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Contemporary Regional Developments in Pakistan

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)
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  • 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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