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May 2016 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Money to Blame: Pakistan May Fail to Buy US F-16 Jets Amid Financing Row Sputnik 28 May 2016 -- Islamabad may not be able to seal a deal for the purchase of eight multirole US F-16 fighter jets from Washington as it has not submitted a letter affirming its commitment to pay the full price for the jets in time, according to a diplomatic source.
- Eight times jump in drone strikes on Pakistan under Obama IRNA 27 May 2016 -- The drone strikes by the US in Pakistan, which Islamabad describes as counter-productive and violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, have seen a massive jump under President Obama as compared to the Bush administration.
- Pakistan confirms death of Afghan Taliban leader IRNA 26 May 2016 -- Adviser to Pakistan PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said: All indicators confirm that the person killed in the US drone strike was Mullah Akhter Mansour.
- Pak army chief slams US over drone strike in Balochistan IRNA 25 May 2016 -- Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in a meeting with the US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale on Wednesday expressed serious concerns over the US drone strike in Balochistan, a military statement said.
- Relative of Slain Taliban Leader Wants to Claim Body VOA 24 May 2016 -- Pakistan's interior minister said Tuesday that a blood relative of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor had come forward to claim the charred body of the man who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's Baluchistan province.
- US justification for drone attack violates int'l law: Pakistan Press TV 24 May 2016 -- The justification provided by the United States for its recent drone strike, which reportedly targeted Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour, runs contrary to the international regulation, Pakistan says.
- US Accused of 'Violating Pakistani Sovereignty' in Taliban Drone Strike Sputnik 23 May 2016 -- Pakistan has accused the US of violating its sovereignty following a US drone strike that killed the leader of the Afghan Taliban in an area just inside Pakistan's border.
- Kerry: Pakistani Leader Informed of Airstrike on Taliban Leader Mansour Sputnik 22 May 2016 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was informed of a drone strike on its territory that targeted the leader of neighboring Afghanistan's Taliban insurgency, US State Secretary John Kerry said Sunday.
- Pakistan slams US drone strike reportedly killing Taliban chief Press TV 22 May 2016 -- Pakistan has denounced the US drone strike believed to have killed the Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour.
- Pakistani police kill 14 al-Qaeda militants in shootouts in Punjab Press TV 20 May 2016 -- Pakistani authorities say the country's police have killed 14 al-Qaeda militants in two separate shootouts in the central province of Punjab.
- Pakistan Rejects US Blame for Not Doing Enough to End Afghan War VOA 20 May 2016 -- Top officials in Pakistan have sharply reacted to U.S. accusations of not doing enough to help end the war in Afghanistan. They allege the blame stems from military "failures" the United States and its allies have suffered in the conflict, now in its 15th year.
- Pakistan Reacts Strongly to Latest Indian Missile Tests VOA 19 May 2016 -- Pakistan reacted with "serious concerns" to archrival India's recent test-firing of an anti-ballistic missile system and nuclear-armed submarine-based missiles in the Indian Ocean.
- Pakistan: Too Early to Declare Afghan Taliban 'Irreconcilable' VOA 17 May 2016 -- Pakistan says it is "sincerely" making efforts to reach a negotiated end to the conflict in Afghanistan because doing so would address Islamabad's own security concerns and encourage millions of Afghan refugees and migrants who have lived in Pakistan for decades to return to their country.
- Pakistan's Sharif Says His Wealth Acquired Before Taking Office RFE/RL 17 May 2016 -- Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif defended his financial record and asked parliament to form a commission to investigate allegations stemming from the Panama Papers leak.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan Agree to Reopen Border Crossing VOA 13 May 2016 -- Pakistan and Afghanistan on Friday agreed to reopen a main border crossing for thousands of stranded passengers and transit trade convoys, four days after a fencing dispute brought traffic to a halt.
- Blame Game: Pakistan Accuses India of Lobbying to Block F-16 Sale Sputnik 13 May 2016 -- In the latest war of words between India and Pakistan, the latter has now accused India of lobbying to block the sale of F-16 fighter aircraft to Islamabad by the US.
- Why Pakistan Won't Go After Afghan Taliban VOA 12 May 2016 -- Pakistan is hesitant to take action against the Afghan Taliban on its soil because of concerns the group will re-direct its violence against Pakistan and Afghan intelligence will support it, a senior Pakistani official said.
- Pakistan Closes Main Border Crossing With Afghanistan VOA 12 May 2016 -- Pakistan has temporarily closed one of its two main border crossings with Afghanistan, but said the two sides are in contact with each other to resolve "differences" that prompted the move.
- US removes subsidies from F-16 deal with Pakistan Press TV 03 May 2016 -- The United States has backed away from financing Pakistan's purchase of US F-16 fighter jets, saying Islamabad needs to pay for the warplanes itself following objections by members of the US Congress.
- U.S. Halts Plan To Provide Pakistan Loans To Purchase Fighter Jets RFE/RL 03 May 2016 -- The United States has halted financial aid to Pakistan to help purchase U.S. F-16 fighter jets after members of the U.S. Congress objected.
- Pakistan Slams Trump's 'Ignorant' Bin Laden Comments RFE/RL 03 May 2016 -- Pakistan has accused U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of being "ignorant" for demanding the release of a doctor who was jailed for helping the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) hunt down Osama bin Laden in 2011.
- Pakistan: No Military Action Against Afghan Taliban on Its Soil VOA 03 May 2016 -- Pakistan is rejecting Afghan demands for military action against Taliban commanders within Pakistan and emphasizes the need to continue talks for a settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan.
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