News Updates

23rd November - 30th November
  • Bilateral dialogue will not start because of Kartarpur opening: Sushma Swaraj
    She brushed off any possibility of improvement in relations between India and Pakistan, despite the opening of the Kartarpur crossing. "Until and unless Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, there will be no dialogue and we will not participate in Saarc [conference]," asserted Swaraj. (Dawn News, November 28, 2018)
  • Senate panel urges India to halt anti-Pakistan operations
    A Senate panel unanimously adopted a resolution criticising India for its continued interference in Balochistan. The Senate Standing Committee on Interior, headed by former interior minister Rehman Malik, said that the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) had claimed responsibility for the recent attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, pointing out that the BLA was being openly supported by India. (Dawn News, November 28, 2018)
  • Terror attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi foiled; 3 terrorists killed
    A terror attack targeting the Chinese Consulate situated in Karachi's Clifton area was foiled by security forces on Friday, leaving at least seven people dead. Two policemen lost their lives due to multiple injuries caused by explosive material, while a private security guard was injured in the blast, Dr Seemin Jamali, JPMC Executive Director, told Dawn. (Dawn news, November 23, 2018)
  • 'Let there be no doubt — we will crush the terrorists': PM, politicians condemn Karachi, Orakzai attacks "both these attacks are part of a planned campaign to create unrest in the country by those who do not want Pakistan to prosper". (Dawn News, November 23, 2018)
  • Chinese citizens donate to families of policemen martyred in Karachi consulate attack Zhao, while addressing a donation ceremony in Islamabad alongside Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, said the donor believed that Pak-China friendship was not simply empty words but "rooted in the hearts of the people of the two countries". (Dawn News, November 26, 2018)
16th November - 22nd November
  • ‘We will do what is best for our people, our interests’: PM Khan fires back after Trump tweet
    What started with United States President Donald Trump’s tirade against Pakistan on Sunday night culminated into a heated exchange between him and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Twitter on Monday, with the latter making it clear that “Now, we [Pakistan] will do what is best for our people and our interests." (Dawn, November 19, 2018)
  • Pakistan has done more for peace in Afghanistan than any other country: army chief
    Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday highlighted Pakistan's efforts in the war against terrorism and for regional peace, saying the country "has done much more for peace in Afghanistan than any other country". (Dawn, November 20, 2018)
  • ‘Baseless rhetoric about Pakistan totally unacceptable’, foreign secy tells US ambassador
    Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Tuesday summoned United States Chargé d'Affaires (CdA) Ambassador Paul Jones to register a strong protest against the "unwarranted and unsubstantiated allegations made against Pakistan" by US President Donald Trump over the last two days. (Dawn, November 20, 2018)
  • Pak-US ties dip to new low after Trump’s rant
    Prime Minister Imran Khan led the sharp reaction by political leaders to US President Donald Trump’s tirade against Pakistan by hinting at review of foreign policy options and asking the US president to introspect on the real reasons for America’s failure in Afghanistan. (Dawn, November 20, 2018)
09th November - 15th November
  • Environmental concerns abound as Pakistan goes against the grain with coal power spree
    In the bleak Thar desert, the roar of trucks is constant at a massive Chinese-backed coal power project the government sees as an answer to chronic energy shortages, but which activists warn is an environmental disaster. (Dawn, November 15, 2018)
  • The United States spent $113.3 million on key programmes and activities in Pakistan during 2018, says a US State Department report released. The financial report for the fiscal year 2018 shows that between Oct 1, 2017 and Sept 30, 2018 the department spent $8.7 billion on its principal activities. (Dawn, November 17, 2018)
  • A Pakistani delegation in Beijing held talks with Chinese officials to finalise modalities for economic cooperation, Radio Pakistan reported.
    Secretary Finance Arif Ahmed Khan and State Bank of Pakistan Governor Tariq Bajwa are part of the delegation which met top Chinese officials. The talks follow Prime Minister Imran Khan's recent visit to China, during which 15 agreements and MoUs were signed to enhance cooperation in economy, trade and other sectors. (Dawn, November 9, 2018)
1st November - 08th November
  • Pakistan to maintain strategic balance with India, says NCA Adviser
    Adviser to the National Command Authority (NCA) retired Lt Gen Khalid Kidwai said Pakistan would not follow India’s suit in developing a defence system against ballistic missiles because it found little value in such systems, but would continue to seek to redress the imbalances caused by Indian moves. He was speaking in the context of India-Russia deal for S-400 missile systems. India had been working on the development of a multi-layer ballistic missile defence system for over a decade now. Besides the S-400 deal, India has large-scale cooperation with Israel for BMD development. (Dawn News, November 07, 2018)
  • 'Pakistan wants to learn from China,' PM Khan tells President Xi in Beijing
    Prime Minister Imran Khan met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing while on his first official visit to China, Radio Pakistan reported. In the meeting between Khan and Xi, the premier told the Chinese president about Pakistan's "very difficult" economic situation, Reuters reported.
    Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry described the meeting as "very productive", promised good news soon, and suggested that Pakistan would secure a major economic package from China. (Dawn News, November 02, 2018)
  • Visit to China 'more successful than expected', prime minister tells cabinet Prime Minister Imran Khan informed the federal cabinet that his maiden official visit to China was "more successful than expected" and that the host country has "assured every kind of assistance to Pakistan".
    The prime minister, while briefing the cabinet, said that for the first time in the history of Pak-China bilateral relationship, the latter assured the former its full support in the agriculture sector.
    During the meeting, the premier also approved a summary empowering the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to issue a tax directory. The FBR will publish a separate tax directory for members of the parliament. (Dawn News, November 08, 2018)
  • Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to follow timeline for refugees return
    Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to follow the “decided timeline” for the repatriation of Afghan refugees. The agreement was reached during the second meeting of the Refugee Working Group (WG) under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Stability (APAPPS). (Dawn News, November 08, 2018)
  • Pakistan-US ties renewal under way, says Qureshi
    Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the renewal of Pakistan-US ties was under way and that the two countries would be increasing their engagement in the coming days. “There are indications of opening up. We must remember that the bilateral ties had come to an impasse,” he told journalists at the Foreign Office. (Dawn News, November 07, 2018)
  • Pakistan raised issue of respecting Aafia Siddiqui's 'human and legal rights' with US: FO
    The government has raised the issue of "respecting the human and legal rights" of Dr Aafia Siddiqui with the United States, the Foreign Office (FO) said. (Dawn News, November 07, 2018)
  • US shoring up support for Geneva conference on Afghanistan
    The upcoming Geneva Conference on Afghanistan and joint efforts to advance the Afghan peace process were the two key items discussed during this week’s US-Pakistan talks in Islamabad, said an official US statement released. (Dawn News, November 08, 2018)