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Contemporary Regional Developments in Pakistan

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)
Credit: Nabila Jaffer

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