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December 2020 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistan to purchase vaccine from China's Sinopharm: health authority People's Daily 31 Dec 2020 -- Pakistan has decided to pre-book COVID-19 vaccine from Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm for emergency use for healthcare workers, Pakistan's Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination has said in a statement.
- China-Pakistan relations can only get better: Defense Spokesperson PLA Daily 31 Dec 2020 -- The all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between China and Pakistan can only get better in the future, said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, at a regular press conference on Thursday.
- Dozens Arrested In Pakistan After Mob Demolishes Hindu Shrine RFE/RL Gandhara 31 Dec 2020 -- Pakistani officials say at least 31 people have been arrested after a mob of hundreds of people attacked and set ablaze a century-old Hindu shrine.
- Mysterious Death Of Baluch Activist In Canada Blamed On Pakistan's Powerful Army RFE/RL Gandhara 31 Dec 2020 -- The mysterious deaths this year of Karima Baloch and Sajid Hussain - both exiled Pakistani dissidents - were strikingly similar.
- Pakistan's Anti-Graft Body Arrests Opposition Leader RFE/RL Gandhara 30 Dec 2020 -- Pakistani authorities say they have arrested a key opposition leader accused of having assets higher than his known sources of income.
- Pakistan Sentences Two On Terror-Financing Charges RFE/RL Gandhara 29 Dec 2020 -- A Pakistani court has sentenced two alleged members of banned organizations to long prison terms on terrorism-financing charges.
- Four Killed In Pakistani Military Helicopter Crash RFE/RL Gandhara 27 Dec 2020 -- Four Pakistani soldiers were killed when their military helicopter crashed on December 27 near the country's border with China.
- Seven Pakistani Troops Killed In Balochistan Militant Attack RFE/RL Gandhara 27 Dec 2020 -- Seven members of Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps have been killed in an attack by militants in Balochistan Province, the military says.
- Seven Soldiers Dead in Terrorist Attack in Pakistan's Balochistan, Army Reports Sputnik 27 Dec 2020 -- Seven soldiers have been killed in a terrorist attack on a frontier corps post in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, the armed forces spokesman said on Sunday.
- Militant Raid Kills 7 Pakistani Soldiers in Baluchistan VOA 27 Dec 2020 -- Pakistan's army said Sunday that a militant raid in southwestern Baluchistan province had killed at least seven soldiers.
- Pakistan Implicitly Warns of Destructive 'Final Battle' if Attacked by India VOA 21 Dec 2020 -- Pakistan on Monday cautioned rival India against any military aggression, saying it could spiral into a mutually destructive "final battle" between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors.
- Another Pashtun Rights Activist Arrested In Pakistan RFE/RL Gandhara 21 Dec 2020 -- Pakistani police have arrested another member of a civil rights movement campaigning for the country's ethnic Pashtun minority amid an apparent crackdown on the group.
- Pakistani Anti-Terror Court Puts Pashtun Leader At Center Of Protests In Custody RFE/RL Gandhara 19 Dec 2020 -- An anti-terrorism court in Karachi on December 19 handed over a lawmaker and Pashtun-rights leader to be held in custody for 12 days over a sedition charge that has sparked protests all over northwestern Pakistan.
- Pakistani PM firmly rejects Israeli ties as 'baseless', publicity campaign Press TV 19 Dec 2020 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has rejected as "baseless" reports of his government officials visiting Israel, insisting why would any of the ministers visit Tel Aviv when Islamabad does not recognize the occupying regime.
- Pakistan pays back $1bn to Saudi Arabia, reaches out to China for loan assistance Press TV 19 Dec 2020 -- Pakistan has paid off more than $1 billion to Saudi Arabia as the second instalment of a $3.3 billion soft loan it had obtained from the Arab kingdom, as cash-strapped Islamabad reaches out to China for a commercial loan to repay the rest.
- Pakistan Charges India Is Planning Cross-border Military Attack VOA 18 Dec 2020 -- Pakistan charged Friday that its archrival India was plotting to stage a cross-border military assault against the Islamic nation, warning such an attempt would destabilize the region with "catastrophic consequences."
- After Talks With Taliban, Pakistani Leader Calls For Reduction of Violence RFE/RL Gandhara 18 Dec 2020 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has said after meeting Taliban representatives in Islamabad that he is concerned about "the high level of violence in Afghanistan."
- Pashtun Leader's Arrest Triggers Mass Protests In Pakistan RFE/RL Gandhara 18 Dec 2020 -- Thousands of people have rallied in dozens of cities and towns in northwestern Pakistan and elsewhere on December 18 to protest against the arrest of a lawmaker and leader of a civil rights movement campaigning for the country's ethnic Pashtun minority.
- Taliban delegation visiting Pakistan for talks with top officials Press TV 17 Dec 2020 -- Members of Taliban's Qatar-based political bureau have met with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to discuss recent developments in Afghanistan's ongoing peace process.
- Arrested Pashtun Leader Faces Anti-State Charges In Pakistan RFE/RL Gandhara 17 Dec 2020 -- Ali Wazir, a lawmaker and leader of a civil rights movement campaigning for Pakistan's ethnic Pashtun minority, has appeared before a judge following his arrest in the northwestern city of Peshawar on anti-state charges.
- Afghan Taliban Delegation in Pakistan to Discuss Peace Negotiations VOA 16 Dec 2020 -- A political delegation of the Afghan Taliban visited Pakistan Wednesday to discuss the Afghan peace process.
- Pakistan's Overcrowded Prisons Ravaged By Pandemic, Amnesty Says RFE/RL Gandhara 14 Dec 2020 -- Pakistan's handling of the coronavirus threat faced by tens of thousands of detainees held in overcrowded prisons has been severely criticized in a report by Amnesty International (AI) released on December 14.
- Dozens Protest Killing By Security Forces In Northwestern Pakistani Tribal District RFE/RL Gandhara 14 Dec 2020 -- Dozens of residents and activists have launched a sit-in in the northwestern North Waziristan tribal district demanding an investigation into the killing of a man during a search operation.
- Thousands Gather in Pakistan, Seeking End to Imran Khan's Government VOA 14 Dec 2020 -- The president of an alliance of opposition parties in Pakistan warned of a confrontation between the public and the military if the military decided to stop them from reaching the capital, Islamabad, to bring down the current government.
- Opposition Supporters Rally In Pakistan To Renew Calls On PM To Resign RFE/RL Gandhara 13 Dec 2020 -- Tens of thousands of Pakistani opposition supporters gathered in central city of Lahore, defying coronavirus restrictions, to renew calls on Prime Minister Imran Khan to step down to pave the way for fresh, "transparent" elections.
- More Than 20 People Wounded In Pakistani Blast RFE/RL Gandhara 13 Dec 2020 -- Pakistani officials say that at least 23 people were wounded in an explosion near a police station in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on December 13.
- Pakistan Decides Against New Coal-fired Power VOA 12 Dec 2020 -- Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced Saturday that his country would have no new coal-fired power generation as part of its contribution in global efforts against climate change.
- Pakistani army on high alert amid reports of Indian plan to conduct surgical raid Press TV 10 Dec 2020 -- Pakistan's army has been put on high alert after reports alleged India was preparing to launch an attack on the de facto border that divides the disputed Kashmir region between the two countries.
- Pakistan: Kashmir Border Clashes with India Kill 2 Pakistani Troops VOA 09 Dec 2020 -- Pakistan said Wednesday that two of its soldiers had been killed in ‚Äúintense‚ÄĚ military clashes with India in disputed Kashmir.
- Pakistan Rebukes US on Religious Freedom Designation VOA 09 Dec 2020 -- Pakistan has criticized the United States for designating the South Asian nation as a violator of religious freedom, saying the move was ‚Äúarbitrary‚ÄĚ and the outcome of a ‚Äúselective assessment.‚ÄĚ
- Iran, Tajikistan Among 10 Countries Designated By U.S. Over Violations Of Religious Freedom RFE/RL 08 Dec 2020 -- The United States has included Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan on a list of 10 countries designated for "particular concern" over religious freedom.
- Pakistan's Politicians Playing A 'Dangerous' Game With COVID RFE/RL Gandhara 07 Dec 2020 -- When Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, a leader of the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), announced late last month that he was self-isolating after contracting the coronavirus, sympathy and get-well messages poured in.
- Pakistan Suspends Senior Hospital Staff After Oxygen Shortage Kills 6 COVID Patients VOA 07 Dec 2020 -- Authorities in Pakistan suspended seven senior officers at a government hospital Monday after an inquiry found their "criminal negligence" resulted in the disruption of oxygen supply to the facility, killing six coronavirus patients.
- Pakistani Hospital Staffers Suspended After Oxygen Shortage Kills COVID Patients RFE/RL Gandhara 07 Dec 2020 -- Pakistani authorities say they have suspended seven workers at a Pakistani hospital after six COVID-19 patients who were left without sufficient oxygen died.
- Chinese troops go to Pakistan for "Shaheen (Eagle) - IX" joint air force exercise PLA Daily 07 Dec 2020 -- The Chinese air force's troops set off on Dec. 7 for the Pakistani Air Force's air base in Bholari at Thatta District in Sindh, northeast of Pakistan's Karachi to participate in the China-Pakistan Joint Air Force Exercise "Shaheen (Eagle) - IX".
- Seven COVID-19 Patients Die In Pakistani Hospital After Oxygen Supplies Ran Out RFE/RL Gandhara 06 Dec 2020 -- Seven COVID-19 patients have died in northwestern Pakistan due to a shortage of oxygen supply, local officials and medics say, as hospitals in the country are struggling to cope with a second wave of the outbreak.
- Pakistan Says Afghan Border Fence Nearly Complete VOA 04 Dec 2020 -- Pakistan's military says it will have fenced off the country's roughly 2,600-kilometer historically porous border with Afghanistan within the next two months.
- Pakistan's COVID-19 positive cases hit 400,000-threshold: health ministry People's Daily 03 Dec 2020 -- The number of Pakistan's COVID-19 positive cases has surged to 406,810 with 3,499 people being tested positive of the viral disease over the last 24 hours, the country's health ministry said on Thursday.
- Pakistan Political Battle Heats Up In Heartland Province RFE/RL Gandhara 03 Dec 2020 -- The battle for Pakistan's political future is heading toward a major showdown in the country's most populous province, which has historically shied away from confronting Pakistan's powerful generals, many of whom come from the region.
- Border fencing project with Iran to be completed by December 2021: Pakistan Army IRNA 03 Dec 2020 -- A spokesman for the Pakistani army says fencing work of border with the Islamic Republic of Iran is going on at a fast pace and will be completed by December 2021.
- Two More Tribal Elders Shot Dead In Northwestern Pakistan; Six Total Killed This Week RFE/RL Gandhara 02 Dec 2020 -- Gunmen killed two tribal elders in a remote Pakistani district, bringing to six the number of elders killed in the country's troubled northwestern tribal region this week.
- Benazir Bhutto's Daughter Officially Enters Pakistani Politics VOA 01 Dec 2020 -- Waving her hands, chanting party slogans and making victory signs Monday in Pakistan's central city of Multan, the youngest daughter of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto reminded people of her firebrand mother.
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