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April 2020 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- India committing war crimes in Kashmir under cover of coronavirus pandemic: PM Imran Khan Press TV 30 Apr 2020 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused New Delhi of committing war crimes against Muslims in the Indian-administered Kashmir under the cover of the coronavirus pandemic.
- 'Indian artillery fire kills Pakistani soldier, 2 civilians in Kashmir' Press TV 30 Apr 2020 -- A Pakistani army soldier and two civilians have been killed by Indian artillery fire across the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region.
- Imran Khan Accuses 'Hindu Supremacist' Modi Gov't of Changing Demography by Genocide in Kashmir Sputnik 30 Apr 2020 -- Pakistan has proactively raised the issue of "human rights violations" in India-administered Kashmir at multiple international forums, especially after the Narendra Modi-led government scrapped the special status of the region and converted it into a federally administered territory.
- Three Including Pakistani Army Soldier Killed in Firing by Indian Troops, Islamabad Claims Sputnik 30 Apr 2020 -- India and Pakistan have engaged in around 1,700 ceasefire violations from both the sides since January 2020, resulting in the deaths of several civilians and the injuring of many more. The number of firefight incidents has increased over the past three weeks.
- Coronavirus Infects 480 Pakistani Health Workers, Kills 3 Doctors VOA 29 Apr 2020 -- Pakistan said Wednesday hundreds of health workers are among more than 15,000 people who have contracted coronavirus in the country, and at least three doctors are also among 335 killed by the disease, known as COVID-19.
- Pakistan sets aside $18.6 million to fence border with Iran IRNA 29 Apr 2020 -- Pakistan's Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has approved 3 billion rupees ($18.6 million) as additional fund for the fencing of border with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
- Kashmiri Leader: COVID-19 Lowers Chances of Pakistan-India War VOA 28 Apr 2020 -- Pakistan and India are locked in almost daily military clashes across their Kashmir frontier, but the president of the Pakistani-ruled part of the disputed territory says the coronavirus pandemic has for now diminished chances, if any, of the tensions escalating into a full-blown war.
- One Killed, Another Injured as India, Pakistan Engage in Massive Firefight at Border Sputnik 27 Apr 2020 -- India and Pakistan have long been loggerheads over the disputed territory of Kashmir with numerous instances of firefights and shelling, but the situation escalated in 2019 after dozens of Indian soldiers were killed in a vehicle-borne suicide bombing attack in Pulwama district.
- Seven Suspected 'Terrorists' Killed as Second Gunfight Breaks Out Within 24 Hours in Kashmir Sputnik 27 Apr 2020 -- On Sunday evening, four alleged terrorists were killed by the security forces in an encounter which broke out in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district. According to the officials, this is the fourth encounter in the area in a span of one week.
- Pakistan's Anti-Graft Body Issues Arrest Warrant For Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sputnik 27 Apr 2020 -- Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has been in London since November 2019 for medical treatment. Sharif was given bail in the Al-Azizia Mills corruption case in which he was serving seven-years in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail.
- COVID-19: Iran's Rohani Says New Tracking System Could Lead To Mosque Reopenings; Pakistan Extends Suspension Of International Flights RFE/RL 26 Apr 2020 -- The global death toll from the coronavirus is more than 205,000 with nearly 3 million infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness.
- Pakistan Military Attacks PM Imran Khan Over Government's Handling of Covid-19 Pandemic Sputnik 26 Apr 2020 -- Covid-19 cases in Pakistan have exceeded 12,227, with at least 256 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation.
- Two Pakistani Soldiers, Nine Militants Killed In North Waziristan Clash RFE/RL 26 Apr 2020 -- Pakistani military officials say at least two soldiers from Pakistan's army and nine militants were killed in a gun battle late on April 25 near the border with Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Navy successfully test fires anti-ship missiles IRNA 25 Apr 2020 -- Pakistan Navy has successfully test fired anti-ship missiles in the north of Arabian Sea on Saturday.
- Pakistan Navy Carries Out Live Weapon Firing With Series of Potent Ship Killers - Video Sputnik 25 Apr 2020 -- India and Pakistan have been engaged in intense cross-border firefights over the past month, in which dozens of people have been injured and at least half a dozen civilians from both sides were killed. On Friday, both countries asked their military to remain on alert regarding the situation along their shared border.
- Pakistan Extends Lockdown; Chinese Army Doctors Arrive to Help Combat Virus VOA 24 Apr 2020 -- Pakistan extended a partial lockdown for two more weeks Friday to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country, though the number of confirmed cases is relatively very low.
- Pakistan using security technology to trace COVID19 patients IRNA 24 Apr 2020 -- The government of Pakistan is using the technology of top intelligence agency to trace the suspected coronavirus patients as the number of Covid-19 patients is increasing in the country with each passing day.
- Chinese military sends medical teams, aid to Myanmar, Pakistan and Laos to fight COVID-19 Global Times 24 Apr 2020 -- China sent military medical teams to Pakistan, Myanmar and Laos to fight COVID-19 on Friday. Analysts say this shows the high-level of mutual trust and friendly relations between China and these countries, and that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) medical teams are the most experienced force in China in handling public health crises.
- Pakistan's Army Accuses India's Governing BJP of Spreading Hindutva Terror Sputnik 24 Apr 2020 -- Earlier on 21 April, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan used the term "Hindutva supremacist" for the Narendra Modi government, which has been in power since 2014. Khan accused India of discriminating against Muslims while imposing its "Nazi"-like policies.
- Trump Pledges Support to Pakistan in Fight Against COVID-19 VOA 22 Apr 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump pledged help to Pakistan in its fight against the COVID–19 pandemic, during a phone call with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday.
- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Tests Negative for COVID-19, Goes into Self-Isolation Sputnik 22 Apr 2020 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had to self-isolate days after meeting Faisal Edhi, the head of Pakistan's largest charity group the Edhi Foundation, who tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday.
- Pakistan Opens Strategic China-Managed Gwadar Port to Transit Trade With Afghanistan Sputnik 21 Apr 2020 -- China financed more than 80 percent of the $248 million development cost of the port and it will bypass the long shipping route of Indian Ocean through the Strait of Malacca to receive energy.
- Islamabad, New Delhi spar over treatment of minorities, virus response Press TV 20 Apr 2020 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan says the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is deliberately targeting Muslims in India to divert attention from its poor response to the coronavirus epidemic.
- Pakistani Soldier, 5 Militants Killed in Firefight Near Afghan Border VOA 20 Apr 2020 -- Authorities in Pakistan said Monday at least one soldier and five "terrorists" were killed in clashes in a volatile district that borders Afghanistan.
- US Pledges New Financial Aid to Help Pakistan Fight Virus VOA 18 Apr 2020 -- The United States announced Friday several new programs worth more than $8 million to assist Pakistan in stemming the spread of coronavirus nationwide and to care for afflicted people.
- IMF okays $1.3bn package to help Pakistan in fight against coronavirus IRNA 17 Apr 2020 -- A day earlier the International Monetary Fund (IMF) decided to give a one-year debt relief to Pakistan, the fund also approves 1.386 billion dollars disbursement to the country in fight against COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Indian Army Chief Slams Pakistan for Carrying Out Cross-Border Fire Amid Pandemic Sputnik 17 Apr 2020 -- India and Pakistan have been engaging in cross-border firing since the first week of April. India has alleged that three civilians were killed by Pakistan on 12 April in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan has countered that Indian troops were targeting civilians along the Line of Control with artillery fire.
- Pakistan Criticizes Proposed Sale of US Missile Systems to India VOA 17 Apr 2020 -- Pakistan said Friday that a proposed new multimillion-dollar sale of American missile systems to Islamabad's archrival, India, would destabilize an already "volatile" situation in South Asia.
- Coronavirus Cases Rise to 5988 in Pakistan SPA 15 Apr 2020 -- The total number of the new Coronavirus cases in Pakistan rose to 5988.
- Pakistan coronavirus death toll passes 100 IRNA 15 Apr 2020 -- The government of Pakistan on Wednesday reported the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached to 5,988 while 107 patients died due to the deadly virus so far.
- In time of deadly pandemic, India, Pakistan to lift some curbs to help millions Press TV 15 Apr 2020 -- In a move to help millions of people hit by lockdowns due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the governments in India and Pakistan will allow particular activities to resume.
- Pakistan Province Suspects COVID-19 in Spike in Bodies Brought to Hospital VOA 15 Apr 2020 -- Officials in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi have reported an unusual rise in the number of bodies being brought to hospitals and of patients dying due to "severe medical ailments" within a few hours of their arrival, suspecting the COVID-19 pandemic could be causing the fatalities.
- Coronavirus Cases Rise to 5837 in Pakistan SPA 14 Apr 2020 -- The total number of the new Coronavirus cases in Pakistan rose to 5837, it was reported here today.
- Pakistan Extends Coronavirus Lockdown, Eases Curbs on Economic Activity VOA 14 Apr 2020 -- Pakistan has relaxed restrictions on certain industries to allow them to resume their activities but extended a lockdown on educational institutions and public gatherings for another two weeks to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
- COVID-19 Lockdowns Leaving Pakistan's Faithful Dejected VOA 13 Apr 2020 -- This was the first time in 35 years that Venus and her husband could not attend the Easter Sunday prayers in the Roman Catholic Church in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.
- Four civilians killed in exchange of fire between India, Pakistan troops in Kashmir Press TV 13 Apr 2020 -- At least, four civilians, including a two-year-old boy, have been killed during an exchange of fire between troops of Pakistan and India across the restive Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between the two countries.
- Two Officers Reportedly Killed as Suspected Militants Open Fire at Police Unit in Kashmir Sputnik 13 Apr 2020 -- The reports come as Indian and Pakistani forces continue clashing near the Line of Control (LoC), exchanging heavy artillery fire. Both sides accuse each other of violating the ceasefire, while the death toll in the recent incidents continues to grow.
- One Killed, Four Injured as Artillery Firefight Continues Between India, Pakistan Sputnik 13 Apr 2020 -- The two South Asian foes have been engaged in firefights and shelling for the past several days following the killing of five Indian troops near the Line of Control (LoC).
- Pakistani Fighter Jet Crashes During Training RFE/RL 13 Apr 2020 -- A Pakistani fighter jet has crashed during a routine training mission in the eastern Punjab Province, killing both the instructor and the trainee pilot on board, the country's military said on April 13.
- Pakistan Army Plane Crashes in Gujarat, Killing Both Pilots Sputnik 13 Apr 2020 -- This is the fourth major crash for the country's Air Force this year and the second in just over a month after an F-16 crashed on 11 March while rehearsing for the "Pakistan Day" parade in Islamabad.
- Indian and Pakistani Troops Exchange Fire in Kashmir, Three Dead - Police Sputnik 12 Apr 2020 -- Hostilities re-emerged between Indian and Pakistani troops at the Line of Control (LoC) earlier this week with both sets of troops involved in cross-border shooting and artillery fire.
- Pakistan PM Seeks Debt Relief for Developing Nations to Fight Virus VOA 12 Apr 2020 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan appealed to the international community Sunday to provide developing countries with an urgent debt relief to help tackle the COVID-19 crisis facing them.
- Analysis: Pakistan In Delicate Balance With Coronavirus Lockdown Amid Fears Of Mass Resistance RFE/RL 11 Apr 2020 -- With Pakistan under an unpopular lockdown aimed at fighting the coronavirus pandemic raging around the world, a large portion of the country's devout and poverty-stricken people are resisting limits on physical and social contacts and their mobility.
- Kabul Refuses To Send Captured IS Leader To Pakistan RFE/RL 11 Apr 2020 -- Afghanistan's government says it will not hand over a captured Islamic State (IS) militant leader to Pakistan because there is no formal extradition treaty between Kabul and Islamabad.
- Pakistan Says 7 Militants, 2 Soldiers Killed Near Afghan Border RFE/RL 11 Apr 2020 -- Pakistan's military says government troops raided a militant hideout in a former Taliban stronghold near Afghanistan on April 10, triggering a shootout in which seven militants and two soldiers were killed.
- Pakistan Launches Relief Program for Families Suffering From COVID-19 Shutdown VOA 10 Apr 2020 -- Pakistan has begun delivering one-off cash payments of about $70 each to its 12 million poverty-stricken families, or roughly 80 million individuals, to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus-related economic shutdown in the country.
- India Releases Video of 'Retaliation' to Pakistan's Ceasefire Violation in Kashmir Sputnik 10 Apr 2020 -- Last week, five Indian army soldiers died and five Pakistani militants were killed following an exchange of fire in Jammu and Kashmir's border area. After the gunfight, Indian authorities suspended internet services in the area.
- COVID-19 Cases Rise in Pakistan to 4457 SPA 09 Apr 2020 -- The total number of confirmed cases infected by the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pakistan is 4458, including 63 deaths, so far, it was reported here todoay.
- Chinese expert voices concern over increasing coronavirus in Pakistan IRNA 09 Apr 2020 -- The head of the Chinese medical team visiting Pakistan has expressed serious concerns over the rapid increase of novel coronavirus cases in the country.
- Pakistan shot-down Indian drones as border tension rises IRNA 09 Apr 2020 -- As diplomatic and border tensions between Pakistan and India rise, Pakistan army on Thursday claimed to shoot an Indian drone after it violated country's airspace in Kashmir region.
- Pakistan's Army Shoots Down Indian Quadcopter - Reports Sputnik 09 Apr 2020 -- The quadcopter intruded 600 meters inside Pakistan's territory in order to surveil the Sankh Sector along the Line of Control, according to the Pakistan Army.
- Pakistan Calls On Kabul To Hand Over Jailed Head Of IS-Linked Group RFE/RL 09 Apr 2020 -- The Pakistani government has called on Afghanistan to hand over the captured leader of the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP), an affiliate of the extremist group Islamic State (IS).
- Pakistan Demands Afghanistan Hand Over Detained IS Leader VOA 09 Apr 2020 -- Pakistan demanded Thursday that neighboring Afghanistan hand over the captured regional Islamic State chief for plotting terrorist attacks against Pakistani targets.
- Pakistani Security Forces 'Kill Seven Militants' Near Afghanistan RFE/RL 07 Apr 2020 -- Security forces raided two militant hideouts in former Taliban strongholds in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border on April 7, killing seven militants, the military said.
- Coronavirus Cases Rise to 3278 in Pakistan SPA 06 Apr 2020 -- The total number of the Coronavirus cases in Pakistan rose to 3278 after reporting 397 new cases during the past 24 hours.
- Indian Army Kills Five Pak Supported Terrorists India PIB 06 Apr 2020-- Indian Army launched a daring operation at the Line of Control and engaged Pak supported infiltrators in a Close Quarter Battle in heavy snow, neutralising the entire infiltrating batch of five.
- COVID-19: Pakistan Quarantines 20,000 Worshippers; Iranian Officials Complain People Not Staying At Home RFE/RL 05 Apr 2020 -- The global death toll has passed 66,000 with over 1.2 million infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness.
- Coronavirus Deaths Rise to 45 in Pakistan SPA 05 Apr 2020 -- The total number of Coronavirus deaths in Pakistan rose to 45, while the total number of Coronavirus infected cases rose to 2899.
- Family of Murdered US Journalist Calls Pakistani Court Decision 'Travesty of Justice' VOA 04 Apr 2020 -- The family of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002, say they will appeal a decision by a Pakistani court this week that acquitted Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three others convicted of the murder.
- Pakistan to Reopen Border for Afghan Visitors Stranded Due to COVID-19 Closure VOA 04 Apr 2020 -- Pakistan announced Saturday it will briefly reopen the border with Afghanistan early next week to allow an unspecified number of stranded nationals of the neighboring country to return home.
- Chinese medical team sent to Pakistan recommends more tests, epidemiological investigations Global Times 03 Apr 2020 -- Chinese medical experts sent to aid Pakistan in its fight against COVID-19 have recommended the country to test as many people as it can and conduct epidemiological investigations to curb the spread of the virus.
- Men Acquitted In Daniel Pearl Murder Case To Remain In Pakistani Custody RFE/RL 03 Apr 2020 -- A Pakistani provincial government has ordered a British-born militant whose conviction in the kidnapping and killing of a U.S. journalist was overturned to remain in custody for at least three months.
- Pakistan Re-Arrests Men Convicted in Murder of American Journalist Daniel Pearl VOA 03 Apr 2020 -- Authorities in Pakistan have re-arrested four men convicted in the 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, a day after a provincial appeals court overturned their convictions and allowed them to walk out of prison.
- COVID-19: Putin Extends Non-Working Period Amid Spike In Cases; Pakistan Urged To Give Workers Better Protection RFE/RL 02 Apr 2020 -- The global death toll has surpassed 51,000 with over 1 million infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness.
- COVID-19: China Sends $3 Million in Medical Aid to Pakistan Sputnik 02 Apr 2020 -- Pakistan has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases, with the nationwide tally of confirmed cases crossing 2,000. The viral infection has claimed 26 lives in the country so far.
- COVID-19 Cases Rise to 2386 in Pakistan SPA 02 Apr 2020 -- The number of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the Pakistan increased to 2,386 with 32 deaths and 107 recoveries.
- Pakistani Court Overturns Conviction, Death Sentence In Daniel Pearl Murder RFE/RL 02 Apr 2020 -- A Pakistani court has overturned a death sentence and murder conviction imposed on a British-born militant over the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl.
- Pakistan Court Overturns Death Sentence of Key Accused in Daniel Pearl Murder Case Sputnik 02 Apr 2020 -- Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and later beheaded in Karachi in 2002. British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was sentenced to death for murdering the journalist while three co-accused militants received life sentences.
- Pakistani Court Overturns Death Sentence of Accused Killer of Journalist Daniel Pearl VOA 02 Apr 2020 -- A Pakistani court Thursday overturned on appeal the death sentence of a man accused of kidnapping and beheading Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, sentencing him to seven years in prison for kidnapping only, and acquitted three of his co-accused.
- Coronavirus Cases Rise to 2071 in Pakistan SPA 01 Apr 2020 -- The total number of the cases of Coronavirus in Pakistan rose to 2071 after reporting 157 new cases during the past 24 hours.
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