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May 2018 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistani President Signs Law Merging Tribal Areas With Khyber Pakhtunkhwa RFE/RL 31 May 2018 -- Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain has signed legislation that merges the country's tribal regions with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and therefore grants some 5 million people in the regions the same rights as other Pakistanis.
- Indian, Pakistani Military Agree to Honor Ceasefire, Restore Peace at Border Sputnik 30 May 2018 -- The armies of India and Pakistan have agreed to undertake measures to improve the existing situation on the border in order to ensure civilians are not harmed.
- Pakistan, India agree to fully implement 2003 truce deal in Kashmir Press TV 30 May 2018 -- The military chiefs of Pakistan and India have agreed to "fully implement" a ceasefire deal struck in 2003 and stop the recent cross-border exchanges of fire in the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.
- Pakistan, India Agree To Restore Truce In Kashmir RFE/RL 30 May 2018 -- The Pakistani and Indian militaries say they have agreed to deescalate tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides the disputed region of Kashmir, where exchanges of fire between the two neighbors have killed dozens of civilians and soldiers since the beginning of the year.
- Ex-Spymaster Claims Pakistani Gov't Handed Bin Laden Over to US, Gets Travel Ban Sputnik 29 May 2018 -- Bin Laden, one of the world's most wanted terrorists, was killed during an elaborate operation in 2011 that provoked widespread resentment in Pakistan. Islamabad has claimed it didn't know about the operation due to an intelligence failure, while the Pakistani army has called the operation a "misadventure."
- Afghanistan, Pakistan Renew Push For Cooperation Against Terrorism RFE/RL 28 May 2018 -- Amid heightened tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, senior military and intelligence officials from the two neighbors have agreed to enhance joint efforts to fight against terrorism, the Pakistani military says.
- Former chief justice to rule Pakistan in run-up to general elections Press TV 28 May 2018 -- Pakistan has appointed former chief justice Nasir-ul-Mulk as caretaker prime minister until general elections scheduled to be held on July 25.
- Pakistan adopts bill to merge tribal areas at Afghan border with NW province Press TV 28 May 2018 -- The provincial assembly of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has approved a bill to merge the restive tribal regions along the Afghan border with its territory after getting the parliament's go-ahead.
- Former Pakistan Spy Chief Barred From Traveling Abroad Over Tell-All Book RFE/RL 28 May 2018 -- A former head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency has been barred from leaving the country in connection with a recent memoir he co-authored with a former Indian intelligence-agency head.
- Pakistan Bans Ex-Spy Chief From Traveling Abroad VOA 28 May 2018 -- In an unprecedented move, Pakistan's military has barred an ex-spy chief from leaving the country, after ordering a probe into a book he co-authored with a former counterpart from rival India.
- Top Afghan Security Officials Visit Pakistan for Crucial Talks VOA 27 May 2018 -- A high-level Afghan delegation began a daylong official visit to neighboring Pakistan Sunday to discuss bilateral matters, border management and regional security.
- India Slams Pakistan Over Executive Order for Part of Kashmir Area - Ministry Sputnik 27 May 2018 -- The Indian authorities on Sunday summoned Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan to India Syed Haider Shah to convey New Delhi's protest against Pakistan's executive order for the region of Gilgit-Baltistan, claimed by India, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
- Pakistan Paves Way to Mainstreaming Restive Tribal Areas VOA 24 May 2018 -- Pakistan's national assembly passed a historic constitutional amendment Thursday, paving the way to bringing the restive Federally Administered Tribal Areas, known as FATA, into the political mainstream, just a week before the end of its tenure. The bill will be taken up Friday in the Senate.
- Cross-border firing between India, Pakistan kills five civilians Press TV 23 May 2018 -- Cross-border firing and shelling between Indian and Pakistani forces along their Kashmir border have claimed the lives of five civilians on the sixth day of clashes.
- Pakistan, India Military Clashes Kill 11 in Kashmir VOA 18 May 2018 -- Pakistan and India accused each other's militaries on Friday of launching unprovoked shelling across their disputed Kashmir frontier – skirmishes that officials said caused mostly civilian casualties on both sides.
- Pakistan's Army Kills Commander Of Islamist Militant Group In Balochistan RFE/RL 17 May 2018 -- Pakistan's military has killed a commander of the Islamist militant group Lashkar-e Jhangvi (LeJ) along with two other militants in a raid in the southwestern province of Balochistan, the army says.
- Pakistan Envoy: No Country Can Accuse Us of Not Taking Action Against Terrorists VOA 16 May 2018 -- Pakistan is the one country in the region that has done the most against terrorism, and no country can accuse Pakistan of not doing enough against terrorism and extremism, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistan's outgoing ambassador to the U.S., told VOA.
- China Tries to Bring Pakistan, Afghanistan Closer VOA 15 May 2018 -- China has proposed hosting a new round of three-way talks with Pakistan and Afghanistan this month to continue with its diplomatic push in helping the two neighboring countries improve their strained bilateral ties.
- Pakistan Defense Minister given additional FM charges IRNA 11 May 2018 -- Defense Minister of Pakistan Khurram Dastgir Khan has been given additional charge of ministry of foreign affairs, state media reported.
- Pakistan's Militant 'Name Game' Gives Terror Groups a Pass VOA 10 May 2018 -- Changing one's name in Pakistan is a daunting and lengthy legal procedure that requires extensive paperwork.
- Pakistan Confirms Participation in Trilateral Peace Conference VOA 08 May 2018 -- Pakistan on Tuesday confirmed its participation in the trilateral religious conference starting in Indonesia on May 11 in an effort to discuss a peaceful solution to the ongoing war against terrorism in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan's interior minister survives attempt on life Press TV 06 May 2018 -- Pakistan's Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has survived an assassination attempt; an incident that will likely heighten political tensions ahead of general elections due in late July.
- Pakistani Interior Minister Survives Assassination Attempt at Rally in Narowal Sputnik 06 May 2018 -- Pakistani Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal was sent to hospital after he had been wounded in a gun attack during a rally in Narowal located in the eastern region of Pakistan's Punjub province.
- Pakistan's army chief signs death sentences for 11 Taliban militants Press TV 05 May 2018 -- Pakistan's army chief has confirmed the death sentence for 11 militants after military courts found them guilty of carrying out multiple deadly attacks against security forces as well as civilians.
- Two killed as bomber hits Pakistan's nuclear agency bus Press TV 03 May 2018 -- At least two people have been killed and several others injured after a bomber on a motorcycle struck a bus carrying employees of Pakistan's nuclear agency, security sources say.
- Pakistan: No Deal With US Over Doctor Who Helped Track Bin Laden VOA 03 May 2018 -- Pakistan denied reports Thursday that it is secretly negotiating a deal for the release and handover to the United States of an imprisoned doctor who helped the CIA hunt down and kill al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in 2011.
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