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November 2018 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistan's Detention of TLP Cleric Draws Mixed Reactions VOA 30 Nov 2018 -- Pakistanis have had mixed reactions to the government's decision to detain Khadim Rizvi, a radical Islamic cleric and founder of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), a religious-turned-political party with extreme views on the country's blasphemy law.
- Pakistan unveils new anti-submarine system IRNA 29 Nov 2018 -- Pakistan has unveiled newly-developed anti-submarine weapon 'Depth Charge Mark-II MOD3' for Pakistan Navy.
- PM Imran Khan says Pakistanis 'on one page' in seeking friendship with India Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says his ruling party and the country's influential military want to mend ties and resolve outstanding disputes with arch-foe India.
- Pakistan Wants To 'Move Forward Toward Friendship,' Khan Tells India RFE/RL 28 Nov 2018 -- Prime Minister Imran Khan said that all Pakistani institutions want to mend ties with India, as officials from both countries attended the groundbreaking ceremony for a new border crossing.
- Pakistan, India Move to Open Historic Border Crossing for Sikhs VOA 28 Nov 2018 -- Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan led a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a new border crossing with arch rival India, days after New Delhi announced it would support a corridor to facilitate its minority Sikh community to visit one of their holiest sites across the border.
- Pakistan to Launch Construction of 'Corridor of Peace' with India VOA 27 Nov 2018 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will lay the foundation stone Wednesday for what is dubbed as a cross-border "corridor of peace" to allow religious devotees from India's minority Sikh community to make free visits to one of their holiest gurdwaras, or temples, on the Pakistani side after more than seven decades.
- Indian Ministers To Attend New Border-Crossing Ceremony In Pakistan RFE/RL 25 Nov 2018 -- In a rare sign of cooperation between Pakistan and India, two Indian ministers were set to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Pakistani border crossing for Sikh pilgrims later this week.
- Pakistan: UN Security Council condemns 'heinous and cowardly' terrorist attacks UN News 24 Nov 2018 -- The United Nations Security Council has condemned "in the strongest terms" Friday's terrorist attacks in Pakistan's Karachi city and in the north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that claimed dozens of lives and left many more injured.
- Pakistan Cracks Down On Hard-Liners After Cleric Detained RFE/RL 24 Nov 2018 -- Pakistani authorities have launched a crackdown against supporters of a detained radical Islamic cleric whose party had held violent rallies against the acquittal of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case.
- Pakistan Crackdown Arrests Islamic Cleric, Hundreds of Followers VOA 24 Nov 2018 -- A nationwide massive police crackdown in Pakistan has detained hundreds of leaders and activists of an Islamist party, which recently staged crippling street protests against the Supreme Court's acquittal of a Christian woman on death row for blasphemy.
- Blast kills 31, injures 50 in NW Pakistan IRNA 23 Nov 2018 -- At least 31 people were killed and 50 sustained injuries in an explosion in Pakistan's north western Orakzai region on Friday.
- Armed men attack Chinese consulate in Pakistan's Karachi Press TV 23 Nov 2018 -- Three assailants strapped with explosives have attacked the Chinese consulate in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, leaving two policemen dead.
- Pakistan Arrests Cleric Whose Supporters Held Violent Rallies Over Blasphemy Law RFE/RL 23 Nov 2018 -- Pakistani authorities have arrested a radical Islamic cleric whose followers held violent rallies against the acquittal of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case.
- Pakistan Foils Suicide Attack On Karachi Chinese Consulate, Dozens Dead In Separate Attack In Northwest RFE/RL 23 Nov 2018 -- Pakistani police have killed three suspected suicide bombers who attacked the Chinese Consulate in Karachi before they were able to enter the facility, an incident which Pakistan's government has called a "conspiracy" against the strategic cooperation between Islamabad and Beijing.
- 34 Dead in Separate Attacks on Chinese Consulate, Crowd in Pakistan VOA 23 Nov 2018 -- Separate attacks by armed insurgents in Pakistan killed at least 34 people and wounded dozens of others.
- Three killed as bomb hits hideout of Haqqani militants in Pakistan Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- At least three people have been killed after a bomb struck Haqqani network militants in their hideout in Pakistan's tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, local officials and militant sources say.
- US Suspends $1.66Bln in Security Aid to Pakistan After Trump-Khan Twitter Row Sputnik 21 Nov 2018 -- The United States has suspended a total of $1.66 billion in security assistance to Pakistan, Department of Defense spokesperson Col. Rob Manning told reporters.
- Pakistan summons US envoy to protest Trump's bin Laden emarks Press TV 20 Nov 2018 -- Pakistan has summoned the US chargé d'affaires to protest the "baseless" accusations leveled against Islamabad by President Donald Trump, who has criticized the Asian country's role in fighting terrorism as well as the capture of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
- Islamabad Summons U.S. Envoy In Protest To Trump's Pakistan Criticism RFE/RL 20 Nov 2018 -- Pakistan has summoned the U.S. chargé d'affaires in Islamabad to protest against President Donald Trump's criticism of Pakistan's role in fighting terrorism and the killing of Osama bin Laden.
- Pakistan Takes Rare Credit for Helping US Kill al-Qaida Leader VOA 20 Nov 2018 -- Pakistan summoned Tuesday the top U.S. diplomat in the country to formally protest President Donald Trump's allegations that Islamabad had sheltered al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, despite receiving billions of dollars in U.S. assistance.
- Imran Khan hits back after Trump's 'tirade' against Pakistan Press TV 19 Nov 2018 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has hit back at US President Donald Trump following his remarks that Islamabad doesn't do anything for Washington despite billions of dollars in American aid for the Asian country.
- Pakistan's Khan Fires Back After Trump's 'Tirade' RFE/RL 19 Nov 2018 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has hit back at Donald Trump's claim that Islamabad does not do "a damn thing" for the Unites States, calling on the U.S. president to name an ally that has sacrificed more in the fight against militancy.
- US Should Assess Afghan Campaign Instead of Blaming Islamabad for Failures - PM Sputnik 19 Nov 2018 -- The United States should assess the efficiency of its military operation in Afghanistan instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for its failures in the region, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday responding to US President Donald Trump's critical remarks about Islamabad.
- Khan Slams Trump's Denunciation of Pakistan's Anti-Terror Efforts VOA 19 Nov 2018 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan sharply criticized President Donald Trump Monday for questioning Pakistan's anti-terror efforts, saying Washington is making Islamabad "a scapegoat" for U.S. "failures" in Afghanistan.
- Trump Says Pakistan Has Not Done A 'Damn Thing For Us' RFE/RL 19 Nov 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has accused Pakistan of not doing "a damn thing for us" and defended his administration's decision to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Islamabad.
- Pakistan Rescues Kidnapped Iranian Border Guards VOA 15 Nov 2018 -- Pakistan confirmed Thursday that its security forces have rescued five abducted Iranian border guards, saying efforts to recover other captives are ongoing.
- IRGC chief: Five of abducted Iranian forces freed in Pakistan Press TV 15 Nov 2018 -- Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), says five of the 12 Iranian forces, who were kidnapped last month by Pakistan-based terrorists, have been freed.
- Analysts' Views Mixed on China, Saudi Aid to Pakistan VOA 09 Nov 2018 -- Pakistan has requested financial help from its close allies, including China and Saudi Arabia, and a bailout package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help revive its economy and deal with debt and balance-of-payments problems.
- US War on Terror Kills Nearly 500,000 in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan VOA 08 Nov 2018 -- A study released Thursday says the U.S.-led war on terrorism has killed about 507,000 people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan during its 17 years and is showing a 22 percent increase in deaths in the past two years.
- Pakistan Begins Talks With IMF On Three-Year Bailout Package RFE/RL 08 Nov 2018 -- Pakistan has begun talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on a possible bailout package to help the country overcome a deepening economic crisis.
- Mixed Reactions to Pakistani Cleric's Death VOA 05 Nov 2018 -- Reactions are mixed in Pakistan Monday over the assassination of Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, a top Pakistani Islamic cleric, regarded as the "Taliban's Father" because of his influence over insurgents in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- Unknown attackers kill 'Father of Taliban' in Pakistan Press TV 02 Nov 2018 -- Unknown assailants have killed Sami ul-Haq, a cleric known as the "Father of the Taliban", in a Pakistani city.
- Maulana Sami Ul-Haq, 'Father Of The Taliban,' Stabbed To Death RFE/RL 02 Nov 2018 -- Officials and relatives say that Maulana Sami ul-Haq, a prominent Pakistani cleric known as the "father of the Taliban" for having taught some of the militant movement's leaders, has been killed in an apparent knife attack.
- Pakistani Cleric Known as 'Father' of Afghan Taliban Assassinated VOA 02 Nov 2018 -- Unknown assailants in Pakistan have assassinated the top Islamist leader known as the father of Afghanistan's Taliban movement.
- Pakistani PM In China Seeking Aid To Deal With Debt Crisis RFE/RL 02 Nov 2018 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi Jinping have held a meeting in Beijing as Pakistan faces a debt crisis and looks to China for additional financial support.
- Pakistani PM Visits China as Fiscal Crisis Looms VOA 02 Nov 2018 -- Pakistan's new prime minister, Imran Khan, is in China on a four-day visit, his first trip to the country since taking office in mid-August. The visit comes as the Pakistani government struggles with a financial crisis and as it looks to foreign countries for aid, while negotiating a bailout with the International Monetary Fund.
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