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October 2018 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- US: Pakistan Should Continue Ban on Terror-Linked Charity Groups VOA 30 Oct 2018 -- Washington is criticizing Pakistan for ending a ban on two Islamic charity organizations the United States has designated as terrorist groups.
- China to Give Pakistan 'Grant' as UAE Mulls $6B in Aid VOA 27 Oct 2018 -- China plans to provide an unspecified financial "grant" to Pakistan while the United Arab Emirates is actively considering Islamabad's request for a fiscal relief package of up to $6 billion to help the country deal with a looming balance-of-payments crisis, Chinese and Pakistani officials say.
- China never asked for military access to Pakistani Gwadar port: Navy general Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- A Pakistani senior military official says China has never asked for military access to the port of Gwadar on Pakistan's south coast, which the United States alleged that could be a likely future foreign military base for China.
- Pakistan Frees Senior Taliban Commander In Possible Peace-Talks Bid RFE/RL 25 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan has released from detention a senior Afghan Taliban commander who had been arrested eight years ago, reports say.
- Pakistan releases top Taliban commander 'at US request' Press TV 25 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan has released Mullah Baradar, a senior Taliban commander, as a "confidence-building" measure requested by the US, which is engaged in so-called peace talks with the insurgents.
- Pakistan Rejects Afghan Claim Of Involvement In Kandahar Attack RFE/RL 24 Oct 2018 -- Islamabad has dismissed the Afghan president's "baseless and unfounded" allegations that last week's killing of a powerful provincial police chief in southern Afghanistan was planned in Pakistan.
- Pakistan Mediating Between Saudi Arabia, Iran to End Yemen War VOA 24 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan is mediating between Iran and Saudi Arabia in an effort to end the conflict in Yemen, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced in a televised address Wednesday night.
- Embattled Saudi Arabia pledges $6bn in aid for Pakistan Press TV 24 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has received official pledges of a six-billion-dollar loan to his country from Saudi Arabia, whose top leadership is involved in an international crisis of credibility over possible involvement in the killing of a Saudi dissident.
- Pakistani prime minister vows to hold peace talks with India Press TV 23 Oct 2018 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to hold peace talks with arch-rival India following next year's nationwide elections in the neighboring country.
- Pakistani PM Hopes For Peace Talks With New Delhi After India's 2019 Elections RFE/RL 23 Oct 2018 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to try to extend a hand of peace to archrival India following elections in the neighboring country, after a similar offer was "rebuffed."
- Pakistan Hopeful Nascent US-Taliban Peace Talks Will Stabilize Region VOA 23 Oct 2018 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan appeared upbeat Tuesday about the recently launched U.S.-led dialogue with the Taliban, saying it "hopefully" would lead to peace in Afghanistan and pave the way for regional economic connectivity and prosperity.
- Saudi Arabia Sends $3 Billion to Pakistan to Deal with Financial Crisis Sputnik 24 Oct 2018 -- Riyadh will also provide Islamabad with a deferred payment facility worth another $3 billion.
- Saudi Arabia Offers Pakistan $6 Billion Economic Rescue Package RFE/RL 23 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan's government says Saudi Arabia has agreed to give Islamabad $3 billion in foreign currency support for a year, as well as a $3 billion loan in deferred oil import payments, to help ease Pakistan's economic crisis.
- Saudis to Give Pakistan $6 Billion Worth Cash, Defer Oil Payments Relief VOA 23 Oct 2018 -- Saudi Arabia has agreed to lend Pakistan $3 billion in cash and allow Islamabad to defer payments for oil imports worth $3 billion for a one-year period to help the country address its looming balance of payments crisis.
- Russian, Pakistani Forces Launch Joint Exercise In Northwestern Pakistan RFE/RL 23 Oct 2018 -- Around 200 Russian and Pakistani troops have kicked off annual joint exercises in the mountainous Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in northwestern Pakistan.
- Pakistan, Russia Begin Joint Anti-Terror Military Drills VOA 22 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan and Russia have begun annual joint military drills to boost counterterrorism cooperation to tackle the growing threat of Islamic State stemming from neighboring Afghanistan.
- IRGC commander arrives in Pakistan IRNA 22 Oct 2018 -- Commander of the Ground Forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour arrived in Islamabad on Monday to discuss with Pakistani officials the fate of abducted Iranian border guards.
- Watchdogs Press Pakistan on Terror Financing VOA 20 Oct 2018 -- A delegation from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global financial watchdog monitoring terror financing and money laundering, has reportedly expressed dissatisfaction with what it called inadequate measures Pakistan has taken to curb terror financing and fix anti-money-laundering laws.
- Iran demands Pakistan secure immediate release of abducted security forces Press TV 20 Oct 2018 -- Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri has demanded that Islamabad push for the release of a number of Iranian forces abducted in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan on the border with Pakistan.
- Pakistan Says Searching For 14 Abducted Iranian Border Guards RFE/RL 19 Oct 2018 -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has told his Iranian counterpart that security forces are searching for 14 Iranian border guards who Tehran says were abducted by militants this week.
- Pakistan Blasts India Over Purchase of Russian Air Defense System VOA 19 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan has criticized and downplayed rival India's acquisition of the Russian-made S-400 Triumph air defense system, claiming Islamabad can counter the threat.
- Iran calls for joint operation with Pakistan to secure release of abducted forces Press TV 18 Oct 2018 -- Tehran has called on Islamabad to adhere to its commitments under bilateral security agreements days after Pakistan-based terrorists kidnapped a number of Iranian forces, emphasizing the need for a joint operation to determine their fate.
- Iran urges Pakistan to take necessary measures for releasing kidnapped forces IRNA 16 Oct 2018 -- Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi on Tuesday urged Pakistan government to take necessary measures for releasing Iranian kidnapped forces and also arresting the terrorists.
- Iran calls for Pakistan's swift action on abducted security forces Press TV 16 Oct 2018 -- Iran says Pakistan should instantly adopt all necessary measures to help release a number of Iranian forces earlier abducted in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan on the border with Pakistan.
- Terrorists abduct several Iranian forces near Pakistani border: IRGC Press TV 16 Oct 2018 -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says terrorists have kidnapped a number of Iranian forces in the southeastern Province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan, which borders Pakistan.
- Iran Asks Pakistan To Deal With 'Terrorists' Who Abducted Revolutionary Guards RFE/RL 16 Oct 2018 -- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has called on Pakistan to tackle suspected militants who kidnapped 14 members of Iranian security forces on October 16 on their shared border.
- Pakistan Says Helping Tehran Rescue Kidnapped Iranian Forces VOA 16 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan said Tuesday its military forces were working closely with those of neighboring Iran to locate more than a dozen Iranian security forces that militants kidnapped in a pre-dawn raid along the border.
- Afghan-Pakistani Border Crossing Closed After Clashes RFE/RL 15 Oct 2018 -- A major border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan remained closed on October 15 following clashes between the two countries' security forces, leaving hundreds of people and vehicles stranded on both sides.
- Pakistan's Fencing of Afghan Border Remains Source of Mutual Tensions VOA 15 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan's unilateral installation of a robust fence on its largely porous border with landlocked Afghanistan this week sparked fresh military clashes between the uneasy neighbors, and provoked Islamabad to close a busy southwestern crossing point.
- Ruling PTI, Opposition PML-N Each Win Four National Assembly Seats In Pakistan By-Elections RFE/RL 15 Oct 2018 -- Unofficial by-election results show that the ruling Pakistan Tehrik-e Insaf party (PTI) and the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) each appear to have won four seats in the lower house of parliament.
- Pakistan Holds General, Provincial By-Elections In 35 Constituencies RFE/RL 14 Oct 2018 -- Pakistani voters headed to the polls on October 14 to elect 11 members of the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, and fill 24 seats in provincial assemblies.
- Pakistan Fires Judge Who Accused Spy Agency Of Manipulating Elections RFE/RL 13 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan has fired a senior judge who accused the country's powerful spy agency of manipulating elections in July.
- IMF Sending Team To Pakistan To Discuss Emergency Loan Package RFE/RL 12 Oct 2018 -- The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said she is sending a team to Pakistan in the coming weeks after the government requested emergency bailout loans.
- IMF: Pakistan Submits Request for Emergency Lending VOA 12 Oct 2018 -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Pakistan has formally requested financial assistance from the lender to help address the country's economic challenges.
- Pakistan's Khan Says Will Seek Aid From 'Friendly Countries' As Well As IMF RFE/RL 11 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan will go to friendly countries as well as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for about $12 billion in financial help to avert a looming balance of payments crisis, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said.
- U.S. Envoy For Afghanistan Visits Pakistan In Bid To Further Peace Process RFE/RL 10 Oct 2018 -- Washington's new envoy tasked with pursuing a peaceful settlement of Afghanistan's 17-year war is visiting Pakistan to seek help from Islamabad's new government in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, the U.S. Embassy said.
- China to sell unmanned, strike-capable drones to Pakistan Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- China has agreed to sell a batch of military-grade drones to Pakistan just days after India signed a multi-billion-dollar arms deal with Russia in defiance of US warnings against military transactions with Moscow.
- Pakistan's Currency Plunges Against U.S. Dollar As It Seeks IMF Bailout RFE/RL 10 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan's currency plunged by nearly 7 percent after the government said it would seek emergency bailout loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
- Pakistan Appoints New Head Of ISI Intelligence Agency RFE/RL 10 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan has appointed a new head for its main intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) service.
- Iran's Naval Fleet docks in Karachi with friendship message IRNA 10 Oct 2018 -- The 57th Naval flotilla of the Strategic Naval of Iran, comprising three naval ships, docked in the Pakistani port of Karachi with a message of 'friendship and goodwill'.
- Iranian 57th naval flotilla arrives in Pakistan on goodwill visit IRNA 10 Oct 2018 -- Iranian 57th naval flotilla has docked at the Pakistani port of Karachi for goodwill-cum-training visit.
- Iran's 57th naval flotilla docks in Pakistan ISNA 10 Oct 2018 -- Iran's 57th naval flotilla docked at the Pakistani port of Karachi for goodwill-cum-training visit.
- Pakistan To Seek IMF Bailout To Quell Economic Crisis RFE/RL 09 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan's new government will start negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for emergency loans to ease a mounting balance of payments crisis, the Finance Ministry has announced.
- Pakistan Plans to Buy High-End Drones in China Amid India's S-400 Deal Sputnik 09 Oct 2018 -- If confirmed, the delivery of the state-of-the-art Wing Loong II drones to Pakistan would become China's largest such export deal to date.
- Pakistan Arrests Opposition Leader on Graft Charges VOA 05 Oct 2018 -- Authorities in Pakistan on Friday arrested leader of the opposition, Shahbaz Sharif, on corruption charges as the new government intensifies and broadens its anti-graft crackdown.
- Pakistan Urges U.S. To Renew Military Aid, Cooperation On Afghanistan RFE/RL 04 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan's foreign minister called on the the United States to restore good relations and military aid and stop blaming Islamabad for militant attacks on Afghanistan, even as he pledged to support negotiations with the Taliban to end the Afghan war.
- Pakistan: Ties With US Depend on Improved Afghan Situation VOA 03 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan's top diplomat said Wednesday that his talks with senior Trump administration officials were "useful" and helped "halt the slide" in the crisis-hit bilateral relations.
- Pakistan Reduces Cost for China-Funded Rail Project VOA 01 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan announced Monday a reduced estimated cost for revamping of the country's nearly 1,900-kilometer colonial-era railway line under an ongoing bilateral economic development mega project funded by China.
- Pakistan Hints at Compromise on Jailed Doctor Who Helped US VOA 01 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, has hinted ahead of a visit to Washington this week at a possible compromise in the case of a doctor jailed after helping the United States find and kill Osama bin Laden.
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