Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
September 2016 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- India Launches Strikes Against Suspected Militants in Pakistan VOA 29 Sep 2016 -- India's army said Thursday that it launched "surgical strikes" against suspected militants along the border with Pakistan, but Islamabad rejected the claim, calling it an incident of cross-border firing.
- Indian military enters Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, attacks "terror launch pads" People's Daily 29 Sep 2016 -- The Indian military Thursday claimed it had entered Pakistanon the other side of Line of Control (LoC) and carried out deadly "surgical strikes."
- Tensions rising as India 'hits targets in Pakistan' Press TV 29 Sep 2016 -- India says it has conducted "surgical strikes" across the de facto borderline dividing the disputed region of Kashmir against militants preparing to infiltrate, with Islamabad denying any such attack and saying instead that cross-border fire from India had killed two of its soldiers.
- China urges Pakistan, India to settle differences over Kashmir Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- China has urged Pakistan and India to settle their differences over Kashmir amid recent tensions in the disputed Himalayan region.
- Bangladesh Will Not Attend South Asian Regional Summit in Pakistan VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- Bangladesh pulled out of a regional summit to be held in Islamabad in November, a day after India announced that it would not attend the meeting in the aftermath of a deadly attack on an Indian army base close to Pakistan's border.
- Islamabad Regional Summit In Doubt As More Countries Reportedly Withdraw RFE/RL 28 Sep 2016 -- A major regional summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad, Pakistan, in November might be canceled after Bangladesh and India have said they will not attend.
- India to Boycott South Asian Regional Summit in Pakistan VOA 27 Sep 2016 -- India announced Tuesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend a regional summit to be held in Islamabad in November because of increasing cross-border attacks in the region.
- Afghan forces kill top Pakistani Taliban commander Press TV 25 Sep 2016 -- Afghan security forces have killed one of the top Pakistani Taliban commanders along with at least 10 other militants in an area along the porous border between the two countries, militant sources say.
- Pakistani Taliban Leaders Reported Killed In Air Strike RFE/RL 25 Sep 2016 -- Three Pakistani Taliban leaders have reportedly been killed in joint Afghan and NATO air strikes in eastern Afghanistan, Pakistani security sources say.
- Airstrike Kills Senior Pakistani Militant Leader in Afghanistan VOA 25 Sep 2016 -- Suspected U.S. airstrikes in southeastern Afghanistan are believed to have killed a top commander of the extremist Pakistan Taliban and several of his partners.
- Pakistani fighter jet crashes in Khyber Agency, pilot killed Press TV 24 Sep 2016 -- A Pakistani Air Force F-7PG fighter jet has crashed in the country's restive northwestern region of Khyber Agency.
- Pakistan Not Doing Enough Against Haqqani Network, US General Says VOA 24 Sep 2016 -- The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan says neighboring Pakistan has not yet placed "adequate pressure" on the Haqqani Network of militants to prevent them from plotting deadly cross-border attacks.
- Russia, Pakistan to hold first joint military exercise Press TV 23 Sep 2016 -- Pakistan and Russia are set to hold their first ever joint military exercise, which is dubbed Friendship 2016.
- First Russia-Pakistan Military Drills Druzhba-2016 to Bolster Defense Ties Sputnik 23 Sep 2016 -- The first joint Druzhba-2016 ("Friendship-2016") exercises between Pakistan and Russia are aimed at developing cooperation between ground forces and laying foundation for closer ties in the defense area, the Pakistani Embassy in Moscow announced Friday.
- India: Crucial Water Treaty With Pakistan Needs Mutual Trust VOA 23 Sep 2016 -- With tensions between India and Pakistan running high over an attack on an Indian air base, New Delhi has alluded to the possibility of revisiting a crucial water agreement with Pakistan, but a high-ranking U.N. official cautioned against getting caught up in "water-war rhetoric."
- India Hits Back at Pakistan, Calling Archrival 'Terrorist State' VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- India has reacted sharply to Pakistan's criticism of its suppression of protests in Kashmir, calling the archrival a "terrorist state."
- Pakistan accuses India of 'unprecedented arms build-up' Press TV 22 Sep 2016 -- Pakistan has accused India of an "unprecedented arms build-up" along its border, warning that it would take all steps necessary to halt the move as tensions escalate between the two neighbors.
- India's Border Force Refutes Reports of Pakistani Troop Mobilization Sputnik 22 Sep 2016 -- Some Indian newspapers have reported the increased movement of Pakistani troops along the international border and line of control.
- Pakistan's Sharif: Only Kabul-Taliban Talks Can Bring Peace VOA 21 Sep 2016 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated Wednesday that only a dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban can end decades of conflict and suffering in neighboring Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Faces Rising Criticism Over Inability to Curb Extremism VOA 21 Sep 2016 -- As two U.S. lawmakers pursue legislation to designate Pakistan a terror state, Islamabad is facing the threat of increasing diplomatic isolation over its inability to curb homegrown militancy and the threat it poses to its neighbors.
- India Worried by Increased Movement Across Pakistan Border After Kashmir Attack Sputnik 21 Sep 2016 -- Inspector General of Border Security Force stated that India is concerned about the increasing cross-border activities in the state of Jammu and Kashmir claimed by Pakistan in the wake of the recent attack on the army brigade headquarters in Uri.
- Tribal Leaders Say IS Regrouping in Afghan-Pakistan Border Areas VOA 20 Sep 2016 -- Local leaders in Pakistan and Afghanistan say they are seeing a resurgence and regrouping of Islamic State fighters in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.
- Indian Army Eliminates 10 Militants Near Kashmir Sputnik 20 Sep 2016 -- In a massive search operation against infiltrated militants, the Indian Army eliminated 10 militants in the Lachipura area of Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Toll from Pakistan mosque attacks rises to 36 Press TV 18 Sep 2016 -- Pakistani officials have updated the death toll from an attack by the Taliban militants on a mosque in the northwest of the country, saying 36 are now confirmed killed as the result of the incident.
- IS Claims Rare Fatal Attack on Pakistani Soldiers VOA 18 Sep 2016 -- Islamic State militants have claimed the assassination of three Pakistan military personnel in the country's northwestern city of Peshawar.
- Indian minister says Pakistan 'terrorist state' Press TV 18 Sep 2016 -- Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called arch-rival Pakistan a "terrorist state" in the wake of an attack on an army base in Kashmir, where nearly 20 Indian soldiers were killed.
- U.S. Pays $1.2m In Landmark Payment To Drone Victim In Pakistan RFE/RL 17 Sep 2016 -- The U.S. government has paid $1.2 million to the family of an Italian aid worker killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan in a landmark deal.
- Bomb attack kills 25 in northwest Pakistan mosque: Official Press TV 16 Sep 2016 -- At least 25 people have been killed and 30 more wounded in a bomb attack in a Pakistani mosque near the Afghanistan border, a regional official says.
- U.S. Senate Committee: Pakistan Is A 'Tremendously Duplicitous Partner' RFE/RL 16 Sep 2016 -- Pakistan continues to be a "tremendously duplicitous partner," according to Bob Corker, chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
- Deadly Suicide Blast Rips Through Pakistan Mosque VOA 16 Sep 2016 -- A suicide blast Friday tore through a crowded mosque in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 25 people and wounding at least 30 more, officials said.
- Pakistan To Conduct First War Games With Russia This Year RFE/RL 13 Sep 2016 -- Pakistan and Russia will hold their first-ever joint military exercises later this year, signalling what may be an emerging realignment in South Asia amid cooling relations between Islamabad and Washington.
- Pakistan Refuses Fresh Calls for Afghan Trade with India Through Land Routes VOA 11 Sep 2016 -- Pakistan has rejected fresh calls by Afghanistan to allow the conflict-ridden landlocked country to engage in direct trade with India through its land routes, citing existing official arrangements between Islamabad and Kabul.
- Pakistan, Russia Negotiating Deal on Russian Su-35, Su-37 Jets Sputnik 08 Sep 2016 -- Islamabad and Moscow are negotiating a deal on Su-35 and Su-37 jets, Shahab Qadir Khan, deputy director of export promotion services in the Pakistani Defense Export Promotion Organization, told Sputnik.
- Pakistan Interested in Russian Air Defense Systems, Tanks Sputnik 06 Sep 2016 -- The Pakistani armed forces show deep interest in Russian air defense systems and tanks.
- Some 3,500 Terrorists Killed in Pakistan's Zarb-e-Azb Operation Sputnik 05 Sep 2016 -- Pakistani armed forces eliminated more than 3,500 terrorists during Pakistan's Zarb-e-Azb counter-terror operation on the border with Afghanistan, according to Pakistani Ambassador to Russia Qazi Khalilullah.
- Pakistan in Talks With Russia on Purchase of Su-35 Jets Sputnik 05 Sep 2016 -- Pakistan Air Force Chief of Staff had fruitful talks in Moscow in July on purchasing of Russian Su-35 fighter jets.
- Pakistani Military Official Admits Daesh Presence in Pakistan Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- Senior Pakistani military spokesman Asim Bajwa said at a Thursday news conference in the city of Rawalpindi that Daesh terrorists had made inroads into Pakistan, however, their expansion has been stopped by the Pakistani army. "The reverse process has begun now as Pakistani society has refused to accept the militant phenomena," Bajwa said.
- Suspected Taliban Suicide Bomber Hits Court Complex in Pakistan VOA 02 Sep 2016 -- Authorities in northwestern Pakistan say a suicide bombing attack on a court complex has killed at least 12 people and wounded about 50 others.
- Pakistani National Extradited and Sentenced for Attempting to Export Sensitive Technology for Pakistani Military US Dept. of Justice 01 Sep 2016 -- Syed Vaqar Ashraf, 71, of Lahore, Pakistan, was sentenced today to 33 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Marquez of the District of Arizona. Ashraf previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export defense controlled items without a license.
- Pakistan: Islamic State Bid To Expand In Country Foiled RFE/RL 01 Sep 2016 -- Pakistan says it has halted the Islamic State (IS) group's attempts to expand in the country, arresting hundreds of people involved in plotting attacks on government, diplomatic, and civilian targets.
- Pakistani army admits Daesh terrorists' presence in country Press TV 01 Sep 2016 -- A senior Pakistani military official has made a rare acknowledgement of the presence of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the militancy-riddled country.
- Pakistan: Afghan Apology Prompted Reopening of Busy Border Crossing VOA 01 Sep 2016 -- Pakistan says it reopened a busy border crossing with Afghanistan for routine traffic after Kabul apologized over the burning of the Pakistani flag by angry Afghan protesters.
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