News Updates

09 April - 22 April, 2019
  • No Pakistani soldier, citizen killed in air strike: Sushma
    Hours after an Indian minister admitted that no Pakistani soldier or civilian was killed in the air strike carried out on Balakot by the Indian Air Force on Feb 26, the public affairs wing of the military on expressed satisfaction, even joy, that truth had come out at last.
    “Finally the truth [has been revealed] underground reality compulsions,” said director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor in a tweet. (Dawn, April 19, 2019)
  • India suspends cross-LoC trade citing 'misuse of trade routes' between AJK and IHK
    The Indian government on suspended the cross-LoC (Line of Control) trade between the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and the part of Kashmir it occupies, in a move that evoked strong reactions from traders who feared the decision could force them into destitution.
    According to a notification issued by India’s Ministry of Home Affairs, the trade was suspended from both Chakothi-Uri and Tetrinote-Chakan da Bagh crossing points of the LoC because of the alleged "misuse of these routes by unnamed elements in Pakistan". (Dawn, April 19, 2019)
  • Pakistan hopes to re-engage with India through structured dialogue post elections: Sohail Mahmood
    Pakistan’s outgoing high commissioner to India, Sohail Mahmood, given to Press Trust of India, during which the diplomat emphasised the importance of diplomacy and dialogue in improving relations between the two countries. (Dawn, April 14, 2019)
  • Mehbooba Mufti accuses BJP of creating 'fear psychosis' in 'desperation to win election'
    Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of creating a "fear psychosis" under the guise of national security to prepare for another Balakot-like strike in desperation to win the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. (Dawn, April 15, 2019)
01 April - 08 April, 2019
  • India planning 'military action' against Pakistan this month, discloses foreign minister
    "I am speaking responsibly, I hold a position of responsibility, and I know the words I utter will be picked up by the international media," Qureshi prefaced."Preparations are being made, and there are chances of another attack against Pakistan. According to our information, the action could be taken between April 16 and 20. (Dawn, April 07, 2019)
  • US move not conducive to peace in South Asia: China
    The United States on April 3 vowed to utilize “all available avenues” to ensure Masood Azhar was held accountable but China warned Washington that this attitude could complicate an already tense situation in South Asai. (Dawn, April 4, 2019)
  • Envoy shares new plans for intra-Afghan talks
    US Special Envoy for Reconciliation in Afghanistan Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday shared his new plans with Pakistani interlocutors for breaking the protracted impasse on intra-Afghan dialogue and getting Afghan factions to commence their negotiations. (Dawn, April 6, 2019)
  • Qureshi, Pompeo stress importance of continuing Afgan peace process: FO
    Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, during a telephone conversation on Tuesday, stressed the importance of continuing the Afghan peace process, a Foreign Office press release said. (Dawn, April 02, 2019)
  • Kartarpur Corridor: Pakistan agrees to India's proposal for technical meeting on April 16
    Pakistan agreed to India's proposal for a meeting between technical experts from both sides on the Kartarpur Corridor on April 16. (Dawn, April 8, 2019)