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June 2021 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Khan: Pakistan Can Never Again Be US Partner in War VOA 30 Jun 2021 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday denounced as "idiocy" his country's past policy of becoming a "front-line state" in the U.S.-led war against terrorism in Afghanistan, blaming the policy for the persistent security and economic challenges facing Islamabad.
- Three Pakistani Paramilitary Troops Killed in Militant Attack RFE/RL Gandhara 30 Jun 2021 -- At least three members of Pakistan's paramilitary forces have been killed and three others wounded in a clash with militant attackers in the South Waziristan tribal district of the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province that borders Afghanistan, police said on June 30.
- Pakistani Terrorist, Top Lashkar-e-Taiba Commander Gunned Down in Kashmir Encounter Sputnik 29 Jun 2021 -- The killing of the two terror suspects in the volatile Kashmir region comes against the backdrop of the first-ever drone attack on an Indian Air Force (IAF) base in the region, close to the Pakistani border. Several other drones have since been spotted in Jammu and Kashmir's airspace, prompting Indian intelligence agencies to be on high alert.
- Balochistan Court Claims Right to Name Commission To Probe Politician's Death RFE/RL Gandhara 29 Jun 2021 -- The top court in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan has said it, not the provincial government, should nominate the members of a proposed judicial commission to investigate the recent death of opposition politician Usman Khan Kakar.
- Pakistan-Based Lashkar-e-Taiba Involved in Drone Attack on Indian Air Force Base, Says Initial Probe Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- Two drones were used to carry out an attack on an Indian Air Force station in Jammu on the morning of 27 June. One caused minor damage to the roof of a building while another bomb exploded in an open area, sources revealed to Sputnik on Sunday. The attack targeted the Air Traffic Control (ATC) building and parked Mi-17 helicopters.
- Judicial Commission To Probe Pakistani Opposition Politician's Death RFE/RL Gandhara 28 Jun 2021 -- Pakistani authorities say they have set up a judicial commission to investigate the death of opposition politician Usman Khan Kakar a week ago.
- Pakistani Protesters End Monthlong Demonstration After Government Agreement RFE/RL Gandhara 27 Jun 2021 -- Protesters in Pakistan's northwestern Bannu district have ended their monthlong demonstration following the latest round of talks with the government.
- More Suspects Arrested Following Deadly Lahore Bombing RFE/RL Gandhara 26 Jun 2021 -- Counterterrorism police in Pakistan have arrested three more people in connection with a deadly car-bomb blast in the eastern city of Lahore, bringing the total number of suspects in custody to five.
- Pakistan To Remain On Terrorism Financing Watch List Despite Progress RFE/RL Gandhara 25 Jun 2021 -- A global money-laundering watchdog has urged Pakistan to "continue to make progress" on the one remaining recommendation that still prevents the country from being removed from a so-called gray list of terrorism financing.
- Five Pakistani Soldiers Killed In Balochistan Ambush RFE/RL Gandhara 25 Jun 2021 -- The Pakistani military says five members of the paramilitary Frontier Corps have been killed in an ambush in the volatile southwestern province of Balochistan.
- Researchers Say Islamic World 'Actively Collaborating' With China's Global Campaign Against Uyghurs RFE/RL 24 Jun 2021 -- In 1997, the government of Pakistan deported 14 Uyghurs accused by Beijing of being terrorists plotting to split Xinjiang, China's heavily Muslim western province, away from the rest of the country. Upon being driven across Pakistan's eastern border with China, they were summarily executed.
- Three People Killed, Scores Wounded In Lahore Bomb Blast RFE/RL Gandhara 23 Jun 2021 -- Pakistani officials say a powerful bomb blast has killed three people and wounded 14 others in the eastern city of Lahore.
- Casualties Reported As Police Clash With Protesters In Northwestern Pakistan RFE/RL Gandhara 23 Jun 2021 -- A violent clash has erupted in northwestern Pakistan between police and residents protesting the authorities' failure to arrest the killers of a local tribal elder.
- Pakistani Support Base Bolsters Taliban As U.S. Exits RFE/RL Gandhara 22 Jun 2021 -- Hafiz Naimatullah had his life ahead of him. Earlier this year he got married, and his conservative family had sent him to an Islamic school in the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan to study as a mullah or Muslim cleric.
- 'Absolutely Not': Imran Khan Swats Down CIA Request to Use Pakistani Bases for Afghanistan Ops Sputnik 19 Jun 2021 -- The Pentagon and US State Department have been pursuing former Soviet republics to Afghanistan's north as places to continue operations after the September 2021 withdrawal, but have so far had little luck, given their proximity and ties to the Russian Federation.
- Taliban Donations Soar in Pakistan Ahead of US Pullout From Afghanistan VOA 18 Jun 2021 -- Donations to the Afghan Taliban are on the upswing in Pakistan border regions as the militant group intensifies attacks against Afghan forces ahead of the U.S. troop withdrawal, locals told VOA.
- Tribesmen In Northwestern Pakistan Protest For 18th Day Over Insecurity RFE/RL Gandhara 17 Jun 2021 -- Hundreds of residents of Pakistan's northwestern Bannu district have protested for a 18th consecutive day demanding the government to get rid of militants and restore security in the area.
- Pakistan Bans Lawmakers After Parliament Brawl RFE/RL Gandhara 16 Jun 2021 -- Pakistan banned the entry of seven lawmakers into the parliament building in Islamabad following a scuffle in which opposition and ruling party MPs hurled copies of the budget book and shouted abuses at one another.
- Iran drops Pakistan, France from red list of air travel destinations Press TV 15 Jun 2021 -- Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) has allowed a resumption of flights to and from Pakistan and France after designating the two countries as safe enough considering the risk of infection with the coronavirus.
- Pashtun Clan Demands Protection From Taliban In Pakistan RFE/RL Gandhara 14 Jun 2021 -- In a desperate attempt to force authorities to take action against the Taliban, members of a Pashtun clan in western Pakistan are refusing to bury their dead and threatening to march on Islamabad.
- Pakistan Closes Six Iranian-Funded Schools In Quetta RFE/RL Gandhara 13 Jun 2021 -- The Pakistani government has shut down six unregistered, Iranian-funded schools in the southwestern city of Quetta, officials told RFE/RL on June 13.
- Pakistani Tribal Leaders Push Back Against Increased Military Drone Use Along Afghan Border RFE/RL Gandhara 11 Jun 2021 -- Pakistani tribal leaders in a conservative border region are complaining about surveillance drones flown by military and security services, saying they are an unwelcome intrusion and a violation of people's privacy.
- 'I'm Not Going Anywhere': Popular Pakistani Journalist Defiant Following TV Ban RFE/RL Gandhara 09 Jun 2021 -- Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan's most prominent television journalists, was the target of a powerful bomb in 2012 when high explosives were found planted under his car by police in Islamabad.
- Banned Pakistani TV Host Apologizes Over Speech Criticizing Military RFE/RL Gandhara 09 Jun 2021 -- Pakistan's most prominent TV presenter, who was taken off air by his employer last month after criticizing the military, has offered an apology saying he had no intention to defame anyone.
- Pakistan will not allow US to use its bases: Foreign minister Press TV 09 Jun 2021 -- Pakistan's foreign minister says the administration of Prime Minister Imran Khan will not give the US military access to any bases inside the country after the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
- What Pakistan's Relationship With China Tells Us About The Belt And Road Initiative RFE/RL Gandhara 08 Jun 2021 -- A recent study of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Pakistan suggests Beijing has less control over its massive development projects as was first thought and often has to alter its plans to accommodate Pakistani officials.
- US Not Seeking Pakistani Bases, 'Nor Is it Possible,' Pakistani Officials Tell VOA VOA 08 Jun 2021 -- Pakistan has formally conveyed to the United States that Islamabad will not provide military bases to Washington for counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan after all international troops exit the war-torn country, and the U.S. side has stopped raising the issue, senior Pakistani officials said.
- Pakistan Launches New Polio Vaccination Drive RFE/RL Gandhara 07 Jun 2021 -- Pakistan has launched a five-day anti-polio campaign to vaccinate more than 30 million children under the age of 5.
- US Sends Pakistan Health Supplies to Combat COVID-19 VOA 05 Jun 2021 -- The United States mobilized an airlift of critical health supplies that arrived in Pakistan Saturday to help the country combat the coronavirus outbreak.
- Pakistan Slams Afghan National Security Chief, Accuses Him of Spoiling Peace Process VOA 05 Jun 2021 -- Pakistan's top diplomat on Saturday publicly stated for the first time that his ministry had severed ties with Afghanistan's national security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib, over incendiary remarks about its southern neighbor that undermined regional peace efforts.
- China, Afghanistan, Pakistan reach consensus on promoting Afghan peace process, anti-terrorism PLA Daily 04 Jun 2021 -- The 4th China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue, hosted by Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, was held in Guiyang on Thursday.
- Pakistan, Tajikistan Sign Accords To Improve Bilateral Relations, Defense Ties RFE/RL Gandhara 03 Jun 2021 -- Pakistan and Tajikistan have signed several accords to boost ties between the two nations, including defense and armaments.
- Absence of Afghan Peace Deal Will Fuel Chaos, Terrorism After US Exit, Pakistan Warns VOA 02 Jun 2021 -- Pakistan's prime minister warned Wednesday that if warring parties in Afghanistan fail to reach a peace arrangement, "anarchy" will erupt in the turmoil-hit neighbor after the withdrawal of the United States and allied troops, threatening regional stability.
- Militants Kill Four Pakistani Soldiers In Twin Attacks RFE/RL Gandhara 01 Jun 2021 -- The Pakistani military says suspected militants in separate attacks raided a security post and targeted a vehicle carrying troops, resulting in the deaths of at least four soldiers and four militants.
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