Pakistan launches 2 satellites from China

Pakistan has launched 2 indigenously built satellites into the orbit from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China. One of the satellites launched is PRSS-1, a remote sensing satellite that will enable Pakistan to meet its imagery requirements in areas of land mapping & agriculture classification among others. It is the 2nd time both China & Pakistan have collaborated in the space sector.

Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in jail

7 : The former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption. The court ruled that Sharif and his family laundered money in the 1990s to pay for 4 luxury apartments in London. The court also sentenced Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, to seven years’ imprisonment, fined the family £10m and ordered the seizure of the Avenfield properties.

FATF puts Pak on ‘grey list’

Global anti-terror financing watchdog, Financial Action Task Force has decided to keep Pakistan on its ‘grey list’. US motion, to have Pakistan added to grey list of countries was reportedly backed by Britain, France & Germany. Pakistan was previously on the grey list from 2012 to 2015. FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering & terrorist financing.

Chabahar Port to made operational by 2019

According to a government statement, India will make sure that Chabahar Port in Iran becomes operational by 2019. The port is being developed as part of a new transportation corridor for land-locked Afghanistan and is expected to open way for millions of dollars in trade and cut its dependence on Pakistan. India’s statement came after the US threatened to renew sanctions against Iran.

US dismisses 3rd party role in Kashmir dispute

The US administration has dismissed a third-party role in resolving the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan. “We believe the pace, scope and character of any discussion on Kashmir are for the two sides to determine,” it said. This comes after Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said trilateral cooperation between India, China and Pakistan could help resolve the issue.

Pakistan has more nuclear warheads than India

Pakistan, with 140-150 nuclear warheads, is ahead of India which has 130-140 warheads, according to a report by global think-tank SIPRI. “India and Pakistan are both expanding their nuclear weapon stockpiles as well as developing new land-, sea- and air-based missile delivery systems,” the report stated. Meanwhile, US and Russia are on top with 6,450 and 6,850 warheads, respectively.

New Zealand women make record ODI score

New Zealand women’s cricket team posted the highest ever total in One-day cricket by scoring an incredible 490 for four against Ireland in the first match in Dublin. The total posted by the women’s team is the highest ever in ODIs including men’s matches. In men’s cricket, the highest total in ODI is 444 for three, made by England against Pakistan in August 2016 at Nottingham.

Peace Mission 2018

India and Pakistan will take part in a joint military exercise for the first time, courtesy the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. The exercise, which is aimed at countering terrorism and will be conducted in Ural region of Russia. Member states of the SCO will participate in the joint military drill ‘Peace Mission 2018’ to promote mutual trust, cooperation and coordination against terrorist

Bill to allow Hindu widows to remarry

A landmark Bill allowing Hindu widows to remarry has been passed by the assembly of Pakistan’s Sindh Province. The bill allows Hindu widows to remarry out of their own free will but only after a period of six months has lapsed after their husband’s death.The bill also grants Hindu women the right to file a petition for dissolution of a marriage if they want to terminate their marriage.

Nasir Ul Mulk to be the interim Prime Minister

28 : Pakistan has appointed former Chief Justice Nasir Ul Mulk as interim Prime Minister until general elections are held on July 25, 2018. Mulk has also served as the interim chief of the Election Commission of Pakistan. The interim administration usually does not make any major decisions until the new government is elected.

Pakistan limits movement of US diplomats

Pakistani authorities have imposed “reciprocal” restrictions on the movement of U.S. diplomats in the country after Washington took similar measures. The move comes after the U.S. required Pakistani diplomats to get permission 5 days in advance to travel more than 25 miles from their embassy. Islamabad also decided to withdraw a number of facilities being enjoyed by the US diplomats earlier.

Pakistan reopend major trade route with Afghan

Pakistan has reopened a major trade route with Afghanistan, the Ghulam Khan pass after four years. Authorities had closed Ghulam Khan border crossing in 2014, after the launch of military operation in North Waziristan. Pakistan’s army claims that 95% of the area is now militant-free and all the militants’ hideouts have been destroyed.

India, Pakistan to take part in war games

In a first, India and Pakistan will be part of a multi-nation counter-terror exercise in Russia in September.The military exercise will take place under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. The military drill would be held in the Ural mountains of Russia, and almost all SCO member countries will be part of it.

US to restrict movement of Pakistani diplomats

US has notified Pak that the diplomats at their embassy in Washington & consulates in other cities would not be able to travel beyond 40 kms of their offices without permission from May 1.Diplomats would need to apply for permission at least 5 days ahead of an intended travel outside the imposed 40 kms radii. Pak had already imposed similar restrictions on American diplomats in the country.

India unwilling to participate in SAARC

Citing continuing support to cross-border terrorism from Pakistan, India said on Saturday it was difficult to proceed with the SAARC initiative under current circumstances.SAARC Summits are usually held biennially hosted by a member state in alphabetical order. The last SAARC Summit in 2014 was held in Kathmandu.

IAF to conduct biggest combat exercise

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is going to conduct its biggest ever combat exercise along Pakistan and China borders.The exercise – Gagan Shakti, 2018- will take place from April 10 to 23.For the first time, the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas will be taking part in the exercise and will perform both the offensive and defensive roles.

India, Pak to resolve harassment of diplomats

Ind & Pak have agreed to resolve the matter in line with provisions of a 1992 pact on treatment of officials posted at diplomatic missions.Code states that 2 sides will not resort to intrusive & aggressive surveillance & actions such as verbal & physical harassment Both sides have accused each other of harassing & ill-treating diplomats, taking bilateral ties to a fresh low.

Indus Commission meet commenced in Delhi

India & Pakistan held the meeting on Indus water treaty on 29th March. This will be the 114th meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) that looks into the sharing of the waters of the Indus since the treaty was signed by the two countries in 1960. The Indus water treaty covers the water distribution and sharing rights of six rivers—Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum.

Pakistan gets first woman opposition leader

Pakistani lawmaker Sherry Rehman made history by becoming the first woman Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. Rehman of Pakistan Peoples Party was declared as the Leader of the Opposition after she secured support of majority 34 opposition senators in the house of She has served as Pakistan‘s ambassador to the US from 2011 to 2013 and was elected to the Senate in 2015.

Pakistan gets 3 months reprieve

Pakistan has been granted a 3 month reprieve by the Financial Action Task Force to be placed on a terror-financing watch-list.The reprieve comes a week after Pak amended its anti-terror laws to ban groups listed as terrorists by the United Nations. Pakistan had been on the FATF watchlist for years but was removed in 2015 following “significant progress” in meeting the demands of the group.

RB Pandit takes over as Commandant of INA

Vice Admiral RB Pandit, Flag-Officer-Commanding, Western Fleet at Mumbai, took over as the Commandant of Indian Naval Academy. He replaces Vice Admiral SV Bhokare who handed over responsibilities to Vice Admiral Pandit after a tenure of over 15 months. He has also been the Naval Adviser at the High Commission of India at Islamabad, Pakistan.

Pakistan riskiest place to be born

According to a UNICEF report, Pakistan is the riskiest country to be born in, with 1 in 22 babies born there dying before they turn 1 month old.India’s neonatal mortality rate is 25.4, which ranks it at 12 among 52 “lower-middle-income countries” in terms of risk for newborns. The safest nation for birth is Japan, where less than 1 in 1,000 babies die by the time they complete a month.

Mandarin approved as official language of Pak

Pakistani Senate has approved a motion to declare Mandarin as one of the official languages of Pak.Relation b/w Islamabad & Beijing would deepen further & help people connected with CPEC communicate easily if Mandarin was made the official language. Punjabi, which is widely spoken in Punjab province of Pakistan, Pashto & many other native languages have not been declared official languages.

Shoaib Akhtar named PCB brand ambassador

Former Pak pacer Shoaib Akhtar has been named as the brand ambassador of Pakistan Cricket Board.He was also appointed as the advisor to chairman on cricket affairs. Shoaib has represented Pakistan in 46 Tests, 163 ODIs & 15 T20Is picking 444 wickets in international cricket. His career had been like a roller coaster ride as his journey was marred by controversies, struggles & injuries.

Pakistan borrows $500 million from China

Pakistan has contracted a commercial loan of $500 million from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) to shore up its depleting reserves.This is the 2nd loan that the ICBC has given to Pakistan to support its diminishing foreign currency reserves. The loans are obtained to stop the downward slide of the official foreign currency reserves that currently stand at $12.8 billion.

Pakistan to station troops in Saudi Arabia

Pakistan Army has announced plans to deploy troops in Saudi Arabia under an existing bilateral security cooperation agreement.Saudi has been pushing Pak to provide troops since the start of Yemen conflict. Troops would be sent on a training & advisory mission & would not be deployed outside the kingdom. Around 1000 Pakistani troops are deployed in Saudi in various advisory & training roles

China to host SCO Summit in Qingdao

China has announced that this year’s summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation will be held in the city of Qingdao in June.SCO focuses on security-related issues of the region specially on counterterrorism cooperation. It is comprised of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India & Pak. China, which is one of the founders of SCO, plays an influential role in it.

Pak lists Hafiz Saeed’s JuD a terror outfit

Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain has signed an ordinance amending the country’s Anti-Terrorism Act to list groups sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council as terrorist organisations.The move designates 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led groups Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation as terror outfits which were earlier not banned by Pakistan.

US lists three militants as global terrorists

The US Department of Treasury has designated three individuals allegedly linked to Pakistan-based terror networks including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Taliban as Specially Designated Global Terrorists.The move is intended to disrupt the South Asian terrorist support networks.The three include Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan.

Pak. became world number 1 T20I side

Pakistan became the top-ranked T20I side in international cricket after beating New Zealand in the third and final T20I to claim the three-match series 2-1.This was Pakistan’s sixth T20I series win on the trot. Notably, New Zealand had whitewashed Pakistan in the five-match ODI series before the T20I series.

China to build naval base in Pakistan

After Djibouti, China is planning to build its second foreign naval base in Pakistan.The base is most likely to come up near Gwadar, according to Beijing-based military analyst Zhou Chenming. Gwadar is located at a short distance from Chabahar port in Iran, that is being jointly developed by Iran, India and Afghanistan.

Pakistan blacklists Hafiz Saeed’s JuD

Pakistan interior ministry has blacklisted 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s organization Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD). The move comes a day after the US suspended about $2 billion in security aid to Pakistan for failing to clamp down on the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network. Pakistan’s financial regulatory body has also banned Saeed’s organizations from collecting donations.

US suspends security assistance to Pak

The US is suspending security assistance to Pakistan worth $2bn after President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of refusing to crack down on terrorism.The suspension, which prevents delivery of previously agreed military equipment as well as security-related funding, was first announced by the state department on Thursday. The US had already suspended $255m in military aid in August.

Pak Successfully Test-Fires ‘Harba’

The Pakistan Navy said it successfully test-fired the indigenously developed ‘Harba’ naval cruise missile.It was launched from a newly commissioned fast attack vessel off Karachi in the North Arabian Sea. The missile is capable of hitting its target from surface to surface and ground assault,” the Pakistan Navy said in a statement.

US puts Pakistan on watch list

The US State Department has placed Pakistan on a Special Watch List for what it claims are “severe violations of religious freedom”.The State Department said it has also re-designated 10 countries as “countries of particular concern”.It is done under country’s International Religious Freedom Act.

Trump threatens to withhold aid to Pak

Donald Trump has opened the new year by threatening to withhold aid to Pakistan, a longtime US ally. He said that “Islamabad is giving us nothing but lies and deceit” and “thinking of our leaders as fools”.He further accused Pakistan of giving safe haven to the terrorists.

Pak’s list of nuclear installations

India and Pakistan exchanged, the list of nuclear installations and facilities under a three-decade old bilateral pact.The two sides exchanged the list under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations between India and Pakistan.The agreement, which was signed on December 31, 1988, and entered into force on January 27, 1991.

B’desh ranks lowest in food security

Bangladesh has been ranked 89th, among other South Asian countries, in the recently published Global Food Security Index 2017.While Pakistan is at 77th rank, India secured 74th position in the index. Sri Lanka scored best in the entire South Asian region, with a rank of 66th.Global Food Security Index, published by UN ranks countries around the world on the basis of food security.

Vijay Diwas – 16 December

The day marks the glorious victory over Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, in alliance with Bangladesh Mukti Bahini.On 16th December in 1971, the Pakistani forces chief, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with 93,000 troops, surrendered to the allied forces consists of Indian Army.It is observed by paying tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the nation.

Indian Navy Day: 4 December

The Indian Navy Day is observed on 4th December every year to celebrate achievements and role of the naval force in the country.During the India-Pakistan war of 1971, the Indian Navy played a significant role in the bombing of the Karachi harbor and sank Pakistan Naval Ship PNS Ghazi.In 2017, a movie title ‘The Ghazi Attack’ was released.

Swaraj attended SCO summit in Russia

On November 30, 2017, Union External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj visited Russian city of Sochi to attend the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.At the summit, India pressed for concerted regional and global efforts to contain terrorism.India had been an observer at the SCO since 2005. India along with Pakistan became full members of SCO in June 2017.

UN passes Pakistan-sponsored resolution

United Nations (UN) General Assembly unanimously passed a Pakistan-sponsored resolution. It considers right of peoples to self-determination as a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights. It states that foreign military intervention, aggression, and occupation suppresses the right of peoples to self-determination and other human rights.

Saeed Ajmal Retires from All Cricket

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal announced his retirement from all forms of cricket two years after losing his wicket-taking bite with a remodeled bowling action that was twice deemed illegal. Ajmal was once celebrated as the world’s number one bowler in one-day internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 cricket, and was almost as successful in Tests. Ajmal took 178 wickets in 35 Tests.

Krishna Sobti gets Jnanpith award 2017

Renowned Hindi littérateur Krishna Sobti has been chosen for this year’s Jnanpith Award. Born in 1925 in Gujarat in Pakistan’s Punjab Province, Sobti is known for experimenting with new writing styles and creating “bold” and “daring” characters in her stories who were ready to accept all challenges. Her language was highly influenced by the intermingling of Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi cultures.

Bisaria: High Commissioner to Pakistan

India has appointed Ajay Bisaria as the next high commissioner to Pakistan. He is currently ambassador to Poland. Bisaria takes over from Gautam Bambawale, who was last month appointed India’s ambassador to China. Bisaria was in charge of the Eurasia desk that looks after India’s ties with Russia and the Central Asian republics, prior to his appointment as India’s ambassador to Poland.

Child Mortality 2017: Report

As per a report titled “Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017”, India along with Pakistan, Nigeria, Congo and Ethiopia is responsible for half of all new-born deaths in the world. Report estimates are developed by UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation in context of monitoring child survival. As per the report, 6 million children died before reaching the age of five in 2016

Pakistan’s Football Federation suspended

The Pakistan football federation was suspended from FIFA by the Bureau of FIFA council. The reason behind the suspension was the “Interference of third party” in PFF. The PFF accounts and their offices were under the control of an administrator appointed by court and this actually violated the rules of FIFA.

US backs India on Obor

6 : The Trump administration threw its weight behind India’s opposition to China’s ambitious OBOR initiative. U.S. said the $50-billion project passes through “disputed territory” and no country should dictate the Belt and Road initiative. The corridor passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the reason India has protested to China. The area covers the Karakoram mountains, including Siachen.

Khushwant Singh Literary Festival

The 6th Khushwant Singh Literary Festival will be held at the Kasauli Club, Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, from Oct 6 to 8. This year’s theme is ‘70’, marking the seven decades of India’s independence after Partition from Pakistan. It was started in 2012, when writer Khushwant Singh, known for his bold writing and unorthodox views, was still alive. It is the only one named after an individual.

Arjan Singh passes away

Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, the only officer of Air Force to be promoted to 5 star rank, died at 98. He was the IAF chief from Aug 1964-69. He was the 1st Indian Air Chief to be elevated to the rank of Air Chief Marshal on Jan 16, 1966. He played a key role in India’s victory in the 1965 war against Pakistan. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan for his leadership during 1965 war.

Pakistan beat World XI

Pakistan rode on Ahmed Shehzad’s 89 and Hasan Ali’s 2/28 to beat the World XI by 33 runs and clinch the three-game series
2-1. Pakistan beat the World XI by 20 runs in an exciting finish to the first Twenty20 match in Lahore. It was only the second time Pakistan has hosted an international match since a 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus, also in Lahore.

Citizenship to Chakmas, Hajong refugees

Centre is all set to grant citizenship to Chakma & Hajong refugees who have been living in Arunachal Pradesh for more than half a century. Citizenship will not entitle these refugees to the rights enjoyed by Scheduled Tribes in the state. Chakmas & Hajongs were inhabitants of Chittagong Hill Tracts of East Pakistan. They had to flee when their land was submerged by Kaptai dam in the 1960s.

Global Human Capital Index

India has been placed at a low 103 rank, the lowest among BRICS economies, on the WEF’s Global Human Capital Index. Among the South Asian countries also, India was ranked lower than Sri Lanka and Nepal, although higher than neighbouring Bangladesh and Pakistan. India was ranked 105th on this list last year, while Finland was on the top which has pushed by Norway to second place this year.

Pak PM opens China-backed 5th nuke plant

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the country’s fifth nuclear power plant, developed in collaboration with China. The fifth nuclear plant C-4 plant is located at Chashma in Mianwali district of the Punjab province. Mr. Abbasi said that the nuclear plants were a source of cheap energy and Pakistan would work on setting up more such plants.

China, Pak Air Forces Joint Exercise

Air forces of China & Pakistan began a joint training exercise in China & deployed their latest fighter jets & AWACS aircraft. China has dispatched J-11 fighters, JH-7 fighter-bombers, KJ-200 AWACS aircraft & ground forces including surface-to-air missile & radar troops to join the exercise, named Shaheen VI. The “Shaheen” joint training was launched by Chinese & Pakistani air forces in 2011

US shuts Pakistan’s Habib Bank

US banking regulators has ordered Pakistan’s Habib Bank to shutter its New York office for repeatedly failing to heed concerns over possible terrorist financing & money laundering. State’s Department of Financial Services slapped a $225 million fine on the bank. Habib permitted at least 13,000 transactions that were not sufficiently screened to ensure they did not involve sanctioned countries

BRICS list Pak-based terror outfits

5 : In a significant diplomatic win for India, BRICS countries have named for the first time Pakistan-based terror groups like the LeT & JeM for causing violence in the region. During last BRICS Summit in Goa, China did not allow the inclusion of Pakistan-based terror groups in the declaration. BRICS countries also called upon all nations to adopt a comprehensive approach in combating terrorism.

Asia’s most corrupt country

A recent survey by the Transparency International states that India is the most corrupt country in Asia with 69% bribery rates. According to the report, With 69% bribery rate, India tops the list which is followed by Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan and Myanmar. The organisation had put India at rank 76 out of 168 countries in its Corruption Perception Index last year.

Malala Yousafzai to study at Oxford

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has gained a place in the University of Oxford. She will study philosophy, politics and economics at the prestigious university. She is a Pakistani activist for female education & the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She won international renown in 2012 after she was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan for speaking out for the right of girls to go to school.

Mahmood Takes Charge as Pak’s High Comm

Sohail Mahmood has assumed the charge of Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India in New Delhi. One of the senior-most officers of the Pakistan Foreign Service, he succeeds career diplomat Abdul Basit, who served as the country’s envoy for 4 years. He has wide experience in the diplomatic service having served in various Pakistan missions abroad including Washington and New York.

Pakistan celebrates Independence Day

Pakistan hoisted largest flag in its history at Attari—Wagah border near Lahore to mark country’s 70th Independence Day. The flag is reported to be the highest one in South Asia and the 8th highest in the world. Pak came into existence as a result of Pakistan Movement which aimed for creation of a separate Muslim state by partition of north-western & north-eastern regions of undivided India.

Israel fence systems at Pak Borders

India is deploying along its volatile border with Pakistan a smart Israel-developed fencing system. The fencing system has a ‘quick response team’ mechanism which strikes when CCTV-powered control room detects an infiltration attempt. New equipment & technologies will be integrated and a feed, from CCTV cameras, will go to the border out post where a monitor will be installed.

U-19 cricket Asia Cup shifted

Under-19 cricket Asia Cup, scheduled to be held in Bengaluru, has been moved to Malaysia following Pakistan Cricket Board’s objection to the tournament being held in India. PCB had earlier expressed its reservations in travelling to India owing to political tensions between the 2 countries. Tournament will feature 8 teams, with Pakistan, India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka qualifying automatically.

Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ dies

German-born nun Ruth Pfau, who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan died in southern city of Karachi. Widely known as Pakistan’s Mother Teresa, Pfau witnessed leprosy in Pakistan for the first time in 1960 & returned to set up clinics across the country. She founded Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Karachi, Pakistan’s 1st hospital dedicated to treating the disease.

24×7 virtual fence along Indo-Pak border

Govt is planning to install a 24×7 seamless virtual fence with sensors along the India-Pakistan border to curb infiltration bid. A pilot project for deployment of Comprehensive Integrated Border Management Solution which includes different types of sensors, day and night vision cameras has been taken up. The pilot project has been undertaken in 2 stretches of 5 to 6 kms each in Jammu sector

Pak gets 1st full-time Foreign Minister

Khawaja Asif has been appointed as the Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister, the first full-time leader to hold the post since the party came to power in 2013. Nawaz Sharif retained the foreign affairs portfolio, the job was handled by Sartaj Aziz, who was adviser on foreign affairs. Khawaja Asif a former banker, earlier held the defence and power ministries.

Pak cabinet gets first Hindu minister

For the first time in 20 years, a Hindu has been inducted in Pakistan Cabinet. Darshan Lal, who is a practising doctor has been named as Interprovincial Coordination Minister. He would be responsible for heading the coordination between four Pakistani provinces. He was elected to the national assembly for the second time on PML-N ticket on a reserved seat for minorities in 2013.

Abbasi elected as interim Pakistan PM

Pakistan’s parliament has elected Shahid Abbasi as country’s new PM, after Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif. He secured 221 votes out of 341 seats in an election process that began in a secret ballot. He is expected to hand over power to Shahbaz Sharif once the latter is elected to National Assembly in 6 weeks. Shahbaz Sharif is the CM of Punjab & younger brother of Nawaz Sharif.

India gets permission from World Bank

World Bank has allowed India to construct hydroelectric power facilities on tributaries of Jhelum & Chenab rivers with certain restrictions under 1960 Indus Waters Treaty. World Bank’s comments came as officials from India Pakistan concluded secretary-level talks over IWT. The 2 countries disagree over whether the technical design features of the 2 hydroelectric plants contravene the treaty.

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif resigns

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned from his post, after the Supreme Court disqualified him over corruption claims against his family. Supreme Court said Sharif is not fit to hold office & ordered a criminal investigation into him & his family. Court also disqualified Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Sharif has been disqualified for life & will not be able to contest elections again.

Nation celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas

The country is celebrating 18th Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas today. Kargil Vijay Diwas, celebrated on 26th July, commemorates India’s emphatic victory against Pakistan & honours war heroes. On this day in 1999, Indian Army successfully took control of posts at a treacherous high altitude & glaciated terrain across Himalayas in Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir after fighting for 60 days.

India 3rd largest terror target

According to data compiled by US state department, India is 3rd largest terror target in 2016. India stood at 3rd position displacing Pakistan behind Iraq & Afghanistan in terms of terror attacks. Out of the 11,072 terror attacks across the world in 2016, 927 took place in India. The US analysis labelled Naxals as the 3rd most deadly terror organisation in the world after ISIS and Taliban.

US blocks $350 million aid to Pakistan

United States has blocked 350 million dollars in coalition support funds to Pakistan as Islamabad failed to act against the dreaded Haqqani network. The Pentagon’s decision came ahead of a review of US policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is not the first time the Pentagon has decided not to make military reimbursements. Last year, the Pentagon withheld $300 million in reimbursements.

Providing “safe havens” to terrorists

US has listed Pakistan among the nations providing safe havens to terrorists. Report said Pak did not take sufficient action against terror groups such as LeT & JeM and allowed them to operate, train & fundraise inside the country. Annual Report on Terrorism said UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed continued to address rallies despite being proscribed under provisions of Anti-Terrorism Act.

Misbah gets honorary life membership

Former Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been honoured with Honorary Life Membership by Marylebone Cricket Club for his services to the game. He was presented with the membership at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Misbah is the 22nd Pakistani to receive the honour and joins the likes of Zaheer Abbas, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram. Last Pakistani to receive the honour was Ramiz Raja in 2015.

Tougher conditions for defence funding

US House of Representatives has voted for 3 legislative amendments to impose tougher conditions for reimbursement of defence funding to Pakistan. Pakistan will now have to show satisfactory progress in fight against terrorism. Defence secretary will also need to certify that Pakistan is demonstrating commitment to preventing the Haqqani network from using North Waziristan as a safe haven.

Malala Day

Malala Day is being celebrated today across the world commemorating Malala Yousafzai’s 20th birthday. July 12th has been declared as Malala Day by UN as it commemorates not only her birthday, but also the day when she delivered a powerful speech at UN to call for worldwide access to education. She is is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.

Meeting of SAARC Minister of Law & Order

8th meeting of the SAARC Ministers of Law and Order has started in Colombo. The 3 day meeting will focus on the issue of tackling terrorism apart from discussing liberalization of visa, illegal trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and small arms. Indian side is being led by a senior official in Ministry of Home affairs. Last meeting of SAARC Ministers was held in Pakistan.

UNHRC to review Pak’s human right record

United Nations Human Rights Council has said that it will undertake a thorough two-day review of Islamabad’s human rights record. Pakistan will be reviewed by the Human Rights Committee for its imple-mentation of the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights. Committee will issue concluding observations based on constructive dialogue and documents submitted by the State.

Pakistan test fires short-range NASR

Pakistan has successfully test-fired short-range surface to surface ballistic missile named Nasr. NASR is a high-precision weapon system with the ability to be deployed quickly. The test was conducted to validate missile’s new technical parameters including enhanced range from 60 km to 70 km and flight maneuverability. Pakistan is planning to conduct several such tests over next few days.

UNSC sanctions splinter group of Taliban

UN Security Council has sanctioned a splinter group of the Pakistan Taliban, subjecting it to assets freeze and an arms embargo. The Security Council’s Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee has added Jamaat-Ul-Ahrar to the terror group Islamic State and Al-Qaida Sanctions List. Jamaat-Ul-Ahrar is the splinter group of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan and is associated with the Islamic State terror group

Pakistan bans JuD front

Pakistan has banned Tehreek-e-Azaadi Jammu and Kashmir, a new front for Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa, as the international pressure on the country increases. TAJK gained prominence as a JuD front when it held pro-Kashmir freedom rallies and displayed banners & streamers across Pakistan on Kashmir Day. UN placed both JuD and FIF on its watch list in December 2008 and March 2012, respectively.

Pakistan begins fencing its border

21 : Pakistan will soon begin construction of a fence across its porous border with Afghanistan in order to improve security. In first phase high infiltration-prone border areas in Bajaur, Mohmand and Khyber are being fenced. New forts and border posts would be built in order to improve surveillance and defense. The 2 nations are divided by 2400km Durand Line, drawn by Britishers in 1896.

Pakistan wins Champions Trophy title

Pakistan won the 2017 Champions Trophy cricket final after beating arch-rivals India by 180 runs at the Oval ground in Britain’s capital, London. With the win, Pakistan won their first Champions Trophy to add to their 1992 World Cup and 2009 World T20 wins. Pakistan had come into the tournament as the lowest-ranked team and lost heavily to India in its opening group match.

India re-elected to ECOSOC

India has been re-elected to the UN’s principal organ on economic, social and environmental issues for another three-year term. India was among 18 nations to win election to the Economic and Social Council. India received 183 of the 188 votes, the second highest after Japan who received 185 vote in the Asia Pacific category. Pakistan received just a single vote for the ECOSOC.

$500 million approved for Afghanistan

The World Bank approved financing worth more than $500 million for Afghanistan to support a string of programs to boost the economy and help improve services in five provincial capitals. The largest chunk of the package, some $205.4 million, will go toward supporting communities affected by refugees returning from Pakistan. The rest will go to building hospitals, schools etc.

Pakistan qualify for CT finals 1st time

Pakistan delivered an inspired all-round performance to rout a ragged England team by eight wickets in a one-sided Champions Trophy semi-final. It was a major disappointment for England, who won all three group matches in their bid to claim a first global 50-over title and had beaten Pakistan in 12 of their last 14 one-day internationals. It may play India or Bangladesh in the finals.

India, Pak to become full SCO members.

India and Pakistan’s admission as full members to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation will be formalised at the Astana Summit in Kazakhastan. SCO was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Beijing. The group comprises Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, besides China as full members. Afghanistan, Belarus, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status.

BSF begins operation ‘Garam Hawa’.

BSF has started operation Garam Hawa in the western sector in Rajasthan, under which vigil along the international border with Pakistan has been stepped up. The operation is being conducted as chances of infiltration across the border increase during intense heatwave conditions. Full Form of BSF – Border Security Forces

Pakistan’s new envoy to India

Sohail Mahmood will be Pakistan’s new High Commissioner to India and is set to take charge at the end of this month. Mahmood, now Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey, will succeed Abdul Basit. Mahmood has served in Pakistani missions in Washington, New York, Ankara and Bangkok.

Ustad Raees Khan passes away

Renowned Pakistani sitarist Ustad Raees Khan passed away on Saturday. Apart from performing at a number of concerts solo, Khan collaborated with legendary shehnai player Ustad Bismillah Khan on stage. He also played sitar for film music composers. Born in Indore in Madhya Pradesh in 1939 into a family of musicians, he began playing sitar at a young age.

Press freedom rankings

India slipped three places in the 2017 world press freedom rankings to 136th among 180 countries, the dismal performance blamed on “Modi’s nationalism” and growing “self-censorship” in the mainstream media. India was ranked just three places above Pakistan and was one notch below violence-torn Palestine. The report was released by Reporters without Borders.

India to host SAARC seminar

India will host a disaster management seminar for officials from Pakistan and other SAARC countries in Gandhinagar in May 2017. The SAARC Disaster Management Centre (SDMC), which was being run from Delhi since last year, was shifted to Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM) in January. Other SAARC nations, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh have already given their nod.

Malala to receive Canadian citizenship

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai became the sixth person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. The Pakistani activist was welcomed to the seat of Canada’s democracy by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. At age 19, Yousafzai is the youngest person to speak to Canadian members of parliament and senators in a joint session.

Malala to receive Canadian citizenship

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai became the sixth person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. The Pakistani activist was welcomed to the seat of Canada’s democracy by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. At age 19, Yousafzai is the youngest person to speak to Canadian members of parliament and senators in a joint session.

Fungus that eats plastic

Scientists from Chinese Academy of Sciences have identified a soil fungus Aspergillus tubingensis that uses enzymes to rapidly break down plastic materials. The new discovery in an advance can help to deal with plastic waste problem that threatens our environment in safer and more effective way. The plastic-eating fungus was found Islamabad, Pakistan.

Sima Kamil becomes first woman to lead a major Pakistani bank

United Bank Limited (UBL) has appointed Sima Kamil as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the bank. She will take charge on June 1, 2017 by replacing outgoing CEO Wajahat Hussain. She is the first woman to head a major commercial bank in Pakistan.

India to seal borders with Pak, B’desh

India is planning to seal the international boundaries with Pakistan and Bangladesh soon. This could be India’s major step against terrorism and the problem of refugees according to the home minister. The border with Pakistan would be sealed by 2018, as per a decision which has been taken in the wake of the increase in infiltration attempts.

Sharif to command Saudi-led alliance

Pakistan has agreed to allow former army chief Gen Raheel Sharif to head a Saudi Arabia-led 39-nation Islamic military coalition formed to combat terrorism. Saudi Arabia had announced in 2015 that Islamabad was also part of the new alliance. According to Saudi Arabia, the alliance is formed to fight ISIS and other militant outfits.

Death Of Al-Qaeda Terrorist Qari Yasin

A senior Al-Qaeda commander responsible for bombing of a luxury HOTEL and an assault on Sri Lankan cricket team has been killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan. Qari Yasin, a member of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan group (Pakistani Taliban), was killed on March 19. He was also said to have been behind a 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore