News Updates

22 December - 31 December
  • Pakistan renews request for Chenab hydropower projects inspection
    Pakistan has once again urged India to fulfil its commitment made in August this year of getting its two hydropower projects — 1,000MW Pakal Dul and 48MW Lower Kalnal — inspected by Pakistani experts.
  • "We have once again requested our counterpart, Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters, through a letter on December 24 to immediately schedule our experts’ tour to inspect 1,000MW Pakal Dul and 48MW Lower Kalnal at Chenab Basin," Pakistani Commissioner for Indus Waters Mehr Ali Shah told Dawn on Friday. (Dawn, December 29, 2018)
  • Qureshi meets Chinese foreign minister in Beijing
    Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Beijing on Tuesday morning on the third leg of his whirlwind three-day four-nation tour, following visits to Afghanistan and Iran.
    The foreign minister's tour to Afghanistan, Iran, China and Russia is aimed at taking regional countries on board about Pakistan's fresh push to jumpstart the Afghan reconciliation process. (Dawn, December 25, 2018)
  • FM Qureshi discusses Afghan peace, regional situation during day-long visit to Qatar
    Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met the Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani and other top officials during a one-day trip to Doha on Sunday.
  • Qureshi and the Qatari officials in their meetings discussed the overall regional situation, as well as the Afghan peace process. (Dawn, December 30, 2018)
  • PM, Qatari emir discuss Afghan peace process
    Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday spoke to Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani while Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi embarked on a four-nation tour aimed at taking regional countries on board about Pakistan’s fresh push to jumpstart the Afghan reconciliation process. (Dawn, December 25, 2018)
15 December - 21 December
  • US praises Pakistan for promoting Afghan talks
    The United States has said that it welcomes Pakistan’s efforts to promote peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
    The acknowledgement came a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Pakistan had arranged another round of talks between the US and Taliban officials but he did not say when and where. (Dawn, December 17, 2018)
  • Fanning differences won’t help improve US-Pak ties: Congressman
    Suspending aid and elevating controversial issues above all other concerns is not the way to deal with Pakistan, says Congressman Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat. “I am disappointed in some of the remarks and actions that have been made by the Trump administration,” adds Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. “They do not characterise the totality of our relationship.” (Dawn. December 21, 2018)
  • Pakistan being praised for the role in US-Taliban talks: Qureshi
    Speaking about what he described as successes of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government in the country’s foreign affairs, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the Senate that those lobbying against Pakistan had failed and the country was being praised for its role in the recently held talks between the United States and Taliban. (Dawn. December 21, 2018)
  • ‘CPEC transformational for Pakistan’
    The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is potentially transformational for Pakistan and we are keen to participate in the opportunities it offers, said UK Deputy High Commissioner and Trade Director Elin Burns. In an interaction with media, she said that UK is investing in Pakistan for the long-term. (Dawn. December 21, 2018)
  • Accord signed with China to widen industrial cooperation
    Pakistan and China on Thursday signed an agreement to expand industrial cooperation in diverse fields and attract investment in special economic zones.
    According to a press release, the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in Beijing at the eighth meeting of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Joint Coordination Committee (JCC). (Dawn, December 21, 2018)
08 December - 14 December
  • ‘US wants to help Pakistan protect its economy’
    The core purpose of US economic engagement with Pakistan is to ensure that it’s not a failure in the future and stops being such a poor country, says a senior official of the US Treasury Department.
  • David Malpass, Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing that the Trump administration also wants to ensure that any IMF loan to Pakistan is not used to repay its Chinese debt.
  • Pakistan is seeking an $8 billion extended loan facility from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail itself out of a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple its economy. The two parties are still discussing the package and a final decision is expected early next month. (Dawn, December 14, 2018)
  • Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi says there are chances of restoration of a dialogue with the US government for the restoration of American financial assistance to Pakistan. Minister said the government was making efforts to bring foreign investment to the country to improve economy. He said foreign missions abroad had been asked to make efforts to bring investment to Pakistan. (Dawn, December 10, 2018)
  • Pakistan rejects 'politically motivated' listing as violator of religious freedoms by US As Washington announced that Islamabad had been added to a list of violators of religious freedoms, Pakistan rejected the "unilateral and politically motivated pronouncement", and suggested the US introspect over the "exponential rise" of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in America. (Dawn, December 12, 2018)
  • CEPEC is Pakistan’s national priority, China told
    Pakistan reaffirmed its commitment to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) by pledging to complete it as a national priority. The assurance was conveyed to the Chinese side by the Foreign Office at the inaugural round of bilateral political consultations. Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua led the Pakistani delegation at the meeting, while the Chinese side was headed by Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou. (Dawn, December 11, 2018)
01 December - 07 December
  • Pak-India trade much below full potential: World Bank
    Trade between Pakistan and India is only valued at a little over $2 billion, but it could be as high as $37bn, says a World Bank report.
    The current trade between the two countries is much below its full potential. It could only be harnessed if both countries agreed to tear down artificial barriers. The bank also estimated Pakistan’s potential trade with South Asia at $39.7bn against the actual current trade of $5.1bn. (Dawn, December 06, 2018)
  • Letter to PM: Trump 'acknowledges Afghan war cost both USA, Pakistan'
    "President Trump has also acknowledged that the war had cost both USA and Pakistan," the statement added. "He has emphasised that Pakistan and USA should explore opportunities to work together and renew partnership."
    The ministry "welcomed" the US decision for negotiations, noting that "Pakistan has always advocated a political settlement to end war in Afghanistan". (Dawn News, December 03, 2018)
  • PM reiterates Pakistan's 'abiding interest' for Afghan peace in meeting with US envoy Khalilzad. (Dawn News, December 05, 2018)
  • Islamabad knows peace in Afghanistan unlikely without its support: US general A senior US general has informed Congress that Pakistan knows very clearly there can be no peace in Afghanistan without their assistance and the United States has to make it “attractive” for them to cooperate. Lt Gen Kenneth F. McKenzie, the next commander of the US Central Command, also said at his confirmation hearing that the death toll of Afghan security forces was unsustainable and that’s why a peace deal was needed. (Dawn News, December 06, 2018)
  • Western route not part of CPEC, says BAP leader
    Ruling Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) founder Saeed Ahmed Hashmi has said that federal Minister for Planning Khusro Bakhtiar has confirmed that western route is not part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “The apprehensions of the people and political forces of Balochistan have proved to be true after the federal minister’s statement,” Mr Hashmi said while talking to journalists here. (Dawn, December 07, 2018)
  • Pakistan, Iran agree to fully support Afghan peace efforts
    Pakistan and Iran have agreed to extend full support to the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned efforts for peace in Afghanistan.
    This consensus was reached during the 10th round of Pak-Iran Bilateral Political Consultations held here. Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Syed Abbas Araghchi led their respective delegations at the meeting. (Dawn, December 05, 2018)
  • Sushma Swaraj criticises Qureshi's 'googly' remark, terms it disrespectful to Sikhs When Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was highlighting his ministry’s 100-days performance during an event held by the PTI government to mark its century of days in power, he referred to the opening of Kartarpur border crossing as a ‘googly’ bowled by Prime Minister Imran Khan which compelled the Indian government into sending two of their ministers to Pakistan to attend the groundbreaking ceremony. (Dawn, December 02, 2018)
  • China hails opening of Kartarpur corridor
    China while welcoming the opening of the Kartarpur corridor for Sikh pilgrims by Pakistan said on Monday that China was pleased to see the interactions between Pakistan and India.
  • “We are glad to see very good interactions between Pakistan and India," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said during his regular briefing while responding to a question. (Dawn, December 04, 2018)