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August 2020 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- India's Anti-Terror Body Arrests Man Who Allegedly Provided Military Information to Pakistan's Spies Sputnik 31 Aug 2020 -- Earlier in April, India's anti-terror unit registered a case under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) after arresting Mohammad Rashid from Uttar Pradesh in January. The state's anti-terrorist squad claimed Rashid was in contact with Pakistan's Inter- Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency and had visited them twice.
- Record Rains, Urban Flooding Woes Continue in Karachi VOA 31 Aug 2020 -- Parts of Pakistan's commercial hub, Karachi, continued to be submerged Monday, days after record-breaking rainfall caused heavy flooding.
- Pakistan Sees Taliban as Buffer to India in Future Afghanistan, Experts Say VOA 28 Aug 2020 -- As Afghanistan's warring sides prepare to hold long-awaited negotiations next week to establish peace, Pakistan is trying to push the Taliban to come to the table in a move that experts say is an attempt by Islamabad to increase its influence in postwar Afghanistan and counter its rival India.
- Pakistan Attempts Balance Ties With China, US VOA 27 Aug 2020 -- Pakistan's government has long said it is trying to maintain good relations with both China and the United States, despite rising tensions between Beijing and Washington. But Prime Minister Imran Khan was blunt in one of his recent public statements about where the two relationships are heading.
- Pakistan Upbeat About Prospects of Afghan Peace Talks VOA 26 Aug 2020 -- Pakistan said Tuesday it was "hopeful" about prospects of U.S.-backed peace talks between Afghanistan's warring parties to end the country's long conflict.
- Pakistani Kashmir Residents Fear Power Project Will Destroy Economy, Livelihood VOA 25 Aug 2020 -- Shoukat Nawaz remembers the days when he could enjoy the fresh cold air on his balcony in a three-story house along a riverbank in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Today, a stench greets him as he goes outside.
- Taliban negotiators in Islamabad for talks with Pakistani officials Press TV 24 Aug 2020 -- Pakistan has invited key members of the Taliban's negotiating team to Islamabad, where senior officials are to convince them on the importance of starting talks with the Afghan government.
- China Launches Advanced Warship for Pakistan Navy VOA 23 Aug 2020 -- China has launched the first of four "most advanced" warships it is building for Pakistan amid deepening defense and economic ties between the two allied nations.
- PM Khan: Pakistan can't recognize Israel until Palestine gets its rights, state Press TV 19 Aug 2020 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says his country will never recognize Israel until the issue of Palestine is resolved days after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reached a normalization deal with Israel.
- Pakistan Approves Phase III Human Trials Of Experimental Chinese Coronavirus Vaccine RFE/RL 18 Aug 2020 -- Pakistani regulators have approved final-phase testing of a Chinese-developed potential vaccine against the coronavirus.
- Militant Pakistan Taliban Brings Splinters Back Into Its Fold VOA 18 Aug 2020 -- An alliance of militant groups waging attacks in Pakistan has said several breakaway and new factions have rejoined its ranks in an effort to consolidate their violent campaign, a move critics warned could threaten the country's counterterrorism gains.
- Teachers In Northwestern Pakistan Protest Against School Closures RFE/RL 17 Aug 2020 -- Hundreds of private schoolteachers rallied in the northwestern Pakistani region of Swat on August 17 to demand an immediate reopening of schools that were closed to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
- Pakistan's Army Chief Visits Saudi Arabia Amid Strained Ties VOA 17 Aug 2020 -- Pakistan's military chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa traveled to Saudi Arabia on Monday for daylong official meetings amid reports of rare strains in historically close relations between the two key Muslim nations.
- 6 Years After Pakistani Military Operation, Some in North Waziristan Still Await Damage Surveys VOA 15 Aug 2020 -- It has been six years since the Pakistani military launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan to eliminate Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), but the mountainous region of northwest Pakistan is still in ruins, according to local residents.
- Pakistan army says border fencing with Iran to be completed by end of 2021 IRNA 14 Aug 2020 -- Spokesperson of Pakistan Army says Iran-Pakistan border fencing project has the support of both the neighboring states and would be completed by the end of year 2021.
- India Rebuffs 'Lies and Half-Truths' of Pakistan's Envoy to China on Jammu and Kashmir Sputnik 13 Aug 2020 -- India and Pakistan have been engaged in squabbling over Jammu and Kashmir, which both countries claim in full, but rule in part. Islamabad launched a diplomatic war against New Delhi after the latter abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution in August 2019 to strip the erstwhile state of its special status.
- Pakistan's 'Brotherly' Ties With Saudi Arabia Hit 'Rock-Bottom' RFE/RL 13 Aug 2020 -- Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have long cultivated what both Sunni Muslim countries call a "fraternal" relationship.
- Pakistani Navy Reportedly Seizes Iranian Oil Tanker at US's Behest Sputnik 10 Aug 2020 -- The alleged seizure is reminiscent of a diplomatic incident which took place last year in which authorities in Gibraltar seized an Iranian tanker making its way to Syria after a tipoff from Washington, which prompted Tehran to seize a British-flagged tanker in a tit-for-tat response. Both tankers were eventually released.
- Pakistan Lifts Lockdowns, Top UN Diplomat Lauds Anti-Virus Gains VOA 10 Aug 2020 -- Pakistan on Monday removed nearly all of its coronavirus-related lockdowns, citing a sharp decline in new infections and deaths over the past month.
- Bomb Kills Five In Troubled Pakistani Border Town RFE/RL 10 Aug 2020 -- A bomb targeting a vehicle from Pakistan's Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) exploded in a busy market in southwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border on August 10, killing at least five people and wounding 10 others, police and hospital officials said.
- Saudi Arabia halts oil supply to Pakistan as rift widens over Kashmir Press TV 09 Aug 2020 -- Saudi Arabia has suspended the supply of oil to Pakistan as the latter complains about Riyadh's foot-dragging on a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) to address India's contentious measures in Muslim-majority Kashmir region.
- India, Pakistan Engage in Heavy Mortar Firefight Along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara - Video Sputnik 07 Aug 2020 -- India and Pakistan continue to violate ceasefire along the Line of Control in their ongoing Kashmir conflict. In June, New Delhi accused Islamabad of violating the ceasefire over 2,000 times this year, while the latter blamed India for engaging in cross-border firefights 957 times during the same period.
- Pakistan To Lift Coronavirus Restrictions On August 10 RFE/RL 06 Aug 2020 -- Pakistan said it will lift most of the country's remaining coronavirus restrictions after seeing a gradual drop in new cases during the past month.
- Pakistani Army Claims Cross-Border Firing From Afghanistan Killed Soldier RFE/RL 06 Aug 2020 -- The Pakistani military said one of its soldiers was killed and two others wounded by cross-border shelling from Afghanistan.
- HRW Urges Pakistan To Stop Abuses By Anti-Corruption Agency RFE/RL 06 Aug 2020 -- An international human rights watchdog has urged Pakistani authorities to observe a recent ruling from the country's Supreme Court and stop using the country's anti-corruption agency as a tool to detain government critics.
- Pakistan's Khan slams 'oppressor' India over Kashmir Press TV 05 Aug 2020 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says India's move last year to revoke Kashmir's autonomous status was a "crime against humanity," describing New Delhi as an "oppressor and aggressor."
- Pakistan unveils new map with all of disputed Kashmir as own territory Press TV 05 Aug 2020 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved a "new political map" of the country that marks the Indian-controlled part of the disputed Kashmir region as Pakistani territory.
- India Reaching a 'Blind Alley' in Kashmir, Asserts Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan Sputnik 05 Aug 2020 -- Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the legislature of Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Wednesday to express solidarity with the people of India-administered Kashmir on the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370, changing the temporary status of Jammu and Kashmir.
- Independent rights experts call on India to remedy 'alarming' situation in Jammu and Kashmir UN News 05 Aug 2020 -- UN-appointed independent human rights experts have called for urgent action in India's Jammu and Kashmir, amid concerns of ongoing abuses against civilians there.
- One Year Later, Human Rights Violations Continue in Indian Kashmir VOA 05 Aug 2020 -- One year after India revoked partial independence for a territory under its control, residents and human rights groups say the situation in Indian-controlled Kashmir remains deeply disturbing.
- Tik...Tok: Pakistan's Media Crackdown Expands To Cyberspace RFE/RL 05 Aug 2020 -- Critics say the space for free speech is shrinking in Pakistan, where officials are accused of expanding restrictions on the free flow of information to social-media sites.
- Pakistan Includes Indian-Controlled Kashmir In Newly Unveiled National Map RFE/RL 04 Aug 2020 -- Pakistan has unveiled a new political map of the country that includes Indian-controlled Kashmir, in a symbolic move that coincides with the one-year anniversary of India stripping the Muslim-majority region of its semi-autonomy.
- India imposes curfew in Kashmir ahead of anniversary of autonomy revocation Press TV 04 Aug 2020 -- India has imposed a curfew in many parts of the Indian-controlled Kashmir ahead of the first anniversary of New Delhi's decision to abolish the disputed region's autonomous status.
- Pakistan's New Map Includes Earlier Uncontested Indian Territories, Sparking Fresh Conflict Sputnik 04 Aug 2020 -- India included Aksai Chin in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and certain territories bordering Nepal in its political map issued last November. At the time, Beijing termed the Indian decision as a "challenge to China's sovereignty", while Islamabad dismissed it as "incorrect, legally untenable and void".
- Indian Kashmir Curfew Imposed Ahead of Revocation Anniversary VOA 04 Aug 2020 -- Indian authorities have imposed a curfew in Indian-controlled Kashmir a day ahead of the first anniversary of revocation of the region's partial autonomy. Authorities took action to prevent violent protests against a move that analysts say has deepened alienation in India's only Muslim majority territory.
- China aids construction of Pakistan's 'Three Gorges Dam' despite pandemic Global Times 03 Aug 2020 -- Despite the novel coronavirus pandemic, China and Pakistan are stepping up efforts on committed projects focusing on cooperation in industrial development, agriculture and the improvement of people's livelihoods. The Diamer-Bhasha Dam and Power Project, nicknamed the "Three Gorges Project" by the Pakistani people, joins a long list of bilateral cooperation efforts between the two countries.
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