IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


News Updates

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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