News Updates

27th June - 30th June
  • Pakistan-US talks on peace in Afghanistan to be held next week
    A senior US envoy — Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Alice G. Wells — is scheduled to visit Pakistan next week to explore the possibility of a permanent peace in Afghanistan.
  • Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also offered to discuss with the Taliban their demand for the withdrawal of US and international forces from Afghanistan, adding that Washington would “support, facilitate and participate in these discussions”. (Dawn News, June 27, 2018)
  • The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) placed Pakistan on its grey list after a plenary meeting in Paris on June 27, 2018. Despite Pakistan's diplomatic efforts to avert the decision, the financial watchdog, in its meeting, argued that Pakistan had failed to curb terror financing on its soil. (Dawn News, June 28, 2018)
  • National Security Adviser (NSA) retired Lt Gen Nasser Janjua resigned from his office on June 27, 2018. (Dawn News, June 28, 2018)
16th June - 26th June
  • Pak-Afghan Track-II hails move to end blame game. A Pak-Afghan Track-II initiative welcomed the commitment by the two countries to ending blame game and urged both sides to restrain their spokespersons from giving ‘knee-jerk’ reactions. The third episode of ‘Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Committee (PAJC), Beyond Boundaries’, which was held in Kabul on June 25, welcomed “commitment by both governments to refrain from public blame games as they pursue the new dialogue framework”, said a statement issued here on June 25. (Dawn News, June 26, 2018)
  • Kashmiri separatists call for Islamabad to launch diplomatic offensive. The United Jihad Council (UJC), an alliance of over a dozen Kashmiri separatist groups, played down the recent imposition of governor’s rule in India-held Kashmir as a “non-issue,” noting that New Delhi had always run the occupied territory "through its stooges and puppet governments". (Dawn News, June 26, 2018)
  • Pakistan wants UN team to visit both AJK, held Kashmir. Pakistan was ready for a commission of inquiry to visit both AJK and held Kashmir, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said at the weekly media briefing apparently linking the acceptance of the commission to its visits to both parts of Kashmir. (Dawn News, June 22, 2018)
  • The UN Kashmir report is an opportunity for Pakistan to take the higher moral ground over India. (Dawn News, June 22, 2018)
  • ‘Pakistan, US and Afghanistan should collaborate for peace,’ said experts in a seminar titled Western Engagements in Afghanistan hosted by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US should bridge the trust deficit among all stakeholders to bring peace in Afghanistan because one country cannot do so on its own. (Dawn News, June 26, 2018)
  • Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Zubair Mahmood Hayat will visit Sri Lanka on the invitation of Sri Lankan Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral R.C. Wijegunaratne from June 27 to 30, the Pakistan High Commission at Colombo said in a statement. (Daily Mirror, June 26, 2018)
  • The United States has reminded Pakistan that it’s still on notice to eliminate all terrorist sanctuaries from its territory, although relations between the two countries show some signs of improvement.
  • The reminder — conveyed by US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells at a congressional hearing on Wednesday — re-emphasises the point that Washington never fails to mention the need for Pakistan to eliminate terrorism. (Dawn News, June 22, 2018)
  • Pakistan has rejected these allegations as unfounded and has urged Washington not to blame Islamabad for its failures in Afghanistan. (Dawn News, June 22, 2018)
  • Pakistan on road to re-emergence, says new envoy to US Pakistan’s new US ambassador Ali Jahangir Siddiqui urged all members of the Pakistani community living in the United States to participate in the country’s revival and re-emergence. (Dawn News, June 25, 2018)
9th June - 15th June
  • President Mamnoon Hussain at the 18th meeting of the Council of Heads of States of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Qindgao on June 10 urged member states to consider the establishment of a development fund to eliminate terrorism and extremism. President Hussain, while addressing the summit, said that Pakistan has rendered unprecedented sacrifices in the war against terror to bring peace to the region. (Dawn News, June 10, 2018)
  • The entry of India and Pakistan into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation would bolster its strength, Chinese President Xi Jinping said as he welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain to the eight-member grouping. (Economic Times, June 10, 2018)
  • The United Nations (UN) human rights chief on June 14 called for a major investigation into abuses in Kashmir, as his office released its first-ever report on alleged rights violations committed by both India and Pakistan in the disputed territory. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said he would urge the Human Rights Council, "to consider establishing a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir." The report, which focuses mainly on India-held Kashmir, 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. "It is essential that the Indian authorities take immediate and effective steps to avoid a repetition of the numerous examples of excessive use of force by security forces in Kashmir," Zeid was quoted as saying. (Dawn News, June 14, 2018)
  • Former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif said that the historic meeting between the leaders of Cold War foes US and North Korea earlier in the day can be a precedent for Pakistan and India to talk out their hostilities and pave the way for lasting regional peace. (Dawn News, June 12, 2018)
  • India should seriously consider "limited war" with Pakistan, former Jammu and Kashmir minister and BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh said here today. Singh's outburst came in the wake of killing of four BSF personnel, including an officer, in firing by Pakistani Rangers in the Ramgarh sector in Samba district. (Economic Times, June 13, 2018)
  • In a fresh exchange of fire on the border between India and Pakistani, four Indian BSF personnel including an assistant commandant were killed and five others injured in Ramgarh and Chambliyal sectors of Samba in Jammu on June 13. (Economic Times, June 13, 2018)
1st June - 08th June
  • US reaches out to Bajwa, offers ceasefire to Afghan Taliban. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched a new peace initiative for Afghanistan on June 7, 2018, reaching out to the man Washington believes can help them achieve this objective, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
  • He announced that American and NATO troops in Afghanistan will also observe a temporary ceasefire that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered to the Taliban.
  • A statement released by State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the top US diplomat telephoned the army chief and discussed with him the “need for political reconciliation in Afghanistan and the importance of targeting all militant and terrorist groups in South Asia without distinction.”
  • They also talked about “ways to advance US-Pakistan bilateral relations”, MsNauert added.
  • All three subjects – relations with Pakistan, Afghan reconciliation and fighting terrorists – are Washington’s main concern in the South Asian region.
  • Diplomatic observers in Washington say that like previous US governments, the Trump administration also believes that the Pakistan Army has a key role in restoring peace to Afghanistan and that’s why Mr Pompeo called Gen Bajwa, instead of the country’s political leadership. (Dawn News, June 08, 2018)
  • Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain is attending Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry announced. (Xinhua, June 7, 2018)
  • World Bank wants Pakistan to accept ‘neutral expert’ in dam dispute. The World Bank has asked Pakistan to stand down from pursuing its stand of referring the Kishanganga dam dispute to the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) and instead accept India’s offer of appointing a “neutral expert”. (Dawn News, June 05, 2018)
  • Dialogue offer to India always on table: ISPR chief. The military spokesman Pakistan’s offer to India for dialogue always remained on the table and underscored that any progress towards normalisation was dependent on the attitude of the two sides to the process. “To normalise ties we would have to review many things, we would have to introspect, and for moving forward both sides would have to show positivity,” Maj Gen Ghafoor said and added that there was no space for war between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. (Dawn News, June 05, 2018)
  • Army will continue to exercise restraint, has no role in conduct of elections: DG ISPR.
  • "Let me congratulate the ex-parliament and the people of Pakistan on this: the forces of Pakistan are very happy that the second democratically elected parliament has completed its tenure and we hope this will continue in the future as well." (Dawn News, June 04, 2018)
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