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May 2019 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistan and Afghanistan Leaders Hold Rare Talks VOA 31 May 2019 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held their first face-to-face talks Friday on the sidelines of an annual summit of Islamic countries in Saudi Arabia.
- Pakistan Arrests Second Pashtun Lawmaker Over 'Attack' On Troops RFE/RL 30 May 2019 -- A second Pakistani lawmaker accused of being behind an alleged attack on a military post has been arrested, a provincial spokesman said.
- Pakistan Sentences Three On Spying Charges RFE/RL 30 May 2019 -- Pakistan's army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa has approved death sentences for a retired brigadier and a civilian after they were court-martialed on charges of espionage.
- 2 Pakistani Army Officers Given Death, Jail Sentences for Espionage VOA 30 May 2019 -- A military court in Pakistan has found a Brigadier-rank officer and a Lt. General guilty of espionage, sentencing one to death and handing 14 years of "vigorous imprisonment" to the other.
- Fresh clashes leave one dead, 70 injured in Indian-administered Kashmir Press TV 29 May 2019 -- A man has been killed and at least 70 people have been injured during clashes between protesters and New Delhi forces in Indian-administered Kashmir.
- Rights Group Demands Pakistan Military Vacate Tribal Areas VOA 28 May 2019 -- Activists from a local rights movement are demanding Pakistan's military vacate the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan as calls grow to investigate an incident in which several members of the group died in a skirmish with the military Sunday.
- India's Navy Chief: Kashmir Airstrike Will Change Pakistan's Behaviour Sputnik 28 May 2019 -- The former princely state has been at the heart of India-Pakistan animosity for decades. In February, the age-old conflict flared up once again following an Indian air raid on a suspected terror camp within Pakistani territory.
- Thousands Attend Anti-Military Protests In Pakistan RFE/RL 28 May 2019 -- Thousands of protesters have attended anti-military protests overnight in northwestern Pakistan after activists from a rights group were killed when soldiers fired at their demonstration.
- India, Pakistan Continue to Test Weapons Systems Amid Tensions Sputnik 27 May 2019 -- Since the Indian parliamentary elections, India has test-fired an air launched version of the BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile, followed by Pakistan launching its surface-to-surface Shaheen-II ballistic missile. Two days later, India test fired a 500 kg guided bomb near the border with Pakistan.
- Two Indian Army Commanders Escaped Pakistan's Kashmir Air Strike - Report Sputnik 27 May 2019 -- Indian Northern Army Commander Lt Gen. Ranbir Singh and 16 Corps Commander Lt Gen. Paramjit Singh had left for another post, 700 metres from the military compound where the Pakistan Air Force dropped precision-guided glide bombs in an air strike on 27 February in retaliation to the IAF's strike a day earlier.
- Killing Of Ethnic Pashtun Activists Triggers Protests In Pakistan RFE/RL 27 May 2019 -- Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Pakistani cities following the deaths of at least three ethnic Pashtun activists in the northwestern tribal region.
- Pakistan Security Forces Foil Terror Attack Near Quetta Airbase - Reports Sputnik 27 May 2019 -- At least one Pakistani soldier was killed in a skirmish with terrorists, who attempted to raid Makki Garh Post in Shawal Valley of North Waziristan, local media reported Monday.
- Pakistani, Indian PMs Speak For First Time Since Military Standoff RFE/RL 26 May 2019 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, spoke for the first time since a military standoff earlier this year.
- Deadly Violence Mars Protest In Northwestern Pakistan RFE/RL 26 May 2019 -- Three people were killed and at least 10 others in clashes between Pakistani security forces and protesters in the country's northwestern tribal region, the military and eyewitnesses say.
- 3 Killed in Skirmish Between Pakistan Security Forces, Rights Activists VOA 26 May 2019 -- At least three people were killed and several dozen wounded Sunday morning when Pakistan's security forces and protesters skirmished at a security checkpoint in North Waziristan.
- Moscow Sees No Obstacles for Pakistan to Develop Own Missile Program - Ministry Sputnik 25 May 2019 -- Pakistan has every right to develop its own missile program provided that it complies with relevant international obligations, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, commenting on Islamabad's latest launch.
- India Rules out Talks Until Pakistan Takes THIS STEP Sputnik 24 May 2019 -- The two countries wound up on the verge of war at the end of February 2019, after the Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted airstrikes on alleged terrorist positions in Pakistani territory. Pakistan's Air Force (PAF) later retaliated, with at least one IAF MiG-21 being downed in the ensuing dogfight.
- Blast Targets Mosque In Pakistan's Quetta RFE/RL 24 May 2019 -- Two people have been killed and more than a dozen wounded in a blast at a mosque in Pakistan's restive Balochistan Province.
- Blast in Pakistan Kills Two, Wounds Dozen VOA 24 May 2019 -- A blast in south western Pakistan killed at least two people and wounded more than a dozen others. Police said the explosion Friday in Quetta's Pashtoonabad area damaged a mosque where locals were offering Friday prayers, as well as nearby buildings.
- Iranian FM Holds Talks in Pakistan on Tehran's Tensions With US VOA 24 May 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met Friday with leaders from neighboring Pakistan to discuss bilateral matters and Tehran's escalating tensions with the United States.
- Pakistan's Khan Says Ready To Work With India's Modi For 'Peace, Prosperity' RFE/RL 23 May 2019 -- Pakistan's prime minister has congratulated his Indian counterpart for his landslide general election victory, and said he looked forward to working with him for "peace, progress, and prosperity in South Asia."
- Pakistan conducted successful training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Shaheen-II. ISPR 23 May 2019 -- Pakistan conducted successful training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Shaheen-II.
- Pakistan successfully test-fires nuclear-capable ballistic missile IRNA 23 May 2019 -- Pakistan has conducted a successful test launch of the Shaheen-II surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile, according to a military statement.
- Pakistan Test-Launches Nuke Capable Missile Amid Tensions With India Sputnik 23 May 2019 -- The test of the nuke capable supersonic missile has been conducted a day after Pakistan's foreign minister held informal interactions with his Indian counterpart, claiming that he proposed a dialogue to resolve all the issues to bring peace to the region.
- Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile VOA 23 May 2019 -- Pakistan says it has successfully conducted a "training launch" of a ballistic missile capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads up to 1,500 kilometers.
- Iranian FM Visits Pakistan Amid Tehran's Rising Tensions With US VOA 23 May 2019 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in neighboring Pakistan late Thursday for bilateral consultations amid Tehran's escalating tensions with the United States.
- Pakistan calls for full JCPOA implementation IRNA 23 May 2019 -- Pakistan has called upon all states to fully implement Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
- Pakistan Says It Told India It's Ready for Peace Talks VOA 22 May 2019 -- The foreign ministers of Pakistan and India met informally Wednesday on the sidelines of a meeting of regional countries in Kyrgyzstan, the first contact between the two nuclear-armed South Asian rival nations since they stepped back from the brink of war in February.
- Russia, Pakistan Call for Int'l Efforts to Avoid Military Confrontation in Space Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- The two countries signed a joint statement on Wednesday only a month after Pakistan accused India of weaponising space, as Indian defence scientists successfully destroyed a target satellite 186 miles above the Earth's surface on 26 March.
- Pakistan Gets First Upgraded Chinese Fighters Amid 'Concerns' Over F-16 Safety Sputnik 22 May 2019 -- The development comes just days after an Indian media outlet cited government sources as claiming that Pakistan had redeployed its US-made F-16 fighter jets in a bid to avoid major losses in potential strikes from New Delhi.
- China delivers first overhauled JF-17 fighter jet to Pakistan: report Global Times 21 May 2019 -- The close cooperation between China and Pakistan was highlighted by the recent delivery of the first overhauled JF-17 fighter jet under a project that experts said on Tuesday will benefit Pakistan's aviation industry.
- Indian Army Warns Pakistan Against Any Misadventure Along the Border Sputnik 20 May 2019 -- The latest warning by the Indian Army comes amidst existing sourness in Indian-Pakistan relations, triggered by the Pakistan-based terror group attacking Indian security personnel and India avenging it through air strikes on Pakistan-based alleged terror camps.
- Balochistan Militants Issue Threat to Chinese President, Pakistan - Report Sputnik 20 May 2019 -- China is investing over $60 billion in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that extends from Xinjiang Province in China to Gwadar in Pakistan's Balochistan province. Pakistan has already deployed an army division for CPEC security.
- Pakistani PM May Get National Security Advisor to Settle India Issues − Reports Sputnik 20 May 2019 -- It is expected that a former military official will be appointed to the position regardless of the outcome of the Indian general election. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan believes, however, that there may be better chances of peace talks with India if the current prime minister retains power.
- Pakistan's Army to Deploy Division to Protect Economic Corridor With China Sputnik 20 May 2019 -- The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is set to become a crucial leg of the broader Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing's mega-project aiming to enhance "all-around connectivity through infrastructure construction".
- Pakistan Fails to Find Oil or Gas Reserves, Stops Offshore Drilling - Reports Sputnik 19 May 2019 -- Earlier, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the country would no longer need to import oil if crude reserves were found in its territorial waters.
- Pakistan Redeploys F-16 Warplanes After 'its Failure to Counter India' – Report Sputnik 19 May 2019 -- This comes amid ongoing tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad, which escalated after the 14 February Pulwama terrorist attack which killed at least 40 Indian security personnel. The attack, which a Pakistan-based terror outfit claimed responsibility for, was followed by a 26 February Indian airstrike on an alleged terrorist site in Pakistan.
- 'Honey-Trapped' Indian Soldier Suspected of Spying for Pakistan Arrested - Media Sputnik 17 May 2019 -- Officers of the Indian armed forces are allowed to have social media accounts but are barred from posting pictures in uniform, revealing their place of posting or any official material, including information on visits or plans regarding operations.
- Nine Islamic State Militants Killed In Southwest Pakistan Raid RFE/RL 16 May 2019 -- Pakistani security forces have killed nine Islamic State militants during an hours-long operation near the city of Quetta in the southwestern Balochistan Province where repeated militant attacks occurred this month, officials said on May 16.
- Islamic State Announces 'Pakistan Province' VOA 15 May 2019 -- The Islamic State group says it has established a "province" in Pakistan, days after the terrorist organization used the name "Hind Province" for an attack it claimed in the India-ruled portion of the disputed Kashmir region.
- India to Move Its Air Defence Systems Closer to Pakistan Border - Report Sputnik 14 May 2019 -- Last month, Pakistan reportedly deployed medium-range LY-80/HQ-16 air defence systems near border bases to prevent any fresh intrusions by the Indian Air Force.
- Pakistan's Parliament Passes Bill On More Representation For Former Tribal Regions RFE/RL 13 May 2019 -- Pakistan's lower chamber of parliament has approved a bill that would grant more representation in a provincial legislature to seven former tribal districts near the border with Afghanistan.
- Blast Kills 4 Policemen in SW Pakistan VOA 13 May 2019 -- A bomb explosion in southwestern Pakistan has killed at least four policemen and injured around 10 other people, including civilians.
- Pakistan 'Bows Before' US Pressure, Ditches Joint Pipeline With Iran – Report Sputnik 12 May 2019 -- The move comes after the US slapped fresh sanctions on Iran related to the Islamic Republic's iron, steel, aluminium, and copper sectors, with Washington threatening to impose more restrictive measures on Tehran.
- Pakistani forces kill all militants involved in Gwadar attack Press TV 12 May 2019 -- All the three attackers who stormed a five-star hotel in the restive Pakistani province of Balochistan on Saturday have been killed by security forces, military sources have announced.
- Pakistan, IMF Reach Deal On $6 Billion Bailout Package RFE/RL 12 May 2019 -- Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have reached a staff-level agreement on a new three-year, $6 billion bailout package following months of negotiations.
- Pakistani Hotel Cleared After Insurgent Attack Kills Five RFE/RL 12 May 2019 -- The Pakistani prime minister has condemned a deadly assault by insurgents in a luxury hotel in southwestern Pakistan, saying the attack was part of an effort to "sabotage" the country's economic development.
- 5 Dead in Attack on Luxury Hotel in China-Run Pakistani Port VOA 12 May 2019 -- Officials in Pakistan say the death toll from the overnight militant raid on a luxury hotel near the China-run strategic port of Gwadar has risen to at least five, including four hotel employees and a Pakistani navy soldier.
- Pakistan begins fencing border with Iran: Commander Press TV 11 May 2019 -- The Pakistani border force commander says the country has started fencing its 950-kilometer-long shared border with Iran in an effort to strengthen security in the area.
- Gunmen storm luxury hotel in Pakistan port city of Gwadar Press TV 11 May 2019 -- Three gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Pakistan's southwestern port city of Gwadar on Saturday, killing at least one guard and battling security forces inside, officials and the army said.
- IAF Intercepts & Forces Plane Entering Indian Airspace From Pakistan to Land Sputnik 10 May 2019 -- The aircraft had deviated from its scheduled flight path and entered Indian airspace in north Gujarat at 3:15pm local time, the Indian Air Force (IAF) said in a statement.
- Pakistani ex-PM Nawaz returns back to jail as bail expires IRNA 08 May 2019 -- Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has returned back to jail after the expiry of his six-week bail in a corruption case, local media reported
- Blast targeting police checkpoint kills 9 in Pakistan's Lahore Press TV 08 May 2019 -- An explosion targeting a police checkpoint in the Pakistani city of Lahore has killed at least nine people and injured 24 others.
- Pashteen: PTM Hurt Pakistan Military's Terror-Sponsoring Industry VOA 07 May 2019 -- In response to last week's accusation by the military that Pakistan's Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) has been receiving funds from Afghanistan's and India's intelligence agencies, its leader, Manzoor Pashteen, blamed the country's most powerful institution of turning the war on terror into a lucrative business in their region.
- Pakistan keen to complete Iran gas pipeline: PM Khan Press TV 07 May 2019 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says his country is keen to complete the construction of a much-delayed pipeline designed for receiving Iran's natural gas, weeks after he paid a visit to the neighboring state.
- Afghan President Makes Rare Phone Call to Pakistani PM VOA 05 May 2019 -- Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani telephoned Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday and the two leaders discussed ongoing Afghan peace efforts, security as and bilateral economic cooperation.
- India Complains About Pakistan Intel Agents Harassing its Diplomats – Reports Sputnik 05 May 2019 -- The stand-off between the two nuclear-armed neighbours escalated in mid-February after al-Qaeda* affiliated terrorists believed to be operating from Pakistani territory attacked an Indian security convoy in Pulwama, India. New Delhi subsequently launched airstrikes inside Pakistan that resulted in a series of clashes along the Line of Control.
- 3 militants killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir gunfight Global Times 03 May 2019 -- Three militants were killed and a trooper wounded on Friday in a fierce gunfight with government forces in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said.
- India-Pakistan Nuclear Exchange Would 'Immediately' Kill 20 Million – Official Sputnik 03 May 2019 -- Earlier this week, the Pakistani Army blasted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks about New Delhi's willingness to use its "mother of nuclear bombs" to retaliate in case of a nuclear war between the two South Asian powers.
- Indian Forces Kill Three Militants in Kashmir, 20 Hurt Protesting the Move Sputnik 03 May 2019 -- The authorities have suspended Internet services across south Kashmir following clashes and a gunfight; a shutdown is being observed in the state's Shopian sector and other parts of neighbouring districts.
- Five terrorists killed in Pakistan near Iran border IRNA 03 May 2019 -- Pakistani security forces have killed five terrorists in two separate operations in Pakistani province of Balochistan near Iranian border, local media reported.
- India, Pakistan Exchange Heavy Fire, Shelling along Line of Control Sputnik 02 May 2019 -- The exchange of fire came after a lull in hostilities which lasted over a week. Both sides targeted each other's security posts in the Shahpur and Kerni sectors. There was no immediate report of any loss of life on either side of the Line of Control (LoC), the de-facto border between India and Pakistan.
- UN Adds Pakistan-Based JeM Leader Azhar To Global Terror List RFE/RL 02 May 2019 -- The United Nations has added Masood Azhar, the leader of a Pakistan-based Islamist group, to its list of global terrorists after the organization claimed responsibility for a February suicide attack in Kashmir that killed 40 Indian soldiers.
- Pakistan Set to Buy Russian Surface-to-Air Missiles to Boost Defence - Report Sputnik 02 May 2019 -- The urgency to purchase new air defence systems arose after the Indian airstrike in Balakot during which over a dozen Mirage 2000 aircraft of Indian Air Force crossed the border and destroyed alleged terror infrastructure inside Pakistan, the media outlet reports.
- Pakistan Warns India of Much 'Stronger Response' in Case of Fresh Conflict Sputnik 01 May 2019 -- While formally naming the response "Operation Swift Retort", Pakistan's Chief of Air Staff said the PAF's retaliatory action to the Indian airstrike in February was a demonstration of firm resolve, capacity and capability in thwarting hostile actions against the country.
- UN designates Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist IRNA 01 May 2019 -- The United Nations Sanctions Committee on Wednesday placed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) leader Masood Azhar on its global terror list.
- UN Lists Pakistani Cleric as Global Terrorist VOA 01 May 2019 -- A United Nations Security Council committee has designated the head of the Pakistan-based militant organization Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) as a global terrorist after China withdrew its long-held objections to the designation.
- Over 900 policemen lost lives in Pakistan's Balochistan since 2009 IRNA 01 May 2019 -- Over 900 policemen have lost their lives in Pakistan's south western Balochistan province since 2009, says police.
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