IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Pakistan

7th March - 13th March
  • The United States announced head money on the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leaders and two other suspected Pakistani militants on March 8 as Islamabad urged Washington to resume a structural dialogue between the two countries.
  • The US Department of Justice has placed a head money of $5 million on Mullah Fazlullah and of $3m each on Mangal Bagh and Abdul Wali, official sources told Dawn.
    (Dawn News, March 09, 2018)
  • Iran invites Pakistan to participate in Chahbahar project. Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Javad Zarif invited Pakistan to participate in Chahbahar seaport project and development of its link with Gwadar Port as he sought to allay concerns here over Indian involvement in the Iranian port.
  • Dr Zarif was on a three-day visit to Pakistan. During the bilateral talks, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Pakistan and Iran should work together and make their utmost efforts for enhancing the bilateral trade to $5bn by 2021.
    (Dawn News, March 13, 2018)
  • Pakistan accused India of harassing its diplomats and their families in the country and threatened to pull out the families if the intimidation did not stop. A demarche was made to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and external affairs ministry in Delhi, a diplomatic source revealed.
    (Dawn News, March 11, 2018)
  • Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that with decades of experience in use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes Pakistan is ready to further strengthen partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and contribute towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals worldwide.
    (Dawn News, March 13, 2018)
28th February - 06th March
  • The United States urged India and Pakistan to sit down and talk about the issues that increase tensions between South Asia’s two nuclear-armed neighbours. “We think that both sides would certainly have to sit down and have talks about that,” said US State Department’s Spokesperson Heather Nauert while reacting on the continued cross-border shelling between India and Pakistan for the past several weeks.
    (Dawn News, March 01, 2018)
  • India’s parties of the left are losing patience with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “no talks” policy with Pakistan, and the Communist Party of India-Marxist, the largest parliamentary group in the pack, gave expression to the frustration on March 1, calling for an early resumption of dialogue with Islamabad.
    (Dawn News, March 02, 2018)
  • Pentagon urges Pakistan to avail new opportunities for defeating terrorism. As the United States and Pakistan reengage on March 5 in efforts to improve their ties, the Pentagon reminded Islamabad that war against terrorism in the South Asian region has reached an inflection point and it should use this opportunity to defeat terrorists.
    (Dawn News, March 05, 2018)
  • “With respect to Pakistan we believe that Pakistan can do more to combat terrorism,” Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White said at a weekend news briefing in Washington.
    (Dawn News, March 05, 2018)
  • US general dispels impression of friction with Pakistan. a collision course, saying they valued the military-to-military relationship with Pakistan.
    (Dawn News, March 01, 2018)
  • UN body terms Pakistani’s detention at Gitmo illegal. A Pakistani man held at the US Guantanamo Bay detention facility since 2006 should be released immediately and given a right to compensation, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said on February 28. (Dawn News, March 01, 2018)
  • Pakistan won’t act as US proxy, said Pakistan FM. Foreign Minister Khawaja Muham-mad Asif on March 1st said that Pakistan’s interests could not be sacrificed for the sake of American interests.
    (Dawn News, March 02, 2018)