April 3, 2008 |
Pakistani army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani has appointed a new head of Military Intelligence, an army spokesman said, in a widely expected move to replace a close confidant of President Pervez Musharraf. "Maj. Gen. Muhammad Asif has been appointed as chief of Military Intelligence and Maj. Gen. Nadeem Ijaz has been posted out," Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said. U.S. ally Musharraf, who came to power in a coup in 1999, quit as army chief in November, and voters swept his political allies out of government in a parliamentary vote Feb. 18.
October 26, 2008 |
A two-month offensive by Pakistani forces has driven militants from a stronghold through which Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters had poured into neighboring Afghanistan to attack U.S. troops, the army said. The military said its forces had captured Loi Sam in the Bajaur tribal region. The town sits on a vital intersection linking the border to three neighboring Pakistan regions. "Now we have complete control in this area from where miscreants used to go to Afghanistan, Mohmand, Dir and Swat," army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas told reporters in Bajaur.
April 24, 2008 |
Eight militants and one Pakistani soldier died in a chaotic border battle in which Afghan and Pakistani troops mistakenly traded fire in the dark, the Pakistani army said. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said militants attacked an Afghan border post across from Pakistan's Bajur tribal region. Afghan troops fired back but also hit a nearby Pakistani border post, he said. Pakistani troops retaliated, sparking a shootout in which one Pakistani soldier died and one was wounded, Abbas said.
September 15, 2008 |
Security forces killed at least 16 suspected militants and wounded 25 Sunday in a besieged tribal region, Pakistani officials said. More than 100 people, most of them militants, have been reported killed in the fighting in the Bajaur tribal area in the last five days. The region, which borders Afghanistan, is a suspected hide-out of Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman Zawahiri. The latest clashes came amid tension between the U.S. and Pakistan over American incursions aimed at eradicating militants in the Muslim nation's territory.
September 12, 2009 |
The voice of Taliban militants in the Swat Valley has been arrested along with four other Taliban leaders in the region they once controlled, Pakistani military officials said Friday. Muslim Khan is said to be the highest-ranking Swat Taliban commander arrested since the government began its offensive earlier this year to retake the Swat Valley from the Islamist militant group. The Taliban spokesman and the other Taliban leaders were arrested Sept. 3 during a search operation in the suburbs of Mingora, said Pakistan army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas.
December 5, 2009 |
In a daring midday raid that showed insurgents' ability to strike the Pakistani military virtually at will, militants Friday stormed a Rawalpindi mosque filled with military officers and their children, killing at least 37 people with a deadly combination of gunfire, grenades and suicide bomb blasts. The attack, which also injured at least 86 people, was the latest in a series of devastating terrorist strikes meant as retaliation for the Pakistani military's assault on Taliban strongholds in South Waziristan and other tribal areas along the nation's border with Afghanistan.