Chronology: Pakistan

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Chronology: Pakistan


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Aug. 5: The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reported that Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was likely killed in a missile strike by a drone in South Waziristan. Mehsud and his militant group had been blamed for a number of attacks across Pakistan, including the assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007 and the bombing of a Marriot Hotel that killed more than 50 people in Islamabad the previous September. Mehsud was considered Pakistan's public enemy number one. [NYT, 8/7]

Aug. 25: The Pakistani Taliban announced that their leader Baitullah Mehsud had died two days prior of wounds from the CIA's August 5 drone attack. Two of Mehsud's top aides, Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali ur-Rehman, called the Associated Press to confirm his death. Hakimullah Mehsud had been chosen as Mehsud's replacement before the announcement. [AP, 8/26]

Sept. 22: A girls' school in the northwest region of Pakistan was destroyed in bombings orchestrated by militants. There were no reported casualties in the incident, as the school was closed for the celebration of Eid al-Fatr. [Dawn, 9/22]

Sept. 28: Three women in Kasur who were accused of operating a brothel and participating in prostitution were subsequently attacked and beaten by an angry mob. …

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