Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Pakistan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Pakistan

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Jan. 19: Pakistan denied violating a ceasefire after India said its forward posts in Kashmir were targeted by mortar shells from across the de facto border. [Al-Jazeera, 1/19]

Feb. 11: Fifty-four people died and over 400 were reported missing and presumed dead when the Shadikor dam burst and swept away five villages in the southwestern province of Baluchistan. [Guardian, 2/12]

Mar. 2: The Pakistani government rejected a bill to strengthen a law against honor killings. The government joined hard-line Islamists in calling the bill "un-Islamic." [BBC, 3/2]

Mar. 3: The police in Karachi arrested Muhammad Sohail after a shootout. Sohail was sentenced to death in absentia in 2003 for his role in organizing a car bombing at the Sheraton hotel that killed 11 French engineers and three Pakistanis in 2002. A suspected member of the militant Islamic group Harakat Jihad-e-Islami, Sohail is also suspected of involvement in the kidnapping and beheading of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter, in 2002 and an assassination attempt on President Pervez Musharraf in 2003. [NYT, 3/3]

Mar. 11: Pakistan's political opposition walked out of Parliament over government statements that nuclear pioneer 'Abdul Qadeer Khan provided Iran with centrifuges. …

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