Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Pakistan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Pakistan

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April 16: Pakistani police arrested two suspected Islamic militants, one of whom was wanted in connection with the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. [WP, 4/17]

April 21: The Pakistani central government gave a pro-government tribal militia until May 1 to prove that they were successfully fighting al-Qa'ida. If the tribes fail, the military threatened "tough action." [NYT, 4/22]

Following an army offensive into the semi-autonomous regions in the northwest of Pakistan, hundreds of armed farmers, accusing the government of destroying their poppy fields, took to the streets and burned pro-government paramilitary vehicles. [WP, 4/22]

May 3: A car bomb detonated, killing three Chinese engineers and injuring an additional 11 en route to a construction project in southwestern Pakistan. [WP, 5/4]

May 5: Authorities announced they had uncovered a plot to hijack a UAE-bound jet and heightened security in Pakistani airports. [WSJ, 5/6]

May 7: A bomb at a Shi'i mosque in Karachi killed 15 people, including the head cleric of the mosque, and wounded about 100. A small bomb exploded outside a hotel in Quetta, wounding three. [NYT, WP, 5/8]

May 8: One person was killed in clashes that erupted when Shi'ia Muslims turned out in Karachi to mourn victims of the mosque suicide bombing. [WP, 5/9]

May 9: Officials detained at least 100 Islamic activists in Karachi in connection with the recent suicide attack on a mosque. [FT, 5/10]

May 26: Pakistani officials said that Amjad Farooqi, a Pakistani militant who was involved in the 2002 kidnapping and murder of reporter Daniel Pearl and who had ties to al-Qa'ida, was also behind two failed attempts in December 2003 to assassinate President Musharraf. [WP, 5/27]

May 31: Twenty worshippers were killed and at least 75 wounded in a suicide bombing attack on a Shi'i mosque in Karachi. …

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