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Contemporary Regional Developments in Pakistan

21st - 27th February
  • Pakistan’s National Security Committee resolves to reshape foreign policy. The Natio-nal Security Commit¬tee (NSC) on February 27 endorsed ‘recalibration of foreign policy’ for making it more regionally focused and the fight against terrorism would be dictated by national interests.
    (Dawn News, February 28, 2018)
  • India, Pakistan foreign secretaries may meet in Kabul. Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale will come face to face with his Pakistani counterpart, Tehmina Janjua, in Kabul this week for the Kabul conference, the Hindustan Times said on February 27. (Dawn News, February 28, 2018)
  • Pakistan may find itself on the blacklist of a global financial watchdog if it does not prepare a comprehensive action plan to eradicate terrorist financing by June, 2018.
    (Dawn News, February 26, 2018)
  • The exchange of artillery fire between India and Pakistan this week in the disputed Kashmir region forced hundreds of people to flee which is raising doubts about a 15-year-old ceasefire between the two countries.
    (Dawn News, February 26, 2018)
  • Senior Trump aide calls for ‘new relationship’ with Pakistan. After repeating allegations about Haqqani network sanctuaries and shortcomings in Pakistani efforts to check illicit financing, senior US National Security official Lisa Curtis said on February 28 that the Trump administration wanted a “new relationship” with Islamabad.
    (Dawn News, February 28, 2018)
14th - 20th February
  • Declaring Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism will not help: scholars
  • It was concluded in a discussion at a Washington think tank — Woodrow Wilson Centre’s Asia Programme that declaring Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism will create a situation that will be difficult to reverse, will fail in forcing Islamabad to change its policies and will not help the US cause in Afghanistan.
    (Dawn News, February 19, 2018)
  • By underlining Pakistan’s ‘deficiencies’ in countering terrorism, a resolution to place Pakistan on a global terror-financing watchlist had been submitted to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).. Not just the United States but others in the international community also have concerns about “Pakistan’s deficiencies” in implementing anti-money laundering and counterterrorism laws, says the US State Department.
    (Dawn News, February 17, 2018)
  • China has been quietly holding talks with Baloch militants for more than five years in an effort to protect the $60 billion worth of infrastructure projects it is financing as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Financial Times claimed on February 19, 2018.
    (Dawn News, February 20, 2018)
  • Taking a major decision, the army on February 15 announced that it is deploying troops in Saudi Arabia under an existing bilateral security pact. “In continuation of ongoing Pak-KSA bilateral security cooperation, a Pakistan Army contingent is being sent to KSA on training and advice mission,” the Inter-Services Public Relations announced after a meeting between Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa and Saudi Ambassador Nawaf Saeed Al-Maliki at the General Headquarters, which was said to be about “regional security situation”.
    (Dawn News, February 16, 2018)
  • "Pakistan will pay [back] India in its own coin in case of any misadventure," Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan warned when responding to Indian Foreign Minister Nirmala Sitharaman who directly blamed Pakistan following a militant attack on an Indian army camp in Sunjuwan in Jammu.
    (Dawn News, February 13, 2018)
5th - 13th February
  • Pakistan potentially faces a major climate change. Asian Development Bank climate change report paints apocalyptic scenario for Pakistan. It adds that climate change will impact the glaciers’ melting rate and precipitation patterns, particularly affecting the timing and strength of monsoon rainfall.
  • “Consequently, this will significantly impact the productivity and efficiency of water-dependent sectors such as agriculture and energy,” says the report.
    (Dawn News, February 07, 2018)
  • Trump administration has asked Congress to approve $336 million of civil and military aid to Pakistan for the next fiscal year, arguing that the proposed military assistance will help defeat Al Qaeda and the militant Islamic State (IS) group. Military aid to Pakistan will help defeat IS, Al Qaeda: US.
    (Dawn News, February 14, 2018)
  • The federal cabinet on February 13 approved new rules to tighten the noose around banned outfits in the country and block their financial assistances.
  • “The cabinet accorded approval, in principle, to Anti-Terrorism (Freezing and Seizure) Rules, 2018,” said a cabinet decision shared with the media.
    (Dawn News, February 14, 2018)
  • A bill was moved in the House said that non-defence aid to Pakistan should also end and the money set aside for this purpose should be invested in infrastructure projects in the United States.
    (Dawn News, February 07, 2018)
  • The US-Pakistan relationship appears to have survived yet another near-fatal blow as Washington reaffirmed that it had no desire to sever ties with Pakistan or launch military strikes inside its territory.
    (Dawn news, February 06, 2018)
  • Indian spy Kulbashan Jadhav now facing trial on terrorism and sabotage charges in Pakistan.
    (Dawn News, February 06, 2018)
  • Kashmir dispute: India may start, but Pakistan will weigh intensity of response. As Pakistan marked Kashmir Solidarity Day through seminars and rallies, it was punctuated by unprovoked cross-border firing from India, killing one in Rawalakot.
    (Dawn news, February 6, 2018)
  • Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat has claimed the Pakistan Army is “suffering three to four times the number of casualties compared to us” in the alleged ceasefire violations.
    (reported Times of India, February 06, 2018)
30th Jan - 4th February
  • Pakistan observed Kashmir Day on February 5 to show solidarity with Kashmiris in in their struggle for freedom. (Geo News Feb 05, 2018)
  • India may target CPEC installations, interior ministry informed Gilgit-Baltistan’s home department. The ministry has issued directives for making foolproof security arrange¬-ments to avoid any untoward incident.
    (Dawn News February 05, 2018)
  • At least 11 soldiers martyred in a suicide attack on army unit in Swat on Feb 3 according to ISPR. Thirteen other soldiers were injured in the bombing that was carried out at the sports area of an army unit, the military's media wing said in a statement.
    (Dawn news, February 03, 2018)
  • Jadhav may be serving naval officer, says Indian magazine. The magazine concerned is Frontline that is published by publishers of the well-known newspaper The Hindu, which has not only acknowledged that India is engaged in a covert war but also said that Jadhav’s arrest and conviction by the Pakistan Army has underlined the need for New Delhi to review its policies.
    (Dawn news, February 02, 2018)
  • Pakistan ready to extend rail link agreement with India despite tense ties with New Dehli due to ceasefire violations on the Line of Control and Working Boundary.
  • “The government of Pakistan has agreed to extend the agreement of the rail link between Munabao (India) and Khokhrapar (Pakistan) for another three years,” a Foreign Office statement said. The extension will take effect from Feb 1, 2018.
    (Dawn News January 31, 2018)

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