Chronology: Pakistan

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Chronology: Pakistan


See also, Regional Affairs, Afghanistan

2001

Oct. 15: India shelled Pakistani military positions in the disputed territory of Kashmir as the US Secretary of State arrived in Pakistan. [BBC, 10/15]

Oct.17: Pakistan said its armed forces were on high alert in response to 'threatening' Indian troop movements. [BBC, 10/17]

Members of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami, a hard-line Islamic party condemned the government's decision to put their leader Fazlur Rehman, a vocal ally of the Taliban on trial for calling on his followers to attack members of Pakistan's armed forces. [BBC, 10/17]

Oct. 19: Pakistan gave the United States permission to use another of its air bases for logistical support during the military operation in Afghanistan. [BBC, 10/19]

Oct. 23: Thousands of protesters demonstrating in the southern city of Jacobabad against the strikes on Afghanistan denounced the use by the US Air Force of the Shahbaz airbase. [BBC, 10/23]

Oct 24: The World Bank approved a $300-- million loan to help Pakistan reform its banking system. [BBC, 10/24]

Oct. 25: Pakistan was reported to be holding two nuclear scientists over alleged links with the Taliban. [BBC, 10/25; NYT, 11/2]

Oct. 26: Japan lifted its sanctions against Pakistan and India, imposed in 1998 after they conducted nuclear weapons tests. [BBC, 10/26]

Oct. 28: Masked gunmen opened fire on worshippers in a church in the town of Bahawalpur in eastern Pakistan, and killed 16 people. The government announced the opening of an investigation. [NYT, WP, BBC, FF, WSJ, 10/29]

Oct. 29: The State Bank of Pakistan announced that the country's economy would grow more slowly than originally expected, owing to the war in Afghanistan. [BBC, 10/ 29]

US Central Command chief, General Tommy Franks, in charge of the military operation in Afghanistan, met President Pervez Musharraf and senior military commanders. [NYT, 11/2]

Oct. 30: US President Bush cleared the way for the resumption of economic and military aid to Pakistan by signing legislation that fully ended sanctions. [BBC, 10/30] Oct. 31: The acting leader of the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party, the Pakistan Muslim League (PML), was arrested after the PML's decision to support nationwide anti-US demonstrations. [BBC, 11/1]

Nov. 4: The US Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, met with President Musharraf. President Musharraf told the Defense Secretary that a quick, successful outcome to the air campaign, and whatever comes next, was crucial to the stability of Pakistan. Rumsfeld rejected Pakistan's call to stop bombing Afghanistan during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. [BBC, NYT, WP, 11/4]

Nov. 5: The Asia Development Bank gave Pakistan an extra $300m to help it recover from the impact of the Afghan war. [BBC, 11/5]

Nov. 7: Pakistan ordered the expulsion of a diplomat at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. The diplomat would be expelled for "activities incompatible with his official status". Reports said India earlier expelled a Pakistani diplomat citing the same reason. [BBC, 11/7]

Nov. 8: After meeting with French President Jacques Chirac in Paris and British Prime Minister Tony Blair in London, President Pervez Musharraf said Pakistan would continue to back the US-led war on terrorism and would share intelligence information. But Musharraf hoped the campaign in Afghanistan would be short and called for a halt to military action during the month of Ramadan. [BBC, 11/8]

Pakistan closed the Taliban consulate in Karachi. [BBC, 11/8; NYT, WP, 11/19]

Pakistan asked the US government to suspend textile tariffs. [NYT, 11/8]

Nov. 11: While addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York, President Musharraf said that Pakistan did not want an arms race with India and offered to hold talks with India to discuss ways of reducing tensions. [BBC, 11/11]

The United States promised Pakistan more than a billion dollars in aid as a reward for its support of the war on terrorism. …

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