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March 2021 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- 1st batch of CanSino COVID-19 vaccines arrives in Pakistan People's Daily 31 Mar 2021 -- The first batch of CanSino COVID-19 vaccines that the Pakistani government purchased from China arrived here Tuesday night.
- Pakistani president tested positive of COVID-19 People's Daily 30 Mar 2021 -- Pakistani President Arif Alvi has tested positive of COVID-19, Alvi confirmed in a tweet on Monday.
- Pakistan's PM 'Desires Peaceful Relations' With India RFE/RL Gandhara 30 Mar 2021 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has responded to a letter from his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, saying Islamabad desires peaceful relations with New Delhi, according to an official source quoted by Reuters.
- Pakistan Struggles to Contain Third COVID-19 Wave VOA 27 Mar 2021 -- Pakistan is struggling to contain a third wave of coronavirus infections, reporting close to 4,500 new cases in the last 24 hours, the highest number of daily infections in nine months.
- Pakistan Government Criticized Over Private Imports Of COVID-19 Vaccines RFE/RL Gandhara 23 Mar 2021 -- Pakistanâ€™s decision to allow private imports of COVID-19 vaccines for sale on the open market has triggered concerns that the move could cause inequality and open the door to corruption.
- IMF Approves $500 Million Disbursement To Pakistan RFE/RL Gandhara 25 Mar 2021 -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a $500 million tranche to Pakistan after the lender's Executive Board completed a review of Islamabad's $6 billion loan program.
- Pakistan Extends Closure Of Educational Institutions Due To Coronavirus RFE/RL Gandhara 24 Mar 2021 -- Pakistani authorities say they will keep educational institutions closed for two more weeks in the capital and other areas where coronavirus infection rates are "higher."
- With Scandals And Dynasties, Pakistan's Political Parties Struggle To Stay Relevant RFE/RL Gandhara 24 Mar 2021 -- A week after Pakistan's opposition alliance fell apart, political parties are facing questions over their role and relevance in a country where the ethos of democracy is often put to the test.
- Indian Prime Minister Sends 'Message of Goodwill' to Pakistani Counterpart VOA 23 Mar 2021 -- Officials in Pakistan confirmed Tuesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan had received a rare "message of goodwill" from his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, the latest in a series of moves signaling rapprochement between the nuclear-armed rival countries.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Pakistan Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa DoD 21 Mar 2021
- Pakistani officials back Chinese vaccine amid doubt after PM tests positive for COVID-19 after 1st jab Global Times 21 Mar 2021 -- Pakistani President and officials defended China's Sinopharm vaccine amid some doubt over the vaccine's efficacy after Prime Minister Imran Khan, who received a shot on Thursday, tested positive for COVID-19 two days later.
- Pakistan PM Tests Positive for COVID-19, Self-Isolates Just Days After Taking Vaccine Sputnik 21 Mar 2021 -- The Prime Minister received his first dose of the Chinese Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine on Thursday.
- Pakistani Prime Minister Tests Positive For COVID-19, Two Days After Getting Vaccine RFE/RL Gandhara 20 Mar 2021 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for COVID-19, the country's health minister said on March 20, two days after he received a vaccination, although the Health Ministry and other officials noted he had not been fully vaccinated.
- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan contracts coronavirus Press TV 20 Mar 2021 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has been diagnosed with COVID-19, two days after he received his first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
- Pakistani PM receives Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine jab People's Daily 19 Mar 2021 -- Days after Pakistani president received a Sinopharm vaccine jab, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday also received his COVID-19 jab with Sinopharm vaccine.
- Pakistan to India: 'Time to Bury the Past' for Regional Peace VOA 19 Mar 2021 -- Pakistan's military chief Thursday advocated a "stable" relationship with archrival India, saying unsettled disputes between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors are "dragging the region back to the swamp of poverty and underdevelopment."
- Pakistan's China-Built Nuclear Reactor Starts Operation VOA 19 Mar 2021 -- Pakistan has connected its new Chinese-built nuclear power plant, with an installed capacity of 1,100 megawatts, to the national grid.
- Joint Statement on Extended "Troika" on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan US Dept. of State 18 Mar 2021 -- The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Russia, China, and Pakistan on the occasion of the Extended "Troika" on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan.
- Joint Statement of extended "Troika" on peaceful settlement in Afghanistan, Moscow, 18 March 2021 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 18 Mar 2021 -- On 18 March 2021, Moscow hosted a regular meeting of the extended "Troika" comprising representatives of Russia, China, the USA and Pakistan, which focused on making progress in the intra-Afghan process to reach a negotiated settlement and permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.
- U.S., Russia, China, And Pakistan Urge Afghan Cease-Fire RFE/RL 18 Mar 2021 -- The United States, Russia, China, and Pakistan have jointly called on Afghanistan's warring sides to reach an immediate cease-fire just six weeks before a deadline for the United States to pull out troops who have been in the country for nearly 20 years.
- Pakistani Authorities Scrambling To Respond To Third COVID Wave RFE/RL Gandhara 18 Mar 2021 -- Weeks after the Pakistani government relaxed a series of poorly observed restrictions, a sharp spike in COVID infections has prompted authorities to reimpose measures and warn of the possibility of more severe lockdowns.
- General Bajwa urges India, Pakistan to 'bury the past and move forward' Press TV 18 Mar 2021 -- Weeks after Pakistan and its arch-rival India agreed to strictly observe a ceasefire along the de facto border in Kashmir, Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has called on both sides to "bury the past" and move towards cooperation.
- Pakistan's Khan Lauds Biden's Afghan Peace Plan VOA 17 Mar 2021 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan commended U.S. President Joe Biden Wednesday for pressing ahead with efforts aimed at finding a political settlement to almost two decades of war in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Opposition Alliance Unravels Over Strategy Dispute RFE/RL Gandhara 17 Mar 2021 -- Nearly six months after major opposition political parties in Pakistan coalesced in a grand coalition to cleanse politics of military interference by pushing Prime Minster Imran Khan out of power, their alliance appears to be disintegrating.
- Pakistani president, wife receive Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine jabs Global Times 16 Mar 2021 -- Pakistani President Arif Alvi and his wife Samina Alvi on Monday received their COVID-19 jabs with the Sinopharm vaccine in Islamabad, according to a statement from the president's office.
- Khan's Candidate Declared Senate Speaker After Contested Vote RFE/RL Gandhara 12 Mar 2021 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's candidate has been declared chairman of the upper house of parliament in a vote marred by allegations of manipulation.
- Pakistan begins inoculating elderly people against COVID-19 Global Times 11 Mar 2021 -- Pakistan on Wednesday began vaccinating its people aged 60 years and over against COVID-19, according to Special Assistant to the Pakistani Prime Minister on Health Faisal Sultan.
- Pakistan Launches Second Vaccination Phase For General Public RFE/RL Gandhara 10 Mar 2021 -- Pakistan has kicked off the second phase of its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, opening it to the general public with priority for people over 60.
- Pakistan to Close Schools in Cities amid Resurgence in Virus Cases SPA 10 Mar 2021 -- The Pakistani government announced that educational institutions in densely populated cities would close for two weeks and reimposed a series of coronavirus-related restrictions amid a surge in cases, dpa reported.
- Khalilzad, In Pakistan, Stresses Need To Accelerate Afghan Peace Process RFE/RL Gandhara 09 Mar 2021 -- Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan, told military leaders during a stop in Pakistan that Islamabad continues to have an important role in the Afghan peace process as Washington bids to save the struggling effort to end the long war.
- Militant Attack on Pakistan Navy Vehicle Kills 1, Injures 2 VOA 07 Mar 2021 -- Pakistani officials said Sunday that gunmen ambushed a vehicle transporting navy personnel in the southwestern Gwadar district, killing at least one sailor and seriously wounding two others.
- Pakistani Security Forces Claim Eight Militants Killed In Waziristan Raids RFE/RL Gandhara 06 Mar 2021 -- Pakistan's security forces have said that they have killed eight Islamic militants in separate raids on suspected hideouts in North Waziristan.
- Pakistani PM Wins No Confidence Vote Amid Opposition Boycott RFE/RL Gandhara 06 Mar 2021 -- Pakistan's prime minister won a vote of confidence in parliament amid a boycott by opposition lawmakers.
- Pakistan's PM wins vote of confidence amid calls for his resignation Press TV 06 Mar 2021 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has won a vote of confidence amid pressure by the oppostion to leave power.
- Pakistan Prime Minister Wins Parliament's Vote of Confidence VOA 06 Mar 2021 -- Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan, secured a vote of confidence from the National Assembly, the lower house of the country's bicameral parliament, in a special session marked by an opposition boycott.
- Pakistan Super League Suspended After Seven COVID-19 Cases RFE/RL Gandhara 04 Mar 2021 -- Pakistan has suspended its flagship cricket tournament after seven team personnel tested positive for COVID-19.
- Will Imran Khan Survive The Senate Upset? RFE/RL Gandhara 03 Mar 2021 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan received a major setback after his ruling party lost an important contest in the indirect election for the Senate or upper house of the country's parliament.
- Pakistani PM to Seek Vote of Confidence from Parliament after Senate Poll Blow VOA 03 Mar 2021 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan will seek a vote of parliamentary confidence after one of his key candidates suffered a surprise defeat in Wednesday's hotly contested Senate elections, his ruling party announced.
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