Monday, May 17, 2021

Affairs

For the first time ever, Pakistan’s exports to US cross $400mn for three months...

In what is surely a grand milestone for Pakistani exporters, the nation’s exports to the United States crossed the $400 million mark yet again in December 2020, for the third month running. This marks the first time such a feat has been accomplished by the country.

US Congress passes Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act for Pakistani women

The US Congress has passed a bill named after Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai that expands the number of scholarships to women in Pakistan under a merit and needs-based programme. The bill requires the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to award at least 50 per cent of scholarships under a Pakistan-based higher education scholarship programme to Pakistani women, from 2020 to 2022, across a range of academic disciplines and in accordance with existing eligibility criteria.

Chinese and Pakistani Media to Jointly Oppose Negative Propaganda Against CPEC

The 6th China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Media Forum was held in Islamabad today. It was jointly organized by the Pakistan-China Institute (PCI) and China Economic Net (CEN) in cooperation with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Pakistan. The forum conducted in-depth exchanges and discussions on topics, including the opportunities for digital media, media as an engine for the high-quality development of CPEC, and China-Pakistan media cooperation. President and Editor-in-Chief of Economic Daily, Zheng Qingdong, in his welcome address, said that since its launch, the forum contributed a lot towards building a positive public opinion on CPEC. He said that the media of China and Pakistan should take joint actions and form synergies in firmly opposing the negative propaganda against CPEC. Pakistan-China Institute Executive Director, Mustafa Hyder Sayed, said that last year the institute launched the Rapid Response Information Network (RRIN), which identifies fake news on CPEC and deconstructs them with facts. Moreover, PCI will be publishing, “The Governance of China,” part 2 and part 3 in Urdu, which are authored by President Xi Jinping.

Indian officer accused of planting weapons on Kashmir civilians

Captain Bhoopendra Singh has been charged with murder, conspiracy and other offences, the police statement said. He is now in military detention. The two civilian “sources”, who were with him at the time, are in police custody. A police statement issued late on Sunday said the officer and two others “planted illegally acquired weapons and material on their dead bodies after stripping them of their identities and tagged them as hardcore terrorists in possession of war-like stores.”

PM, COAS, ISI chief meet to discuss security situation of Pakistan

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) called Thursday on Prime Minister Imran Khan to brief him on the security situation on both internal and external fronts of Pakistan. Director General ISI Lt. Gen. Faiz Hamid was also present on the occasion.

In meeting with Taliban, PM Imran Khan says intra-Afghan talks provide ‘historic’ opportunity for...

On Wednesday, as the Taliban delegation commenced its visit, Prime Minister Imran and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had discussed the progress in the ongoing peace process and strengthening of relations between the two countries. In a phone contact with Ghani, the premier reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process leading to a political solution to the conflict.

US in a position to stop Indian subversive activities in Pakistan

The United States is perhaps the only country in the world that is in a position to play an important and critical role on the issue of Indian subversive activities in Pakistan, said Islamabad’s envoy in Washington, Asad Majeed Khan.

India plans to attempt surgical strikes against Pakistan: FM Qureshi in UAE

An official said a “false flag operation” was being planned by India to divert the world’s attention from several of its internal issues, including the ongoing farmers’ protest, its treatment of minorities, atrocities committed by Indian forces in illegal occupied Kashmir and criticism of its policies by international institutions and media.

Tricks of Trade: US Consulate in Karachi funding programs that potentially break diplomatic protocol

It has been reliably learnt that under the garb of training, it has planned to map the journalists and teachers from Sindh and Balochistan. According to reports over 200 journalists and 100 teachers would be given so called training. Ten cities have been selected for said training including Gawader, Turbat and Quetta besides six cities of interior Sindh. The participants of the training would be eventually networked through Social Media and Whatsapp etc to further US interests and narratives. This move is viewed as beyond any Diplomatic norms and mandate, and is in fact a threat to national security.

2 Pak Army Soldiers Embraced Shahadat on LOC during CFV by the Indian side

Indian troops initiated CFVs in Khuiratta Sector along LOC. Pakistan army troops responded befittingly. Reports of heavy losses, 2 Indian troops in men & material. During exchange of fire, while fighting valiantly, 2 soldiers, Lance Naik Tariq & Sepoy Zaroof embraced shahadat.