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January 2018 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Afghan Spy Chief, Interior Minister In Pakistan To Discuss Cooperation RFE/RL 31 Jan 2018 -- The Afghan intelligence chief and interior minister have traveled to Islamabad to discuss cooperation on security issues with Pakistani officials following a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan.
- Afghan Spy Chief, Interior Minister Make Surprise Pakistan Visit VOA 31 Jan 2018 -- Top Afghan security officials have made a surprise visit to Pakistan, to discuss mutual cooperation with civilian and military leaders following a series of deadly Taliban and other militant attacks in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan recommends extension of stay for Afghan refugees Press TV 31 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan's Ministry of States and Frontier Regions has recommended that Afghan refugees be given a five-month extension of their stay.
- Nose to Nose: Ceasefire Between India and Pakistan on Verge of Unraveling Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- The fragile peace between nuclear powers India and Pakistan that has been continuously tested over the past few years has begun to break down, as both nations reported record number of ceasefire violations across the heavily militarized border that splits the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir.
- Indian Army Faces Murder Charges for Firing at Stone Throwers in Jammu & Kashmir Sputnik 30 Jan 2018 -- The murder charges have been slapped on the Indian army by the Jammu and Kashmir administration that has come under immense fire for not being able to stop civilian casualties in encounters between the security forces and insurgent groups seeking freedom of Kashmir from India.
- Pakistan Says 27 Taliban, Haqqani Militants Handed Over to Afghanistan VOA 30 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan disclosed Tuesday it recently extradited 27 suspected Taliban and Haqqani militants to Afghanistan as part of an effort to stop insurgents from using Pakistani soil for cross-border terrorist activities, information Islamabad kept confidential until now.
- Indonesia Proposes 3-Nation Panel of Islamic Scholars to Promote Afghan Peace VOA 26 Jan 2018 -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo proposed Friday the establishment of a committee of Islamic scholars from his nation together with others from Afghanistan and Pakistan to promote a peaceful settlement of the Afghan conflict.
- Pakistan Slams 'Detrimental' U.S. Strike On Haqqani Militants RFE/RL 24 Jan 2018 -- Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. drone attack on a house near the Afghan border has killed two militants from the extremist Haqqani network.
- Pakistan condemns US drone strike in Kurram region Press TV 24 Jan 2018 -- Pakistani authorities have condemned a "unilateral" move by the United States to bomb areas inside its territory through a drone strike, saying a Wednesday attack which allegedly targeted militant hideouts would further hurt trust between the two countries.
- US drone attack kills three in northwest Pakistan Press TV 24 Jan 2018 -- Three people have been killed in northwestern Pakistan after a house was struck by two missiles fired by a US drone, Pakistani security officials and sources say.
- Pakistan Condemns US Drone Attack on its Soil Sputnik 24 Jan 2018 -- Earlier in January, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that the United States was suspending the delivery of military equipment and security aid to Pakistan due to the local authorities' alleged insufficient measures in the fight against terrorist groups.
- Kashmir cross-border fire kills 4, including Indian soldier Press TV 20 Jan 2018 -- Cross-border clashes in Kashmir between India and Pakistan have killed four more people, including an Indian soldier.
- India accuses Pakistani troops of new deadly Kashmir attacks Press TV 20 Jan 2018 -- Indian authorities have accused Pakistani troops of initiating a fire fight along the restive border in Kashmir, saying a soldier and two civilians have been killed on the New Delhi-administered side of the disputed region.
- India Accuses Pakistan of Ceasefire Violation on Kashmir Border - Reports Sputnik 20 Jan 2018 -- Both countries have been staking a claim to the Kashmir territory since 1947, when they gained independence from the British colonial domination.
- India Summons Pakistani Deputy High Commissioner Over Truce Breaches in Kashmir Sputnik 19 Jan 2018 -- The Indian Ministry of External Affairs summoned Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan Syed Haider Shah over alleged continued ceasefire violations in the disputed Kashmir region, the ministry said in a statement on Friday.
- Cross Border Fire Between Indian, Pakistani Troops Claims 8 Civilian Lives Sputnik 19 Jan 2018 -- Heavy firing between Indian and Pakistani troops at the international border has caused civilian deaths on both sides – eight in total during the last 48 hours.
- Cross-border clashes escalate between India, Pakistan in Kashmir Press TV 19 Jan 2018 -- Cross-border shelling has continued between Indian and Pakistani forces in Kashmir for a third day, reportedly leaving casualties on both sides of the disputed border in the Himalayan region.
- Pakistan: Security, Intelligence Cooperation With US Non-Existent VOA 19 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan's defense minister says his country's deteriorating relationship with the United States has led to a decline in the security and intelligence cooperation between the two allies to an almost non-existent level.
- Afghan Taliban Political Officials Visiting Pakistan VOA 16 Jan 2018 -- The Taliban insurgency has quietly sent political negotiators to Pakistan from its Qatar-based office amid a new diplomatic push for encouraging peace talks between parties to the Afghanistan war.
- Hundreds of Pakistani clerics unite to issue fatwa against bombings Press TV 16 Jan 2018 -- Hundreds of Muslim Pakistani clerics have issued an Islamic directive, forbidding suicide bombings as the country has been plagued with violence carried out by several militant outfits.
- US 'not giving up' on ties with Pakistan: Dunford Press TV 16 Jan 2018 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump is "not giving up" on ties with Pakistan despite repeatedly criticizing Islamabad's anti-terror efforts, says the top US military officer.
- India, Pakistan Clash Again in Disputed Territory VOA 15 Jan 2018 -- India and Pakistan exchanged gunfire Monday in the disputed Kashmir region, killing several soldiers on both sides. Each side blamed the other starting the altercation, giving its own figures for the number of dead.
- Pakistani army says Indian fire kills 4 soldiers in Kashmir Press TV 15 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan says Indian forces have killed four of its troops in cross-border fire targeting the Islamabad-administered part of disputed Kashmir.
- At Least 5 Dead After Paramilitary Convoy Ambushed in Pakistan VOA 15 Jan 2018 -- A paramilitary convoy has come under a rocket attack in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, leaving at least five people dead and six others wounded, according to local officials and hospital sources.
- Anti-US Cleric Released on Bail in Pakistan VOA 15 Jan 2018 -- Pakistani authorities on Monday released anti-U.S. and pro-Taliban cleric Maulana Sufi Muhammad after eight years in prison. He was facing sedition charges and was allegedly involved in attacks on police stations.
- Pakistan's Imran Khan Would Talk With Trump, But 'Dread It' RFE/RL 14 Jan 2018 -- Imran Khan, a candidate to become Pakistan's next prime minister, says it would be a "bitter pill" to swallow to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump but that he would reluctantly do it should he be victorious in national elections later this year.
- Army Chief Says Pakistan 'Felt Betrayed' By U.S. Criticism, Aid Cuts RFE/RL 13 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan's army chief has told a top U.S. general that his nation feels "betrayed" by U.S. criticism that it is not doing enough to fight terrorism, which has prompted Washington to suspend military aid for Islamabad.
- Khan Says Meeting Trump as Pakistani PM Would Be 'Bitter Pill' to Swallow VOA 13 Jan 2018 -- Pakistani populist opposition politician Imran Khan, a harsh critic of the country's partnership in the U.S.-led anti-terrorism war, said Saturday that should he become prime minister, he would meet with President Donald Trump but that it would be a "bitter pill" to swallow.
- Pakistanis feel 'betrayed' by US: Army chief Press TV 12 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan's army chief has slammed the United States for President Donald Trump's chastising remarks against Pakistan's leaders over their effort to fight terrorism.
- Entire Pakistan Nation Feels 'Betrayed' Over US Criticism - Army Chief Sputnik 12 Jan 2018 -- US Central Command chief General Joseph Votel has announced that Washington was not considering any unilateral action inside Pakistan during his talks with General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
- Pakistani Army Chief Says Nation Felt 'Betrayed' by US VOA 12 Jan 2018 -- A top American general has told Pakistan's army chief the U.S. military does not intend to conduct any unilateral strikes inside the country and both sides emphasized the need for continued cooperation to fight terrorism, an official announcement said Friday.
- Pakistan reportedly mulls toll tax hike on NATO containers amid Trump rift Press TV 10 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan mulls increasing the toll tax of containers carrying military hardware and weapons for NATO troops in Afghanistan, amid a rift between Islamabad and Washington over the so-called war on terror, local reports say.
- US: No Official Confirmation From Pakistan on Suspension of Cooperation VOA 10 Jan 2018 -- The United States says it has not been officially notified that Pakistan has suspended military or intelligence cooperation with Washington.
- Pakistani Court Grants Bail To Pro-Taliban Cleric RFE/RL 08 Jan 2018 -- A Pakistani court has granted bail to pro-Taliban cleric Sufi Mohammad, days after Washington suspended security assistance to Pakistan until it takes "decisive action" against Islamic militants.
- Bomb hits police vehicle in Pakistan's Balochistan, 7 killed Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- At least seven people, including five police officers, have been killed and nearly two dozen others wounded in a bomb blast that struck a police vehicle in southwestern Pakistan.
- Pakistani court frees anti-US cleric amid row with Trump Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- A Pakistani court has ordered the release of an anti-US cleric amid growing tensions between Islamabad and Washington over the so-called war on terror and a range of other issues.
- US Denies Pakistani Claims of Suspension of Military or Intel Cooperation VOA 09 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is denying Pakistan's claims it has suspended military or intelligence cooperation with the United States.
- New Report Warns IS Increasing 'Footprint' in Pakistan VOA 08 Jan 2018 -- A new report has documented an "alarming" increase in the Islamic State footprint in Pakistan, saying it adds to the challenges facing the country's decade-long campaign against terrorism and religious extremism.
- Pentagon Spokesman: U.S. Wants Pakistan to Take 'Decisive Action' Against Terrorism AFPS 08 Jan 2018 -- U.S. officials want to see Pakistan take "decisive action" against terrorism, following the suspension of U.S. security funding to that country, the director of press operations at the Pentagon told reporters here today.
- Pakistan's Navy Test-Fires Domestically Made Cruise Missiles Sputnik 08 Jan 2018 -- The Pakistani Navy recently test-fired a domestically produced anti-ship cruise missile as Islamabad seeks to become more self-reliant in the defense industry.
- Mattis Says Not Concerned About Pakistan Retaliating Over U.S. Aid Cutoff RFE/RL 06 Jan 2018 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he's not worried about Islamabad retaliating against Washington over its suspension of as much as $2 billion in military aid this week.
- Pakistan denounces US decision to suspend security aid Press TV 05 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan has denounced as "counterproductive" Washington's decision to suspend millions of dollars in security aid to Islamabad.
- US Warns Pakistan Weakness on Terror Could Cost Country $1.9B VOA 05 Jan 2018 -- The United States said its decision to suspend military aid to Pakistan will cost Islamabad just under $2 billion, as top officials from both countries engaged in a war of words Friday over differences in how to fight terrorism.
- War of Words Rattles Pakistan's Ties With US VOA 05 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan's military said Friday the suspension of U.S. assistance will undermine bilateral security cooperation and regional peace efforts but will not deter the Pakistan's counterterrorism resolve.
- China to Build Second Foreign Naval Base, This Time in Pakistan Sputnik 05 Jan 2018 -- China is planning to build its second foreign naval base in Pakistan following the ribbon cutting ceremony for its first overseas base in Djibouti last July.
- Background Briefing with Senior State Department Officials on Security Assistance to Pakistan US Dept. of State 04 Jan 2018
- Former U.S. Ambassador Khalilzad Supports Tough Line On Pakistan RFE/RL 04 Jan 2018 -- Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and the United Nations, expressed support for President Donald Trump's tough line against Islamabad and said the administration is likely studying various methods to put pressure on Pakistan for what he called its lack of cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
- U.S. Suspending Security Aid To Pakistan Until Action Taken Against Terror Networks RFE/RL 04 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. government says it is suspending security assistance to the Pakistani military until it takes "decisive action" against the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network that are operating in neighboring Afghanistan.
- US Suspends Security Assistance to Pakistan - State Department Sputnik 04 Jan 2018 -- The US will no longer transfer certain pieces of military equipment and security-related financial assistance to the Pakistani armed forces in the wake of US accusations that Islamabad provides safe haven for terrorist groups who plot attacks on US troops in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Placed on State Department 'Special Watch List' for Religious Freedom Violations VOA 04 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. State Department has placed Pakistan on a "Special Watch List" for "severe violations of religious freedom," amid reports that Washington's plan to cut security assistance to that country.
- US Suspends Security Assistance to Pakistan VOA 04 Jan 2018 -- The United States is suspending security assistance to Pakistan's army until it takes "decisive action" against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.
- Pakistan Extends Afghan Refugees' Stay for a Month VOA 03 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan has extended for one month the stay of about 1.4 million Afghan refugees who lost their legal residency status on Dec. 31, 2017.
- US withholding $255 million in aid to Pakistan: US envoy to UN Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- The United States is withholding $255 million in aid from Pakistan in the backdrop of souring ties between Islamabad and the administration of US President Donald Trump.
- Pakistan, India exchange lists of nuclear installations Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan and India have exchanged the lists of their nuclear installations under a three-decade-old bilateral pact that bars them from attacking each other's atomic facilities in an event of war.
- Report: Pakistan Planning Takeover Of Charities Run By Islamist Figure RFE/RL 02 Jan 2018 -- The Pakistani government has plans to seize control of charities and financial assets that are connected to an Islamist leader that the United States considers a terrorist, according to Reuters.
- White House To Announce 'Specific Actions' Against Pakistan Within Two Days RFE/RL 02 Jan 2018 -- The White House has said that it wants to see Pakistan do more to fight terrorism and that Washington will likely announce "specific actions" within the next two days to pressure Islamabad.
- 'Invective and Mistrust': Pakistan's Leaders Respond to Trump's Tweet Sputnik 02 Jan 2018 -- In his first message directed at a foreign nation in the new year, US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to accuse Pakistan of lies and deceit, however, Pakistani authorities have said that the US should hold its own people accountable for its failures in Afghanistan instead of blaming Pakistan
- Pakistan Says Ready to Account for Spending US Aid Amid Trump's Critical Remarks Sputnik 02 Jan 2018 -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that Pakistan was ready to provide all details regarding the funds received from the United States amid US President Donald Trump's critical remarks about Islamabad and its anti-terror policy.
- Pakistan Rejects Trump's Criticism, Says It Can't Be Blamed for 'Collective Failure' VOA 02 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan has criticized and noted with "deep disappointment" charges contained in a New Year tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump and said Islamabad could not be held responsible for the "collective failure" in Afghanistan.
- Trump threatens to pull plug on US aid for Pakistan Press TV 01 Jan 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off foreign aid to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of harboring violent extremists.
- Trump Accuses Pakistan Of 'Lies And Deceit,' Threatens To Pull Billions In Aid RFE/RL 01 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off billions of dollars in aid to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of being a safe haven for extremists.
- Trump Slams Pakistan for Providing 'Safe Haven' for Terrorists From Afghanistan Sputnik 01 Jan 2018 -- The United States has allocated millions of dollars in aid to Pakistan, while the latter has not contributed to countering terrorism and provided safe harbor to terrorists from Afghanistan, a situation that cannot continue any longer, US President Donald Trump said on Monday.
- President Trump Criticizes Pakistan for "Lies and Deceit" VOA 01 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump is again accusing Pakistan of sheltering terrorists whom American forces are fighting in neighboring Afghanistan.
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