Pakistan announces provincial status for Gilgit-Baltistan

News: Pakistan Prime Minister has officially announced to convert the disputed territory of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) into a full-fledged province.   Facts: Gilgit Baltistan: It is a region administered by Pakistan as an administrative territory.It borders Azad Kashmir to the south, Afghanistan to the north, China to the east and India to the southeast. Background:… Continue reading Pakistan announces provincial status for Gilgit-Baltistan

China to set up 1,124 MW power project in PaK under CPEC

News: China will be setting up a Kohala hydropower project in Pakistan occupied Kashmir(PoK) under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Facts: Kohala hydropower project: It is a 1,124-megawatt power project to be built on the Jhelum river.It is intended to provide more than five billion units of clean and low-cost electricity annually for consumers in Pakistan.… Continue reading China to set up 1,124 MW power project in PaK under CPEC

TRF is a ploy by Pakistan to evade scrutiny, says J&K’s DGP

News:The Resistance Front(TRF) had claimed responsibility for the recent attack on the security forces along the Line of Control in the Kupwara sector, Kashmir. Facts: The Resistance Front (TRF) is a new terror outfit based in Jammu and Kashmir(J&K). It is backed by Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) and created in 2019 following the withdrawal of Article… Continue reading TRF is a ploy by Pakistan to evade scrutiny, says J&K’s DGP

India lodges protest against Pak SC nod to elections in Gilgit-Baltistan

News:The Government of India has issued a strong protest over an order by the Pakistan Supreme Court allowing the government to hold elections in the region of Gilgit-Baltistan. Facts: Gilgit Baltistan:It is a region administered by Pakistan as an administrative territory.It borders Azad Kashmir to the south, Afghanistan to the north, China to the east… Continue reading India lodges protest against Pak SC nod to elections in Gilgit-Baltistan

Pakistan to continue in FATF Grey List

News:The International Co-operation Review Group(ICRG) of the Financial Action Task Force(FATF) has recommended that Pakistan be retained on the Grey List given its failure to completely implement the 27-point action plan to check terror financing. Facts: FATF and Pakistan: In 2018,Pakistan was placed on the grey list by the FATF and was given a 27-point… Continue reading Pakistan to continue in FATF Grey List

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is illegal:India

News:Indian Government has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),a flagship project of the Belt and Road initiative(BRI) is illegal as it impinges the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India. Facts: About CPEC: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC) is the flagship project of the multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI),a pet project of Chinese President. It… Continue reading China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is illegal:India

SAARC’s full potential not utilised due to a single country

News:India’s Defence minister has said that the full potential of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation(SAARC) has not been utilised due to behaviour of Pakistan. Facts: About SAARC: The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation(SAARC) was established with the signing of the SAARC Charter in Dhaka in 1985. It comprises of eight Member States… Continue reading SAARC’s full potential not utilised due to a single country

Pakistan successfully test-fires nuclear-capable missile

News:Pakistan has conducted the test launch of Shaheen-1 surface-to-surface ballistic missile. Facts: About Shaheen-1: Shaheen-1 is a is a land based supersonic short-range ballistic missile (SRBM).  It has been jointly designed and developed by joint venture of Pakistan’s National Engineering and Scientific Commission(NESCOM) and National Defence Complex(NDC).  The missile is capable of delivering all types… Continue reading Pakistan successfully test-fires nuclear-capable missile

India, Pakistan sign pact to enable Indian pilgrims visit Kartarpur

News:India and Pakistan has signed a Kartarpur agreement to open a land corridor between the two countries. Facts: Key Highlights of the agreement: Indian pilgrims of all faiths and Person of Indian origin can use the Kartarpur corridor Travel will be visa free.But the pilgrims need to carry only a valid passport and an electronic… Continue reading India, Pakistan sign pact to enable Indian pilgrims visit Kartarpur

Pakistan to remain in FATF’s ‘Grey List’ till February 2020: Reports

News:The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has decided to keep Pakistan on its grey list till February 2020. Facts: Pakistan and FATF: In June 2018,Financial Action Task Force(FATF) had greylisted Pakistan for failing to curb anti-terror financing. FATF had given 15 months to Pakistan to complete implementation of a 27-point action plan failing which it… Continue reading Pakistan to remain in FATF’s ‘Grey List’ till February 2020: Reports

Indus Waters Treaty

News:Indian Prime minister has said that the Indus river water which belongs to India but is flowing to Pakistan would soon get diverted to the fields of Haryana and Rajasthan for the benefit of agriculture in the state. Facts: About Indus water treaty: The Indus Waters Treaty,1960 is a water-distribution treaty between India and Pakistan.… Continue reading Indus Waters Treaty

Kulbhushan Jadhav to get Consular access tomorrow, says Pakistan Foreign Ministry

Pakistan has said that it will grant consular access to India for Kulbhushan Jadhav on September 2,2019. This decision comes after the International Court of Justice(ICJ) had ordered Pakistan to undertake an effective review and reconsideration of Jadhav’s conviction and sentencing and grant consular access to India. Consular access simply means that a diplomat or… Continue reading Kulbhushan Jadhav to get Consular access tomorrow, says Pakistan Foreign Ministry

India, Pak. to hold talks on Kartarpur Corridor on Sept. 4

India and Pakistan will hold discussions to finalise the remaining modalities of Kartarpur corridor on September 4,2019.This meeting will be a follow up to meetings of technical experts. The technical-level meetings have focused on finalising the alignment of the temporary road for the corridor, modalities to exchange information about using the corridor and modalities to… Continue reading India, Pak. to hold talks on Kartarpur Corridor on Sept. 4

EU backs Kashmir solution through bilateral dialogue

European Union(EU) has said that the Kashmir issue needs to be resolved through bilateral discussions between India and Pakistan. This statement came after India’s External Affairs minister briefed the EU on the security situation in Kashmir. Recently,India had revoked the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated… Continue reading EU backs Kashmir solution through bilateral dialogue

Ghaznavi missile

Pakistan has successfully test-fired surface-to-surface ballistic missile called Ghaznavi. Ghaznavi is a hypersonic surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile designed and developed by the National Development Complex(NDC). The missile has an operational range of between 290-320 km.Its first version has been in service with the Pakistan Army’s strategic command since 2004. The timing of the missile launch… Continue reading Ghaznavi missile

Shaheen VIII

Pakistan and China are conducting joint bilateral aerial exercise named Shaheen VIII. The exercise is being conducted at Chinese city of Holton which is close to the Indian border near Ladakh. This is the eight edition of this aerial exercise which is conducted annually by both the countries. The exercise is aimed at developing a… Continue reading Shaheen VIII

PM rejects scope for third party mediation in Kashmir

Indian Prime Minister has met US President on the sidelines of the G-7 Summit in France. During the meeting,Indian PM has rejected any scope for a third party mediation between India and Pakistan on Kashmir.He reiterated that Kashmir is a bilateral issue. This statement came after US President has offered to mediate between India and… Continue reading PM rejects scope for third party mediation in Kashmir

Terror funding watchdog FATF Asia-Pacific Group ‘blacklists’ Pakistan

Asia Pacific group(APG) has placed Pakistan on its Blacklist for its failure in meeting the required global standards and combating terrorism and money laundering.  Pakistan was non-compliant in 32 of the 40 Compliance Parameters on Money Laundering & Terror Financing and was low in 10 of the 11 Effectiveness Parameters. In June 2018,Financial Action Task… Continue reading Terror funding watchdog FATF Asia-Pacific Group ‘blacklists’ Pakistan

FATF Asia-Pacific Group may blacklist Pakistan

The Asia Pacific Group(APG) may put Pakistan on an enhanced blacklist as the country has failed to meet global standards on money laundering and terror financing. In June 2018,Financial Action Task Force(FATF) had already greylisted Pakistan for failing to curb anti-terror financing. However,the two processes are separate as APG blacklisting status would impair Pakistan’s chances… Continue reading FATF Asia-Pacific Group may blacklist Pakistan

Pakistan submits compliance report to FATF

Pakistan has submitted compliance report on its 27-point action plan to the Financial Action Task Force(FATF). This action plan comes in the backdrop of Pakistan being grey listed by FATF.The greylisting meant downgrading of the country by institutions like IMF, World Bank and also reduction in risk rating by Moody’s and Fitch. Further,the Asia-Pacific Group(APG)… Continue reading Pakistan submits compliance report to FATF

Why New Delhi is turning up the heat on PoK now

India’s Defence Minister had said that if bilateral talks between India and Pakistan were to happen,it will be on Pakistan Occupied Kashmir(POK). This statement shows shifts in India’s position on J&K from offensive to defensive policy.It will also put China on alert as it seeks to push ahead with its plan for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC)… Continue reading Why New Delhi is turning up the heat on PoK now

Pakistan to approach ICJ over Kashmir issue

Pakistan has announced that it would take Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice(ICJ). The tensions between India and Pakistan have escalated ever since India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. This move comes after the United Nations… Continue reading Pakistan to approach ICJ over Kashmir issue

‘No First Use’ nuclear policy depends on circumstances: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister has said that India has strictly adhered to the doctrine of ‘No First Use’(NFU) policy of nuclear weapons.But what happens in the future depends on the circumstances. A No First Use(NFU) policy refers to any authoritative statement by a nuclear weapon state to never be the first to use these weapons in a… Continue reading ‘No First Use’ nuclear policy depends on circumstances: Rajnath Singh

Pakistan downgrades diplomatic ties, suspends trade with India

Pakistan has decided to downgrade it diplomatic ties with India and suspend bilateral trade.  This decision comes after Indian Parliament adopted a resolution scrapping special status to J&K under Article 370 and passed a bill bifurcating the state into two Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Pakistan has also decided to approach the… Continue reading Pakistan downgrades diplomatic ties, suspends trade with India

India received proposal of consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav from Pakistan: MEA

Pakistan has offered India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been in jail in Pakistan on charges of espionage and terrorism.India has said that it was evaluating the Pakistani proposal. The International Court of Justice(ICJ) had ordered on July 17 that Pakistan must undertake an effective review and reconsideration of Jadhav’s conviction and sentencing… Continue reading India received proposal of consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav from Pakistan: MEA

U.S. working with Pak. to find way out of Afghan war: Trump

US President has said that the United States and Pakistan are jointly seeking a way to end the war in Afghanistan. The US President wants to withdraw U.S troops in Afghanistan and sees Pakistan’s cooperation as crucial to any deal to end the war. In 2018,US had slashed millions of dollars of security assistance to… Continue reading U.S. working with Pak. to find way out of Afghan war: Trump

Over 5 billion dollar penalty imposed on Pakistan in Reko Diq case

The World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes(ICSID) has imposed a penalty of $5.95 billion against Pakistan in the Reko Diq case. The penalty was imposed on Pakistan for unlawful denial of a mining lease to a Tethyan Copper Company(TCC) for the Reko Diq project in 2011.The company had claimed 11.43 billion dollars… Continue reading Over 5 billion dollar penalty imposed on Pakistan in Reko Diq case

India elbowed out of Afghanistan peace talks

Pakistan has for the first time joined the US, Russia and China’s trilateral consultations on the Afghanistan peace process. The four countries have jointly urged the Taliban to immediately agree to a ceasefire and begin direct negotiations with the Afghanistan government to end the 18-year violence in the war-torn country. However,India has neither been included… Continue reading India elbowed out of Afghanistan peace talks

BSF launches massive exercise to fortify anti-infiltration grid along Pak border in Punjab,Jammu

The Border Security Force(BSF) has launched a massive exercise code named ‘Sudarshan’ to fortify the ‘anti-infiltration grid’ along the Pakistan border in Punjab and Jammu. The operation will cover over 1,000-kms length of the India-Pakistan International Border. Further,BSF has also deployed heavy machinery,communication interceptors and mobile bulletproof bunkers at the borders. The Border Security Force(BSF)… Continue reading BSF launches massive exercise to fortify anti-infiltration grid along Pak border in Punjab,Jammu

Blacklisting Pakistan absolutely a possibility:FATF president

The Financial Action Task Force(FATF) has said that Pakistan could be put on the watchdog’s blacklist if the country fails to fulfill its anti terror action plan. FATF President said that Pakistan has already missed two deadlines and decision in this regard would be taken in October 2019 where Pakistan will be assessed on the… Continue reading Blacklisting Pakistan absolutely a possibility:FATF president

India rejects Pakistan’s charge of politicising FATF

India has rejected Pakistan’s allegation that it had tried to politicise deliberations at the Financial Action Task Force(FATF) which concluded its plenary with more criticism against Pakistan. Recently,FATF had warned Pakistan that the country could be blacklisted unless it fulfils an action plan against UN-designated terrorists operating in Pakistan by October,2019. A blacklist entry for… Continue reading India rejects Pakistan’s charge of politicising FATF

Time running out to curb terror, Pak. told

India has said that it expects Pakistan to implement steps agreed with the international Financial Action Task Force(FATF) to eliminate funding to terrorist groups operating from its soil. This statement came after FATF has warned Pakistan that the country could be blacklisted unless it fulfils an action plan against UN-designated terrorists operating in Pakistan by… Continue reading Time running out to curb terror, Pak. told

FATF warns Pakistan, but keeps it off the blacklist

Pakistan has managed to avoid being placed on the Financial Action Task Force(FATF) blacklist following support from China,Turkey and Malaysia. The FATF charter mandates support of at least three member states to avoid the blacklisting.However,FATF has said that Pakistan will be blacklisted if it fails to complete its action plan by October 2019. Once a… Continue reading FATF warns Pakistan, but keeps it off the blacklist

Black or grey: What next for Pakistan at FATF?

The Financial Action Task Force(FATF) will hold its Plenary and Working Group meeting from 16th June,2019. The plenary could take up a proposal to downgrade Pakistan to the blacklist on terrorist financing from its current greylisted status. Pakistan has been under the FATF’s scanner since June,2018 when it was put on the greylist for terror… Continue reading Black or grey: What next for Pakistan at FATF?

Pakistan faces FATF blacklist

The Asia Pacific Group(APG) has conveyed to Pakistan that its action plans on terrorist groups were inadequate after it was grey-listed by the Financial Action Task Force(FATF) for terror financing. APG has said that Pakistan has time until September,2019 to either comply with the demands made by FATF members or it could be blacklisted.The blacklisting… Continue reading Pakistan faces FATF blacklist

Pakistan extends airspace ban till June 15

Pakistan has decided to extend the closure of its airspace along its eastern border with India until June 15. Pakistan had closed the airspace after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot. Pakistan lies in the middle of a vital aviation corridor and the airspace restrictions impact hundreds of… Continue reading Pakistan extends airspace ban till June 15

Pakistan successfully test-fires ballistic missile Shaheen-II capable of hitting India

Pakistan has successfully test-fired surface-to-surface ballistic missile called as Shaheen-II. The Pakistan Army has said that the launch was aimed at ensuring operational readiness of the Army Strategic Forces Command. Shaheen-II Missile is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a range of 1,500 kilometers which brings major Indian cities under its… Continue reading Pakistan successfully test-fires ballistic missile Shaheen-II capable of hitting India

Bangladesh halts visas for Pakistani nationals

Bangladesh has halted issuance of visas to Pakistani nationals.It was stopped after the Bangladesh diplomat’s visa-extension application has not been cleared by the Pakistan government. Pakistan has delayed the renewal of the visa after Bangladesh had refused to accept the nomination of the new high commissioner of Pakistan to Bangladesh for over a year. Tensions… Continue reading Bangladesh halts visas for Pakistani nationals

Pakistan needs aggressive diplomacy to exit FATF grey list: official

Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has said that Pakistan needs to launch a diplomatic effort to secure enough support to come out of the greylist or to prevent itself from falling into the blacklist. This statement came after a 10-member Pakistani delegation attended a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) where it defended Pakistan’s efforts… Continue reading Pakistan needs aggressive diplomacy to exit FATF grey list: official

Explained: Understanding Pakistan’s IMF bailout

The International Monetary Fund(IMF) and Pakistan have agreed on terms for a $6bn bailout package to be disbursed to Pakistan over a span of more than three years. Earlier,Pakistan had asked the IMF to bail itself out from a severe financial crisis that threatens to cripple the country’s economy. Pakistan has already received financial aid… Continue reading Explained: Understanding Pakistan’s IMF bailout

Pakistan to observe its retaliatory action against India on Feb 27 as ‘Operation Swift Retort’

Pakistan has decided to observe the Pakistan Air Force(PAF)’s retaliatory action that it had taken on 27th February 2019 against India as ‘Operation Swift Retort’. According to PAF,swift response demonstrates their firm resolve,capacity and capability in thwarting opposing successfully in their criminal designs. Tensions between India and Pakistan had escalated after Jaish-e-Mohammed(JeM) suicide bomber had… Continue reading Pakistan to observe its retaliatory action against India on Feb 27 as ‘Operation Swift Retort’

Pakistan suspends polio drive after security threats to workers

The Pakistan government has suspended the anti-polio drive and Lot Quality Assurance Sampling(LQAS) after the increased number of attacks against polio workers in different parts of the country. The countrywide campaign to administer anti-polio drops to 39 million children under five years of age was launched after which the evaluation of the drive was to… Continue reading Pakistan suspends polio drive after security threats to workers

China to hold 2nd BRF meet on Thursday;India to give it a miss

China is going to hold its 2nd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) to showcase its Belt and Road Initiative(BRI) but without India’s presence for the second consecutive time.Recently,India had decided to turn down an official invite from China to attend the second Belt and Road Forum meet. China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an… Continue reading China to hold 2nd BRF meet on Thursday;India to give it a miss

FATF asks Pakistan to track all gold purchases

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has asked Pakistan to implement a new set of constraints in its crackdown against terror financing.It includes documenting and regulating all gold markets. The FATF has asked Pakistan to collect data of all gold markets in the country and to restrict the sale and purchase of gold items using… Continue reading FATF asks Pakistan to track all gold purchases

Pakistan stakes claim to Kohinoor diamond

Pakistan has claimed that the Kohinoor diamond which is in the collection of famous jewels of the British royals belongs to Lahore museum.Hence,it should be returned back to Pakistan.Further,it is not just India and Pakistan that is claiming the ownership of the diamond.It also includes Afghanistan. The Kohinoor diamond was originally owned by the Kakatiya… Continue reading Pakistan stakes claim to Kohinoor diamond

Pakistan airspace closure hits Afghan, Kazakh, Russian airlines

The closure of Pakistan’s airspace,since the Indian Air Force (IAF) strikes in Balakot has affected international flights to and from India.The worst affected are airlines from West and Central Asia as their proximity to India and Pakistan means that they have to now take a much longer route to comply with the ban. The Afghan… Continue reading Pakistan airspace closure hits Afghan, Kazakh, Russian airlines

Pakistan could be blacklisted by FATF due to ‘lobbying by India’, says Qureshi

Pakistan foreign minister has said that Pakistan could be blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) due to lobbying by India.He estimated that Pakistan could suffer $10 billion loss annually if it remains on the FATF grey list. In June 2018,the Paris-based FATF had placed Pakistan on the grey list of countries.Pakistan was put… Continue reading Pakistan could be blacklisted by FATF due to ‘lobbying by India’, says Qureshi

U.S. circulates draft resolution on Azhar in Security Council

The US has circulated a draft resolution in the UN Security Council proposing to blacklist Jaish chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.The move comes after UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee had failed to designate Azhar as a terrorist after China placed a hold on a listing request that the U.S,U.K.and France had brought before the… Continue reading U.S. circulates draft resolution on Azhar in Security Council

Pakistan acts to defuse tensions with Afghanistan

Pakistan’s foreign ministry has clarified that the remarks made by Pakistan PM had been taken out of context and misinterpreted.It said that Pakistan has no other interest in Afghanistan but to promote peace through an Afghan owned and Afghan led political process. Recently,Afghanistan had recalled its ambassador from Pakistan over statements made by Pakistan Prime… Continue reading Pakistan acts to defuse tensions with Afghanistan

After FATF,Asia-Pacific group may also grey-list Pakistan

Pakistan is facing the risk of being greylisted by the Asia Pacific Group (APG).Pakistan has a high non-compliant rate of nearly 70% on 40 recommendations against money laundering and terrorist financing. Earlier,Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had decided to keep Pakistan on its grey list.It means downgrading of the country by institutions like IMF,World Bank,ADB,EU… Continue reading After FATF,Asia-Pacific group may also grey-list Pakistan