IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Pakistan

12th May - 18th May
  • New framework for talks with Afghanistan becomes operational . The new Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral engagement framework — Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) — became operational with both sides hoping that its implementation would contribute to promoting peace in the region. (Dawn News, May 15, 2018)
  • National security adviser Nasser Khan Janjua said US and the West should play a positive role in maintaining security of the region that has become quite fragile. He was speaking at an international conference, ‘Media opportunities and challenges’ organised by the Associated Press of Pakistan. (Dawn News, May 14, 2018)
  • Faiz’s daughter not allowed by India to attend event. Moneeza Hashmi, a daughter of renowned poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz and trustee of the Faiz Foundation Trust, was not allowed to attend the 15th Asia Media Summit held in New Delhi on May 10 even though she had been invited to speak at the event by Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcasting Development (AIBD). (Dawn News, May 14, 2018)
  • India on May 16 announced that it was suspending military operations in the Indian-occupied Kashmir in a rare gesture for the Muslim holy month of Ramazan. The 30-day halt is the first of its kind in the held valley for nearly two decades, and follows an escalation of violence in recent months in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region. The decision means Indian troops will stop door-to-door house searches -- but they will still retaliate if attacked, officials said. (Dawn News, May 16, 2018)
5th May - 11th May
  • The United States blocked a Pakistani request with the UN Security Council’s sanctions committee for listing of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) leader Abdul Wali, commonly known as Umer Khalid Khurasani. This shows the double standards of the US in taking action against terrorists. (Dawn News, May 10, 2018)
  • The UK-based Royal Unites Services Institute (RUSI) report says that Pakistani military seeks better relations with India. The Pakistani military leadership is reaching out to India because it believes that the way to peace and prosperity is through military cooperation with India.
  • “Attempts to open a dialogue come against a background of almost weekly exchanges of fire along the Line of Control in Kashmir,” notes “Will New Delhi reciprocate?” asks the report. (Dawn News, May 06, 2018)
  • Ten Kashmiris, among them a professor, were shot dead by Indian forces during a clash and protests in one of the most violent days in India-held Kashmir. Thousands took to the streets in southern part of held Kashmir to show support for the five men killed during the gun fight. Government forces opened fire to break up the protests, director general of police Shesh Paul Vaid said. (Dawn News, May 07, 2018)
  • Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal narrowly escaped an assassination attempt during a corner meeting in his constituency in Narowal. (Dawn News, May 07, 2018)