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Contemporary Regional Developments in Pakistan

23rd December - 30th December
  • Pakistan Army warned US against ‘unilateral action in Pakistan’. Talking to media, DG ISPR said on December 28, 2017 that despite Pakistan’s desire for cooperation on Afghanistan, there could be no compromise on national respect and sovereignty.
  • The United States' threats against Pakistan can harm the existing coordination and cooperation between the two countries, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor.
  • Pakistan is not in habit of taking notices from anyone, let alone US, said Pakistan’s Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani on December 23, 2017. He made this statement in response to a warning from United States (US) Vice President (VP) Mike Pence.
  • CIA Director Mike Pompeo had also warned in start of the December 2017 that the US would do everything it could to ensure the elimination of “terrorist safe havens” in Pakistan.
  • Terrorist safe heavens exist in ungoverned areas of Afghanistan, not Pakistan, Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi responded to the US allegations on December 23. There is no military solution to the problem she emphasized.
  • China expressed its willingness to "improve relations" between Pakistan and Afghanistan during the first trilateral dialogue between China, Afghanistan and Pakistan's foreign ministers which was held in Beijing, on December 26, 2017.
  • The trilateral meeting was part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s initiative to strengthen relations and develop cooperation between the three neighboring countries.
16th December - 22nd December
  • Pakistan reject the allegations levelled in the Trump’s administration first foreign policy announced on December 18, 2017. FO said that the "unsubstantiated" and "unfounded" allegations are contrary to the ground realities. Pakistan is committed to its counterterrorism efforts.
  • The new US policy insists that Pakistan take action against militants on its soil and intensify its counterterrorism efforts if it wants to continue its partnership with the United States.
  • The US will take unilateral actions in areas of divergence with Pakistan fight against terrorism while expanding cooperation between the two countries where their interests converge.This was expressed by the Trump Administration to the US Congress on December 16, 2017.
  • Pakistan is obliged to help the US; Trump says while revealing his National Security Strategy.
  • The Trump administration urges Pakistan in its first foreign policy announced on December 18, 2017 to demonstrate as a “responsible steward” of its nuclear assets and warns that the fear of a nuclear conflict with India remains a key concern in Washington.
8th December - 15th December
  • The US will reimburse up to $700 million to Pakistan for supporting US military operations in Afghanistan.
  • The countries are unwilling to raise the issue of Kashmir at international level, including the UN because of India’s influence and economic power, according to Massod Khan, a former Pakistani Ambassador to the UN now President of Azad Kashmir.
  • “India has strategic alliances with certain countries. Because of the lucrative deals that it offers to powerful countries in the West, it has practically imposed a gag order on Kashmir,” Khan said on December in response to a question at the Atlantic Council, a top American think-tank in Washington.
  • Pakistan participated in a special summit of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Jerusalem held on December 13, 2017, in Istanbul Turkey. The Muslim nations gathered in Istanbul collectively voiced against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and considered it a severe blow to the peace in the Middle East.
  • Pakistan proposed an all-encompassing strategic pact between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia for deepening the defence ties between the two countries on December 12, 2017. Despite the enduring relations between the two countries, there was no formal strategic cooperation agreement said by Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir to Saudi officials.
  • Pakistan condemned US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, describing the move as a severe blow to the Middle East peace process.
1st December - 7th December
  • Pakistan did not know about the whereabouts of Osama Bib Laden said Obama at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on December 1, 2017, "we had no evidence that Pakistan was aware of his presence — that is something that we looked at."
  • US Defence Secretary James Mattis visited Pakistan on December 4, 2017 for the first time since taking over the charge of the Pentagon, to persuade Pakistan to do more against the alleged terrorist sanctuaries on Pak-Afghan Border and to discuss President Trump's new regional strategy.
  • Pakistan’s Prime Minister denied any presence of terrorist sanctuaries on its soil and General Bajwa told the US Defence Secretary that Pakistan has done much more than its share. However Pakistani leadership agreed on the need for better cooperation between the two countries and called for ‘broad based engagement’.
  • Pakistan participated in the first SCO Heads of Government meeting after achieving full membership in June this year, at Sochi, Russia, from November 30 to December 1, 2017.
  • Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the first unit of Port Qasim coal-fired power plant on November 29, 2017 marking the second of the major energy projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) started to generate 660 mw electricity
  • A steep decline in the US economic and military assistance to Pakis¬tan as detailed in a Cong¬ressional report in November 2017 from more than $2.2 billion a year immediately after 9/11 to less than $350 million a year, sought for 2018, could also hurt Washington’s desire to prevent cross-border attacks into Afghanistan.

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