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April 2015 - Pakistan Special Weapons News

  • Pakistan Tries to Publicly Widen Gap with Taliban VOA 30 Apr 2015 -- Pakistan on Thursday condemned "the spike in violence" stemming from the 'spring offensive' the Taliban recently unleashed in Afghanistan. The unusual public criticism is yet another indication Islamabad is distancing itself from the Islamist insurgent group it once helped take control of most of the war-torn neighboring country.
  • Pakistan drops charges against former CIA officials Press TV 30 Apr 2015 -- Pakistani police say they have dropped charges of murder, conspiracy, waging war and terrorism against a former CIA station chief and a former agency lawyer over a 2009 drone strike that killed two people.
  • Obama Exempted CIA From Drone Strikes Restrictions in Pakistan - Reports Sputnik 27 Apr 2015 -- According to the Wall Street Journal, Barack Obama obliged the CIA to confirm that militants targeted in Yemen and Somalia posed an "imminent threat" before carrying out drone strikes, but allowed the agency to waive the same requirement for strikes in Pakistan.
  • Best Friends Forever: Pakistan to Receive 110 Fighter Jets From China Sputnik 25 Apr 2015 -- China will provide another 50 JF-17 Thunder fighter jets to Pakistan over the next three years.
  • Pakistan: Two Deaths Show US Drone Risks VOA 24 Apr 2015 -- Pakistan has expressed 'shock and sorrow' after it emerged that a U.S. counterterrorism operation accidentally killed two male hostages – an American aid worker and an Italian – held by al-Qaida on the Afghan-Pakistan border.
  • Over 20 militants killed in Pakistani army air raids Press TV 22 Apr 2015 -- Pakistani fighter jets have pounded militant positions in the country's rugged northwestern tribal region close to the border with Afghanistan, killing more than 20 militants.
  • Pakistani Taliban Claims Successful Test-Fire of Omar-1 Missile - Reports Sputnik 22 Apr 2015 -- The Pakistani militant organization Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also referred to as the Pakistani Taliban, has claimed to have test-fired its first independently developed missile called 'Omar-1,' The Times of India reports.
  • Chinese President Concludes Pakistan Visit, Praises Closer Ties RFE/RL 21 Apr 2015 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has concluded a two-day visit to Pakistan after signing accords worth some $46 billion to set up an economic corridor linking the two countries.
  • China, Pakistan to deepen military cooperation People's Daily 21 Apr 2015 -- China and Pakistan should deepen and broaden military cooperation in such fields as joint exercise and training, so as to enrich the strategic cooperation between the two countries, Chinese President Xi Jinping said here on Monday.
  • China's Xi Gets Warm Welcome in Islamabad VOA 20 Apr 2015 -- China's president is in Islamabad for a two-day visit focusing on energy and infrastructure projects. In his meetings with top Pakistani leaders, he is also discussing militancy issues and Afghanistan.
  • Xi's Visit to Pakistan Brings Pledges of Cooperation on Security VOA 20 Apr 2015 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's meetings in Islamabad are planned to largely focus on broadening deep economic relations, but Pakistani officials say civilian and military leaders will also brief him on the progress in counter-militancy operations and efforts to promote peace in neighboring Afghanistan.
  • Senior leader of Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group killed: Source Press TV 20 Apr 2015 -- A high-ranking leader of the so-called Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group has been killed in the Pakistan's port city of Karachi, a major blow to terrorists operating across the Pakistani-Iranian border.
  • Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable ballistic missile Press TV 15 Apr 2015 -- Pakistan says its army has successfully test-fired a missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads with a range of more than a thousand kilometers.
  • Pakistan Treads Lightly Between Iran, Saudi Arabia VOA 13 Apr 2015 -- Pakistan's prime minister sought to reassure Saudi Arabia and its Arab coalition in Yemen that his country "does not abandon friends and strategic partners, especially at a time when their security is under threat."
  • Pakistani Lawmakers Oppose Yemen Intervention VOA 10 Apr 2015 -- Pakistan's parliament on Friday unanimously approved a resolution promising the country will stay neutral in the conflict in Yemen, despite Saudi requests for Islamabad to participate in the coalition fighting Shi'ite Houthi rebels.
  • Pakistan Frees Suspected Mumbai Attack Mastermind VOA 10 Apr 2015 -- A Pakistani court has freed on bail a man who allegedly masterminded the 2008 attacks on the Indian port city of Mumbai that killed 166 people.
  • Iran, Pakistan Urge Dialogue on Ending Yemen Crisis VOA 08 Apr 2015 -- Iran's foreign minister arrived Wednesday in Pakistan for a two-day visit that's part of an effort by both countries to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Yemen.
  • India Envoy Weighs In on Pakistan's Growing Nuclear Arsenal VOA 08 Apr 2015 -- India's envoy to Pakistan has brushed aside Islamabad's claims that rapid increases in its atomic arsenal, including short-range "tactical" nuclear weapons, are serving as a deterrent to another war between the rival nations.
  • Pakistan Has Complicated Nuclear Relationship With Saudi Arabia, Iran VOA 07 Apr 2015 -- Iran's foreign minister is due to arrive in Pakistan Wednesday to discuss the conflict in Yemen, which many see as a fight for influence between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia. Iran also has recently reached a framework nuclear agreement with six world powers. Saudi Arabia, in the past, reportedly has sought to form its own nuclear alliances to counter a perceived Iranian threat.
  • Pakistan - AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters and AGM-114R Hellfire II Missiles DSCA 06 Apr 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan for AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters and AGM-114R Hellfire II Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $952 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.
  • Analysis: Several Factors Motivate Saudi Outreach to Pakistan VOA 06 Apr 2015 -- Saudi Arabia's bid to get Pakistani military support for the Saudi-led effort against Houthi rebels in Yemen is designed to "scare" the Iranians, says Charles Schmitz, an analyst at the Middle East Institute.
  • Pakistan Weighs Joining Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen VOA 06 Apr 2015 -- Pakistan's parliament opened a special session Monday to discuss Saudi Arabia's request for the government to join its military coalition against Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen.
  • Pakistan Undecided on Joining Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen - Envoy Sputnik 03 Apr 2015 -- Last week, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam confirmed that the Kingdom had asked Pakistan to join the coalition that has been conducting airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen since last Wednesday.
  • Pakistan Walks Tightrope Over Yemen Crisis VOA 02 Apr 2015 -- When Saudi Arabia calls Pakistan for help in its hour of need, the bell rings loudly, especially in the office of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who owes his freedom, and some say his life, to the Saudi royal family.
  • Pakistan Faces Tough Choices Over Yemen Intervention RFE/RL 02 Apr 2015 -- Pakistan is grappling with a dilemma: should it join a Sunni Arab military coalition fighting Shi'ite Huthi rebels in Yemen, or keep its troops at home?
  • Pakistan Navy to Purchase Eight New Submarines From China Sputnik 01 Apr 2015 -- The Pakistani government has approved the purchase of eight new submarines from China, with the intent of balancing India's expanding navy fleet.

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