Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Pakistan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Pakistan

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Oct. 21: Pakistani state television reported a bomb explosion in a northwestern Peshawar market, which wounded 33 and killed five people. According to local police, the bomb was homemade and had been hidden under a car. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. [NYT, 10/21]

Oct. 30: Approximately 80 people were killed in an air strike by the Pakistani Air Force on a madrasa allegedly being used as a militant training camp in the Bajaur region near the Afghan border. Pakistani military authorities said that the owners of the madrasa had been warned repeatedly against allowing militants to stay there prior to the strike, although some local groups claimed that there were no militants at the site when it was bombed. Pakistan had deployed almost 80,000 troops on the border to curb the influx of Afghan militants into the country. [DT, 10/31]

Nov. 8: Forty-two Pakistani soldiers were killed and 39 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up in their midst during a training session at an army base in Dargai in the Northwest Frontier Province. The bombing marked the most casualties in any single terrorist attack against Pakistan's armed forces since it joined the United States' anti-Taliban efforts. The attack was believed to be in retaliation for an October 30 airstrike against a militant camp in the Bajaur region. [DT, 11/8]

Nov. 23: The upper house of Pakistan's Parliament backed the "Women's Protection Bill," which would permit civil courts to prosecute rape cases, previously the exclusive province of Shari'a courts under the Hudood Ordinance. The bill also allowed for DNA testing in the prosecution of rape cases and altered witness requirements that had previously mandated four male witnesses in order to prosecute a case. The bill also proposed abandoning the death penalty as a punishment for sex outside marriage. To pass, the bill would require the approval of President Pervez Musharraf. [BBC, 11/23]

Dec. 15: Ethnic Pashtuns held a strike in Karachi over alleged discrimination in the city. …

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