News Updates

21 July - 31 July
  • Modi phoned Imran Khan to say he is 'ready to enter new era of ties with Pakistan': PTI
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 30 telephoned Imran Khan, congratulating him over his party's victory in the general elections and conveying best wishes for Pakistan, the Central Media Department of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) said in a statement. (Dawn News, July 30, 2018)
  • PTI emerged as largest party with 115 NA seats as ECP releases final tally two days after polls. (Dawn News, July 28, 2018)
  • US looks forward to working with Imran-led govt As Pakistan forms a new government, the United States looks for opportunities to work with it to advance the goals of security and stability in South Asia, the State Department said. (Dawn News, July 27, 2018)
  • Defeat of extremists in Pakistan polls welcomed in India There is no significant date on the India-Pakistan calendar until September, but with Imran Khan speaking about the need to resume talks between the two countries, the dates could swing dramatically closer. (Dawn News, July 27, 2018)
  • A weakening economy is forcing Pakistan to seek another loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and may also affect its ability to buy defence equipment, says a report released this week. (Dawn News, July 30, 2018)
  • The World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will co-finance a project to raise the Karachi Water Supply Board’s operational capacity to deliver safe and reliable water service on a sustainable and predictable basis to all its customers in the provincial capital. (Dawn News, July 30, 2018)
  • Pakistan is seeking up to $2 billion from Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Swiss banks and may impose a special surcharge on electricity consumption to meet funding needs of Diamer-Bhasha and Munda dams. (Dawn News, July 21, 2018)
  • EU mission says election results are credible but criticizes pre-poll 'environment' for uneven playing field for all contesting parties. (Dawn News, July 27, 2018)
  • During a debate in the United Nations Security Council on the Middle East, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said it would not be easy to restore peace and stability in the Middle East but added that a comprehensive policy and bold diplomacy, especially by those who wield influence with principal parties, was essential if the dire predictions of disaster in the region were to be defied. (Dawn news, July 27, 2018)
  • Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), operator of Hub Block (2566-4), together with its joint venture partner Sindh Energy Holding Company Ltd, has discovered hydrocarbons from exploratory well Hub X-1, located in District Lasbela, Balochistan. (Dawn News, July 21, 2018)
  • Justice Tahira Safdar nominated as first woman chief justice of a Pakistani high court. (Dawn news, July 23, 2018)
14th July - 20th July
  • Pakistan backs UN response to Indian allegations against Kashmir report. The first-ever UN report on alleged rights violations committed by both India and Pakistan in Kashmir released last month focuses mainly on India-held Kashmir (IHK), and accuses Indian troops of being responsible for an estimated 145 unlawful killings, far surpassing the 20 people estimated to have been killed by militant groups during that period. (Dawn News, July 18, 2018)
  • Pakistan submitted its second counter-memorial to India’s arguments on the conviction of RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on July 17. Pakistan rebutted Indian’s allegations that Kulbhushan’s wife and mother were ‘mistreated’ when they visited to meet him last year. (Dawn News, July 18, 2018)
  • Pakistan and Iran pledged to further deepen their military cooperation. This was the upshot of Iranian Chief of General Staff Maj Gen Mohammad Bagheri’s visit to Pakistan. The top Iranian commander’s three-day trip is being attached great importance because bilateral military exchanges between Pakistan and Iran have been very rare due to their mutual mistrust that kept them divided till recently. (Dawn News, July 17, 2018)
  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made a phone call to army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and expressed his condolences on loss of innocent lives in recent terrorist attacks. (Dawn News, July 16, 2018)
  • With 149 martyred, Mastung attack last week is one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Pakistan's history. (Express Tribune, July 16, 2018)
9th July - 13th July
  • Border posts to be upgraded under FATF rules
    Pakistan decided to upgrade its systems at border posts and ensure better coordination among its agencies to address the Financial Action Task Force’s concerns regarding smuggling of currency by terrorist groups operating along the border with Afghanistan. (Express Tribune, July 11, 2018)
  • At least 85 people, including politician Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, were killed and more than 150 injured in a deadly suicide blast in Balochistan's Mastung district on July 13. The militant Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through its Aamaq news agency. (Dawn News, July 13, 2018)
  • Pakistan launched remote sensing satellite in China. The Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1) was launched by Pakistan on July 9 morning from China's Jiuquan Satellite Centre. The PRSS-1 is the first optical remote sensing satellite sold to Pakistan by China, and the 17th satellite developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for an overseas buyer, according to APP. (Dawn news, July 09, 2018)
  • Kashmir was locked down by Indian forces on Wani’s second death anniversary. Government forces patrolled deserted streets and sealed off the hometown of Burhan Wani in anticipation of widespread anti-India protests and clashes in the disputed region. Wani, 22, was martyred along with two associates in a gun battle with Indian troops on July 8, 2016. (Dawn News, July 09, 2018)
1st July - 08th July
  • Pakistan and the United States agreed to remain engaged for peace in Afghanistan. This was agreed during a meeting between US Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice Wells and Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa at the General Headquarters.
  • “Both reaffirmed the commitment towards the common goal of peace and stability in the region and discussed measures towards that end. Both also agreed on continued engagement at multiple levels,” the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement. (Dawn News, July 4, 2018)
  • Three protester killed in Srinagar by on Wani anniversary. Indian troops shot dead three stone-throwing protesters, including a teenage girl, in India-held Kashmir on July 07, 2018 as tensions rose ahead of the death anniversary of a popular freedom fighter. (Dawn News, July 08, 2018)
  • Instead of seeking a political solution to the rising discontent in India-held Kashmir, the BJP-led government in New Delhi is applying its usual heavy-handed tactics to suppress popular unrest in the region. Ahead of young Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s second death anniversary, being observed on July 8, 2018. (Dawn News, July 08, 2018)
  • FO hopes Afghan Taliban will accept Kabul talks offer. FO Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said: “We hope that Taliban would grab the opportunity for the unconditional peace talks.” (Dawn News, July 6, 2018)
  • Turkey will sell four corvette ships to Pakistan Navy, Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli was quoted as saying by state-run Anadolu agency. He described it as Turkey’s biggest single military export deal and “a very important day” for the defence industry. (Reuters, July 06, 2018)
  • China lends $1 billion to Pakistan. Latest loan highli¬ghts Islama¬bad's growin¬g depend-ence on Chines¬e loans to buffer its foreig¬n curren¬cy reserv¬es. China has lent Pakistan $1 billion to boost the South Asian country’s plummeting foreign currency reserves, two sources in Pakistan’s finance ministry told Reuters, amid growing speculation of another International Monetary Fund bailout. (Reuters, July 2, 2018)
  • Academics protested against the denial of Indian visa to Pakistani delegates. In protest against the decision of Ministry of External Affairs to deny visas to Pakistani academics for attending a seminar in New Delhi, nearly 80 scholars from several universities such as Yale, Harvard and Princeton have mooted a resolution to not hold conferences in such countries any more, The Indian Express has reported. (Dawn News, July 07, 2018)
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