IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Pakistan

23rd - 29th January
  • The tendency to blame Pakistan after every terrorist attack in Kabul does not help, said Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary, Islamabad’s envoy in Washington. (Dawn News, Jan 29, 2018)
  • In the wake of last week's attack on a landmark hotel in Kabul carried out by the Taliban, the US urged Pakistan to 'take action' against Taliban leaders. (Dawn News, Jan 23, 2018)
  • Pakistan had strongly condemned the act of terror, expressing sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in the attack and highlighting the need for cooperation among states in combating terrorism. (Dawn News, Jan 23, 2018)
  • Growth in Pakistan is expected to pick up in 2018 and 2019, but it will be subdued, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) noted on January 23, 2018 in its update of the World Economic Outlook. (Express Tribune, Jan 23, 2018)
  • Pakistan is likely to face new challenges of further losing its competitiveness in the global market as the US raises prospects of entering into a ‘currency war’ with China. Pakistan would witness further pressure on its import bill. (Express Tribune, Jan 26, 2018)
16th - 22nd January
  • The United States seeks to move towards a new relationship with Pakistan, based on mutual interest, in realizing a stable and prosperous region, conveyed this message by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador Alice Wells during her two-day visit to Pakistan on January 17, 2018.
  • The first diplomatic engagement between Pakistan and the United States after the mini-crisis created by President Donald Trump’s tweet ended with Washington renewing its demand for Islamabad to clear its territory of “externally focused terrorists”.
  • Her visit followed the US military’s outreach to Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa to contain the damage caused by the Trump tweet which accused Pakistan of “lies and deceit”.
  • During her meetings in Islamabad, she conveyed to her Pakistani interlocutors that the US wanted to shift to a “new relationship with Pakistan” based on “mutual interest”.
  • Pakistan recorded a protest with the Indian High Commissioner J.P. Singh on January 15, 2018 about the recurrent 2003 ceasefire violations and urged India to maintain peace on the LoC and Working Boundary.
  • Four Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred by shelling across the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir's Jandrot sector on January 15 according to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
8th - 15th January
  • Pakistan’s nuclear capability is a ‘weapon of deterrence’, DG ISPR said in response to Indian Army Chief hawkish remarks.
  • “We will call the (nuclear) bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to really confront the Pakistanis, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff,” Gen Rawat, Indian Army Chief.
  • Pakistan and the United States are keeping channels of communication open in a bid to cool the row over terror sanctuaries that worsened with President Trump’s baffling new year tweet.
  • The Trump administration's attempt at “humiliating and penalising” Pakistan is unlikely to work, former American ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson has argued.
1st - 7th January
  • Pakistan has fought the war against terrorism primarily using its own resources and at a great cost to its economy: NSC
  • The US suspended $ 255 million of military aid to Pakistan, a move seen as the first step to implementing President Donald Trump’s pledge to tighten economic restrictions on Pakistan.
  • President Donald Trump new year tweet stirred furor in Pakistan. Pakistan’s National Security Committee (NSC) expressed deep disappointment at the irresponsible tweet by the US President Donald Trump alleging Pakistan for deceit. The NSC members called his accusations incomprehensible.
  • Pakistan will let the world know the truth, Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif responded to the allegations by US President.
  • Secret dialogue held between India and Pakistan NSAs in Bangkok on December 26, 2017 possibly to avoid more serious missteps, news reports claimed on January 01, 2018.
  • The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be entering a new phase in 2018 — from completion of energy projects and road construction the focus would shift to industrialization and long term financial arrangements between the two countries.