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April 2021 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistan mulls over banning inbound flights from May 5 to curb COVID-19 People's Daily 30 Apr 2021 -- The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) of Pakistan on Thursday recommended the country's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to ban inbound flights from May 5 to May 20 for curbing the fast-spreading third wave of COVID-19, an NCOC statement said.
- British 'High-Risk' Designation for Pakistan Seen as Bad Sign for Anti-Corruption Efforts VOA 29 Apr 2021 -- The United Kingdom's decision to add Pakistan to its list of "high-risk countries" for money laundering and terror financing may make it harder for Islamabad to exit the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) "gray list" in June, experts warn.
- U.S. Defense Secretary, Pakistani Army Chief Discuss Troop Drawdown In Afghanistan RFE/RL Gandhara 29 Apr 2021 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has discussed with Pakistan's army chief the regional security situation and the planned withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan later this year.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Call With Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa DoD 28 Apr 2021
- Pakistani PM, Bill Gates discuss measures against COVID-19 People's Daily 28 Apr 2021 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephone conversation with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discussing measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister's Office said on Wednesday.
- Pakistani Police Officer Killed, Two Other People Wounded In Balochistan Blast RFE/RL Gandhara 28 Apr 2021 -- Pakistani officials say a blast has hit a police van in the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan, killing an officer and wounding three other people.
- Pakistan, US Discuss Afghan Drawdown, Regional Security VOA 28 Apr 2021 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke Wednesday by phone with Pakistan's top military official to discuss regional security and the foreign troop drawdown in neighboring Afghanistan.
- Pakistani PM calls for cooperation to combat COVID-19 crisis People's Daily 27 Apr 2021 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that the right mix of national actions, regional collaboration and multilateral cooperation is needed to steer out of an unprecedented global crisis unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Iran closes land borders with Pakistan amid COVID surge Press TV 27 Apr 2021 -- Iran is closing its land borders with Pakistan to passenger travel as amid growing fears that a highly infectious variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19) found in India could hit the country hard amid a renewed surge in infection cases.
- Iran flights to India, Pakistan suspended till further notice IRNA 25 Apr 2021 -- Iranian and foreign airlines flights to India and Pakistan were suspended till further notice due to the widespread Corona disease pandemic in those countries, according to the Secretary of Headquarters for Campaign against Corona Disease Babak Dinparast, after the interior minister and head of that headquarters issued the related order.
- Rocky US-Pakistan Ties Scrutinized as Foreign Troops Set to Exit Afghanistan VOA 24 Apr 2021 -- Officials in Pakistan appear upset over U.S. military assessments warning of a possible resurgence of terrorism in the South Asian country after the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan and calling into question Islamabad's commitment to peace in the war-torn neighboring country.
- Pakistan Calls in Army to Help Contain COVID-19 Spread VOA 23 Apr 2021 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan deployed the army into cities Friday to assist in enforcing coronavirus public safety restrictions to contain the pandemic outbreak, warning the country may soon be facing a health crisis similar to that of neighboring India unless the current tide of infections is reversed.
- Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan Urge Taliban To Commit To Afghan Peace Process RFE/RL Gandhara 23 Apr 2021 -- The foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Turkey, and Pakistan are calling on all parties to the Afghan conflict, "in particular the Taliban," to reaffirm their commitment to achieving a negotiated settlement, after an international peace conference planned for this weekend was postponed.
- Beijing Condemns Pakistan Suicide Blast Targeting Chinese Diplomats VOA 22 Apr 2021 -- Officials in Pakistan said Thursday the death toll had risen to at least five from an overnight suicide car bombing of a luxury hotel in a southwestern city, which apparently targeted visiting Chinese diplomats.
- Car bombing outside hotel hosting Chinese envoy leaves 4 dead in Pakistan Press TV 22 Apr 2021 -- At least four people were killed and several others were wounded in Pakistan after a powerful car bomb exploded at a luxury hotel where the Chinese ambassador to the country was reportedly staying in the southwestern city of Quetta.
- 4 killed, over dozen injured in SW Pakistan's hotel bomb blast People's Daily 22 Apr 2021 -- Four people were killed and over a dozen others injured when an explosive-laden vehicle exploded inside the parking of Serena hotel in Quetta, capital city of Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province Wednesday night, the country's Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said.
- Iran, Pakistan open third border crossing in 'historic achievement' Press TV 21 Apr 2021 -- Iran and Pakistan have opened their third official border crossing with the aim of facilitating business and trade exchanges and creating new job opportunities for their border residents.
- Deadly Bomb Blast At Luxury Hotel In Southwestern Pakistan RFE/RL Gandhara 21 Apr 2021 -- Pakistani officials say a bomb went off in the parking area of a luxury hotel in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing at least three people and wounding nine others.
- Suicide Blast Rips Through Parking Lot of Pakistan Hotel VOA 21 Apr 2021 -- Authorities in southwestern Pakistan said Wednesday that a powerful bomb had ripped through the parking area of a five-star hotel, killing at least four people and wounding about a dozen others.
- VOA Exclusive: Pakistan's President Says His Country Does Not Want to Become Base of US Counterterror VOA 21 Apr 2021 -- Pakistan's President Arif Alvi sat down with VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem this week for an exclusive interview to discuss the impact on the region of the United States withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan, how Pakistan sees its future relationship with its western neighbor, and whether putting forward a resolution in parliament to expel the French ambassador from the country, over French support for publication of caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, is dangerous.
- Pakistan Records 5,445 New Cases of Covid-19 SPA 20 Apr 2021 -- Pakistan recorded, in the past 24 hours, 5,445 cases of Covid-19, along with 137 new deaths.
- Pakistan Lawmakers To Vote To Expel French Ambassador After Protests RFE/RL Gandhara 20 Apr 2021 -- Pakistan's interior minister says the government will seek a vote in parliament to expel the French ambassador after violent anti-France protests by Islamists.
- Pakistan parliament to decide on French envoy expulsion after anti-France protests Press TV 20 Apr 2021 -- Pakistan's parliament is set to vote on whether to expel the French ambassador over the publication of derogatory cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in France, which sparked large-scale protests in the Asian country.
- Pakistan Lawmakers Debate French Envoy's Expulsion VOA 20 Apr 2021 -- Pakistan's parliament began debating a resolution Tuesday on whether the French ambassador should be ordered to leave the country over the publication of anti-Islam caricatures in France.
- Three People Killed As Pakistani Police Clash With Group Demanding French Envoy's Expulsion RFE/RL Gandhara 18 Apr 2021 -- Pakistani officials say at least three people have been killed in fresh clashes between police and supporters of a banned Islamist group seeking the expulsion of the French envoy over the publication of cartoons in France depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
- In Pakistan, Clashes Between Police, Islamists Reportedly Leave 2 Dead VOA 18 Apr 2021 -- Clashes between a recently banned Islamist party and police in Pakistan's second-largest city, Lahore, reportedly left at least two people dead and scores of others wounded Sunday.
- Pakistan PM: Insulting Islam's Prophet Should Be Same as Denying Holocaust VOA 17 Apr 2021 -- Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is urging Western governments to criminalize any insulting remarks against Islam's Prophet Muhammad and treat offenders the same way they do those who deny the Holocaust.
- Pakistan Temporarily Blocks Social Media Apps After Violent Protests RFE/RL Gandhara 16 Apr 2021 -- Pakistani authorities have restored access to several social media and instant messaging platforms after blocking them for several hours following days of violent protests by followers of a radical Islamist party.
- Pakistan Blocks Social Media Amid Crackdown on Islamists VOA 16 Apr 2021 -- Pakistan temporarily blocked access to all social media platforms Friday amid a crackdown on a radical Islamist party leading recent nationwide violent demonstrations against France over the publication of anti-Islam cartoons in a French magazine.
- France Advises Citizens To Leave Pakistan Due To 'Serious Threats' RFE/RL Gandhara 15 Apr 2021 -- France is advising its citizens and companies to temporarily leave Pakistan following violent anti-French rallies in the South Asian nation.
- France Advises Citizens to Leave Pakistan for Security Reasons VOA 15 Apr 2021 -- France advised its citizens and companies Thursday to temporarily leave Pakistan, citing "serious threats to French interests" in the South Asian nation.
- Pakistan to ban religious group as supporters hold violent street protests Press TV 15 Apr 2021 -- Supporters of a Pakistani religious groups have held street protests after the government announced it mulled outlawing a religious group that has been organizing violent protests against France over publication of cartoons against the Prophet of Islam.
- Pakistan To Ban Radical Islamist Party Behind Anti-French Rallies RFE/RL Gandhara 14 Apr 2021 -- The Pakistani government says it will ban a radical Islamist party that has spearheaded violent anti-French rallies in the South Asian nation.
- Pakistan Bans Radical Islamist Party Following Clashes VOA 14 Apr 2021 -- Pakistan announced Wednesday that it would ban radical Islamist party Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan after its supporters clashed with law enforcement for a third day, leaving seven dead and injuring more than 300 police.
- Pakistan Islamists Clash With Police, Killing 4 VOA 13 Apr 2021 -- Activists who are members of an Islamist party in Pakistan clashed with police and refused to unblock highways across many parts of the country for a second day Tuesday to protest the arrest of their leader.
- Pakistani Police Clash With Protesters After Arrest Of Radical Islamist Leader RFE/RL Gandhara 12 Apr 2021 -- Protests erupted in major Pakistani cities after authorities arrested the leader of a radical Islamist party who has spearheaded anti-French rallies in the South Asian nation.
- Backlash Grows Against Pakistani Law Criminalizing Criticism Of Military RFE/RL Gandhara 08 Apr 2021 -- Rights advocates, opposition politicians, and lawyers have opposed draft changes to the Pakistani criminal law that recommend a two-year prison sentence or more than $3,200 in fines for anyone who "intentionally ridicules, brings into disrepute or defames" the country's military.
- Pakistan approves China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use People's Daily 10 Apr 2021 -- The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has approved China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, the National Institute of Health in Islamabad confirmed on Friday.
- Pakistan Records 5312 New Cases of Covid-19 SPA 09 Apr 2021 -- Pakistan recorded 5,312 new cases of the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), and 105 deaths, during the past 24 hours.
- 'Security Threat' Prompts Afghans to Turn Back Plane Carrying Pakistan Lawmakers VOA 08 Apr 2021 -- Officials in Afghanistan said a plane carrying a high-profile Pakistan parliamentary delegation was turned back Thursday as it was about to land in Kabul after explosives were found at the airport.
- Just Before Landing In Kabul, Pakistani Delegation Trip Canceled RFE/RL Gandhara 08 Apr 2021 -- The visit of a Pakistani parliamentary delegation to Afghanistan has been scrapped just as the plane carrying the officials was about to land in Kabul.
- Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases cross 700,000 mark People's Daily 07 Apr 2021 -- As Pakistan is struggling to contain the third wave of COVID-19, the country reported 4,004 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 700,188, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Wednesday.
- Russia, Pakistan Agree to Boost Military Cooperation Against Terror, Sea Piracy VOA 07 Apr 2021 -- Russia reaffirmed Wednesday it will enhance security cooperation with Pakistan by strengthening the South Asian nation's "potential" to fight terrorism, which is to include supplying Islamabad with the "relevant military" hardware.
- Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference with Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Islamabad, April 7, 2021 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 07 Apr 2021
- In Pakistan, Russia's Lavrov Pledges Bilateral Boost To Combat Terrorism RFE/RL Gandhara 07 Apr 2021 -- Visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Islamabad on April 7 that Russia will provide unspecified military equipment to Pakistan as the two countries increase cooperation to fight terrorism.
- Russia's Top Diplomat In Pakistan To Discuss Afghan Peace Process RFE/RL Gandhara 06 Apr 2021 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Pakistan on April 6 for a two-day trip expected to focus on efforts to bring peace to neighboring Afghanistan.
- Russia's Lavrov in Pakistan to Discuss Bilateral Ties, Afghan Peace VOA 06 Apr 2021 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov began a two-day official visit Tuesday to Pakistan amid growing diplomatic, economic, and military ties between the two countries.
- Iran-Pakistan joint naval drill ends in Persian gulf, Oman Sea IRNA 06 Apr 2021 -- The joint naval exercise between the two Iranian and Pakistani Navies ended with the presence of the two countries' navy carriers and various maritime scenarios in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
- Iran, Pakistan navies hold combined naval exercise in Persian Gulf, Sea of Oman ISNA 06 Apr 2021 -- The Pakistan carrier group departs Bandar Abbas for a designated area on Tuesday to conduct a combined naval exercise in the Persian Gulf's water and the Sea of Oman.
- Iran, Pakistan naval forces hold joint maritime exercise in Persian Gulf waters Press TV 06 Apr 2021 -- Iranian naval forces and a visiting flotilla of warships from the Pakistan Navy have staged joint exercises in the Persian Gulf, which extended to the Strait of Hormuz and the northern part of the Indian Ocean.
- Pakistani Terrorism Court Judge Shot Dead In 'Targeted Attack' RFE/RL Gandhara 05 Apr 2021 -- Pakistani officials say a terrorism court judge and three of his family members have been shot dead in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
- Iran, Pakistan to hold combined naval exercise ISNA 04 Apr 2021 -- Iran-Pakistan combined naval exercise will be held in coming days with the participation of navies of the two countries.
- Pakistan Navy's flotilla docks at Bandar Abbas ISNA 03 Apr 2021 -- Pakistani Navy's flotilla docked at Iranian Navy's first region in the port city of Bandar Abbas on Saturday.
- Iranian, Pakistani Armies cooperate to support maritime security IRNA 03 Apr 2021 -- Iranian and Pakistani Navy forces cooperate to support maritime security, an Iranian official has announced on Saturday.
- Pakistan Records 5,234 New Cases of Covid-19 SPA 02 Apr 2021 -- Pakistan recorded 5,234 new cases of the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), and 83 deaths, during the past 24 hours.
- 2 batches of purchased Chinese COVID-19 vaccines handed over to Pakistan People's Daily 01 Apr 2021 -- The first batch of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines and the first batch of CanSino COVID-19 vaccines that the Pakistani government purchased were officially handed over to the Pakistani side with a ceremony held at the Noor Khan Air Base near the country's capital Islamabad on Wednesday.
- Pakistan Seen As Repeating 'Pyrrhic Victory' In Afghanistan RFE/RL Gandhara 01 Apr 2021 -- Pakistani leaders have spent decades touting their role in shaping the various phases of war in Afghanistan that saw Islamabad gain influence in Afghan politics despite its often-acrimonious relationship with Kabul.
- Pakistan 'Defers' Plans to Resume Trade with India VOA 01 Apr 2021 -- Pakistan's Cabinet postponed plans Thursday to resume trade links with archrival India, apparently after strong domestic backlash against such a move.
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