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Pakistani Taliban: Attacks Will Continue During Ramadan VOA 31 Aug 2008 -- A Taliban spokesman in Pakistan says Taliban leaders have not instructed fighters to halt attacks during Ramadan, despite the government's announcement that it is suspending military operations in the northwest to allow civilians to observe the holy month.

Pakistani Government Suspends Military Operations for Ramadan VOA 30 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani government officials have announced military operations in the country's northwest will be suspended out of respect for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

U.S., Pakistani Military Leaders Meet Aboard USS Lincoln AFPS 28 Aug 2008 -- U.S. and Pakistani military leaders continued their ongoing dialogue about the war on terrorism during an Aug. 26 meeting aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Indian Ocean.

Top US Military Officer Encouraged by Pakistani Action to Quell Border Violence VOA 28 Aug 2008 -- America's top military officer says he is encouraged by Pakistani actions to quell violence along the border with Afghanistan.

Afghan repatriation tops agenda of UN refugee chief’s visit to Pakistan UN News Centre 28 Aug 2008 -- The top United Nations refugee official today wrapped up a three-day visit to Pakistan, during which the Government agreed to revise a plan for the repatriation of the nearly 2 million remaining Afghan refugees in the country that was due to end next year.

Pakistan army kills 48 militants in tribal regions: spokesman IRNA 28 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani security forces have killed 47 militants in two tribal regions, the army said on Wednesday.

Pakistani Lawyers Confront New Government to Reinstate Judges VOA 28 Aug 2008 -- The Pakistani lawyers whose protests helped drive President Musharraf from office have returned to the streets and this time they are targeting the country's newly- elected government.

Pakistani Security Forces Target Militants Along Afghan Border VOA 27 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani forces say they have killed more than 40 militants in fighting along the Afghan border.

India lodges protest with Pak over pushing in of militants IRNA 27 Aug 2008 -- India on Wednesday lodged a strong protest with Pakistan for pushing in militants in Jammu and Kashmir in the cover of firing from across the border and presented evidence at a meeting between the border guards of the two countries.

Pakistan Reinstates 8 Deposed Judges VOA 27 Aug 2008 -- Pakistan's government has restored eight judges who were among dozens fired by former President Pervez Musharraf last year under emergency rule.

Backgrounder: Pakistan's Institutions and Civil Society 25 Aug 2008
Pakistan's Sharif party quits ruling coalition IRNA 25 Aug 2008
-- Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif Monday announced his Muslim League-N party is quitting the ruling coalition, putting the alliance at risk ahead of elections for the country's Presidency.

Pakistan's Sharif fields former chief justice for Presidency IRNA 25 Aug 2008 -- Pakistan former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday fielded a former chief justice of the Supreme Court to run for the office of the country's President.

Former Premier Sharif Quits Pakistan's Ruling Coalition RFE/RL 25 Aug 2008 -- Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pulled his party out of Pakistan's governing coalition.

Pakistan Bans Taliban After Twin Suicide Bombings RFE/RL 25 Aug 2008 -- Pakistan says it has banned a key Taliban group after the militants claimed responsibility for a twin suicide bombing last week that killed at least 64 people.

Militants can't challenge writ of the govt: Gilani IRNA 22 Aug 2008 -- Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani: Need to know the root causes of terrorism and parliament should form a strategy to deal with the issue.

Pakistan Presidential Election Scheduled for September 6 VOA 22 Aug 2008 -- Election commission announced that parliament and the country's provincial assemblies will elect president September 6.

3rd Bomber Arrested in Connection with Pakistan Suicide Attacks VOA 22 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani police arrested a suspect who was to have been the third bomber in attacks that killed at least 64 people near Islamabad.

Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for twin suicide attacks at ordnance factories IRNA 22 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for attacks which killed over 70.

PAKISTAN: Restive tribal area faces mass displacements IRIN 21 Aug 2008
14 armed Pakistani militants, 10 civilian killed in military operation IRNA 21 Aug 2008 -- At least 14 militants and 10 civilians have been killed in the ongoing military operation in Bajaur tribal region.
Taliban Claims Responsibility for Pakistan Bombings VOA 21 Aug 2008 -- Police in Pakistan say two suicide bombers killed at least 60 people outside the nation's main weapons complex.

Two suicide bombers kill 35 ordnance factory workers in Pakistan IRNA 21 Aug 2008 -- Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at Pakistan's major ordnance factory near the capital Islamabad, killing 35 people.

PAKISTAN: Restive tribal area faces mass displacements IRIN 21 Aug 2008 -- Thousands of local residents forced to flee villages in the restive Bajaur tribal agency, north of Peshawar.

India Again Claims Border Cease-Fire Violation by Pakistan VOA 21 Aug 2008 -- India says troops along the Line of Control were shelled from the Pakistani side.

Former Pakistani PM Threatens to Quit Ruling Coalition VOA 21 Aug 2008 -- Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has threatened to quit the country's ruling coalition if fired judges are not immediately reinstated.

Gap in PML-N, PPP can widen over judges issue: Iqbal Cheema IRNA 20 Aug 2008 -- Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema: Gap between the two ruling parties could be widened if they failed to find a solution on judges issue.

Musharraf's Resignation Raises Hopes For Pakistan, But Also Concerns RFE/RL 19 Aug 2008 -- The resignation of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on August 18 has raised questions about the future foreign-policy directions of Pakistan toward its neighbors -- Afghanistan to the west and India to the east.

Tens Of Thousands Flee Fighting In Pakistani Tribal Districts RFE/RL 19 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani authorities say that recent fighting between the military and Taliban insurgents in the Bajaur tribal district has displaced at least 250,000 ethnic Pashtuns from the region.

20 militants killed in Bajaur IRNA 19 Aug 2008 -- At least 20 pro-Taliban militants were killed in a clash with security forces in Bajaur.

Bomb Blast in Pakistan Kills at Least 23 VOA 19 Aug 2008 -- Pakistan police say a suicide bombing at a hospital in the country's northwest has killed 23 people, in a suspected act of sectarian violence.

Analysis: Challenges After Musharraf 18 Aug 2008 -- Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf, under pressure to step down or face impeachment, announced his resignation (Dawn) on August 18. Pakistan's two ruling coalition parties had threatened to impeach him on charges that included violating the constitution, damaging the economy, and unlawfully dismissing senior judges.

Secretary Rice Offers ‘Deep Gratitude’ to Resigning Pakistani President AFPS 18 Aug 2008 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today offered “deep gratitude” to outgoing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for his commitment in the war against terrorism and extremism.

Initial Reaction To Pakistani President's Resignation Cautious RFE/RL 18 Aug 2008 -- News of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's resignation is being received with caution both domestically and internationally.

Pakistani President's Resignation Raises New Questions RFE/RL 18 Aug 2008 -- After nine tumultuous years in power, 64-year-old former commando General Pervez Musharraf has resigned as president instead of battling an impeachment process in parliament.

Mohammedmian Soomro assumes office as Pakistan's acting president IRNA 18 Aug 2008
Pakistan's President Resigns VOA 18 Aug 2008 -- Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf announced his resignation, before his political opponents planned to begin impeachment proceedings against him.

Pakistan's Musharraf Resigns In Face Of Impeachment Motion RFE/RL 18 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, under a serious threat of impeachment from the country's governing coalition, has announced he is resigning from office "in the interest of the nation."

The next 24 hours crucial for President Musharraf IRNA 17 Aug 2008 -- President Pervez Musharraf on Friday has said that he would not resign as he was elected by the parliament as president for five years and would continue to play his constitutional role for the country.

Pakistan Coalition Finalizes Impeachment Charges VOA 17 Aug 2008 -- Members of Pakistan's ruling coalition say they have finalized a list of impeachment charges against embattled President Pervez Musharraf.

Saudi intelligence chief in Pakistan on Musharraf's fate INA 16 Aug 2008 -- Saudi intelligence chief dashed to Islamabad to broker a deal between the embattled President Pervez Musharraf who is facing impeachment and possible trial, local media reported.

Draft of Impeachment Charges Against Pakistani President Finalized VOA 16 Aug 2008 -- Members of Pakistan's ruling coalition say they have finalized a draft of impeachment charges against embattled President Pervez Musharraf.

Pakistan Says 460 Militants, 22 Troops Killed in Bajaur VOA 15 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani officials say security forces have killed at least 460 al-Qaida-linked militants in a tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Presidential camp rules out Musharraf's resignation to avoid impeachment IRNA 15 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani Presidential spokesman Rashid Qureshi ruled out the possibility of resignation of Pervez Musharraf.

Musharraf decides to resign: daily IRNA 15 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to quit instead of facing his impeachment in parliament.

Who Controls Pakistan's Powerful ISI? RFE/RL 14 Aug 2008 -- NATO's commander in Afghanistan, U.S. General David McKiernan, said this week he is certain there is "a level of ISI complicity" in the militant areas of Pakistan and within organizations like the Taliban.

Analysis: Pakistan's Governance Challenges 13 Aug 2008 -- The political crisis in Pakistan deepened this month when the country's democratically elected government announced its decision to seek impeachment (BBC) for President Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf, the country's army chief until last November, seized power in a 1999 coup and has retained office through two controversial votes.

Missiles Target Pakistani Militants Near Afghan Border VOA 13 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani security officials say a missile strike killed at least nine people at a militant training camp near the border with Afghanistan.

Pakistan Taliban claim responsibility for attack on air force truck IRNA 12 Aug 2008
Blast Targets Pakistani Air Force Truck in Northwest, Kills at Least 13 VOA 12 Aug 2008

Taliban fighters force Pakistan troops from tribal region IRNA 11 Aug 2008 -- Taliban fighters forced Pakistani soldiers to retreat from a militant stronghold near the border with Afghanistan over the weekend.

Pakistani Government Moves To Impeach Musharraf RFE/RL 08 Aug 2008 -- Asif Ali Zardari, the head of Pakistan's ruling coalition and widower of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, dramatically announced in Islamabad that the government will seek to impeach Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

Fighting between Pakistani forces, militants intensified in tribal region IRNA 8 Aug 2008 -- Fighting between Pakistani security forces and militants intensified in a tribal region.

Pakistani police arrest 8 militants, seize 4 suicide jackets IRNA 8 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani security forces arrested eight members of banned extremist groups and seized four suicide jackets.

Impeachment procedures against Musharraf to begin in days IRNA 8 Aug 2008 -- Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari told a joint news conference that impeachment proceedings against President Musharraf will be started in coming days.

Five Pakistani soldiers, 25 militants killed in tribal region clashes: army IRNA 8 Aug 2008 -- Five Pakistani soldiers and 25 suspected militants killed as security forces launched a major operation in the Bajaur tribal region.

Pakistan Say 25 Militants Killed Along Afghan Border VOA 7 Aug 2008 -- Government forces killed at least 25 pro-Taliban militants in fighting near the border with Afghanistan.

Situation in Swat still tense IRNA 6 Aug 2008 -- The situation in Swat in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan is tensed despite a large scale military operation against local Taliban.

Missiles fired at army colony, airport in tribal area IRNA 6 Aug 2008 -- Unidentified men fired five missiles on an army colony and three rockets on a hospital in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region.

Militant's three rockets land in Pak army center IRNA 6 Aug 2008 -- Suspected militants fired eight rockets in a Pakistani city and three landed in army area.

Pakistan army says 94 militants killed in operation IRNA 5 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani army said that 94 militants have been killed in a major operation launched in Swat valley.

Musharraf says foreign hand involved in unrest IRNA 4 Aug 2008 -- President Pervez Musharraf on Monday said that there are proofs of involvement of foreign elements in fueling insurgency in southwestern Pakistan.

Landmine blast injures eight Pakistani soldier IRNA 4 Aug 2008 -- A landmine blast hit a convoy on Pakistani troops in the country's tribal region on Monday and injured eight soldiers, officials said.

PAKISTAN: Hundreds attempting to flee conflict-hit Swat Valley IRIN 4 Aug 2008.

Insecurity Increases As Pakistani Army Fights Pro-Taliban Militants RFE/RL 06 Aug 2008 -- Thousands of people are fleeing northwestern Pakistan's Swat Valley as battles between the army and Taliban militants and other insurgents continue to rage.

Pakistan Vows To Root Out Pro-Taliban Agents RFE/RL 06 Aug 2008 -- Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has met with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to discuss allegations that Pakistan's intelligence agency was behind a deadly bombing attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul.

Pakistani forces kill 10 militants in northwest: state TV IRNA 03 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani security forces on Sunday killed at least ten militants in the violence-hit Swat valley, the state television reported.

Pakistani Governor Confirms Peace Deals With Tribal Leaders VOA 03 Aug 2008 -- The governor of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province has confirmed that Pakistan's federal government signed a peace agreement with about 300 tribal leaders in North Waziristan in January.

Pakistani Taliban burn two more girls schools, blow up bridges IRNA 2 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani Taliban on Saturday burnt two more girls schools and blew up two bridges in Swat valley.

US Implicates Pakistani Agents in Kabul Bomb Attack VOA 01 Aug 2008 -- U.S. officials are accusing Pakistan's primary intelligence service of helping to carry out last month's bomb attack on India's embassy in Afghanistan

33 killed in Swat clashes, more forces called in IRNA 1 Aug 2008 -- Thirty three people have been killed in the ongoing operation in Swat while more forces have been called in on the requisition of the provincial government.
Pakistani Taliban reject Interior Advisor's claim on Indian ties IRNA 1 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani Taliban rejected a claim by Interior Ministry Chief that their chief Baitullah Mehsood has links with India.
Pakistan Denies Report Linking Spy Service to Kabul Bombing VOA 1 Aug 2008


Several Climbers Die on K2 (Aug. 1): Eleven mountain climbers are killed when a large mass of ice breaks and causes an avalanche on the world's second-highest mountain. It is the deadliest accident climbing accident on K2 since 1986.

Dozens Are Killed in a Stampede in India (Aug. 3): Nearly 150 people, many children, die when rumors of a landslide cause pilgrims to stampede during a festival celebrating the Hindu mother goddess at Naina Devi temple in northern India.

The Summer Games Open with a Spectacular Ceremony and Tragedy (Aug. 8): The Games open in Beijing with 14,000 performers and 91,000 spectators in the National Stadium. Dancing, music, and fireworks entertain 840 million television viewers worldwide. A Chinese man stabs an American couple midday on the second floor of an ancient tower in Beijing, killing the husband and injuring the wife. The victim, Todd Bachman, was the father-in-law of Hugh McCutcheon, the head indoor men's volleyball coach. (Aug. 13): U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps wins his 11th career gold medal, becoming the first athlete in Olympic history to do so. (Aug. 17): Michael Phelps wins his eighth gold medal, breaking the record set by Mark Spitz in the 1972 Games. Phelps also sets the record for the most golds in a single Olympics.
New Orleans Residents Prepare for Hurricane (Aug. 30): One day after the third anniversary of the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin orders residents to begin leaving the city as Hurricane Gustav makes its way toward Louisiana. (Aug. 31): As many as two million people comply with Mayor Nagin's order and leave New Orleans in one of the biggest evacuations in U.S. history.

Flood Devastates Part of India (Aug. 28): A breach in a dam in Nepal causes the Kosi River in the state of Bihar to flood. At least 75 people die, more than two million are displaced, and some 500,000 are stranded.
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