Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
February 2018 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Outnumbered, Outgunned: Pakistan's Navy Practices Fighting Larger Forces Sputnik 28 Feb 2018 -- Pakistan has launched major naval exercises to practice warfare against a numerically superior foe. Analysts have observed that the exercises are the latest thrust from Islamabad to improve their naval warfighting capabilities as tensions with India and the US (which happen to be numerically superior forces) ramp up.
- US Slams, China Praises Pakistan's Counterterror Efforts Sputnik 28 Feb 2018 -- Relations between the US and Pakistan continue to fray over whether or not Pakistan is too soft on Islamic terrorist groups operating within their borders – while Pakistan's "all weather friend" China continues to praise and defend their ally.
- Deadly Suicide Attack Targets Quetta, Pakistan VOA 28 Feb 2018 -- A suicide bomb attack near Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta has killed at least four paramilitary soldiers and wounded about eight others.
- Pakistan Summons Indian Diplomat Over Truce Violations in Kashmir Sputnik 27 Feb 2018 -- The Pakistani Foreign Ministry summoned on Tuesday Indian Deputy High Commissioner Shri J.P. Singh over ceasefire violations along the line of control in the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir, the ministry said in a statement.
- Pakistan's ruling party picks Sharif's brother as president Press TV 27 Feb 2018 -- The younger brother of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been elected acting head of the country's ruling party, following his latest disqualification by the Supreme Court.
- Pakistan, US at Odds Over Islamabad's Counterterror Commitment VOA 27 Feb 2018 -- Pakistan and the United States remained at odds over Islamabad's degree of commitment to rooting out violent extremists and their sources of financing, following a candid exchange between both sides in Islamabad this week.
- Russia Changing The Signposts In Pakistan RFE/RL 25 Feb 2018 -- First, a Russian military delegation made a rare visit to Pakistan's lawless tribal areas. Then Russian-language signposts were erected on roads in the northwestern province of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. Now, Moscow has appointed an honorary consul in the city of Peshawar.
- Pakistan Reportedly To Be Put Back On Terror 'Gray List' By June RFE/RL 24 Feb 2018 -- Media reports say Pakistan will be put back on a terror financing watch list by June if it does not take further action against militants operating within its borders.
- Leaders Hail Gas Pipeline Project As Start Of Central-South Asia Corridor RFE/RL 24 Feb 2018 -- Leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan said a new pipeline being built between their countries is the start of a major new energy, road, and communications corridor connecting Central Asia with South Asia.
- Afghan TAPI Construction Kicks Off, But Pipeline Questions Still Unresolved RFE/RL 23 Feb 2018 -- Executives and regional leaders gathered for a ground-breaking ceremony for Afghanistan's section of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline on February 23 in the western Afghan city of Herat.
- Afghan, Pakistani, Indian officials launch Turkmen natural gas pipeline Press TV 23 Feb 2018 -- The Afghan president and Pakistani prime minister have inaugurated a 1,814 kilometer gas pipeline that will carry Turkmenistan's natural gas to Afghanistan as well as Pakistan and India after its construction officially began on the Afghan-Turkmen border.
- Leaders Mark Start Of Work On Afghan Section Of TAPI Pipeline RFE/RL 23 Feb 2018 -- Leaders and senior officials from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, and India have inaugurated the start of work on the Afghan part of a multibillion-dollar pipeline project that they hope will meet the region's energy needs.
- Leaders To Mark Start Of Work On Afghan Section Of TAPI Pipeline RFE/RL 23 Feb 2018 -- Leaders of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, and India were expected on February 23 to inaugurate the start of work on the Afghan part of a multibillion-dollar pipeline project that they hope will meet the region's energy needs.
- Construction Begins on Afghanistan Section of International Gas Pipeline VOA 23 Feb 2018 -- Leaders of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan and its arch rival India jointly inaugurated construction work Friday on the Afghan section of a long-delayed multibillion-dollar gas pipeline connecting the four nations, raising hopes for regional cooperation and peace.
- Saudi Arabia, China, Turkey block US move to put Pakistan on terror-financing list Press TV 22 Feb 2018 -- Saudi Arabia has reportedly joined Turkey and China in a move to block a US-sponsored attempt this week to place Pakistan on an international terror-financing watch list.
- China Denies Contacts with Separatist Militants in Pakistan VOA 22 Feb 2018 -- Chinese officials have denied reports that they are in contact with separatist militants in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province to secure tens of billions of dollars' worth of infrastructure projects planned for the area.
- Pakistan Diplomat: Attempt to Add Islamabad to Terrorist Financing Watch List Delayed VOA 21 Feb 2018 -- Pakistan's chief diplomat said Tuesday that a U.S.-led motion to put Pakistan on a global terrorist financing watch list has been deferred for three months.
- Pakistan's top court rules ousted premier Sharif cannot lead his party Press TV 21 Feb 2018 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has ruled a disqualified politician cannot lead a political party, ordering the removal of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif as head of the country's ruling party.
- Pakistan's Top Court Bars Ex-PM From Leading Party RFE/RL 21 Feb 2018 -- Pakistan's top court has ruled that a person disqualified for public office cannot serve as head of a political party, paving the way for the removal of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from chairing the country's ruling party.
- Pakistan's Sharif Declared Ineligible to Head his Party VOA 21 Feb 2018 -- Pakistan's highest court has ordered ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, of the ruling party PML-N, to be removed as party leader.
- U.S. Move To Put Pakistan On Terror Financing Watch List Delayed RFE/RL 21 Feb 2018 -- A U.S. motion to put Pakistan on a terrorist financing watch list has been deferred for three months, Pakistani officials said.
- Pakistan parliament not convinced by defense minister's explanations about troop deployment to Saudi Arabia Press TV 20 Feb 2018 -- Pakistan's Senate has blasted the government for the secrecy surrounding Islamabad's recent decision to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia, describing explanations by the Pakistani defense minister given to Senate representatives as insufficient and a "lollipop to a child."
- Daesh Troops Redeployed to Afghanistan, Pakistan – CIS Anti-Terrorism Center Sputnik 20 Feb 2018 -- On Drug Trafficking
- Russia, Pakistan Form Anti-Terror Military Cooperation Commission VOA 20 Feb 2018 -- Russia and Pakistan plan to establish a commission on military cooperation to counter the Islamic State threat in the region, accusing the United States of downplaying the terrorist group's dangerous "proliferation" in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Hopes Not to Be Placed on Terrorist Financing Watch List VOA 19 Feb 2018 -- The United States and its European allies are trying to put Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watch list for failing to comply with anti-terrorist financing and anti-money laundering regulations.
- Afghan Refugees in Spotlight Amid Debate Over Sources of Unrest VOA 18 Feb 2018 -- A security expert from the Afghan-Pakistan region said Pakistani officials are blaming unrest on Afghan refugees in a bid to divert attention from the real causes of militancy.
- What accounts for Pakistan's troop deployment to Saudi Arabia? Press TV 18 Feb 2018 -- Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have historically had close military partnership in the Middle East, and Islamabad has recently announced that it is sending troops to the oil-rich kingdom on a "training and advice mission," without specifying the exact role the soldiers will play there.
- Former Pakistani Taliban Spokesman to Face Trial in Military Court VOA 17 Feb 2018 -- A senior Pakistani official has told the country's lawmakers that Ehsanullah Ehsan, the former spokesman of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), both U.S.-designated terror groups, will be tried in a military court.
- Pakistan 'hits Indian military post in Kashmir, kills 5' Press TV 16 Feb 2018 -- The Pakistani army says it has targeted and destroyed an Indian military post in the disputed region of Kashmir, killing five soldiers stationed there in retaliation against alleged Indian sniper fire that killed a civilian.
- Pakistan To Send Troops To Saudi Arabia RFE/RL 16 Feb 2018 -- Pakistan is sending a "contingent of troops" to Saudi Arabia, the military announced late on February 15.
- Pakistan Under Scrutiny for Planned Troop Deployment in Saudi Arabia VOA 16 Feb 2018 -- Pakistan's decision to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia has sparked domestic criticism the country is taking sides in the Yemeni conflict in violation of a parliamentary resolution, and it's a move some say likely will upset neighboring Iran.
- Pakistan Slams US Intelligence Threat Report, Cites Bias VOA 15 Feb 2018 -- Pakistan has criticized as "extremely unfortunate" a new U.S. report labeling the south Asian country's weapons a continued threat to regional American interests.
- Taliban kill 4 paramilitary soldiers in Pakistan Press TV 14 Feb 2018 -- Four paramilitary soldiers have been killed when Taliban militants opened fire on a patrol in Pakistan's western city of Quetta, police say.
- US Intelligence: Pakistan Expanding Nuclear Program, Drawing Closer to China Sputnik 14 Feb 2018 -- The US intelligence community has warned that they believe Pakistan is developing more advanced nuclear weapons, which could erode regional security. Washington also continues to claim Islamabad has been complicit in accommodating Islamic terrorist and militant groups.
- Pakistan to pay for misadventure: India Press TV 13 Feb 2018 -- India has threatened Pakistan following recent militant attacks on army targets in the Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir.
- India Says Pakistan 'Will Pay' After Kashmir Attack RFE/RL 13 Feb 2018 -- India warned Pakistan that it will "pay for this misadventure" following a deadly attack by militants on an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir.
- Pakistan, Saudi Arabia Launch Second Stage of Joint Naval Exercises Sputnik 13 Feb 2018 -- Joint naval training between the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) and the visiting Pakistani Navy continue in the Persian Gulf, the latest expression of the special relationship between the Kingdom and arguably its closest ally.
- India, Pakistan Trade Barbs After Attack on Indian Kashmir Army Camp VOA 12 Feb 2018 -- Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Monday accused the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group of attacking on an army camp in Indian Kashmir and vowed that "Pakistan will pay for this misadventure."
- No Progress Reported in Pakistan-Afghanistan Talks VOA 10 Feb 2018 -- Afghanistan's two-day dialogue with neighboring Pakistan ended Saturday without progress on issues dividing the two countries and fueling bilateral tensions, officials said.
- Pakistan Says Cutting Aid May Further Complicate Relations With US VOA 08 Feb 2018 -- The United States' attempt to cut Pakistan's military or civilian aid may lead to further complications in the relations between the two countries, Pakistan's interior minister said Thursday.
- Pakistan To Be Held Accountable For 'Failure' To Crack Down On Militants RFE/RL 06 Feb 2018 -- The State Department's No. 2 official has suggested that President Donald Trump's administration has so far seen no evidence that Pakistan has met its demands for a crackdown on militants operating in the country.
- US May Lift Suspension of Security Aid to Pakistan If Sees Achievements – DoS Sputnik 06 Feb 2018 -- The United States may lift the suspicion of security aid to the government of Pakistan once it sees Islamabad take action to address its concerns, US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said during a Senate hearing.
- US-Pakistan Relations Worsen as Both Sides Dig In VOA 06 Feb 2018 -- When the term Af-Pak was introduced into U.S. foreign policy lingo around 2008, presumably by Richard Holbrooke, who would later become the first U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, many Pakistanis resented the phrase.
- 'Cross-border fire causes casualties in Kashmir' Press TV 05 Feb 2018 -- India and Pakistan have each accused the other of firing across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, offering death tolls that they said resulted from the firing.
- Bomb kills one, injures 7 in Pakistan's restive Balochistan Press TV 05 Feb 2018 -- Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Balochistan has been rocked by a bombing as reports say one is killed and seven others are injured in the attack in Makran region.
- Taliban-claimed bombing kills 11 soldiers in northern Pakistan Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- At least 11 soldiers, including an army officer, have lost their lives and 13 others sustained injuries when an assailant detonated his explosive vest in Pakistan's northern district of Swat, police say.
- Deadly Suicide Blast Hits Pakistan Army Unit; 11 Dead VOA 03 Feb 2018 -- A suicide blast in a former militant stronghold in northwestern Pakistan has killed at least 11 soldiers, including one officer, and injured 13 others.
- 'Roaming Freely': Afghanistan Provides Proof Daesh, Taliban Trained in Pakistan Sputnik 02 Feb 2018 -- About 200 people have been killed by Daesh and Taliban militants in Afghanistan in January, in what was harshly condemned by Islamabad which has repeatedly denied sheltering terrorists.
- Afghanistan says it has evidence attackers trained in Pakistan Press TV 01 Feb 2018 -- Senior Afghan authorities say they have given neighboring Pakistan evidence showing that the militants who carried out a recent series of deadly attacks were trained on Pakistani soil.
- Protest Held In Kabul Amid Tense Afghan-Pakistani Ties RFE/RL 01 Feb 2018 -- Dozens of angry protesters have gathered outside the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul, chanting slogans such as "Death to Pakistan" and burning flags of the country.
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