Chronology: Pakistan

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Chronology: Pakistan


See also, Afghanistan

2002

Nov. 21: Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam won a narrow victory in Pakistani Prime Minister elections, capturing 172 votes out of 342. Jamali promised Pakistan's continued support in the US-led war on terror and praised Pakistan leader General Pervez Musharraf. [FT, 11/22]

Nov. 25: L.K. Advani, India's Interior Minister, accused the Pakistani government of being involved in a series of terrorist attacks that had left over 40 dead in Kashmir over the last three days. The Pakistani government denied these accusations. [FT, 11/26]

Nov. 26: Pro-Taliban clerics and politicians took their oath of office in Peshawar today after winning recent elections. They have vowed to introduce strict Islamic law and end American military presence in the region. [NYT, 11/26]

Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, Pakistan's new Foreign Minister, denied US allegations that Pakistan aided North Korea's nuclear project. [FT, 11/27]

Dec. 6: An explosion in the Macedonia Consular Office in Karachi, Pakistan, killed three people. Macedonian officials called the attack "professionally prepared" terrorism and suspected it was revenge by al-Qa'ida for the killing of seven militants in Macedonia. [WP, 12/6]

Dec. 10: Pakistani Prime Minister Jamali promised to reduce food and utility prices to gain public support for the new civilian government. [FT, 12/11]

Dec. 16: A suicide bomber plan to attack US diplomats in Pakistan was foiled. The arrested suspects were Islamic militants and had 250 pounds of explosives' material. [WP, 12/16]

Pakistani police disrupted a suspected al-Qa'ida plot to kill a US diplomat in Karachi. [WSJ, 12/16]

Dec 18: $4.5 million in electronic equipment had been given to Pakistan by the US to monitor its Afghan border. [WSJ, 12/18]

Dec. 19: An explosion at a chemical storage warehouse killed five people, including Asif Ramzi, a fugitive wanted in the killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl. The police said that the warehouse was used as a bomb-making factory, and there was speculation that the explosion may have been caused during the construction of an explosive device. In addition, Pakistani police and the FBI arrested nine suspected al-Qa'ida operatives during a raid Lahore. [NYT, 12/20]

Asif Ramzi, a suspected terrorist and participant in the abduction and murder of journalist Daniel Pearl, was found dead in a heavily damaged Karachi warehouse. [WSJ, 12/20]

Dec. 20: Police arrested nine family members suspected of being al-Qa'ida operatives in Pakistan. The arrested included three naturalized Americans and 2 naturalized Canadians who were suspected of smuggling weapons for terrorist activities. [WP, 12/20]

An explosion at a clandestine bomb factory run by Islamic militants killed at least five suspected terrorist, including one believed to be linked to the murder of Daniel Pearl and the bombing of a US Consulate. [WP, 12/20]

Dec. 21: In the rubble of a clandestine bomb factory police uncovered photographs of a US gas station and evidence linking a militant to the murder of Daniel Pearl and the bombing of a US Consulate. The factory was destroyed when I bomb detonated inside of it last week. [WP, 12/21]

Dec. 22: Conservative Islamic clerics in northwest Pakistan promoted a state-wide strike to protest US plans for war with Iraq. [WSJ, 12/23]

Dec. 25: In Daska, three people were killed at Christmas services in a grenade attack. [WSJ, 12/26]

Three people were killed and eleven were wounded in the town of Chianwala at an attack on a church during Christmas services. The two attackers wore burqas and threw a grenade into the church. …

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