Reuters, 2/13/15)

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.
    (AP, 2/14/15)

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.
    (AP, 2/15/15)

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 comrades.
    (Reuters, 2/17/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/18/15)

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.
    (AP, 2/27/15)

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.
    (AP, 3/2/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/10/15)

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.
    (AP, 3/11/15)

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.
    (AP, 3/13/15)
2015        Mar 13, Pakistani warplanes pounded militant hideouts in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, killing at least 48 suspected militants.
    (AP, 3/13/15)

2015        Mar 14, In northwestern Pakistan shepherds found 13 bullet-riddled bodies in South Waziristan. Officials said the bodies were Taliban fighters.
    (Reuters, 3/15/15)

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.
    (AP, 3/16/15)

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 in December.
    (Reuters, 3/17/15)
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).
    (Reuters, 3/18/15)

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 southwest.
    (AP, 3/27/15)

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.
    (AP, 3/27/15)

2015        Mar 28, Pakistan's military said its soldiers killed at least 15 militants in the Tirah valley of the Khyber region.
    (AP, 3/28/15)

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 courts 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.
    (AP, 4/2/15)

2015        Apr 5, In northwest Pakistan Mir Ahmad Shah (25) gunned down his former fiance and nine of her relatives, six months after murdering his own parents and two brothers for refusing to pay his dowry.
    (AFP, 4/5/15)

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 million.
    (AP, 4/7/15)

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 rebels.
    (Reuters, 4/10/15)

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 dead.
    (AP, 4/13/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/20/15)

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.
    (AP, 4/27/15)

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."
    (AP, 4/28/15)

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.
    (AP, 4/30/15)

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.
    (AP, 5/1/15)

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.
    (AP, 5/3/15)

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.
    (AP, 5/12/15)
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 offensive.
    (Reuters, 5/12/15)

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.
    (AP, 5/15/15)

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.
    (AP, 5/17/15)

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.
    (AP, 5/17/15)

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.
    (AP, 5/19/15)
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.
    (AP, 5/19/15)

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.
    (AFP, 5/19/15)

2015        May 26, In Pakistan two overnight raids by security forces in the port city of Karachi killed 7 militants.
    (AP, 5/26/15)

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 tests.
    (AFP, 5/28/15)

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 passengers.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/30/15)

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.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)

2015        Jun 6, In southwest Pakistan gunmen in Quetta opened fire on a vehicle carrying police officers, killing 4 of them before fleeing.
    (AP, 6/6/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 6/8/15)

2015        Jun 9, Pakistani military jets reportedly killed 12 militants in airstrikes in the northwestern Khyber tribal region near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 6/9/15)

2015        Jun 11, In Pakistan 6 police were killed in two separate attacks, including a suicide bombing that wounded a senior police commander.
    (AP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, Pakistan shut down the Pakistan chapter of Save the Children for alleged ties to spying.
    (Reuters, 6/12/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 6/13/15)

2015        Jun 14, Pakistan imposed a one-month moratorium on executions during Ramadan.
    (AFP, 6/14/15)
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 Islamabad.
    (AP, 6/14/15)

2015        Jun 16, Pakistan's government announced that international aid groups can operate for another six months provided they register with officials in three months' time.
    (AP, 6/16/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 6/22/15)

2015        Jun 23, Pakistani officials said nearly 700 people have died in a severe three-day heatwave.
    (AFP, 6/23/15)

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 elaborating.
    (AP, 6/24/15)
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.
    (AP, 6/24/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 6/26/15)

2015        Jun 27, A Pakistani official said the weeklong heat wave in the southern port city of Karachi has left 1,233 people dead.
    (AP, 6/27/15)

2015        Jun 28, Pakistani air strikes killed at least 20 suspected militants in the northwestern Shawal Valley.
    (Reuters, 6/28/15)

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.
    (AP, 6/29/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/1/15)

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.
    (AFP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, Pakistani rescuers say flash floods caused by heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 5 people in Islamabad.
    (AP, 7/7/15)
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 insurgency.
    (AFP, 7/8/15)

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.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, Russias 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.
    (AP, 7/10/15)

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 military checkpoint.
    (AP, 7/11/15)

2015        Jul 14, Pakistani military jets reportedly killed 14 militants in the North Waziristan tribal region.
    (AP, 7/14/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/16/15)

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 the floods.
    (AP, 7/22/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/24/15)

2015        Jul 25, In northwest Pakistan a magnitude-5.1 quake rocked Islamabad and elsewhere early today killing 3 people.
    (AP, 7/25/15)
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 Enforcement Agency.
    (AP, 7/26/15)

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.
    (AP, 7/27/15)

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.
    (AP, 7/29/15)  

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.
    (AFP, 8/2/15)

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 homeless.
    (AP, 8/3/15)

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.
    (AP, 8/4/15)

2015        Aug 5, Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled to allow military trials for terror suspects.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
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.
    (AP, 8/6/15)
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 169.
    (AP, 8/3/15)

2015        Aug 7, In Pakistan a suspected US drone strike killed 4 militants in the village of Datta Khel, North Waziristan.
    (AP, 8/7/15)

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.
    (AP, 8/9/15)

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 2007.
    (AFP, 8/10/15)

2015        Aug 11, Pakistans 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.
    (AP, 8/12/15)

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.
    (AP, 8/12/15)

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.
    (AFP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, A high-level Afghan delegation arrived in Pakistan to discuss security cooperation and peace efforts.
    (AP, 8/13/15)

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.
    (AP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, India and Pakistani troops traded heavy gunfire and mortars in Kashmir, killing at least 4 civilians and injuring 23 others.
    (AP, 8/15/15)
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.
    (AP, 8/16/15)

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.
    (AP, 8/16/15)

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.
    (AP, 8/19/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/19/15)

2015        Aug 20, Pakistani airstrikes reportedly killed 43 militants in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 8/20/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/23/15)

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 terrorism.
    (Reuters, 8/27/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/27/15)
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 Pir Mahal.
    (AP, 8/27/15)
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 of Kashmir.
    (AP, 8/27/15)

2015        Aug 28, In Kashmir Indian and Pakistani border guards traded gunfire and shelling overnight, leaving 9 civilians dead and another 63 wounded.
    (AP, 8/28/15)

2015        Aug 29, The Pakistani military killed 14 suspected militants in its latest airstrikes in in Shawal, North Waziristan.
    (AP, 8/29/15)
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.
    (AP, 8/29/15)

2015        Aug 30, In southwestern Pakistan gunmen attacked a small airport, killing two officials at Baluchistan province's Jewni airport.
    (AP, 8/30/15)   

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.
    (Reuters, 9/9/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 9/11/15)

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.
    (AP, 9/15/15)

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 Karachi.
    (AP, 9/16/15)

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 Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 9/19/15)

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.
    (AP, 9/27/15)

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.
    (AP, 10/2/15)

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.
    (AP, 10/1/15)

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.
    (AP, 10/2/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/4/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/8/15)

2015        Oct 11, Pakistanis began voting in a closely contested by-election seen as a referendum on PM Nawaz Sharif's rule.
    (Reuters, 10/11/15)

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.
    (AP, 10/13/15)
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.
    (AP, 10/13/15)

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.
    (AP, 10/14/15)

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.
    (AP, 10/22/15)
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, Sindh province.
    (AP, 10/24/15)
2015        Oct 23, India accused Pakistan of a cease-fire violation in Kashmir in which one Indian civilian was killed and another was wounded.
    (AP, 10/23/15)

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.
    (AP, 10/2615)

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 passed 300.
    (Reuters, 10/27/15)

2015        Oct 28, The Pakistani documentary film A 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 province.
    (Reuters, 10/31/15)

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.
    (AP, 11/1/15)

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' charities.
    (AP, 11/3/15)
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 countries.
    (AP, 11/2/15)

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 rubble.
    (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 people.
    (AP, 11/17/15)

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.
    (AP, 11/20/15)

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.
    (AFP, 11/22/15)

2015        Nov 24, A female Pakistani air force pilot was killed when her trainer jet crashed near the central town of Mianwali.
    (Reuters, 11/24/15)

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.
    (AFP, 11/30/15)

2015        Dec 1, In Pakistan gunmen killed 2 soldiers in the southern city of Karachi.
    (Reuters, 12/1/15)

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 people.
    (AP, 12/2/15)
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.
    (AFP, 12/2/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/3/15)

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 peace dialogue.
    (AP, 12/6/15)

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 region.
    (AP, 12/18/15)

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 peace talks.
    (AFP, 12/25/15)
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.
    (AFP, 12/26/15)

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 responsibility.
    (Reuters, 12/29/15)

2015        Dilip Hiro authored The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan.
    (Econ., 2/21/15, p.81)
2015        Andrew Small authored The China-Pakistan Axis: Asias 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 South Africa.
    (AFP, 3/23/17)

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 Pakistan.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/4/16)

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 Quetta.
    (AP, 1/9/16)

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.
    (AP, 1/11/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/13/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/13/16)

2016        Jan 18, In Pakistan a bomb blast targeted paramilitary troops, killing 5 soldiers and wounding three in the southwestern city of Quetta.
    (AP, 1/18/16)
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 Afghan government.
    (AP, 1/18/16)

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.
    (AP, 1/19/16)

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 all killed.
    (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 with falcons.
    (Reuters, 1/22/16)

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 weather.
    (Reuters, 1/26/16)

2016        Jan 30, Pakistani forces killed five suspected separatists overnight near Quetta, Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 1/30/16)
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 Karachi.
    (Reuters, 1/30/16)

2016        Feb 2, Pakistani security forces reportedly opened fire on an anti-privatization rally in the port city of Karachi, killing two employees.
    (AP, 2/2/16)
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 privatization plan.
    (Reuters, 2/3/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/6/16)
2016        Feb 6, In southern Pakistan a fire killed all 10 members of a fisherman's family on Kharo Chan island, Sindh province.
    (AP, 2/7/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/16)

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.
    (AP, 2/10/16)

2016        Feb 12, Pakistans 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.
    (AFP, 2/15/16)

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.
    (AP, 2/20/16)

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.
    (AP, 2/24/16)
2016        Feb 24, Pakistans 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 blasphemy law.
    (AFP, 2/29/16)

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 drug-eradication mission.
    (Reuters, 3/1/16)
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 province.
    (Reuters, 3/2/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/3/16)

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 responsibility.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/8/16)

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 walls.
    (AP, 3/12/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/16/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/16/16)

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.
    (AP, 3/17/16)

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.
    (AP, 3/20/16)

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, 3/26/16)

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.
    (AP, 3/30/16)

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.
    (AP, 4/3/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/4/16)

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.
    (AFP, 4/9/16)

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 province.
    (AP, 4/13/16)

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 island.
    (Reuters, 4/16/16)

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 at Gwadar.
    (Reuters, 4/19/16)

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 responsibility.
    (AP, 4/19/16)

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.
    (AP, 4/20/16)

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 province.
    (AP, 4/23/16)

2016        Apr 25, Afghan Taliban delegation arrived in Pakistan to meet officials in a bid to restart a stuttering peace process with Kabul.
    (Reuters, 4/26/16)

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.
    (AP, 5/5/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/3/16)

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 appeal.
    (AP, 5/4/16)

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.
    (AP, 5/8/16)

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 people.
    (AP, 5/10/16)

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 economy.
    (Reuters, 5/12/16)

2016        May 18, In Pakistan a twin bombing killed a police officer and wounded nine people in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
    (AP, 5/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 5/20/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/18/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/28/16)

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 soon arrested.
    (AP, 6/3/16)

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.
    (AP, 5/31/16)

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.
    (AP, 6/8/16)

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.
    (AP, 6/10/16)

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 people.
    (AP, 6/15/16)

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. 
    (AP, 6/14/16)
2016        Jun 14, An Afghan border guard was killed and five wounded in renewed clashes late today at the Torkham Pakistani-Afghan border crossing.
    (AP, 6/15/16)

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 sides.
    (Reuters, 6/15/16)

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 21.
    (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 infant.
    (AP, 6/18/16)

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 government buildings.
    (Reuters, 6/27/16)

2016        Jun 28, In Pakistan militants ambushed a police patrol in Quetta, killing 4 officers.
    (AP, 6/29/16)

2016        Jun 29, In Pakistan gunmen ambushed an army vehicle in Quetta, killing 4 soldiers.
    (AP, 6/29/16)

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.
    (AFP, 7/9/16)

2016        Jul 12, "Move on Pakistan", a largely-unknown political party founded in 2013, placed posters overnight begging the countrys powerful army chief to launch a coup.
    (AFP, 7/12/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/15/16)

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.
    (AP, 7/22/16)

2016        Jul 26, In Pakistan unidentified gunmen killed two army soldiers in a hit and run attack in the southern port city of Karachi.
    (AP, 7/26/16)
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.
    (AFP, 7/30/16)

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.
    (AP, 7/30/16)   
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.
    (AP, 7/31/16)

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 Dubai.
    (Reuters, 8/1/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/4/16)

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 sensitive installation.
    (AP, 8/6/16)

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.
    (AP, 8/7/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/11/16)

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 campaigners.
    (Reuters, 8/19/16)

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 border.
    (AP, 8/20/16)

2016        Aug 21, Pakistani security forces reported 6 terrorists killed in the remote Khyber region in a new offensive against Islamist militants in the area.
    (Reuters, 8/22/16)

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.
    (AP, 8/22/16)

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 eight wounded.
    (AP, 8/23/16)

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 alleged militants.
    (Reuters, 8/24/16)

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.
    (AP, 8/28/16)

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.
    (AP, 9/1/16)
2016        Sep 1, The Pakistani army announced that it had arrested 309 alleged IS operatives and sympathizers.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 9/2/16)

2016        Sep 10, In Pakistan gunmen killed Dr. Zaka Ullah. He was instrumental in an anti-polio drive in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
    (AP, 9/12/16)

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.
    (AP, 9/13/16)

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.
    (AP, 9/15/16)
2016        Sep 15, A Pakistani express train crashed into a freight train killing at least four people and injuring 93.
    (Reuters, 9/15/16)

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.
    (AP, 9/18/16)
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, 9/24/16)

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 Pakistans part of Kashmir a speeding bus plunged into a fast-flowing river killing at least 24 passengers.
    (AP, 9/24/16)

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 exporting terrorism.
    (AP, 9/24/16)

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.
    (AP, 9/26/16)

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.
    (AP, 9/27/16)

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 Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 9/30/16)
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.
    (AP, 9/30/16)

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.
    (AP, 10/3/16)

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.
    (AFP, 10/6/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 10/6/16)

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.
    (AP, 10/7/16)

2016        Oct 14, In southwestern Pakistan gunmen riding on motorcycles shot and killed three paramilitary officers in the city of Quetta before fleeing.
    (AP, 10/14/16)

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.
    (AP, 10/20/16)

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.
    (AP, 10/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 10/21/16)

2016        Oct 23, In Kashmir shelling across the border between India and Pakistan killed two Pakistani civilians, an Indian soldier and a boy.
    (Reuters, 10/24/16)

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.
    (AP, 10/24/16)
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, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).
    (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.
    (AP, 10/26/16)

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 months.
    (AP, 10/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 10/27/16)

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.
    (AP, 10/28/16)
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.
    (AP, 10/28/16)

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.
    (AP, 10/29/16)

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 the capital.
    (AFP, 10/30/16)

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.
    (AP, 10/31/16)
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.
    (AP, 10/31/16)

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.
    (AP, 11/1/16)

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 Kashmir region.
    (Reuters, 11/3/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/7/16)
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 expires.
    (AP, 11/4/16)

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.
    (AP, 11/5/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/6/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/7/16)
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.
    (AP, 11/7/16)

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 Indian soldier.
    (AP, 11/8/16)

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.
    (AP, 11/9/16)

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, Pakistans 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 Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
    (AP, 11/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/16/16)
2016        Nov 16, Pakistani authorities arrested eight alleged Islamic State militants in Lahore who were taking orders from commanders in Syria.
    (AP, 11/17/16)

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.
    (AP, 11/20/16)

2016        Nov 21, Pakistan's military said Indian shelling has targeted several villages in Kashmir, killing four civilians and wounding 10.
    (AP, 11/21/16)

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 Pakistan.
    (AP, 11/22/16)

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 disputed region.
    (AP, 11/23/16)

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.
    (AP, 11/26/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/26/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/27/16)

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 killed.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/10/16)

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.
    (AP, 12/12/16)

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.
    (AP, 12/14/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/19/16)

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.
    (AP, 12/25/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/27/16)

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.
    (AP, 12/27/16)

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.
    (AP, 12/28/16)

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        Pakistans 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 financial settlement.
    (AP, 1/4/17)
2017        Jan 4, In Pakistan four campaigners of the Civil Progressive Alliance of Pakistan (CPAP) activist group went missing.
    (Reuters, 1/19/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/11/17)

2017        Jan 8, Pakistani media said the countrys recently retired army chief Raheel Sharif has been appointed to lead a new Saudi-military alliance to fight terrorism.
    (Reuters, 1/8/17)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/17)

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 capability."
    (AP, 1/9/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/9/17)

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.
    (AP, 1/14/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/16/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/19/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/24/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/26/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/31/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/3/17)

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.
    (AP, 2/5/17)

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.
    (AP, 2/6/17)

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 Foreign Affairs.
    (AP, 2/11/17)

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.
    (AP, 2/12/17)

2017        Feb 13, A Pakistani judge banned Valentine's Day celebrations in the country's capital, saying they are against Islamic teachings.
    (AP, 2/13/17)
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 attack.
    (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.
    (AFP, 2/17/17)

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.
    (AP, 2/18/17)

2017        Feb 20, Pakistani airstrikes killed "dozens" of militants in the Wucha Bibi area of North Waziristan along the Afghan border.
    (AP, 2/20/17)

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 splinter group.
    (AP, 2/21/17)

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 supporters.
    (AP, 2/22/17)

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.
    (AP, 2/28/17)

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.
    (AP, 2/28/17)

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 Islamabad.
    (Reuters, 3/1/17)

2017        Mar 2, Pakistan said it will conduct its first census in 19 years. The 70-day data-gathering campaign will start March 15.
    (Reuters, 3/2/17)
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.
    (AFP, 3/2/17)
2017        Mar 2, In Pakistan a suspected US drone strike killed two men on a motorcycle in a village near the Afghanistan border.
    (Reuters, 3/2/17)

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.
    (AP, 3/3/17)

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.
    (AP, 3/4/17)

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.
    (AP, 3/7/17)

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.
    (AP, 3/8/17)
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.
    (AP, 3/8/17)

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.
    (AP, 3/9/17)

2017        Mar 15, Pakistan launched a national census, the country's first in 19 years.
    (AP, 3/15/17)

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.
    (AP, 3/19/17)

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 neighbors.
    (AP, 3/20/17)

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.
    (AP, 3/22/17)

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.
    (AP, 3/26/17)

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.
    (AP, 3/28/17)

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 province.
    (AP, 3/30/17)

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.
    (AP, 3/31/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/2/17)

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.
    (AP, 4/18/17)

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.
    (AP, 4/8/17)

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.
    (AP, 4/9/17)

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, 4/22/17, p.34)

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.
    (AP, 4/14/17)
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 celebrations.
    (Reuters, 4/17/17)

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.
    (AP, 4/15/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/20/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 4/20/17)

2017        Apr 25, In Pakistan a roadside bomb targeting a minivan in the northwestern Kurram tribal area killed 14 people.
    (AP, 4/25/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 26, In Pakistan a suspected US drone strike killed several Pakistani Taliban militants in North Waziristan.
    (Reuters, 4/27/17)

2017        Apr 27, In Pakistan the Islamic State killed Maulvi Daud, a senior Afghan Taliban official, in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
    (Reuters, 4/29/17)

2017        Apr 30, Pakistani  authorities uncovered an illegal organ trade ring, arresting two doctors and their three associates in Lahore.
    (AP, 5/1/17)
2017        Apr 30, In northwest Pakistan a minibus plunged into a ravine in the mountainous in Upper Dir district, killing 11 people.
    (AP, 4/30/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/1/17)

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 border guards.
    (AP, 5/3/17)

2017        May 4, Pakistani authorities executed three Pakistani Taliban militants after they were convicted by military courts over links to acts of terrorism.
    (AP, 5/4/17)

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.
    (AFP, 5/5/17)
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 crossing.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/6/17)

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.
    (AP, 5/7/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/10/17)

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.
    (AP, 5/11/17)

2017        May 12, Pakistans 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.
    (AP, 5/12/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, In Kashmir Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire, killing two civilians and wounding six others.
    (AP, 5/13/17)

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 Asian neighbors.
    (AP, 5/18/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/19/17)

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 two others.
    (AP, 5/21/17)

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.
    (AP, 5/22/17)
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 investigation.
    (Reuters, 5/22/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/22/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/23/17)

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.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
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.
    (AP, 5/27/17)

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.
    (AP, 6/8/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/30/17)

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 Ramadan.
    (Reuters, 5/30/17)
2017        May 30, In northwest Pakistan gunmen killed Haji Mohammad Farid, a close aide and relative of Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Farids 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.
    (AP, 6/1/17)

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.
    (AP, 6/3/17)
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.
    (AP, 6/4/17)

2017        Jun 8, Pakistans 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.
    (AP, 6/8/17)

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 journalists.
    (AP, 6/9/17)

2017        Jun 10, In Pakistan Taimoor Raza (30), minority Shiite Muslim, was sentenced to death for sharing blasphemous content about Islam on social media.
    (AP, 6/10/17)
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 24 hours.
    (AP, 6/10/17)

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 the attack.
    (AP, 6/11/17)
2017        Jun 11, In Pakistan a lone gunman shot and killed a journalist in the northwestern town of Haripur.
    (AP, 6/12/17)

2017        Jun 12, Pakistan confirmed that two Chinese language teachers, abducted at gunpoint on May 24, have been killed.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
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 Pakistani side.
    (AP, 6/12/17)

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.
    (AP, 6/13/17)

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.
    (AP, 6/17/17)

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.
    (AP, 6/15/17)

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.
    (AP, 6/18/17)

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.
    (AP, 6/17/17)

2017        Jun 20, Pakistan's army says construction will begin soon on a fence across the border with Afghanistan in order to improve security.
    (AP, 6/20/17)

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, p.A2)

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.
    (AP, 6/24/17)

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, 7/4/17)(AP, 7/7/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 6/25/17)

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.
    (AFP, 6/27/17)

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 in Parachinar.
    (AP, 6/28/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)

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 people.
    (Reuters, 6/29/17)

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 campaign.
    (AFP, 7/2/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)
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.
    (AP, 7/7/17)

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.
    (AP, 7/7/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/8/17)

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.
    (AP, 7/9/17)

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 corruption probe.
    (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.
    (AP, 7/11/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 7/11/17)

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.
    (AP, 7/12/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, In Pakistan Islamist gunmen killed Superintendent of Police Mubarak Shah (56) and three other policemen guarding him in Quetta.
    (Reuters, 7/13/17)

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.
    (AP, 7/15/17)

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 of Rawalpindi.
    (AP, 7/15/17)

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.
    (AP, 7/16/17)

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.
    (AP, 7/17/17)

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 injuring 14.
    (AP, 7/18/17)

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 sectarian attack.
    (Reuters, 7/19/17)
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.
    (AFP, 7/21/17)
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 Islamabads 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 Lahore.
    (AP, 7/25/17)

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.
    (AP, 7/26/17)

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.
    (AP, 7/27/17)

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 dismiss Sharif.
    (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 five others.
    (AP, 7/29/17)

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.
    (AFP, 8/1/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/7/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/8/17)

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.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
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.
    (AP, 8/11/17)

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 wounding 25.
    (AP, 8/11/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)

2017        Aug 15, Ousted Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif sought a review of a Supreme Court decision that disqualified him from office over undeclared assets.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)

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.
    (AP, 8/17/17)

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.
    (AP, 8/19/17)

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.
    (AP, 8/20/17)

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.
    (AP, 8/21/17)

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.
    (AP, 8/27/17)

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.
    (AP, 8/30/17)

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 Bhutto.
    (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 Karachi.
    (AP, 9/2/17)

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 Sep 2.
    (AP, 9/4/17)

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.
    (AP, 9/10/17)

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.
    (AP, 9/11/17)

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.
    (AP, 9/13/17)

2017        Sep 14, Mdecins Sans Frontires, 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.
    (AP, 9/14/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 9/15/17)
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.
    (AP, 9/16/17)

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.
    (AP, 9/16/17)

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.
    (AFP, 9/17/17)

2017        Sep 19, In southern Pakistan an accidental explosion at a cement factory killed at least five people in Rohri.
    (AP, 9/19/17)

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.
    (AP, 9/22/17)

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 officer.
    (AP, 9/23/17)

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 people.
    (AP, 9/24/17)

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.
    (AP, 9/27/17)

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 Pakistani soldier.
    (AP, 9/30/17)

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".
    (AP, 9/30/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
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.
    (AP, 10/2/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)

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 dead.
    (AP, 10/9/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/11/17)

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.
    (AP, 10/13/17)

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 two children.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/15/17)

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 killed 20.
    (Reuters, 10/17/17)

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 belt.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/18/17)
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.
    (AP, 10/21/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/19/17)
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 last year.
    (Reuters, 10/19/17)

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.
    (AP, 10/21/17)

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.
    (AP, 10/22/17)

2017        Oct 27, In Pakistan assailants riding on motorcycles attacked outspoken journalist Ahmad Noorani in Islamabad, leaving him badly hurt with head injuries.
    (AP, 10/27/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/29/17)

2017        Oct 29, Pakistan released 68 Indian fishermen held for trespassing into its territorial waters. 380 Indian fishermen remained behind bars in the country.
    (AFP, 10/29/17)

2017        Oct 31, In Pakistan Aasia Bibi (21) appeared before a judge on murder charges after she allegedly poisoned her husbands milk last week. 17 other people were inadvertently when her mother used the tainted milk to make a yogurt-based drink.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/3/17)

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.
    (AP, 11/5/17)

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.
    (AP, 11/8/17)

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 blockades.
    (AP, 11/10/17)

2017        Nov 13, The Pakistani military said militants have crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and killed a Pakistani army officer and a soldier.
    (Reuters, 11/13/17)

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 court hearings.
    (Reuters, 11/14/17)
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 blasphemy.
    (Reuters, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, It was reported that Pakistans 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.
    (AP, 11/14/17)

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.
    (AP, 11/18/17)

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.
    (AP, 11/18/17)

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.
    (AP, 11/19/17)
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 northwest.
    (AP, 11/19/17)

2017        Nov 20, A Pakistani court granted the government three more days to find a way to clear an Islamist rally near Islamabad.
    (AP, 11/20/17)

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.
    (AFP, 11/22/17)

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.
    (AP, 11/24/17)

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.
    (AP, 11/25/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/26/17)
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 month.
    (AP, 11/27/17)

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.
    (AFP, 11/27/17)

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.
    (AP, 11/29/17)

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 Peshawar.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)

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.
    (AP, 12/5/17)

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.
    (AP, 12/7/17)

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.
    (AP, 12/7/17)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/10/17)

2017        Dec 13, The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF), which represents 63 intl 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.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)

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.
    (AP, 12/14/17)

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.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
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 responsibility.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/1/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/23/17)

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.
    (AP, 12/24/17)
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 17 others.
    (AP, 12/24/17)

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 positions.
    (AP, 12/26/17)

2017        Dec 26, A suspected US drone attack along the Pakistani-Afghan border killed an Islamist militant commander from the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)

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.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
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.
    (AP, 12/30/17)

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.
    (AP, 12/31/17)

2017        Pakistans latest census put the population at about 207.7 million, making it the worlds 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 school.
    (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."
    (AP, 1/1/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/2/18)

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.
    (AP, 1/5/18)

2018        Jan 8, Pakistan released 147 Indians, detained for fishing illegally, from prison and handed over to Indian authorities.
    (AP, 1/8/18)

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.
    (AP, 1/9/18)
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 policemen.
    (Reuters, 1/9/18)
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 soon detained.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/10/18)

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.
    (AP, 1/19/18)

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.
    (AP, 1/17/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/17/18)
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.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
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 Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 1/15/18)

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.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
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 hub of terrorism and a 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.
    (AP, 1/20/18)
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.
    (AP, 1/19/18)

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.
    (AP, 1/20/18)

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 attack.
    (AP, 1/21/18)

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.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
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.
    (AP, 1/22/18)

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.
    (AP, 1/23/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/24/18)

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.
    (AP, 1/25/18)

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.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
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.
    (AP, 1/27/18)

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.
    (AP, 1/28/18)

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 $400.
    (AP, 1/29/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/1/18)
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 countrys 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 in Karachi.
    (AP, 2/1/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
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.
    (AP, 2/3/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/5/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/6/18)

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 be unfounded.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, Police in Pakistan said they have arrested two teenagers suspected in the murder of a four-year-old girl last month.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
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 location.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, In Pakistan a US drone strike killed seven militants in the border village of Gorwak, North Waziristan.
    (AP, 2/9/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/10/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/11/18)

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 Indian-controlled Kashmir.
    (AP, 2/12/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/14/18)

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 to safety.
    (AP, 2/15/18)

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 violent protests.
    (AP, 2/17/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/21/18)

2018        Feb 22, Pakistans foreign ministry said Indian troops have opened fire in the disputed Kashmir region, killing a laborer on the Pakistani side of the boundary.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
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 terrorism financing.
    (Reuters, 2/23/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/23/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/24/18)
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.
    (AFP, 2/24/18)
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 phone.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 24, India and Pakistan exchanged artillery fire in the disputed Kashmir region forcing hundreds of people to flee in the Uri area.
    (AP, 2/25/18)

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.
    (AP, 2/27/18)

2018        Mar 1, Pakistan said an "unprovoked" Indian attack killed two soldiers and a 70-year-old villager in the disputed Kashmir region.
    (AP, 3/1/18)

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, Pakistans said it has approved Indias proposals for exchanges of civilian detainees, in a statement believed to also cover some of those held over the Kashmir conflict.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
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.
    (AP, 3/9/18)

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.
    (AP, 3/9/18)
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.
    (AP, 3/11/18)

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.
    (AP, 3/16/18)

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.
    (AP, 3/18/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/21/18)

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.
    (AP, 3/24/18)

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.
    (AP, 3/26/18)

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 gunshot wounds.
    (AP, 3/28/18)

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.
    (AP, 3/28/18)

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.
    (AP, 3/28/18)

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.
    (AP, 4/2/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)

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.
    (AP, 4/4/18)

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.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
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 Kashmir.
    (AP, 4/6/18)

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 Taliban.
    (AP, 4/7/18)
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 six others.
    (AP, 4/7/18)
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 militants.
    (AP, 4/8/18)

2018        Apr 9, Pakistani authorities launched a new polio vaccination drive, aiming to reach 38.7 million children under the age of 5.
    (AP, 4/9/18)

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 to flee.
    (AP, 4/11/18)
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 charges.
    (AP, 4/12/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/15/18)

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.
    (AP, 4/16/18)
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 soldiers.
    (Reuters, 4/16/18)

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 being strangled.
    (AP, 4/17/18)
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.
    (AP, 4/17/18)

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.
    (AP, 4/18/18)

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.
    (AP, 4/19/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/22/18)
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.
    (AP, 4/23/18)

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 security forces.
    (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.
    (AP, 4/24/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)

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.
    (AP, 4/28/18)

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 general elections.
    (Reuters, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, In southwestern Pakistan gunmen attacked an electronics shop and fatally shot two shopkeepers, both of them minority Hazara Shiites.
    (AP, 4/28/18)

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 minority.
    (AP, 4/30/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/1/18)

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 Shiite minority.
    (AP, 5/2/18)

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, Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 5/4/18)

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.
    (AP, 5/5/18)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/18)

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.
    (AP, 5/7/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)

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.
    (AP, 5/11/18)

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.
    (AP, 5/13/18)
2018        May 13, In Pakistan violent overnight rainstorms in the northwest caused at least 15 deaths and injured dozens.
    (AP, 5/13/18)

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 suspects.
    (AP, 5/17/18)
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 power shortages.
    (Reuters, 5/16/18)

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.
    (AP, 5/18/18)

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 days.
    (AP, 5/22/18)

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.
    (AP, 5/23/18)

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 militancy.
    (AFP, 5/24/18)
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 boyfriend.
    (AP, 5/24/18)

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.
    (AP, 5/26/18)

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.
    (AP, 5/27/18)
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.
    (AP, 5/27/18)

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.
    (AP, 5/28/18)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/18)

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.
    (AP, 5/30/18)

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 borders Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/30/18)
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.
    (AP, 5/31/18)

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.
    (AP, 5/31/18)

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.
    (AP, 6/2/18)

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.
    (AP, 6/4/18)
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.
    (AP, 6/3/18)

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 others.
    (AP, 6/6/18)

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.
    (AP, 6/10/18)

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 patrol.
    (AP, 6/13/18)

2018        Jun 15, In Pakistan militants killed three soldiers late today in a cross-border attack in the North Waziristan region.
    (AP, 6/16/18)

2018        Jun 16, In southwestern Pakistan gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire on a vehicle carrying paramilitary soldiers in Quetta, killing three troops before fleeing.
    (AP, 6/16/18)

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.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
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.
    (AP, 6/20/18)

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.
    (AP, 6/23/18)
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.
    (AP, 6/23/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 6/28/18)

2018        Jun 29, A Pakistani high court overturned a tribunal decision disqualifying outgoing PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi from running in his home constituency.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)
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.
    (AP, 6/30/18)

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 Lahore.
    (AP, 7/3/18)

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.
    (AP, 7/4/18)

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 housing scam.
    (AP, 7/5/18)

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.
    (AP, 7/7/18)

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.
    (AP, 7/8/18)

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 others.
    (AP, 7/11/18)

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.
    (AP, 7/12/18)

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.
    (AP, 7/14/18)

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 province.
    (AP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, In central Pakistan a gas cylinder exploded at a restaurant in the city of Multan and killed at least three people.
    (AP, 7/16/18)

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 reasons.
    (AP, 7/18/18)

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.
    (AP, 7/19/18)

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.
    (AFP, 7/20/18)

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.
    (AP, 7/21/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/22/18)

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.
    (AP, 7/24/18)

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.
    (AP, 7/26/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)

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 late September.
    (Reuters, 9/26/18)

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.
    (AP, 8/2/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)

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 operation.
    (AP, 8/5/18)

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.
    (AP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, Pakistani authorities launched a week-long anti-polio campaign touted as a 'final push' against the crippling disease.
    (AP, 8/6/18)

2018        Aug 10, In northern Pakistan gunmen killed three police in late night attack. One of the gunmen was killed in the ensuing shootout.
    (AP, 8/11/18)

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.
    (AP, 8/11/18)

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.
    (AP, 8/12/18)
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.
    (AP, 8/12/18)
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.
    (AP, 8/13/18)

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.
    (AP, 8/15/18)

2018        Aug 16, Pakistan's foreign ministry confirmed the suspension of a US military training program for Pakistani soldiers.
    (AP, 8/17/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/17/18)
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.
    (AP, 8/20/18)

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.
    (AP, 8/18/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/20/18)
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.
    (AP, 8/20/18)

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.
    (AP, 8/21/18)

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.
    (AP, 8/22/18)

2018        Aug 23, In Pakistan a roadside bomb killed one soldier and wounded another three in the northwest near Dand Kalay in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 8/23/18)

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.
    (AP, 8/27/18)

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 security reasons.
    (AP, 8/30/18)

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.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
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 lawmaker.
    (AP, 8/31/18)

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 American strategy.
    (AP, 9/2/18)

2018        Sep 4, Pakistani lawmakers elected Arif Alvi, a nominee from PM Imran Khan's party, to the ceremonial office of president.
    (AP, 9/4/18)

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 religious minority.
    (Reuters, 9/7/18)

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.
    (AP, 9/10/18)

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.
    (AP, 9/14/18)

2018        Sep 14, In southwestern Pakistan a roadside bomb exploded near a security convoy, killing three security personnel near the town of Pashi, Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 9/14/18)

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.
    (AP, 9/16/18)

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.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 9/17/18)

2018        Sep 18, Pakistan's new PM Imran Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of his first official overseas trip.
    (AP, 9/19/18)

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.
    (AP, 9/19/18)

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 of Kashmir.
    (AP, 9/20/18)

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.
    (AP, 9/21/18)

2018        Sep 22, Pakistani PM Imran Khan labeled India arrogant for cancelling what would have been the countries' first high-level talks in years.
    (Reuters, 9/22/18)

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 Baluchistan.
    (AP, 9/23/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)

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 China.
    (AP, 9/26/18)

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.
    (AP, 9/28/18)

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.
    (AP, 9/29/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/1/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/2/18)

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 in Johannesburg.
    (Reuters, 10/4/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/5/18)
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.
    (AP, 10/5/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/9/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 10/10/18)

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 immigration.
    (AP, 10/11/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/12/18)
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 blasphemy.
    (AP, 10/12/18)

2018        Oct 16, In Pakistan at least 15 people, mostly women and schoolgirls, were killed in two separate road accidents.
    (AP, 10/16/18)
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.
    (AP, 10/17/18)
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 Pakistan.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/17/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/18/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/22/18)

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 deficit.
    (AP, 10/24/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/24/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/26/18)

2018        Oct 27, Pakistan's top court reinstated a ban on the broadcast of Indian TV content following a petition from local producers.
    (AP, 10/28/18)
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.
    (AP, 10/27/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/15/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/28/18)
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 of Charsadda.
    (AP, 10/30/18)

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.
    (AP, 10/31/18)

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 Taliban'.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/2/18)
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 financial crisis.
    (AP, 11/2/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/6/18)

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.
    (AP, 11/8/18)
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 Pur.
    (AP, 11/9/18)

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 Baluchistan.
    (AP, 11/11/18)
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 frontier.
    (AP, 11/11/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/12/18)
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 Salahuddin.
    (AP, 11/12/18)

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.
    (AP, 11/18/18)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/22/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/22/18)

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 mineral-rich region.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/24/18)

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.
    (AP, 11/28/18)

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.
    (AP, 11/29/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/1/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/4/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/6/18)
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.
    (AP, 12/6/18)

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.
    (AFP, 12/7/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/9/18)

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 their bail.
    (AP, 12/11/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/12/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/15/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/16/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/17/18)
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.
    (AP, 12/17/18)

2018        Dec 21, Pakistan reportedly opened fire in the Keran sector of Kashmir, killing two Indian army officers.
    (AP, 12/22/18)
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.
    (AP, 12/23/18)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/24/18)

2018        Dec 25, In Pakistan assailants killed former lawmaker Ali Raza Abidi outside his home in Karachi.
    (AP, 12/28/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/26/18)

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 money laundering.
    (AP, 12/27/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/28/18)

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.
    (AP, 12/31/18)

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.
    (AP, 1/1/19)

2019        Jan 5, In Pakistan a car bomb exploded in a Peshawar neighborhood wounding three people and damaging several shops.
    (AP, 1/5/19)

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.
    (AP, 1/6/19)
2019        Jan 6, Pakistani officials said two roadside bombs blasts have wounded eight people in the country's southwestern Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 1/6/19)

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 wedding.
    (AP, 1/15/19)
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 where it also found 43 people it described as "irregular migrants" and three in Portugal.
    (AP, 1/15/19)

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.
    (AP, 1/19/19)

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 earlier.
    (AP, 1/20/19)

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.
    (AP, 1/21/19)
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.
    (AP, 1/21/19)

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.
    (AP, 1/25/19)

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.
    (AFP, 1/29/19)
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.
    (AP, 1/29/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/31/19)

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 mostly fizzled.
    (AP, 2/1/19)

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.
    (AP, 2/5/19)

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 Kashmir.
    (AP, 2/5/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/6/19)

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.
    (AP, 2/9/19)

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.
    (AP, 2/10/19)
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.
    (AP, 2/10/19)

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.
    (AP, 2/12/19)

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 Khashoggi.
    (AFP, 2/17/19)

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 execution.
    (AP, 2/19/19)

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.
    (AP, 2/20/19)
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.
    (AP, 2/23/19)

2019        Feb 21, Pakistan's PM Imran Khan authorized the armed forces to "respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure" by neighboring India.
    (AP, 2/21/19)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/21/19)

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.
    (AP, 2/22/19)
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.
    (AP, 2/22/19)
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.
    (AP, 2/22/19)

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 conditions.
    (AP, 2/28/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/26/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/27/19)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/19)

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..
    (AP, 2/28/19)
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 their flights.
    (AP, 2/28/19)

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.
    (AP, 3/2/19)

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.
    (AP, 3/4/19)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/19)

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.
    (AP, 3/6/19)
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 nephew.
    (Reuters, 3/8/19)

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 territory.
    (AP, 3/9/19)
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 recovered.
    (Reuters, 3/9/19)

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 fire.
    (AP, 3/11/19)

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.
    (AP, 3/11/19)

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.
    (AP, 3/12/19)

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 Kashmir dispute.
    (Reuters, 3/14/19)

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.
    (AP, 3/14/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/17/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/20/19)
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.
    (AP, 3/20/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/21/19)

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.
    (AP, 3/22/19)

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.
    (AP, 3/23/19)

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 Muslim men.
    (AP, 3/26/19)

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 their home.
    (AP, 3/27/19)

2019        Mar 30, Pakistani journalist Matloob Musavi was forcibly taken by masked men in private and police vehicles in Karachi.
    (AP, 3/30/19)
2019        Mar 30, In Pakistan a bus hit a rickshaw killing six schoolgirls and driver in the eastern Bhakkar district of Lahore.
    (AP, 3/30/19)

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.
    (AP, 4/1/19)
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 Pakistan's military.
    (Reuters, 4/1/19)

2019        Apr 2, In Kashmir Pakistan and India traded fire in the disputed Himalayan region, leaving seven people dead.
    (AP, 4/2/19)

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 April 15.
    (AP, 4/5/19)

2019        Apr 7, In Pakistan a vehicle tumbled off a mountainous road into a river, killing seven people.
    (AP, 4/7/19)

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.
    (AP, 4/9/19)

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.
    (AP, 4/14/19)

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.
    (AP, 4/16/19)

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 prices soaring.
    (AP, 4/18/19)
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.
    (AFP, 4/21/19)

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.
    (AP, 4/22/19)
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' shared border.
    (AP, 4/22/19)

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.
    (AP, 4/24/19)

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 the other.
    (AP, 4/25/19)

2019        Apr 27, In Pakistan a bomb blast near the Afghan border killed three security personnel in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 4/28/19)
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 Pakhtunkhwa.
    (AP, 4/27/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/29/19)

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 citys 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.
    (AP, 5/1/19)
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.
    (AP, 5/08/19)
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.
    (AP, 5/08/19)

2019        May 9, In Pakistan three soldiers and two coalminers were killed in attacks in the town of Hernai in volatile southwestern Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 5/10/19)

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.
    (AP, 5/12/19)

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.
    (AP, 5/16/19)

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.
    (AP, 5/22/19)

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.
    (AP, 5/23/19)

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.
    (AP, 5/24/19)

2019        May 25, Pakistani police said six people have been arrested for allegedly collecting funds for two outlawed militant organizations.
    (AP, 5/25/19)

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 Sindh province.
    (AP, 5/28/19)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/28/19)

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.
    (AP, 5/29/19)
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 group.
    (AFP, 5/29/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/30/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/31/19)

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 grooms.
    (AP, 6/17/19)

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.
    (AP, 6/1/19)

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 killed dozens.
    (AP, 6/3/19)

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".
    (Reuters, 6/5/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 6/8/19)

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.
    (AP, 6/10/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 6/11/19)

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 stifling dissent.
    (Reuters, 6/14/19)

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 China.
    (AP, 6/16/19)

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.
    (AP, 6/22/19)

2019        Jun 24, Pakistan thanked Qatar for the $3 billion investment announced hours earlier by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
    (AP, 6/25/19)   

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.
    (AP, 6/26/19)
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.
    (Reuters, 6/26/19)

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 Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 6/27/19)

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.
    (AP, 6/30/19)

2019        Jun 30, Pakistani counterterrorism forces raided a Taliban hideout, triggering a shootout that killed three insurgents in the eastern city of Gujrat.
    (AP, 6/30/19)

2019        Jul 3, Pakistan's military said an explosion has killed five soldiers near the Indian border in Kashmir.
    (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 province.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 7/16/19)

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.
    (AP, 7/17/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/19/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/20/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/21/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/25/19)

2019        Jul 26, In Pakistan four paramilitary officials patrolling in the restive southwestern Baluchistan province were killed in an ambush by unidentified militants.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)

2019        Jul 30, Indian and Pakistani soldiers traded heavy gunfire across a cease fire line dividing Kashmir leaving one Indian soldier and one Pakistani civilian dead.
    (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, Pakistans foreign minister wrote to the United Nations, while its army pledged to go to any extent against Indias move to revoke the autonomous status of Kashmir, thats claimed in full by the two South Asian nations.
    (Bloomberg, 8/6/19)

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 them.
    (Reuters, 8/8/19)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/8/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/10/19)

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.
    (AP, 8/13/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/15/19)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/15/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/16/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/30/19)

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.
    (AP, 9/2/19)

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.
    (AP, 9/4/19)
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 region.
    (AP, 9/4/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 9/7/19)

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 procession.
    (AP, 9/8/19)

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 politician.
    (Reuters, 9/18/19)

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.
    (AP, 9/27/19)

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).
    (AP, 9/28/19)

2019        Oct 2, Afghan Taliban officials arrived in Islamabad to discuss the possibility of reviving talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 10/2/19)

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 ago.
    (AP, 10/5/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)

2019        Oct 13, Pakistani PM Imran Khan on a visit to Iran said he was acting not as a mediator but as a facilitator for talks between Tehran and Riyadh, where hes traveling tomorrow.
    (Bloomberg, 10/13/19)

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 or it could be put on a damaging global blacklist.
    (AP, 10/18/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/20/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/22/19)

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.
    (AP, 11/1/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/8/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)
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 northwest.
    (AP, 11/12/20)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)

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 thick smog.
    (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 powerful military.
    (Reuters, 11/26/19)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/26/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/28/19)

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 Dubai.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/19/19)

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.
    (AP, 12/26/19)

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 Intelligence.
    (AP, 12/27/19)

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.
    (AP, 1/13/20)

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.
    (AP, 1/15/20)
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.
    (AP, 1/15/20)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/28/20)

2020        Feb 3, Pakistan, a close Chinese ally, said it was resuming air travel to China after a three-day suspension.
    (Reuters, 2/3/20)

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.
    (AP, 2/17/20) 

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.
    (AP, 2/19/20)

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.
    (AFP, 2/26/20)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/29/20)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/3/20)

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.
    (AP, 3/13/20)

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.
    (Benzinga, 3/16/20)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/21/20)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/22/20)

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.
    (AP, 3/26/20)
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 11.
    (AP, 3/28/20)

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 three months.
    (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.
    (AP, 4/3/20)

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 worlds biggest epicenters of the pandemic, for weeks.
    (AP, 4/6/20)

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 they need.
    (AP, 4/7/20)

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 Kashmir.
    (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 in Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 4/13/20)

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.
    (Reuters, 4/18/20)

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.
    (AP, 4/20/20)
2020        Apr 20, Panama registered 191 new cases and 10 deaths, bringing total cases to 4,658 and the death toll to 136.
    (Reuters, 4/21/20)

2020        Apr 28, Pakistan reported 14,079 coronavirus cases including 301 deaths, 20 of them over the past day.
    (AP, 4/28/20)

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 deaths.
    (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 threat.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 5/5/20)

2020        May 8, Coronavirus cases in Pakistan surged past 25,000, just hours before the government was due to lift lockdown steps.
    (Reuters, 5/8/20)
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 fatalities.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 5/11/20)

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 injured.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/24/20)

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 Pak Suspected Spy.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/31/20)

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 "Pakistani agencies".
    (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.
    (AP, 6/21/20)

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.
    (AP, 6/29/20)

2020        Jun 30, The European Union's aviation safety agency said that Pakistans national airline will not be allowed to fly into Europe for at least six months after the countrys aviation minister revealed that nearly a third of Pakistani pilots had cheated on their pilots exams.
    (AP, 6/30/20)

2020        Jul 3, In eastern Pakistan a passenger train crashed into a bus carrying Sikh pilgrims, killing 22 people.
    (SFC, 7/4/20, p.A2)

2020        Jul 5, Pakistan reported 93 more coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, increasing the countrys 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 countrys overall cases to 228,474.
    (AP, 7/5/20)

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.
    (AP, 7/26/20)

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 beliefs.
    (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 deaths.
    (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).
    (AP, 8/17/20)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/18/20)

2020        Aug 21, Pakistan issued sweeping financial sanctions against Afghanistans 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).
    (AP, 8/22/20)

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.
    (BBC, 8/25/20)
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.
    (AP, 8/26/20)

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.
    (AP, 8/28/20)

2020        Sep 25, Pakistani PM Imran Khan assailed Indias Hindu nationalist government and its moves to cement control of Muslim-majority Kashmir, calling India a state sponsor of hatred and prejudice against Islam.
    (AP, 9/25/20)

2020        Sep 28, Pakistans 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.
    (AP, 9/28/20)
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, Pakistans 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.
    (AP, 10/1/20)

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 136 others.
    (AP, 10/27/20)

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.
    (AP, 10/30/20)

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.
    (AP, 11/1/20)

2020        Nov 16, Pakistan banned public political rallies after recording its highest daily coronavirus infections since July for four days running.
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)

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.
    (AP, 11/30/20)
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.
    (AP, 12/11/20)

2020        Dec 20, The United Arab Emirates 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.
    (AP, 12/21/20)

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.
    (AP, 12/21/20)

2020        Dec 22, Pakistani security forces raided a militant separatist hideout in southwestern Baluchistan province, triggering a shootout that left 10 suspects killed.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/27/20)

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)

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