On January 22, 2006, the New York Times reported that all foreign journalists were being banned from Pakistan's tribal areas, which has been called "the most dangerous place in the world." A week before that, the CIA fired missiles remotely from a Predator aircraft into the Waziristan tribal area. They were hoping to eradicate a bunch of al Qaeda operatives. Instead, they killed 18 women and children.
It hasn't been too often in the past couple of years that you could write about good news from Pakistan. But if there is a silver lining to the atrocities that have plagued the country in the past several years, it is the fact that the Pakistani public, government and military are increasingly seeing the jihadist militants on their territory in a hostile light.
A suicide bomber who slipped into a political rally and detonated an explosive killed eight people in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area near the Afghan border Monday, Pakistan's state news agency said.
The Pakistani Supreme Court, packed with judges appointed in recent days by President Pervez Musharraf, dismissed five major petitions against him Monday contesting the validity of his re-election, the nation's attorney general said.
Pakistani air force planes swooped down on the country's troubled tribal region on the border with Afghanistan Tuesday, launching a blistering airstrike that left as many as 50 militants dead, Pakistan Army sources said.
Ayman al-Zawahiri -- Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in the al Qaeda terrorist network -- was the target of a CIA airstrike Friday in a remote Pakistani village and may have been among those killed, knowledgeable U.S. sources told CNN.
After a week of negotiations, a Pakistan tribal group released 11 Pakistani paramilitary forces in exchange for government forces pulling out of Wana where fighting between the forces and suspected al Qaeda fighters has raged for weeks.
The Pakistani military's quest to nab a "high-value target" has suffered a setback with the discovery of a series of tunnels that militants could have used to escape thousands of troops who've laid siege to the area.
Tribal leaders are trying to broker an end to fierce fighting between Pakistani troops and suspected militants along the Afghan border while speculation persisted about who the fighters might be protecting.
Gunmen riding in several civilian vehicles opened fire on a Pakistani military checkpoint near the Afghan border, prompting paramilitary soldiers to return fire, killing 11 and wounding six others, according to a military spokesman.