Pakistan

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.