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Weekly Contemporary Developments

  • January 2020

18 - 31 January, 2020

  • EU Parliament to vote on scathing resolution against India
    The resolution has been drafted and supported by lawmakers from the Renew Group, which has 107 members in the 751-strong European Union Parliament. –PID Photo/File The European Union Parliament is set to debate and vote on a scathing resolution against India’s annexation of occupied Kashmir in clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and the country’s enforcement of new citizenship laws which have been widely criticised for discriminating against Muslims. (Dawn, January 26, 2020)
  • Chinese belt and road workers could spread coronavirus, Pakistanis fear
    Pakistan has put hospitals and clinics on alert after a report that the Wuhan coronavirus can be transmitted between people The move comes amid fears that the thousands of workers who regularly travel between the countries could spread the disease. Pakistan has alerted hospitals and clinics across the country to the threat posed by the Wuhan coronavirus, amid fears that the thousands of Chinese and Pakistani nationals who travel between the two countries every month could help spread the disease. (South China Morning Post China, January 23, 2020)
  • Donald Trump again offers to mediate on Kashmir after meeting Pakistan PM Imran Khan
    US President Trump met Imran Khan in Davos where he said the US is watching the developments between India and Pakistan over Kashmir ‘very closely’. President Donald Trump has said that the US is watching the developments between India and Pakistan over Kashmir “very closely” and repeated his offer to “help” resolve the dispute between the two neighbours during his meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan here. (The print, 22 January, 2020)
  • Pakistan rejects Modi's 'belligerent rhetoric', urges world to take note of Indian aggression
    The Foreign Office on Wednesday rejected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "belligerent rhetoric" against Pakistan, stating that his recent remarks were a "reflection of India’s incurable obsession with Pakistan". In a statement released today, the FO in response to Modi's remarks from yesterday urged the international community to "take cognisance of Indian leadership’s continuing belligerent rhetoric and aggressive measures, which pose a threat to regional peace and security". (Dawn, January 29, 2020)

01 - 17 January, 2020

  • India to invite Pakistan PM Imran Khan to regional SCO summit
    Pakistan PM likely to be invited to China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit India will host later this year. New Delhi will invite Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit when it hosts the event later this year, a senior Indian official has said. (Al Jazeera, January 16, 2020)
  • China Hopes UN Meeting Spurs India-Pakistan Talks on Kashmir
    UNITED NATIONS — China’s U.N. ambassador warned Wednesday against further escalation between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region and expressed hope that a Security Council meeting called by Beijing will encourage both countries to seek a solution through dialogue. Zhang Jun, whose country supports Pakistan, told several reporters after the closed meeting that China remains “concerned about the situation on the ground” in Kashmir. (The New York Times, January 15, 2020)
  • UNSC meet on Kashmir reflects seriousness of regional situation, says PM Imran
    Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said the consideration of the situation in occupied Kashmir by the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) "reflects a recognition of the seriousness of the prevailing situation". The premier's remarks follow a meeting of the UNSC on Wednesday during which the situation in occupied Kashmir was reviewed, the Foreign Office said in a statement issued on Thursday morning. (Dawn, January 16, 2020)
  • ISPR dismisses Indian army chief's statement to undertake action across LoC as 'routine rhetoric' India's new army chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane on Saturday said that the Indian army will move to claim Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) if it is given orders in this regard by the parliament, Indian media reported. His statement was dismissed by the Pakistan Army's media wing as "routine rhetoric for domestic audiences to get out of ongoing internal turmoil". "Pakistan Armed Forces are fully prepared to respond to any act of Indian aggression," a tweet by the Inter-Services Public Relations director general said. (Dawn, January 11, 2020)
  • Imran Khan Says Pakistan Will Never Participate in Anyone Else's War Again, Hopes to Set ‘Example’ for Other Muslim Nations
    Imran Khan has previously said that Pakistan has suffered immensely over its role as a front-line state during the 'Afghan Jihad' in the 1980s and the US-led war on terror following the 9/11 terror attacks. (News 18, January 10, 2020)
  • Pakistan rejects new Indian army chief’s ‘irresponsible statement on pre-emptive strikes across LoC’
    Foreign Office says there should be no doubt about Pakistan's "resolve and readiness" to thwart Indian aggression. (Dawn, January 3, 2020)