News Updates

19th Oct, 2018 - 31st Oct, 2018
  • Pakistan warns of aggressive campaign against India over IWT violations
    Amid dilly-dallying by India to facilitate a promised visit of Pakistani officials to the sites of its two hydropower projects — 1,000MW Pakal Dul and 48MW Lower Kalnal — Pakistan said it would launch an aggressive campaign to address its concerns over violation of the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) by India. (Dawn News, October 23, 2018)
  • CPEC not responsible for Pakistan’s economic woes, says China
    Worried over the ‘anti-CPEC’ campaign in Pakistan, China says the all-important international connectivity project is not to be blamed for the ongoing economic crisis in Islamabad. “Loan repayments for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects will start in the financial year 2023-24 when economic growth rate of Pakistan will be much higher than present (and then country will be in a better position to bear the financial liabilities),” Prof Sun Hongqi told a conference on CPEC. (Dawn News, October 23, 2018)
  • US to press Pakistan for shift in Afghan policy: official
    While calling recent meetings between United States officials and the new Pakistani government useful, acting Deputy Secretary of State Henry Ensher said the US would continue to apply pressure to Pakistan until Islamabad changed its policy towards regional peace and stability in Afghanistan. (October 19, 2018)
  • US renews call on Pakistan to cut off extremists
    United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed calls on Pakistan to curb extremists fighting in Afghanistan, saying
    Pompeo made the comment as he welcomed long-delayed legislative elections in Afghanistan, saying the US was “encouraged” by voter turnout, despite reports of widespread problems including poll centres that failed to open or lacked voter rolls. (Dawn News, October 24, 2018)
  • Pakistan rejected Kabul's "baseless" and "unfounded allegations" regarding a recent attack in Kandahar, in which three top Afghan officials were killed when their own guards opened fire on them. (Dawn News, October 24, 2018)
  • US envoy discusses regional security, Afghanistan in meeting with army chief The United States charge d'affaires in Pakistan called on Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters (GHQ), the head of the military's media wing said in a tweet.
  • In the meeting, Ambassador Paul Jones and Gen Bajwa discussed matters of mutual interest, including regional security, "with [a] particular reference to Afghanistan", Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said. (Dawn News, October 22, 2018)
12th Oct, 2018 - 18th Oct, 2018
  • President Alvi hopes Pakistan, India can agree upon framework for strategic stability
    He was speaking at a conference, titled 'The Global Non-Proliferation Regime: Challenges and Responses', at the Strategic Studies Institute in Islamabad.
  • "While Pakistan will continue to demonstrate restraint and responsibility, no one should doubt our resolve to deny any space for war to those seeking such an opportunity, despite the existence of nuclear weapons in South Asia," he said, adding "nobody should doubt Pakistan's capability to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty". (Dawn News, October 15, 2018)
  • China endorsed Pakis¬tan’s request to Interna¬tional Monetary Fund (IMF) for financial assistance for addressing its economic challenges, but cautioned that the facility should not affect economic cooperation between Islamabad and Beijing.
  • “As a member of the IMF, China supports the organisation in making an objective evaluation of Pakistan based on professionalism and earnestly helping it properly address the current difficulty,” Chinese foreign ministry spokes¬person Lu Kang said at his press briefing in Beijing. His remarks were shared with the Pakistani media by the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad. (Dawn News, October 16, 2018)
  • Pakistan expects the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to regain pace after a visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Beijing next month with the signing of a framework agreement on industrial zones, progress on agricultural cooperation and addition of a social sector joint working group. (Dawn News, October 16, 2018)
1st Oct, 2018 - 11th Oct, 2018
  • No progress in Afghan peace process without involving Pakistan: Qureshi
    Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that there can be no progress in the Afghan peace process without involving Pakistan and this cooperation can only be gained in a friendly manner. In a wide-ranging news conference at the end of his 10-day visit to the United States, Mr Qureshi pointed out that Pakistan had a 70-year-old relationship with America, which should not be viewed through “Afghanistan’s prism”. (Dawn News, October 05, 2018)
  • Trade with China should benefit both countries, not one: Dawood
    Adviser to the prime minister on industries and production Razaq Dawood said that the rising tension between the US and China over trade tariffs was a good sign for Pakistan as “it would place us in a better negotiating position. (Dawn News, October 04, 2018)
  • Pak-US ties should not be viewed only through Afghan or Indian lens: FM Qureshi
    Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the relations between the United States and Pakistan should not be seen only through the perspective of the Afghan issue or the ties with India. (Dawn News, October 06, 2018)
  • Pakistan green lights Saudi inclusion in Afghan peace talks
    Riyadh will bring positive results in bid to end conflict, diplomat says
    During the recent visit of US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad to Islamabad, Pakistani and American officials discussed possible peace talks with the Afghan Taliban and the inclusion of Riyadh to help the process. (The National, October 11, 2018)
  • The United States and Pakistan re-engage in Washington on October 2, 2018 to explore options for reviving their relations that have been on a downward spiral since 2011. Three major issues — the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s strong economic and political ties with China and tensions between South Asia’s two nuclear neighbours — are expected to dominate much of the talks. (Dawn News, October 2, 2018)
  • India sponsors terrorism in Pakistan, avoids peace talks on flimsy grounds: FM Qureshi tells UNGA
    Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while representing Pakistan at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, said Pakistan wanted to engaged with “all countries and neighbours on the basis of peace and equality”. (Dawn News, October 29, 2018)
  • Pakistan asks India to share Kinshanganga water data
    Dates for inspection of 330MW power project also sought
    “We are receiving water at Jhelum basin in our territory, but to ascertain our need or requirement we need data. India is obliged to share with us time to time,” During the 115th meeting of the Permanent Commi¬ssion for Indus Waters, India had agreed to allow Pakistan to inspect the projects built on the Jhelum basin, including Kishanganga hydroelectric project, in the near future. (Dawn News, October 5, 2018)
  • Pakistan ready to contest Jadhav case at ICJ
    Pakistan on said it was fully prepared to face challenge to the conviction of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). (Dawn News, October 5, 2018)
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