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News Updates

25th May - 31st May
  • Pakistan and India agreed to restore ceasefire on the LoC. In a rare positive development, Pakistan and India agreed on May 29 to restore cease¬fire on the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary (WB) whose violation has left over 100 dead during the last nearly a year and half on the Pakistani side.
  • The agreement was reached during a hotline conversation between the Directors General of Military Operations of Pakistani and Indian armies. The conversation between Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza and Lt Gen Anil Chauhan was held on a Pakistani initiative.(Dawn News, May 30, 2018)
  • The bone-chilling videos showing blood splattered on the floor of Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid and pictures capturing the moment when tear gas shells hit the mosque’s roof are defining ones in many ways an assault on faith and culture in India-held Kashmir. The things they captured on camera in and outside the historic mosque on May 25 will haunt the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) forever. (Dawn News, May 27, 2018)
19th May - 25th May
  • Ex-RAW chief wants India to invite Gen Bajwa. Former spy chief A.S. Dulat asked the Indian government on May 21 to invite Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to kick-start the stalled talks between the two countries. (Dawn News, May 22, 2018)
  • Pakistan raised its concerns with the World Bank over the inauguration of Kishanganga hydropower plant arguing that the dam violates the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty. (Dawn News, May 21, 2018)
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated on May 19, 2018 a hydroelectric power plant in India-held Jammu and Kashmir, amid protests from Pakistan. The 330-megawatt Kisha¬nganga hydropower station is one of the projects that India has fast-tracked in the disputed Himalayan region amid frosty ties between the two countries. (Dawn News, May 20, 2018)
  • India's Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that India will take any "comment on wanting peace" by Pakistani officials "seriously", The Times of India reported on May 21. The Indian minister was referring to Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa's remarks made in April where he called for "comprehensive and meaningful dialogue" between both countries to look for a peaceful solution to the Kashmir dispute. (Dawn News, May 21, 2018)
  • Pakistan engaged the World Bank on May 21 for arbitration in settling its water dispute with India, which opened a run-of-the-river hydroelectric scheme for harnessing the flow of the Neelum River. The talks would covered four key points: the height of the dam built on the Kishanganga River, its capacity to hold water, Pakistan’s demand for setting up a court of arbitration to settle the dispute and India’s counter-demand for an international expert. (Dawn News, May 22, 2018)
  • The World Bank in response to Pakistan’s consultation, held talks with a Pakistani delegation to seek an amicable resolution of its water dispute with India. A Pakistani delegation, headed by Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali, was in Washington after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a controversial dam in India-held Kashmir, which Pakistan fears will reduce its share in the waters of the Indus and its tributaries. (Dawn News, May 23, 2018)
  • The two days of talks with a Pakistani delegation did not lead to an agreement on the way forward in Pakistan’s water dispute with India: World Bank .(Dawn News, May 24, 2018)
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has informed the Congress that American officials are treated badly in Pakistan, adding that Washington released “far fewer funds” to Pakistan in 2018 and may give even less next year. (Dawn News, May 25, 2018)
  • Close to 46 million young voters are expected to play a pivotal role in determining the outcome of the general elections expected later this year in Pakistan.(Dawn News, May 25, 2018)
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)
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