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May 2020 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- India expels two Pakistani officials for alleged espionage Press TV 31 May 2020 -- India has declared two officials of the Pakistan High Commission in the capital New Delhi as persona non grata for "espionage activities", ordering their expulsion amid deepening tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
- Two Pakistani Officials Detained in India Over Espionage-Related Activities Sputnik 31 May 2020 -- Authorities in India have declared two officials personae non grata for what they described as activities incompatible with their status as members of a diplomatic mission and asked them to leave the country within 24 hours.
- Busted? Pakistan Reportedly Trying to Spy on India's Defence in Ladakh Via Internet Calls Sputnik 30 May 2020 -- India's Ladakh region has recently witnessed tension, along the 4,000 km long Line of Actual Control India shares with China. Earlier this month, China deployed several troops and heavy vehicles to "reclaim authority" over eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley - which escalated border related disputes between the two nations.
- Hizbul Militant Owned Explosives-Laden Car Used in Kashmir Suicide Bombing Attempt - Indian Police Sputnik 29 May 2020 -- Thanks to intelligence inputs, Jammu and Kashmir police along with the Army intercepted militant groups that were planning to launch a suicide attack against security forces using an explosive-laden car on 28 May. While the terrorist plot was successfully foiled by the security forces, the driver of the car fled the scene.
- Pakistani Army Claims It Shot Down Indian Drone Sputnik 29 May 2020 -- Earlier this week, Pakistani troops shot down an Indian spying quadcopter in Rakhchikri Sector along the Line of Control.
- Pakistan shoots down another Indian drone amid growing border tensions IRNA 27 May 2020 -- Pakistan army on Wednesday shot down an Indian drone after it violated country's airspace in disputed Kashmir region amid growing border tensions with India.
- Pakistani Army Claims to Have Downed Indian 'Spy' Drone Along Line of Control Sputnik 27 May 2020 -- Pakistani troops shot down an Indian spy quadcopter in the Rakhchikri Sector along Line of Control, the military's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
- COVID-19: Pakistani Lawmaker, Ex-Governor Die After Positive Tests; Chechnya Imposes Eid Restrictions RFE/RL 21 May 2020 -- The global death toll from the coronavirus is almost 330,000 with more than 5 million infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness.
- US Wants India, Pakistan to Restore Kashmir Truce VOA 21 May 2020 -- A senior American diplomat says the United States wants India and Pakistan to restore a mutual truce in Kashmir to de-escalate tensions over the disputed Himalayan region.
- Chinese medical donations to Pakistan save lives, help frontline fighters against COVID-19 Global Times 19 May 2020 -- Gilgit Baltistan region in northern Pakistan is a world-recognized Shangri-La for its astonishing mountainous landscape, but the current COVID-19 pandemic does not let it be free from the virus as some 500 people have been infected in the remote area that is short of medical materials.
- Terrorists kill 7 soldiers in Pakistan's Balochistan IRNA 19 May 2020 -- Seven Pakistani security personnel were killed in two separate terrorist incidents in south western Balochistan province, a military statement said on Tuesday.
- Eight Paramilitary Troops Killed In Pakistan Bombings, Shooting RFE/RL 19 May 2020 -- Seven paramilitary troops have been killed in separate attacks in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, the military said on May 18. An eighth soldier was killed in a roadside bombing in the country's northwest.
- Pakistani Troops Come Under Deadly Militant Attacks VOA 19 May 2020 -- Pakistani officials said Tuesday a roadside bombing of a military convoy and a separate clash with militants in southwestern Baluchistan province had killed at least seven troops and a civilian.
- Pakistan's Top Court Ends Coronavirus Lockdown VOA 18 May 2020 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has set aside the government's partial economic lockdown order, saying the country should not be made "all together dysfunctional" because of the coronavirus.
- Pakistan Set to Make, Export Anti-COVID-19 Drug Remdesivir VOA 15 May 2020 -- Pakistan announced Friday that it would begin "within weeks" production and export of the antiviral drug remdesivir for treating COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.
- India's Investigative Agency Arrests Main Conspirator in Navy Espionage Racket Sputnik 15 May 2020 -- In a major international espionage racket, Pakistani spies recruited agents in the defence establishment of India to collect sensitive and classified information regarding Indian warships, submarines, and data on the location of naval commands. Navy personnel were also accused of spying for Pakistan.
- Pakistan's Ruling Party, Powerful Military Accused Of Trying To Roll Back 'Democratizing Laws' RFE/RL 14 May 2020 -- During his iron-fisted reign, Pakistani military dictator Pervez Musharraf toppled an elected government, dismissed judges, suspended the constitution, and imposed emergency rule.
- COVID Lockdown Upends Life for Overlooked Afghan Refugees in Pakistan VOA 13 May 2020 -- Nearly 2.5 million Afghans live in Pakistan as either registered or undocumented refugees. Their lives have been upended by the coronavirus lockdown, but th
- Iran's Top General Calls Upon Pakistan Army to Free Abducted Border Guards Sputnik 12 May 2020 -- Three Iranian border guards were held hostage by the jihadist militant organization Jaish ul-Adl in October 2018 and taken into Pakistan. The terror group operates in southeastern Iran, which has a porous border with Pakistan.
- Five Injured in a Blast in Peshawar, Pakistan Sputnik 11 May 2020 -- Pakistan's government had released a threat alert on 9 May, citing the targeting of public places by anti-state elements. In March, at least nine people were injured in a blast in the city of Chaman, in Balochistan province. Seven people were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Quetta, Balochistan in February.
- Mohsin: State-Sponsored Militants Behind Wazir's Killing VOA 10 May 2020 -- A prominent leader of Pakistan's Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) and member of the country's National Assembly blamed "state-sponsored militants" for last week's fatal attack on a leader of the movement in the country's South Waziristan region.
- COVID-19: Pakistan Coronavirus Cases Surge Past 25,000 As Government Set To Ease Lockdown RFE/RL 08 May 2020 -- The global death toll from the coronavirus has reached nearly 270,000 with more than 3.8 million infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness.
- Six Pakistan army personnel killed in blast near Pak-Iran border IRNA 08 May 2020 -- One officer and five soldiers of Pakistan's Frontier Corps (FC) were killed as their vehicle was targeted with remote controlled IED near Pak-Iran border in southwestern Balochistan province, a military statement said.
- Six Pakistani Security Personnel Killed In Roadside Bomb Attack RFE/RL 08 May 2020 -- Six Pakistani security personnel, including an officer, were killed in a roadside bomb attack near the South Asian nation's border with Iran.
- Bomb Blast Kills 6 Pakistani Troops Near Iranian Border VOA 08 May 2020 -- A bomb in southwestern Pakistan has killed at least six soldiers, including a major-rank officer, and has injured another, according to military officials.
- Ex-Afghan Taliban chief's properties seized in Pakistan IRNA 08 May 2020 -- A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has seized five properties of former Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who was killed in a US drone strike in Balochistan in 2016, local media reported.
- PLA medical expert team fights COVID-19 in Pakistan PLA Daily 07 May 2020 -- An anti-pandemic medical expert team dispatched by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) arrived in Pakistan on April 24 amid the outbreak of COVID-19, and then immediately devoted themselves to local pandemic control and patient.
- Pakistan to Ease Coronavirus Lockdown Saturday VOA 07 May 2020 -- Pakistan has announced it will gradually ease a nationwide coronavirus-related "partial" lockdown starting Saturday, saying the number of COVID-19 infections remain relatively low and under control. COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus.
- COVID-19: Moscow Cases 'Likely Three Times Higher' Than Official Toll; Pakistan To Lift Virus Lockdown RFE/RL 07 May 2020 -- The global death toll from the coronavirus has passed 260,000 with more than 3.7 million infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness.
- Khan says India could launch false flag operation against Pakistan, under infiltration pretext Press TV 07 May 2020 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says India can use the current tension between the two nuclear-armed countries to launch a purported "false flag operation" against Islamabad under the pretext of infiltration.
- Indian forces kill top pro-independence commander in Kashmir Press TV 07 May 2020 -- India's security forces have killed a senior pro-independence leader along with four other fighters in separate gun battles in the Indian-controlled Kashmir.
- Pakistan Urges India to Refrain From 'Ill-Considered Move' Across LoC Sputnik 07 May 2020 -- India and Pakistan have been exchanging cross-border fire along the Line of Control since April, resulting in the death of a dozen civilians and a dozen security personnel on both sides of the border. The firing escalated after terrorists killed five Indian troops while crossing the border to enter Kashmir on 5 April.
- Covid-19: Pakistan becomes 29th country with 500 deaths IRNA 06 May 2020 -- Pakistan has become the 29th country in the world where over 500 deaths have been reported due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- U.S. Envoy To Meet Taliban, Visit Pakistan And India To Revive Afghan Peace Talks RFE/RL 06 May 2020 -- U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will try to advance a sluggish Afghan peace process on a trip to Qatar, India, and Pakistan, the State Department said on May 6.
- Kashmir Rebel Commander Killed in Shootout With Indian Forces VOA 06 May 2020 -- Indian officials say government forces killed a top rebel commander, his aide and two other militants in gun battles in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday.
- Chief of Kashmir's Top Terror Group Shot Dead as India Launches Massive Operations Sputnik 06 May 2020 -- India's restive Jammu and Kashmir union territory has seen a spike in terrorist activity since April: at least 19 security personnel have been killed over the past one month in 20 counter-terror operations across the valley.
- Thousands in Pakistan Protest Slaying Of Pashtun Rights Leader RFE/RL 06 May 2020 -- Tens of thousands of people in Pakistan have protested the assassination of a prominent ethnic Pashtun rights activist and political leader who some say was killed by state-backed militants in the South Waziristan tribal district.
- COVID-19 Not Affecting Afghan Border Fencing, Pakistan Army Says VOA 05 May 2020 -- Officials in Pakistan say a unilateral construction effort has erected a robust fence along "more than 70%" of the country's roughly 2,600-kilometer border with Afghanistan, and the coronavirus pandemic has not hampered the work.
- Pakistan Summons Indian Diplomat to Register Strong Protest Over Cross Border Fire Sputnik 05 May 2020 -- New Delhi (Sputnik): India and Pakistan both control parts of Kashmir while claiming it in full. The recent escalations at the border began after India revoked the special status of the region in August 2019.
- Three Indian Soldiers Killed In Renewed Fighting In Disputed Kashmir RFE/RL 05 May 2020 -- Three Indian soldiers were killed in clashes with militants in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, officials said, a day after a gunbattle in which five were killed.
- 3 Indian Soldiers Killed in Renewed Kashmir Clashes VOA 05 May 2020 -- Three Indian soldiers were killed in clashes with militants in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, officials said, a day after a gun battle in which five were killed.
- Three Indian Security Personnel, One Terrorist Killed After Clash in Kashmir - Police Sputnik 04 May 2020 -- Terror activities in India's Jammu and Kashmir have increased since April. On Sunday, five Indian army security personnel were killed in an overnight encounter in the Kupwara district and a further seven sustained injuries in a nearby explosion.
- India Asks Pakistan to Vacate "Occupied Area of Kashmir", Issues Statement to Diplomat Sputnik 04 May 2020 -- The two South Asian foes, India and Pakistan claim Kashmir in full but have controlled it in parts as "Indian-administered Kashmir" and "Pakistan-administered Kashmir" since independence from the British in 1947.
- Pakistan's Fight Against Coronavirus Threatens Its Drive To Eradicate Polio RFE/RL 03 May 2020 -- Pakistan's long battle to eradicate the crippling polio virus has been thwarted by militant attacks, radical Islamic clerics, and anti-vaccination propaganda.
- Fierce gun battles leave 9 dead in India-controlled Kashmir Press TV 03 May 2020 -- Five security personnel and four suspected militants have been killed during two separate fierce gun battles over the past 24 hours in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
- At Least 7 Injured in Blast Near Site of Counter-Terror Operation in Handwara, Kashmir Sputnik 03 May 2020 -- Earlier in the day, five security personnel were killed by terrorists in Handwara, a town in India's Jammu and Kashmir union territory. India has accused Pakistan of instigating terror activities in Kashmir; Pakistan has denied the charges and insisted the local Kashmiris are fighting for their independence.
- Five Security Personnel, Two Terrorists Killed in Kashmir Sputnik 03 May 2020 -- Terrorist activities have been increasing in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir for the last one month. Police data suggests that at least 17 terror incidents took place in April alone, in which 29 terrorists were killed while 11 security personnel also lost their lives.
- Fencing border with Iran a strategic priority for Pakistan IRNA 03 May 2020 -- Pakistan's Ministry of Defence has sought US $ 188 million from the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) for the second phase of fencing of border with Iran saying the project has become a strategic priority to be initiated at the earliest, report said.
- India Reports Two Pakistani Terrorists Dead After Clash in Northern Kashmir Sputnik 02 May 2020 -- The situation in the disputed region remains tense, with constant attacks on Indian forces and frequent clashes between the government and the militants that oppose New Delhi.
- COVID-19: Russia Reports Record Daily Increase; Pakistan's Parliament Speaker Tests Positive RFE/RL 01 May 2020 -- The global death toll from the coronavirus is more than 233,000 with almost 3.3 million infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness.
- Lockdown or No Lockdown? Confusion Dominates Pakistan's COVID Response VOA 01 May 2020 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said Thursday his government would ease coronavirus-linked closures of businesses and allow some industries to open because of the risk of many of the poor starving to death.
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