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October 2017 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistan, US Divided on How to Initiate Afghan Peace Talks VOA 30 Oct 2017 -- Pakistan has cautioned the United States that "cooperation," not "coercion," is the way forward for the two countries to find a politically negotiated end to an increasingly deadly war in Afghanistan.
- Pakistani court orders arrest of ex-PM Sharif over graft charges Press TV 26 Oct 2017 -- A court in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for the former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who is embroiled in two corruption cases tied to the Panama Papers leak, his lawyer says.
- Pakistan Court Issues Arrest Warrant For Ousted Sharif VOA 26 Oct 2017 -- An anti-corruption court in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after he failed to appear in court to face corruption charges.
- US must accept military defeat in Afghanistan: Pakistan FM Press TV 25 Oct 2017 -- The stalemate in Afghanistan will not improve unless the United States acknowledges its defeat in the country, says Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif.
- US secretary of state in Pakistan as Washington warns about Taliban 'havens' Press TV 24 Oct 2017 -- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Islamabad amid Washington's allegations that Pakistan is providing "safe havens" for Taliban militants.
- Tillerson Receives Cold Welcome During Pakistan Visit RFE/RL 24 Oct 2017 -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on October 24 visited Pakistan amid fraying bilateral relations prompted by Washington's accusation that Islamabad is allegedly providing "safe havens" for Taliban militants.
- China Turning Pakistan Port Into Regional Giant VOA 24 Oct 2017 -- An unprecedented Chinese financial and construction effort is rapidly developing Pakistan's strategically located Arabian Sea port of Gwadar into one of the world's largest transit and transshipment cargo facilities.
- Tillerson Presses Pakistan to Step Up Anti-Terrorism Efforts VOA 24 Oct 2017 -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson undertook his inaugural visit to Pakistan to urge the country's leaders to step up counter militancy and counterterrorism efforts.
- Terror Group Jamaat-ul-Ahraar Confirms Chief Is Dead VOA 21 Oct 2017 -- Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, or JuA, a faction of the banned Pakistan Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) terror group, confirmed the death on Friday of its chief, Umar Khalid Khorasani.
- US Shutters Special Representative for Afghanistan-Pakistan Office VOA 20 Oct 2017 -- With the Trump administration's revised South Asia strategy still in its infancy, the curtain has silently fallen on the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), ending months of speculations that the State Department planned to eliminate the unit.
- U.S. Intelligence Chief Says Pakistani Action Needed Before Afghan Peace Talks RFE/RL 20 Oct 2017 -- U.S. CIA Director Mike Pompeo says the United States wants to draw the Taliban into peace talks in Afghanistan, but for that to happen, he says Pakistan must first ensure the militants cannot establish safe havens within its borders.
- Pakistan's Jamaat-ul-Ahrar leader killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan Press TV 19 Oct 2017 -- The leader of Pakistan's Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), an offshoot of the country's Taliban militant group, has been killed in a US drone strike in neighboring Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Builds Afghan Border Fence in Bid to Stem Terrorist Attacks VOA 19 Oct 2017 -- Pakistan's military is installing a robust fence along its largely porous 2,600-kilometer border with Afghanistan and establishing new forts as well as outposts on mountain peaks.
- Pakistan's Tehreek-i-Taliban Confirms Death of Its Top Leader VOA 18 Oct 2017 -- Pakistan's Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) on Wednesday confirmed the death of Umar Mansoor, one of the group's top leaders and who allegedly was responsible for carrying out several deadly attacks in Pakistan.
- US drone kills five in Pakistan near Afghan border Press TV 16 Oct 2017 -- At least five people have lost their lives after a US drone attack on a compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, intelligence officials say.
- Pakistan, US Upbeat About Future Ties After Hostage Rescue VOA 14 Oct 2017 -- Pakistan and the United States, uneasy allies in the war against terrorism, appear upbeat about better cooperation and relations after a joint effort freed a U.S.-Canadian family from Taliban captivity.
- Some See Trump Pressure Tilting Pakistan's Afghan Policy VOA 13 Oct 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's new policy on Afghanistan, which pressures Pakistan to take more action against terrorists or face consequences, may be having an effect on Islamabad's thinking, experts say.
- Pakistan Electoral Body Bars Political Party Due to Terror Ties VOA 12 Oct 2017 -- Pakistan's Election Commission (ECP) on Wednesday rejected the registration application of a newly established political party with alleged ties to a banned militant group in the country.
- Saudi Ground Forces Arrive in Pakistan for Joint Military Exercise SPA 12 Oct 2017 -- Saudi ground forces arrived in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan today to participate in the joint military exercise dubbed "Al-Samsam 6" to be taken place early next week.
- Pakistan bars militant-linked MML from elections Press TV 11 Oct 2017 -- Pakistani authorities have refrained from accepting the Milli Muslim League (MML) as an official political party, barring the group from contesting elections.
- Pakistan's Sharif Awaits Possible Indictment, Not a First for Country's Rulers VOA 10 Oct 2017 -- Few jobs on Earth are less secure than that of Pakistani prime ministers.
- Pakistani Tribesmen Call For Legal, Constitutional Reforms RFE/RL 09 Oct 2017 -- Hundreds of people from Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have rallied in the capital, Islamabad, calling on the federal government to implement legal and constitutional reforms in the northwestern region.
- Pakistan Nabs Suspect Distributing Pamphlets Allegedly Linked to Hizb-ut-Tahrir VOA 09 Oct 2017 -- Authorities in Pakistan say a terror suspect is in custody on charges of distributing pamphlets on behalf of banned Islamic extremist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir, or HuT, and that a case has been opened against him under anti-terrorism laws. VOA could not independently verify the authenticity of the pamphlets.
- Army Spokesperson: Pakistan Has Links to But Does Not Support Terror Groups VOA 05 Oct 2017 -- A senior Pakistani general acknowledged the existence of links between the country's intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and militant groups operating in the country on Thursday.
- 20 killed in deadly blast outside shrine in Pakistan's Balochistan Press TV 05 Oct 2017 -- A bombing outside a shrine in a remote village of Pakistan's southern province of Balochistan has claimed the lives of at least 20 people and left 25 others wounded.
- U.S. Defense Chief Says To Try 'One More Time' To Work With Pakistan On Afghanistan RFE/RL 04 Oct 2017 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the United States will try "one more time" to work with Pakistan before turning to other measures over Islamabad's alleged support for militant groups operating in Afghanistan.
- Former Pakistani PM Sharif Reelected Head Of Ruling Party RFE/RL 03 Oct 2017 -- Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been reelected as president of Pakistan's ruling party despite his dismissal from office by the Supreme Court.
- Pakistan FM Visits Washington to Shore Up Sagging Ties VOA 03 Oct 2017 -- President Donald Trump's emerging Afghan policy has hit Pakistan hard in three sensitive areas: its tangled, acrimonious relationship with India, the denial that terrorist groups operate in its territory, and allegations that it is fomenting trouble in neighboring Afghanistan.
- Three Kashmiri civilians dead as Indian, Pakistani troops exchange fire Press TV 02 Oct 2017 -- Indian and Pakistani forces have engaged in another cross-border firing, reportedly leaving three civilians dead on the opposite sides of the disputed border which divides the Himalayan Kashmir region.
- Afghan President, Pakistan Army Chief Discuss Cooperation In Kabul RFE/RL 01 Oct 2017 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has met with Pakistan's army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa in Kabul as part of the Pakistani general's visit aimed at repairing the strained ties between the neighboring states.
- Banned Militant Leader Sues Pakistan's FM for Defamation VOA 01 Oct 2017 -- A militant group leader in Pakistan is suing the country's foreign minister for his remarks at an Asia Society event last week in New York.
- Pakistan's Army Chief Concludes 'Constructive' Afghan Talks VOA 01 Oct 2017 -- Pakistan's military chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, held "candid and "constructive" talks with Afghan leaders on bilateral relations and ways to enhance mutual cooperation to fight terrorism.
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