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October 2021 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Pakistan, Islamist Group Strike Deal To End Protest March RFE/RL Gandhara 31 Oct 2021 -- Pakistan's government and an outlawed radical Islamist party have reached an agreement to end a 10-day-long -- and at times deadly violent -- march calling for the closure of France's embassy and the release of the party's leader.
- Pakistan Beefs Up Security As Banned Islamist Group Resumes March On Capital RFE/RL Gandhara 29 Oct 2021 -- Paramilitary troops were deployed in the central Pakistani province of Punjab on October 29 to confront thousands of supporters of a banned Islamist party on a protest march toward the capital despite warnings from the government.
- Thousands of Islamists Travel Toward Pakistani Capital for Protest VOA 29 Oct 2021 -- Thousands of protesters from a banned Islamist group traveled toward Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, Friday in a bid to get their leader released from prison and force the government to expel the French ambassador.
- Taliban Install Diplomats in Pakistan Embassy, Missions VOA 28 Oct 2021 -- Taliban diplomats have started work in the Afghan embassy in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, and at Afghan consulates in other Pakistani cities, two Taliban officials and two Afghan diplomats told VOA Thursday. VOA has obtained copies of official Taliban notifications sent to the Afghan embassy in Islamabad.
- After Afghan Withdrawal, US, Pakistan Work to Rebuild Trust VOA 28 Oct 2021 -- Former U.S. officials say the withdrawal of U.S. coalition forces from Afghanistan has changed the political calculus of U.S.-Pakistan relations, making Washington less reliant on Islamabad when it comes to counterterrorism activities.
- UNHCR Welcomes Pakistan Easing Restrictions at Afghan Border Crossings VOA 27 Oct 2021 -- The U.N. refugee agency says it welcomes recent steps by Pakistan to ease restrictions at official border points with neighboring Afghanistan. The agency says this enables smoother movement of goods into troubled Afghanistan, and keep people from turning to human smugglers to cross the border.
- 'It's Getting Difficult To Survive': Uproar In Pakistan Over Soaring Inflation RFE/RL Gandhara 27 Oct 2021 -- Saeed Khan works two jobs: teaching at a private school and driving passengers on a rickshaw. Even then, the father of five is struggling to make ends meet.
- Deadly Violence Erupts As Banned Pakistani Islamist Group Renews March RFE/RL Gandhara 27 Oct 2021 -- Three Pakistani police officers were killed and 70 others wounded by gunfire during clashes with activists of a banned Islamist party, the interior minister said.
- Pakistan, China Launch Joint Appeal For Humanitarian Aid To Afghanistan RFE/RL Gandhara 26 Oct 2021 -- The leaders of Pakistan and China on October 26 launched a joint appeal to the international community calling for urgent humanitarian and economic aid to Afghanistan, where people are facing food and medicine shortages in the coming winter.
- Pakistan Prime Minister Appoints New Spymaster RFE/RL Gandhara 26 Oct 2021 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed a new head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency after weeks of speculation about a rift between civil and military leadership on the issue.
- Pakistan Releases Hundreds Of Protesters Detained During Violent Clashes With Police RFE/RL Gandhara 25 Oct 2021 -- Pakistani authorities say they have released hundreds of activists of a radical Islamist party who had been arrested during deadly clashes with police at the weekend.
- Facing No-Confidence Vote, Head of Pakistan's Balochistan Province Resigns RFE/RL Gandhara 24 Oct 2021 -- The chief minister of Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan Province has resigned hours ahead of a vote of 'no confidence' against him in the regional parliament.
- Pakistani Islamists Suspend Protest March Under Deal With Government RFE/RL Gandhara 24 Oct 2021 -- A radical Islamist party in Pakistan agreed on October 24 to suspend a protest march for three days after Pakistani authorities vowed to drop pending charges against the party's leader.
- Pakistan denies deal on US use of airspace for Afghanistan attacks Press TV 23 Oct 2021 -- Pakistan has denied a report on a formal agreement for the use of its airspace by the United States to conduct military strikes in Afghanistan, saying there is "no such understanding" between the two countries.
- Pakistan Denies Reports of Preparing to Sign Airspace Agreement With US Sputnik 23 Oct 2021 -- Pakistani Foreign Ministry has denied media reports about the possibility of signing an agreement with the United States on the use of the country's airspace for operations against terrorists in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan, US Discussing Counterterror Use of Airspace VOA 23 Oct 2021 -- Pakistan stopped short Saturday of refuting media claims it is working out a deal for the use of its airspace by the United States to launch counterterrorism military missions in neighboring Afghanistan.
- Nine ISIS terrorists killed in Pakistan's Balochistan IRNA 23 Oct 2021 -- Nine Daesh terrorists were killed by the counter terrorism forces during an operation in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan Province.
- At Least Four Killed As Violence Erupts At Protest By Pakistani Religious Party RFE/RL Gandhara 22 Oct 2021 -- At least two Pakistani police officers and two protesters were killed in clashes that erupted between security forces and supporters of the banned Islamist Tehrik-e Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party in the eastern city of Lahore on October 22, a police spokesman and witnesses said.
- Tensions High In Islamabad Ahead Of March By Hard-Line Religious Party RFE/RL Gandhara 22 Oct 2021 -- Pakistani police have blocked major arteries leading to the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi and deployed heavy contingents of officers as the authorities brace for a march organized by the banned Tehrik-e Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party.
- Pakistan Kept On Terrorism Financing Watchlist Despite Progress RFE/RL Gandhara 22 Oct 2021 -- A global money-laundering watchdog has called on Pakistan to "continue to make progress as soon as possible " to address the one remaining recommendation that is preventing the country from being removed from a so-called gray list of terrorism financing.
- Pakistani Foreign Minister Pledges To Expand Trade After Visit To Kabul RFE/RL Gandhara 21 Oct 2021 -- Pakistan's foreign minister has visited Kabul for the first time since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, pledging to help its neighbor avoid an economic collapse.
- Taliban Attacks Kill Several Members Of Pakistan's Security Forces RFE/RL Gandhara 20 Oct 2021 -- At least five members of the Pakistani security forces were killed in attacks in the northwest of the country on October 20.
- Pakistan military claims it blocked Indian submarine incursion Press TV 19 Oct 2021 -- Pakistan's military claims it "detected and blocked" an Indian military submarine from entering Pakistani territorial waters earlier this week.
- Pakistan Claims to Have Prevented 'Indian Submarine' From Violating Its Maritime Borders Sputnik 19 Oct 2021 -- The incident was reported by the Pakistan Navy amid a strict ceasefire at the border that has been followed by the two South Asian rivals since February this year.
- Pakistan Says it Blocked Indian Submarine Attempt to Enter its Waters VOA 19 Oct 2021 -- Pakistan said Tuesday its naval forces had detected and blocked an Indian submarine from entering Pakistani territorial waters.
- Police Officer Killed, Others Wounded In Balochistan Blast RFE/RL Gandhara 18 Oct 2021 -- Pakistani officials say one police officer has been killed and at least 17 other people wounded in an explosion in the restive southwestern province of Balochistan.
- Pakistan Opens Air Route to Facilitate Afghan Transit Trade VOA 16 Oct 2021 -- Pakistan has opened its air trade route for the first time to commercial cargo destined to landlocked Afghanistan to help its war-torn neighbor's Taliban government deal with a deepening economic crisis.
- US Donates 9.6 Million Additional COVID Vaccine Doses to Pakistan VOA 15 Oct 2021 -- The United States announced Friday an additional 9.6 million doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are being shipped to Pakistan through the global vaccine-sharing COVAX initiative.
- Pakistan's Imran Khan Under Fire For Claiming Pashtuns Are Taliban Sympathizers RFE/RL Gandhara 15 Oct 2021 -- After captaining Pakistan to its first-ever Cricket World Cup in 1992, Imran Khan embarked on a victory tour of the South Asian nation.
- Pakistan Suspends Flights to Kabul Over 'Inappropriate' Taliban Behavior VOA 14 Oct 2021 -- Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Thursday suspended flights to Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, over what the state-run carrier alleged was "heavy-handed" interference by the neighboring country's ruling Taliban.
- Top Iran, Pakistan military officials discuss enhanced naval cooperation, key security issues Press TV 14 Oct 2021 -- Top Iranian and Pakistani military officials have discussed possible ways to improve cooperation in various fields, particularly naval security, among a wide range of other topics.
- Indian Port Operator Bans Cargo Containers From Iran RFE/RL 12 Oct 2021 -- India's biggest ports operator has announced that it will refuse containerized cargo from Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan after mid-November in a ban that is thought to stem for a major recent heroin seizure.
- Father of Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons Program Dead at 85 VOA 10 Oct 2021 -- Abdul Qadeer Khan, revered as the father of Pakistan's nuclear weapon program, died at 85 at a hospital in Islamabad early Sunday after a prolonged illness.
- A.Q. Khan, Controversial Father Of Pakistan's Nuclear Program, Dead At 85 RFE/RL Gandhara 10 Oct 2021 -- A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan's nuclear-weapons program, has died in Islamabad at the age of 85.
- AQ Khan, father of Pakistan's nuclear program, dies at 85 Press TV 10 Oct 2021 -- Abdul Qadeer Khan, the celebrated scientist who was regarded as the architect of Pakistan's nuclear program, has died at the age of 85.
- Father of Pakistan's Nuclear Programme Abdul Qadeer Khan Passes Away at 85, Reports Suggest Sputnik 10 Oct 2021 -- The renowned Pakistani scientist considered the father of the nation's nuclear programme, Abdul Qadeer Khan, passed away due to collapsed lungs on 10 October at the age of 85, media reported.
- US delivers abrupt message of downgrading ties with Pakistan: Report Press TV 10 Oct 2021 -- With relations remaining frosty between the United States and Pakistan against the backdrop of the Taliban takeover of neighboring Afghanistan, a senior US official visiting Islamabad has made clear to Pakistan that the administration of US President Joe Biden has downgraded the bilateral relationship, a media report says.
- Targeted Civilian Killings Shock Region of Indian-Administered Kashmir VOA 09 Oct 2021 -- The road leading toward a cremation ground in the Batamaloo neighborhood of Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir on Friday reverberated with chants of "Great is the God" and "We Want Justice" as thousands of Sikh mourners carried a body at shoulder height to fulfill its last rites.
- Deputy Secretary Sherman's Meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi US Dept. of State 08 Oct 2021
- Deputy Secretary Sherman's Meeting with Pakistani National Security Advisor Yusuf US Dept. of State 08 Oct 2021
- Senior US Diplomat in Pakistan for Official Talks VOA 07 Oct 2021 -- Developments in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan are likely to dominate the discussions between U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and senior Pakistani officials during the American's high-profile visit to Islamabad this week.
- Pakistan Names New Spy Chief; Outgoing Head Takes Army Post VOA 06 Oct 2021 -- Pakistan has appointed Lieutenant General Nadeem Anjum as the country's new spy chief.
- Five Soldiers Said Killed In Ambush By Pakistani Taliban RFE/RL Gandhara 02 Oct 2021 -- Five members of Pakistan's security forces have been killed in an attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban in the North Waziristan tribal region, officials told RFE/RL.
- Pakistani Taliban Denies Cease-Fire Talks With Government RFE/RL Gandhara 01 Oct 2021 -- The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has rejected claims by Pakistan's prime minister that the government is holding talks with the militant group to reach a cease-fire.
- Pakistan's PM Says Peace Talks Underway With Pakistani Taliban VOA 01 Oct 2021 -- Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan, has said his government is engaged in peace talks with "some groups" of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan or TTP, an alliance of outlawed militant groups waging terrorist attacks in the country.
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