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28-29 February 2024, Thursday | Vol 5, No.35

Newly elected MPAs sworn in amid commotion for KP and Balochistan assemblies



Rawalpindi court indicts Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi in GBP 190 million corruption case; Volatility in KSE after president rejects summary for convening NA session

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PAKISTAN ELECTIONS 2024
PR Exclusive Update #75

Newly elected MPAs sworn in amid commotion for KP and Balochistan assemblies
On 28 February, in the inaugural sessions of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan assemblies, the newly elected members took their oaths of office in chaotic settings. In KP, all of the 116 provincial assembly members (MPA) brough along dozens of their own guests, leading to a commotion and broken windowpanes and the session commencing two hours late. During the session, a PML-N legislator, Sobia Shahid, had a water pot, empty bottles, and shoes thrown at her by PTI supporters after he made jest of the PTI MPAs and the conviction of Imran Khan. Meanwhile in Quetta, Balochistan, around 57 newly-elected took their oaths of office in a session that was conducted under tight security. The visitors’ gallery was filled with guests and supporters. Meanwhile, the four-party alliance encompassing, NP, Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), and the Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) carried out a protest against the alleged election rigging. Ghulam Nabi Marri of the BNP said that they “reject these engineered elections,” and PkMAP’s provincial chief, Qahar Wadan, stated that the “people of the province would not accept these elections.” (“K-P Assembly sworn in amid chaos,” The Express Tribune, 29 February 2024)
 
Nawaz Sharif nominates Ayaz for NA speaker, warns about the forthcoming challenges for new government
On 28 February, while addressing a PML-N parliamentary meeting, Nawaz Sharif warned about the forthcoming challenges that the incoming government would face, stating that the next two years will be crucial for a coalition with regard to economic and political instability. He expressed support for the coalition between the PML-N and the PPP, and asserted that Shehbaz Sharif would be able to revive the country from “gigantic problems.” Nawaz highlighted that the “primary goal is to provide relief to people in gas and electricity prices, tackle inflation and stabilize rupee dollar parity.” After two years, the administration will have the opportunity to fulfill the needs of the people. Along the sidelines of the meeting, Nawaz said: “Shehbaz is the party’s nominee for the office of prime minister while Sardar Ayaz Sadiq is our candidate for the post of the National Assembly speaker.” He lauded Shehbaz for his “dedicated and courageous service” and stated that he was the “best choice.”  (“Nawaz wary of challenges facing incoming govt,” Dawn, 29 February 2024; Rameez Khan, “Nawaz chooses Ayaz for NA speaker,” The Express Tribune, 29 February 2024)
 
JUI-F to boycott elections for the offices of CM, speaker, and deputy speaker of KP
On 28 February, senior JUI-F leader, Akram Khan Durrani, said that the party would boycott the  “electoral exercise” of electing the “chief minister, speaker, and deputy speaker” of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).  Durrani alleged that the JUI-F had the majority of the seats in Balochistan Assembly and could thus field its chief minister; however, it preferred to sit on the opposition and even turned down a PML-N proposal to join the federal government. He added that his party would continue its protest against election “rigging,” and that other parties had been informed of the party’s decision to boycott the electoral process set to take place in KP on 29 February. Durrani further alleged that he had videos showing his political rivals stamp ballot papers, and pointed out that “when a nation moves away from its culture and religion, then it can’t survive for long.” He also criticized the rowdy behaviour of PTI workers during the oath-taking ceremony. (“JUI-F to boycott elections for chief minister and PA speaker,” Dawn, 29 February 2024)
 
ECP reserves its verdict on petitions filed by SIC regarding allocation of reserved seats
On 28 February, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) reserved its verdict on the petitions filed by the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC wherein the party sought the allocation of reserved seats after most PTI-backed independents joined. ECP accepted the plea after President Dr Arif Alvi refused to sign the summary by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs that sought to convene a National Assembly (NA) session. According to Alvi, the reserved seats should be allocated before the commencement of the NA session. Barrister Zafar asserted that around 86 PTI-backed independents had joined the SIC, and since the SIC “is a political party which is registered and has an electoral symbol,” it has the right to form a government. When a commission member pointed out that the SIC did not contest in the polls, Zafar asserted that the independents would play a prominent role in the presidential elections, and that the Constitution mentioned who will get the reserved seat. The Chief Election Commissioner, Sikandar Sultan Raja, brought to light that the SIC had submitted a letter in which it said it did not contest the polls and did not want reserved seats; Zafar said the PTI was unaware of any such letter. A PPP member stated that the SIC had not submitted any priority list, while a PML-N member said a political party must win a few seats to claim reserved seats Since the SIC did not contest the polls, it had no claim; further, he claimed that as per the law, independents could not be given reserved seats. The MQM-P’s lawyer added that the SIC is not a parliamentary party, and even its head “contested the elections as an independent.” Following these arguments, the ECP reserved the verdict. (Nausheen Yusuf, “Verdict reserved on SIC petitions seeking share of reserved seats,” The News International, 28 February 2024)
 
PTI to launch protests against “massive poll theft”
On 28 February, Dawn reported that the PTI issued another call for protests against the election rigging, urging all the democratic forces to join hands with it to “strengthen democracy” in the country. PTI leader and MNA-elect Sher Afzal Khan Marwat asserted that as per the directives of Imran Khan, he would conduct a country-wide protest on 2 March. He stated that if Pakistan did not speak up against the “mega polls theft,” then democracy would never flourish in Pakistan. Meanwhile, PTI leader Ali Mohammad Khan alleged that the rights of the people “were breached through large-scale rigging” across Pakistan and in Balochistan in particular. PTI leader Saler Khan Kakar alleged that in Balochistan, there was widespread rigging as seats were sold to “contractors, smugglers and apolitical figures.” He clarified that this was not a “personal fight” of the PTI but a “matter of people’s mandate” and an attempt to “save democracy in Pakistan.” Mohammad Khan requested the chief justice of Pakistan on behalf of the PTI to “launch a probe into the allegations of the Rawalpindi commissioner regarding the massive poll theft.” (Ikram Junaidi and Malik Asad, “PTI announces countrywide street protests against ‘rigging’,” Dawn, 28 February 2024)
 
“Politics is a part of family,” says an opinion in Dawn
On 28 February, in an opinion piece in Dawn titled “Good examples,” Rafia Zakaria stated that “politics is a part of the family,” as politics in Pakistan have seen and will continue to see the entire family participating in politics irrespective of gender, and contesting in different constituencies. On these lines, Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, was sworn in as the first female CM of Punjab. Her “lengthy” debut parliamentary speech contained “many promises” that are “often lost in ether,” including transforming Punjab into an “economic hub,” providing scholarships and internships, and establishing a helpline for women. While commending the “intentions behind the promise,” Zakaria pointed out that subsidies in Pakistan are often given to businesses instead of “ordinary folk.” The opinion lauded the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed for achieving “significant economic success” and being responsible for a 42.6 per cent increase in the share of working women. However, in Punjab, “not even a fraction of the progress seems imminent” despite a significant amount of time passing, meaning “successful programmes” providing health services in the rural areas faced obstacles. Zakaria also pointed out that hotlines are being created on a “regular basis” without any idea of “how many women have been helped in any concrete way.” In Pakistan, a woman’s surname can be “powerful enough to allow her to transcend her gender.” This enables their achievements of carrying the “added glamour” of being the “first woman.” Zakaria concluded by advising that working towards “plain non-branded garments” would help make Maryam Nawaz a CM who “leads by example in times of complete deprivation.” (Rafia Zakaria, “Good examples,” Dawn, 28 February 2024)
 
PPP candidate Murad Ali Shah sworn in as the CM of Sindh for third time
On 27 February, the PPP’s Murad Ali Shah was sworn in as the 25th chief minister of Sindh. The oath- taking ceremony was administered by Governor Kamran Tessori with multiple PPP officials present. Shah vowed to guide the province on the path towards prosperity, unity, and progress while upholding the constitution. This is the third time in a row that Shah was elected as chief minister. While talking to Dawn, PPP member Sharjeel Memon asserted that Shah had prioritized the provision of potable water to all parts of the province, along with a focus on “curbing street crimes” and maintaining “law and order.” (Tahir Siddiqui, “Murad Ali Shah sworn in as Sindh chief minister,” Dawn, 28 February 2024)
 
PTI to seek contempt proceedings against ECP for non-compliance with SHC order
On 27 February, three PTI candidates sought contempt proceedings against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for not complying with the 13 February Sindh High Court Order. They accused the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja, four ECP members and the Sindh election commissioner for allegedly not making a decision with regard to the PTI’s election complaints, flouting electoral laws, and rigging the polls. The PTI’s Sindh President alleged that he was leading in NA-238 with 65,000 votes; however,  the results were changed at the office of the RO. The other two PTI-candidates submitted similar applications. Earlier on 13 February, the applicants submitted the complaints regarding the election results to SHC; however, the court disposed of the petitions and ordered ECP to solve the complaints by 22 February. They further added that ECP had been requested to resolve the discrepancies in Forms 45 and 47; however, the alleged contemnors dismissed their complaints without speaking orders. Barrister Ali Tahir said that the ECP had rejected the complaints of around 50 PTI- backed candidates and the other candidates were also set to approach the SHC. (Ishaq Tanoli, “PTI seeks contempt proceedings against ECP,” Dawn, 28 February 2024)
 
PML-N and PPP to decide on the formation of a “new coalition government”
On 27 February, PML-N Senator Ishaq Dar stated that Shehbaz Sharif called for a “meeting of allied parties” on 28 February, in which the “formation of a new government will be discussed.” He added that both PPP and PML-N would field their joint candidates for the posts of speaker and deputy speaker of the national and Balochistan assemblies. Dar confirmed that both parties would support each other in the “functioning of the next government,” and have a clear plan on how to revive the country’s economy. He also touched upon the fact that the PML-N could “make reconciliation with the PTI, though 9 May incidents make it difficult.” Further, despite JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman alleging of rigging in the elections, Dar highlighted that the PML-N had been open to aligning with the JUI-F in Balochistan and the Centre. (Syed Irfan Raza, “Coalition to hammer out govt formation issues today,” Dawn, 28 February 2024)
 
JUI-F chief states party “will not become part of any government”
On 27 February, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman asserted that his party was not willing to join any government, was not keen to take the role of the opposition in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly, and would stay away from the presidential polls. He said: “It is our principled stance that we will not become part of any government.” Rehman clarified that the JUI-F had “not been pushed out of system” but had “decided to stay out of it,” adding that the party not want to “see politicians rely” on the “security establishment.” He criticized the establishment for “rigging in the 8 February elections,” pointing out that the establishment requested political parties to field particular candidates in key positions. Emphasizing that the parliament should represent the people and not the establishment, he warned that the upcoming government and system “will collapse.” Speaking on JUI-F’s association with the PTI, Rehman said despite the parties having “many obstacles to overcome” and “differences” to resolve, it was a “good beginning.” (“Fazl says his party not interested in PA opposition leader’s slot,” Dawn, 28 February 2024)
 
POLITICS
Kakar asserts that Pakistan as a whole cannot be held accountable for missing Baloch students
On 28 February, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar appeared in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) with regard to the missing Baloch students, and stated that Pakistan as a whole could not be blamed for the missing persons. This statement was in response to a remark made by Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, who said that Pakistan was to blame if people went missing, and that state institutions were not above the law. Of the 59 students who had gone missing, four are yet to be found. The Attorney General for Pakistan, Mansoor Usman Awan, reported that 11 students had been recovered recently; two were with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Afghanistan, and nine were in the custody of the Counter-terrorism Department (CTD). Kakar highlighted the armed struggle that is ongoing in Balochistan, that instigated that deployment of paramilitary forces and counter-terrorism agencies. He cited incidents of terrorism, including the killing of a former chief justice of the Balochistan High Court, people being “burnt alive on a bus on the Coastal Highway,” and people being killed if their surname was “Chaudhry or Gujjar.” With regard to these incidents of terrorism, which Kakar alleged killed 90,000 people, he questioned why not even 90 people were punished as the “Constitution requires its citizens to be unconditionally loyal to the state.” Kayani responded by acknowledging that the state institutions had failed by not prosecuting the perpetrators, emphasizing that the “law should be followed.” (Fiaz Mahmood, “PM says blaming state for missing persons not justified,” The Express Tribune, 28 February 2024)
 
President Alvi calls for an NA session and approves summary, shifting from earlier stance
On 28 February, President Arif Alvi shifted from his earlier stance of refusing to approve a summary seeking the summoning of the National Assembly (NA). In regards to this, a formal notification was issued: “Whereas, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affair has been pleased to approve that arrangements for the first sitting of the National Assembly may be made in terms of clause (2) of Article 91.” Later that day, Alvi approved the summary and called for a session on 29 February, with a statement adding that Alvi felt he “could not be oblivious of some incongruities in the electoral process and the process of formation of the Government.” The statement also claimed that Alvi “had to keep national interest in his view,” and the summary was returned “in accordance with the provisions of Article 48 (1). (Syed Irfan Raza and  Iftikhar A. Khan, “Alvi relents at eleventh hour, calls NA sitting himself,” Dawn, 29 February 2024)
 
Rawalpindi court indicts Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi in GBP 190 million corruption case
On 27 February, a Rawalpindi accountability court indicted Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi in the GBP 190 million corruption case. The hearing, which took place at Adiala Jail, was regarding the corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in December 2023 against accused Khan, Bibi, and six others in connected with the Al-Qadir University. As per the case, Khan allegedly played a “pivotal role in the illicit transfer of funds meant for the state of Pakistan into an account designated for the payment of land by Bahria Town, Karachi.” It further alleged that the accused were “were given multiple opportunities to justify and provide information, but they deliberately, with malafide intention, refused to provide the information on one or the other pretext.” Bushra Bibi was described of playing a “significant” and “crucial” role in these “illegal activities.” The other six who were accused in the case were declared proclaimed offenders and their property was frozen. (Umer Burney, “Imran, Bushra Bibi indicted in £190m graft case,” Dawn, 27 February 2024)
 
ECONOMY
Committee denies NEPRA allegations that accused Discos of deliberate overbilling
On 28 February, a four-member inquiry committee on ‘Abject Failure — Illegal Overbilling’ absolved Discos of ‘‘deliberate and mala fide’ fleecing after confirming the overcharging allegations, and shifted some of the blame to the decisions taken by the then PDM-led coalition, and NEPRA for jumping to conclusions and issuing “extreme allegations.” The committee, led by the former Federal Secretary Irfan Ali, interviewed and collected data from all the stakeholders within the Discos, NEPRA, and technical resources like Power Information Technology Company (PITC) and Power Planning & Monitoring Company (PPMC). Earlier, an investigation by NEPRA found significant billing malpractices by all Discos, after which the Prime Minister’s Office instructed the Power Information Technology Company (PITC) to form the committee. The committee asserted that Dicos needed to address the issue of inaccurate and “delayed reading” of the meters on an “immediate basis.” It pointed out that the increase in tariff on 26 July 2023 that came into effect on 1 July, resulted in “a sudden increase in electricity bills heavily encumbering the common man’s capacity to pay.” However, the committee disagreed with NEPRA’s allegation of deliberate overbilling, attributing it to extreme weather, general holidays, and shortage of meter reading staff; it instead asserted that the inefficiency should be addressed quickly. As per the committee, if there was a deliberate fraud, the Discos would have gained more than0.22 per cent of the billing. It additionally called for a performance evaluation of all the boards and managements of the Discos. (Khaleeq Kiani, “Inquiry committee confirms overbilling by power firms,” Dawn, 29 February 2024)
 
SBP faces potential difficulties in repaying USD 1.8 billion loan to China
On 29 February, Dawn reported that as per ‘sources in the financial sector,’ the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is tasked with securing USD 1.8 billion to repay a loan from China in March. As per the source, ““The Ministry of Finance has yet not provided local currency equivalent to $1.8bn to the State Bank for making payment to China.” Though the local currency against USD 800 million has been given, the central bank is hesitant to repatriate this amount. While a balance of payments crisis was averted and the SBP has been trying to keep the foreign exchange reserves over USD eight billion, there are multiple repayments that are due. Further, the possibility of increasing imports by more than 50 per cent in the remaining half of FY24 in accordance with the IMF’s conditions could cause an increase in the current account deficit. A senior analyst pointed out that “The problem is that the IMF likes to see the reserves of the State Bank at USD nine billion at the end of this fiscal year, but the inflows and outflows have lost the balance.” Additionally, the prevailing interest rate is likely to go down, and the “industry has been suffering” as they have lost their international competitiveness. While there have been reports that China has rolled over the USD two billion loan that Pakistan has to repay in March, the Ministry of Finance is yet to confirm this. (Shahid Iqbal, “SBP arranging $1.8bn to repay China,” Dawn, 29 February 2024)
 
PKR reaches new four-month high following reports of loan rollover by China
On 28 February, the PKR appreciated to a four-month high at PKR 279.12 to one dollar, following reports claiming that China had agreed to roll over USD two billion worth deposits at the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). As per the SBP, the PKR regained 0.05 per cent compared to Tuesday’s negative close, helping the central bank maintain its foreign exchange reserves above USD eight billion. These gains have helped the PKR appreciate a net ten per cent in the last five and a half months. The currency received additional support from a rise in foreign currency due to an increase in the number of remittances sent home on the onset of Ramazan. The IMF recommended the maximum difference between the dollar and the rupee to be 1.25 per cent; however, a Moody’s Investors Service on 27 February left the credit rating for Pakistan at “Caa3,” indicating difficulty in negotiating a new IMF loan. (“With loan rollover, rupee appreciates further,” The Express Tribune, 29 February 2024)
 
Volatility in KSE after president rejects summary for convening NA session
On 27 February, the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) closed in the red and lost 86.84 points, following President Dr Arif Alvi’s rejection of the summary for convening a National Assembly session. Ahsan Mehanti from the Arif Habib Corporation attributed the volatility to political uncertainty over the outcome of Alvi’s refusal, lack of clarity over a new IMF bailout deal, high inflation, and hike in gas prices, all of which instigated profit-taking by some investors. The KSE hit a high of 63,622 and a low of 63,055 levels, while both the overall trading volume and traded value fell by 9.47 per cent and 11.01 per cent respectively. Foreign investors purchased shares worth USD 0.71 million. (Muhammad Kashif, “Stocks falter as instability fears return,” Dawn, 28 February 2024)
 
Caretaker energy minister reveals circular debt in the energy sector stands at PKR 4.7 trillion
On 27 February, the caretaker Energy Minister, Muhammad Ali, said that the circular debt in the energy sector had reached PKR 4.7 trillion, with capacity payments to Independent Power Producers (IPPs) reaching PKR two trillion. When factoring in interest, the total circular debt in the energy sector is at PKR 5.422 trillion. While detailing that the primary circular debt in the petroleum sector stood at PKR 2.3 trillion (December 2023) and PKR 2.4 trillion (November 2023) in the power sector, Ali emphasized that the caretaker government’s recent initiatives had curbed the debt from increasing further. He also added that the power sector debt was contained within the IMF target of PKR 385 billion by the end of 2023, enabling a settlement of the circular debt in the petroleum and power sectors by 35 per cent and ten per cent respectively. Ali claimed that the anti-theft campaign launched in Pakistan against Discos in August 2023 resulted in a two per cent increase in recovery. On the matter of privatizing Discos, Ali stated that the government approved the private sector participation in two Discos through long-term concession agreements, without the sale of government assets. The minister highlighted that under the SCADA-III project by the National Transmission and Dispatch Company, 700 kilometers of optical fiber had been installed on transmission lines. Ali went on to warn that Pakistan would end up spending USD 60 billion on petroleum imports if a substantial investment was not made in indigenous energy resources and energy efficiency measures. (Israr Khan, “Energy sector circular debt reaches Rs4.7tr,” The News International, 28 February 2024)
 
JUDICIARY
Retired SC judge advises SC to revisit Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s case due to “murder of trial”
On 28 February, retired Supreme Court (SC) judge Manzoor Malik said that the presidential reference that sought to relook into the death penalty given to former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a “historical question.” He added that it was in the hands of the SC to either rectify the miscarriage of justice or brush it aside on technical grounds. Malik cited Article 187 of the Constitution, under which the SC had the authority to provide justice despite the reference being sent by the president under the court’s advisory jurisdiction. He stated that Bhutto’s trial ‘was not a trial of murder but a murder of trial,” pointing out that the sentence given to Bhutto was still considered an injustice by a section of people in Sindh. Zahid F Ebrahim, an amicus on behalf of Fatima Bhutto and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto junior, said that “we will always be a prisoner to our crimes if we do not correct what we now know as plain miscarriage of justice.” Farooq H Naek, who appeared on behalf of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, further contended that the trial court violated the requirement of the due process by denying Ali Bhutto the right of appeal. (Nasir Iqbal, “SC asked to rectify ‘miscarriage of justice’ in Zulfikar Ali Bhutto case,” Dawn, 29 February 2024)
 
EXTERNAL
Improvement in Pakistan’s ranking in ‘Trafficking in Persons’ report acknowledged in conference
On 28 February, at an international conference organized by the Sustainable Social Development Organization (SSDO), it was stated that despite being on the Tier-II watch list, Pakistan improved its ranking in the annual ‘Trafficking in Persons’ (TIP) reports of the US State Department in the last two years. At the conference, which was directed at raising awareness on human trafficking, the Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Ahmad Ishaque Jehangir highlighted Pakistan’s alignment with international protocols and its cooperation. The SSDO’s Executive Director, Syed Kausar Abbas, pointed out that “despite consistently being placed on the Tier II Watch List in the US Department of State’s annual TIP reports since 2015, Pakistan’s ranking has significantly improved in the 2022 and 2023 reports.” He also noted the SSDO’s collaboration with the FIA, provincial police, and other departments to combat the TIP and Smuggling of Migrants (SOM) in Pakistan. There were also multiple sessions focused on increasing women’s voices on TIP efforts. (“‘Pakistan raking improves’ in US report on human trafficking,” The Express Tribune, 29 February 2024)
 
UK-Pakistan inward trade mission discusses enhancing bilateral trade ties
On 28 February, the leader of the UK-Pakistan Inward Trade Mission to the Karachi Chambers Commerce Industry (KCCI), Dr Michelle Kristy, called on Karachi’s business to make use of the opportunities given by the UK’s Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS). She highlighted the ongoing favourable conditions under which bilateral trade relations could be enhanced. The President of the KCCI, Iftikhar Ahmed Sheikh, and the President of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Nasir Awan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster trade and investment cooperation. Kristy urged the KCCI to make the International Trade Centre’s export handbook (launched at the British Deputy High Commission in Pakistan) available on its website to help Pakistani businessmen looking to export products to the UK. The Chairman of the Businessmen Group, Zubair Motiwala, acknowledged the historical ties between both countries and expressed hope that the mission would help enhance relations. He noted Pakistan’s diverse resources, investment opportunities in the agriculture sector at no cost, and how technology transfer could boost Pakistani exports. Kristy appreciated Karachi’s role as an economic hub, emphasizing the potential in deepening ties. (“UK-Pakistan inward trade mission promotes ties,” The Express Tribune, 29 February 2024)
 
US State Department spokesperson comments on allegations of poll rigging and US’ interference in Pakistan’s politics
On 27 February, the US State Department spokesperson, Matthew Miller, asserted that the US wanted to see “see freedom of expression and the right to a free press observed in Pakistan, as is true anywhere around the world.” This statement was made with regard to a question on the allegations of rigging in the elections. He also addressed a question on America’s involvement in Pakistani politics and Imran Khan’s allegations of the US interfering in politics. Miller described the allegations as “incorrect” and “false,” asserting that the US wants “the people of Pakistan to be able to decide the future of Pakistan, including their own government.” (Wajid Ali Syed, “US rubbishes Imran’s allegation of meddling in Pak politics,” The News International, 28 February 2024; “Department Press Briefing – February 27, 2024,” US Department of State, 27 February 2024)
 
SECURITY
Intelligence operation results in death of six terrorists in North Waziristan
On 28 February, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that a fire exchange between security forces and terrorists in North Waziristan district as part of an intelligence-based operation killed six terrorists and injured a soldier. The ISPR claimed that “weapons, ammunition and explosives” were recovered from the terrorists who “remained actively involved in numerous terrorist activities including target killing as well as extortion and abduction of innocent civilian.” A “sanitization operation” was underway, and locals expressed their support to combating terrorism. (Iftikhar Shirazi, “6 terrorists killed in North Waziristan IBO: ISPR,” Dawn, 28 February 2024)
 
PROVINCES
Balochistan: Heavy rains disrupt power supply, leave people shelter less
On 28 February, The Express Tribune reported that 16 hours of heavy rainfall had led the coastal city of Gwadar to become submerged in six to seven feet of water and many people to remain stranded. As the rains had detrimental effects on the already damaged infrastructure and sewage system of the city, a Balochistan Awami Party Senator, Khoda Babar, demanded the “government to ensure the launching of an immediate rescue operation.” The downpour also disrupted the power supply. A rescue operation is underway to provide relief to Gwadar. Further, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) predicted widespread heavy rain and thunderstorm in Balochistan from 29 February to 1 March. (Syed Ali Shah, “Rains wreak havoc in Gwadar,” The Express Tribune, 28 February 2024)
 
 AF-PAK
JUI-S chief leads delegation of religious scholars to Kabul to strengthen bilateral ties
On 28 February, during a meeting between the Taliban Deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs, Maulvi Abdul Kabir, and the Chief of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami (JUI-S), Maulana Hamidal Haq, Kabir said that “Afghan soil” would not pose a threat to any country. Haq led a delegation of Pakistani religious scholars to Afghanistan as part of “religious diplomacy,” with Kabir describing the role of scholars in bettering relations between the countries as “very important.” Kabir asserted that Afghanistan “wants good relations with all neighbours,” and since “complete peace has been established,” no one is “permitted to carry out subversive activities.” Haq told the Afghan leaders that the visits would “resolve difficulties in bilateral relations,” as Pakistani “religious scholars” want to maintain “cordial relations.” He went on to criticize the “unilateral and cruel” decision to freeze Afghanistan assets. (Tahir Khan, “Afghan soil poses no threat to any country, Taliban deputy PM tells Pakistani religious leaders,” Dawn, 28 February 2024)

 

Pakistan on Twitter

Pakistan cannot progress until we do away with the trust deficit in the Government. People of Pakistan have bestowed upon a huge trust on Imran Khan via their votes on 8th Feb. This really is a great opportunity for Pakistan to capitalize on it by giving respect to the mandate and take the country forward.
-Faisal Javed Khan
 
This is the Switzerland of Pakistan, Gwadar. The office of GDA itself is doomed by the water. It cannot defend its office, how it can make a plan to deal with the sewerage system of the entire city.
-Naeema Zehri
 
Reminder to whom it may concern: Imran Khan won a 2/3rd majority in Pakistan's elections. Big & clear win. The people want Imran Khan as Prime Minister. The will of the Pakistani people should be respected. This is for the benefit of Pakistan and its reputation in the world.
-Malhachimi
 

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“Pakistan’s absence from MSC reflects the country’s marginal standing in a discourse on global and regional security matters. As the world’s fifth largest country in terms of population and the only nuclear state in the Muslim world, Pakistan must put its house in order so as to have its standing at the global level recognised.”

 





“It’s a Pyrrhic victory for a dynasty that seems to have lost much political capital.”
-An opinion in Dawn, ‘Sharif dynasty’s new face
 

 

Other Daily Briefs

23 May 2024, Thursday| Vol 5, No.105

Pakistan and Turkmenistan to fund TAPI pipeline project

22 May 2024, Wednesday| Vol 5, No.104

Pakistan to launch communication satellite with Chinese help

20 May 2024, Monday| Vol 5, No.102

State of Media in Pakistan (PR Review-II)

14 May 2024, Tuesday| Vol 5, No.97

Protests in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir: What and Why?

11 May 2024, Saturday| Vol 5, No.95

“Downside risks remain exceptionally high,” says IMF

3 May 2024, Friday| Vol 5, No.88

PTI's Election White Paper calls for Judicial Probe

16 April 2024, Tuesday| Vol 5, No.73

MQM-P warns of protests against crimes in Karachi

08 April 2024, Monday| Vol 5, No.66

Rising Street Crimes in Karachi

06 April 2024, Saturday| Vol 5, No.65

Sharif announces decision to personally review security SOPs

05 April 2024, Friday| Vol 5, No.64

Naeem becomes the new party chief of JI

02 April 2024, Tuesday| Vol 5, No.61

PTI intends to form a grand opposition alliance

26 March 2024, Tuesday| Vol 5, No.56

‘Fake news’ is a major challenge, says PM Shehbaz

5 March 2024, Tuesday | Vol 5, No.38

20 PTI activists granted post arrest bail in 9 May riot

22 February 2024, Thursday| Vol 5, No.32

MQM-P demands four portfolios in the federal cabinet

20-21 February 2024, Wednesday| Vol 5, No.31

PPP and PML-N reach a consensus for government formation at the centre

19 February 2024, Monday| Vol 5, No.30

Fafen calls on the ECP to conduct audit of election results

16 February 2024, Friday| Vol 5, No.28

36 per cent newcomers for the National Assembly

15 February 2024, Thursday| Vol 5, No.27

PML-N gains more lawmakers

10 February 2024, Saturday | Vol 5, No.23

Pakistan Elections, Two Days After: What do the numbers say?

09 February 2024, Friday| Vol 5, No.22

PTI-backed independents gain ground in preliminary results

05-06 February 2024, Monday| Vol 5, No.19

Campaigning window closes tonight, says ECP

30 January 2024, Tuesday| Vol 5, No.16

PPP raises concerns over the test trial of new EMS

24-25 January 2024, Thursday| Vol 5, No.14

PML-N is Punjab’s favorite: IPOR survey

23 January 2024, Tuesday| Vol 5, No.13

Nawaz Sharif promises “economic overhaul” if elected

18 January 2024, Thursday| Vol 5, No.10

All set for the general elections, says CEC

17 January 2024, Wednesday| Vol 5, No.9

PTI to face challenges in maintaining control over members

13 January 2024, Friday| Vol 5, No.7

PTI releases list of candidates for elections

05 January 2024, Tuesday | Vol 5, No.4

Imran Khan indicted for contempt | MQM-P unveils manifesto

02 January 2024, Tuesday | Vol 5, No.2

PTI candidates appeal against rejection of nomination papers

01 January 2023, Monday | Vol 5, No.1

PML-N leader criticizes rivals

30 December 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.261

Election Commission to challenge the PTI symbol reinstatement

29 December 2023, Friday | Vol 4, No.260

Army to provide necessary assistance for election

28 December 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.259

PML-N requests public feedback on its election manifesto

27 December 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.258

PHC order ignites discussion around legal procedures

20 December 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.255

ECP’s reserves judgment in PTI’s party symbol case

19 December 2023, Tuesday | Vol 4, No.254

PTI tries AI-generated Imran Khan

13 December 2023, Wednesday| Vol 4, No.251

The US reaffirms itself as Pakistan's ally

12 December 2023, Tuesday | Vol 4, No.250

PPP accused of killing MQM-P party workers

11 December 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.249

Pakistan’s army chief leaves for inaugural visit to the US

29 November 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.247

Pakistan summons Hafiz Gul Bahadur to return to Pakistan

28 November 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.246

Protests against the authorities continue

25 November 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.244

Pakistan elected as vice chair of UNESCO Executive Board

23 November 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.242

Pakistan applies to join BRICS, seeks Russia’s support

22 November 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.241

Chaman border closure upon month-long protest

17 November 2023, Friday | Vol 4, No.237

Possibility of more IMF loans, says Finance Minister

16 November 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.236

Pakistan set to bag USD 700million from IMF

15 November 2023, Tuesday | Vol 4, No.235

PTI demands justice as Imran approaches his 100-day detention

14 November 2023, Tuesday | Vol 4, No.234

Bilawal Bhutto rejects “selected government”

PR Evening Brief | 13 November 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.233

PML-Q on merger with PML-N

11 November 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.232

Bilawal on the distinguishing between terrorists and refugees

09 November 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.230

Nawaz to court BAP to strengthen PML-N

08 November 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.229

Sindh suspends deportation of illegal migrants by one day

01 November 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.228

NCHR petition against the forced repatriation plans of Pakistan

30 October 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.226

Sindh government needs PKR 2 billion to repatriate migrants

28 October 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.225

UN calls on Pakistan to stop deporting Afghan refugees

27 October 2023, Friday | Vol 4, No.224

Centers for illegal immigrants

25 October 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.222

PIA: Spokesperson expresses fear of closure

23 October 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.220

Chaman border protest intensifies over visa and passport rules

18 October 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.216

Anwaarul Haq Kakar holds bilateral talks at BRF in Beijing

14 October 2023, Saturday| Vol 4, No.216

Saudi Arabia finds 12,000 phony Pakistani passports

11 October 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.213

PIA approved for privatization as all legacy liabilities parked

07 October 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.210

Criticism against government's repatriation plan

05 October 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.208

Discos to be provided to the private sector by interim in

30 September 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.205

'Twin bombings' targeting a mosque in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

28 September 2023, Thursday| Vol 4, No.203

Protests in Balochistan by BNP-M

26 September 2023, Tuesday| Vol 4, No.201

PTI women leaders rearrested

25 September 2023, Monday| Vol 4, No.200

Anchor Riaz is finally ‘home’ after 4 months

21 September 2023, Thursday| Vol 4, No.197

UAE bans meat imports from Pakistan

20 September 2023, Wednesday| Vol 4, No.196

Bilawal demands “Level Playing Field” from PML-N

19 September 2023, Tuesday| Vol 4, No.195

Pakistan rejects claims of selling arms to Ukraine for IMF bailout

16 September 2023, Saturday| Vol 4, No.193

Torkham border reopens after eight- day closure

15 September 2023, Friday| Vol 4, No.192

Torkham border crossing set to reopen

13 September 2023, Wednesday| Vol 4, No.190

US Envoy’s visit to Gwadar Port

08 September 2023, Friday| Vol 4, No.186

Supreme Court Bar Association resolution on civilian supremacy

07 September 2023, Thursday| Vol 4, No.185

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Terrorist attack in Chitral kills sixteen

06 September 2023, Wednesday| Vol 4, No.184

Supreme Court debates retrospective amendments to NAB law

02 September 2023, Saturday| Vol 4, No.181

Ten main economic threats, identified by the Finance Ministry

01 September 2023, Friday | Vol 4, No.180

Election Commission of Pakistan prepares for upcoming polls

30 August 2023, Wednesday| Vol 4, No.178

Imran Khan Rearrested

29 August 2023, Tuesday| Vol 4, No.177

PTI urges Supreme Court for timely general elections

28 August 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.176

Protests against the Power bill

26 August 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.175

Nawaz's Return: The debate from

21 August 2023, Monday| Vol 4, No.170

PTI leader remanded and Asad Umar 'missing' in cipher case

19 August 2023, Saturday| Vol 4, No.169

ECP: Transparent elections prioritized over timely elections

18 August 2023, Friday | Vol 4, No.168

Composition of Pakistan’s new Cabinet

17 August 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.167

Internal debate within the PML-N on Nawaz’s return

16 August 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.166

On Elections: Supreme Court to the Election Commission of Pakistan

2 August 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.158

PTI withdraws membership of 22 leaders

29 July 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.155

Names shortlisted for caretaker PM

27 July 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.154

Pakistan and Russia on Black Sea Grain initiative

25 July 2023, Tuesday | Vol 4, No.152

‘Non-Partisan’ Interim set-up for PPP

24 July 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.151

PML-N onboard for Ishaq Dar as Interim PM, PPP disagrees

20 July 2023, Thursday | Vol 4, No.148

IMF’s staff report on Pakistan

19 July 2023, Wednesday | Vol 4, No.147

National Counter Violent Extremism Policy 2022 to be amended

17 July 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.145

Iran and Pakistan to deepen security cooperation

11 July 2023, Tuesday | Vol 4, No.140

Supreme Court rejects the IPP plea to ban PTI

10 July 2023, Monday | Vol 4, No.139

PM Sharif condemns campaign threatening army chief

07 July 2023, Friday | Vol 4, No.137

Lahore court acquits Nawaz Sharif for a 34-year-old case

04 July 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.134

Ishaq Dar points that PML-N wants Nawaz Sharif’s rule

30 June 2023, Friday I Vol 4, No.131

PDM leaders meet in Dubai on IPP

29 June 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.130

Upcoming elections to decide the coalition strategy

28 June 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.129

Jahangir Tareen will be the IPP's candidate for Prime Minister

16 June 2023, Friday I Vol 4, No.120

Pakistan and Belgium discuss on strengthening the ties

15 June 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.119

IPP accused of plagiarizing their party name

14 June 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.118

Chaos in Senate over federal budget debate

09 June 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.115

 IPP Party launch with PTI defectors

07 June 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.114

US administration engages with Pakistan on regional security

02 June 2023, Friday I Vol 4, No.110

Detention of PTI workers is unconstitutional, says LHC

01 June 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.109

Pakistan’s Political Crisis: PR Daily Updates: Day 22

31 May 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.108

Imran Khan believes PTI deserters forming "Kings Party"

27 May 2023, Saturday I Vol 4, No.105

Day 17 Pakistan’s Political Crisis: PR Daily Updates

25 May 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.103

Day 15 Pakistan’s Political Crisis: PR Daily Updates

20 May 2023, Saturday I Vol 4, No.99

Sindh government demands early local government elections

17 May 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.96

The NSC approves the trial of rioters under the Army Act

10 May 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.91

Omar Cheema arrested during a raid by ACE at dawn

27 April 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.82

NA Speaker writes a letter to CJP on behalf of Parliament

25 April 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.80

PML-N demands the resignation of CJP over audio leaks

22 April 2023, Saturday I Vol 4, No.79

NA forces the halted Practice and Procedure bill into law

21 April 2023, Friday I Vol 4, No.78

President approves amendments to Tax Law Bill 2023

12 April 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.69

PAC takes stock of audit of public entities by AGP

10 April 2023, Monday I Vol 4, No.68

Polls fund issue to be consulted with the Parliament

08 April 2023, Saturday I Vol 4, No.67

Justice Minallah notes garners support and criticism

06 April 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.65

PBS: Digital census sees 90 per cent completion

04 April 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.63

Elections: Three-member bench to deliver the verdict today

01 April 2023, Saturday | Vol 4, No.61

Meeting of the government allies

22 March 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.59

Imran Khan agrees to participate in multi-party conference

14 March 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.55

Imran Khan kicks off election campaign in Lahore

10 March 2023, Friday I Vol 4, No.53

Punjab and KP: Elections affected by logistic requirements

08 March 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.51

Centre ready to answer PPP's concerns over digital census

02 March 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.46

Split Verdict: Supreme courts orders timely elections

27 February 2023, Monday I Vol 4, No.43

The new ‘Austerity Measures’

16 February 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.39

The Director-General of IAEA lands in Pakistan for a two-day visit

13 February 2023, Monday I Vol 4, No.36

Federal Health Ministry begins polio vaccination drives

9 February 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.33

LHC suspends the acceptance of 43 PTI MNAs resignation

7 February 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.32

Federal reschedules APC meeting 

6 February 2023, Monday I Vol 4, No.31

Pervez Musharraf died at the age of 79 in Dubai

4 February 2023, Saturday I Vol 4, No.30

Imran Khan will not attend the All Parties Conference

2 February 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.28

Islamabad Police arrests Awami League leader Sheikh Rashid

27 January 2023, Friday I Vol 4, No.23

PDM huddle: Asif Zardari, Fazl calls on PM Shehbaz

25 January 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.22

Sindh: PPP’s modest edge in local polls shrinks further

23 January 2023, Monday I Vol 4, No.20

Sindh: PML-N offers to bridge the gap between JI and PPP

20 January 2023, Friday I Vol 4, No.17

Nawaz Sharif comments on Punjab assembly dissolution

18 January 2023, Wednesday I Vol 4, No.15

National Assembly speaker accepts resignation of 34 PTI lawmakers

17 January 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.14

Sindh: PPP wins the majority of the seats in the LG polls

12 January 2023, Thursday I Vol 4, No.9

Elahi passes the no- confidence test in the assembly

10 January 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.7

PTI leaders get arrest warrants in contempt case by ECP

09January 2023, Monday I Vol 4, No.006

Pakistani Rupee falls to 0.31 per cent

03 January 2023, Tuesday I Vol 4, No.002

NSC states Afghan government should deny safe heavens to TTP

28 December 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.285

Political parties urge Imran Khan to return to parliament

23 December 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.281

SBP’s forex reserves plunge to 8-year low

21 December 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.279

Punjab Assembly Speaker terming the Governor's demand illegal

20 December 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.278

Lahore High Court allowing time for Imran Khan to file a rejoinder

19 December 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.277

Imran Khan announces the date of assembly dissolution

15 December 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No.274

ECP ensures equal representation of women in the panel

14 December 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.273

ECP begins steps to remove Imran Khan as the PTI chairman

12 December 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.271

opposition protesting in National Assembly over Swati's arrest

10 December 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.270

PTI gets notice from ECP regarding the change in party amendment

6 December 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.266

National Flood Response and Coordination Centre shuts down

3 December 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.264

Senators claims parliament was never allowed to talk with the TTP

2 December 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.263

Forex reserves dropping to 4.2 per cent to USD 7.498 billion

1 December 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No.262

ECP reporting a four per cent drop in the gender gap

29 November 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.261

Senate Committee passes the Corporal Punishment Bill

25 November 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.258

Foreign exchange reserves plummeting to USD 7.8 billion

22 November 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.255

Imran Khan summoned for Toshakhana case hearing

19 November 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.253

NAB going to probe into Toshakhana reference against Imran Khan

17 November 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No.251

Default risks reaching the maximum measure

16 November 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.250

Imran Khan vilifying the Chief Election Commissioner

12 November 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.247

Imran Khan gets tightened security

7 November 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.242

PTI to resume long march from Wazirabad

31 October 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.240

Imran Khan declares talks with government are underway

28 October 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.238

ISI and Army question PTI in a joint presser

27 October 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No.237

PTI to reach Islamabad with the Azadi march on 4 November

19 October 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.231

National Assembly passing nine bills despite lack of quorum

18 October 2022, Tueday I Vol 3, No.230

Imran Khan admitting to backchannel negotiations

11 October 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.224

Interior Ministry claims to have resolved audio leaks issue

4 October 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.218

Imran Khan sets a Long March date in October

29 September 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No.214

Chinese nationals targeted in Karachi, one person killed

23 September 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.210

UN to hold a donors’ conference to raise funds for Pakistan

22 September 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No.209

Imran Khan announces PTI's movement for "Haqeeqi Azaadi"

21 September 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.208

Federal Shariat Court to hear petitions challenging transgender law

9 September 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.198

UN Secretary-General arrives in Pakistan amid flood devastations

7 September 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.196

WHO warns of worsening humanitarian situation in Pakistan

31 August 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.194

ECC approves disbursement of Rs 103 billion for flood victims

19 August 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.187

COAS meet with US CENTCOM chief

16 August 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.184

Government set to dispatch letter of intent to IMF

12 August 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.183

National Assembly hold Minority Convention for the first time

11 August 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No.182

Raid on Gill's driver's house 'legal,' says ICT police

6 August 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.179

ECP issues notice to Imran Khan, fixes hearing for 23 August

5 August 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.178

PTI withdraws case against CEC

2 August 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.175

PTI received funding from prohibited sources, says ECP

1 August 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.174

The country's economic challenges are temporary, says FM

30 July 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.173

CJP releases audio of JCP meeting

23 July 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.167

Hamza Sharif takes oath as chief minister of Punjab

20 July 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.164

Ruling coalition vows to save the Punjab government

18 July 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.162

Landslide victory for PTI over PML-N

2 July 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No.154

PTI to hold rally from Rawalpindi to Islamabad

29 June 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.151

National Assembly completes budgetary proceedings

27 June 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.149

PM promises to restore the role of provinces in the NAP

3 June 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No.129

Imran warns of a civil war: PPP and PML-N condemns

31 May 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No.126

Government and TTP agree on an indefinite ceasefire

25 May 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No.121

Police clash with PTI workers

21 May 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No.119

FM Bilawal promises to strengthen Sino-Pak cooperation

30 April 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No. 102

Punjab: Hamza Shehbaz takes oath as chief minister

28 April 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No. 100

Prime Minister Shebhaz Sharif orders for the review of NAP

26 April 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No. 98

Finance minister positive on cooperation with IMF

20 April 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 93

PM Shehbaz Sharif meets with COAS Bajwa

19 April 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No. 92

PM Shehbaz Sharif's 34-member cabinet takes oath

18 April 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 91

PM Shehbaz Sharif finalises federal cabinet

16 April 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No. 90

PPP's Raja Pervaiz Ashraf elected NA speaker

14 April 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No. 88

PM Sharif promises to address Karachi’s development

13 April 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 87

PM Shehbaz Sharif meets coalition leaders

7 April 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No. 82

Supreme Court resumes hearing on NA deputy speakers ruling

4 April 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 79

Imran Khan de-notified as prime minister

2 April 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No. 78

Establishment gave me three options, says PM Khan

25 March 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No. 71

NA session adjourned until 28 March

24 March 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No. 70

OIC concludes meeting, adopts 70-point Islamabad Declaration

22 March 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No. 68

Broadsheet CEO apologises to Nawaz  

21 March 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 67

NA Speaker summons no-confidence motion for 25 March

19 March 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No. 66

PTI supporters enter Sindh house after hours of protesting

17 March 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No. 64

PPP accepts PDM’s invite to join the long march

16 March 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 63

PDM reschedules long march towards Islamabad

15 March 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No. 62

PDM announces long march towards Islamabad

9 March 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 57

PPP’s march reaches Islamabad

4 March 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No. 53

PDM and PPP reaches consensus on snap elections

2 March 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 51

PM Khan meeting with PML-Q leadership

28 February 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 49

PPP begins long march against PTI government

26 February 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No. 48

PTI to hold long march against PPP

25 February 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No. 47

PM Khan meets with President Putin

24 February 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No. 46

PM Khan to meet President Putin during a two-day official visit

21 February 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 43

Zardari and Fazl to meet as part of the PPP-PDM alliance

16 February 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 40

Bilawal approves the route plan for the long march

15 February 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No. 39

COAS meets with President and PM on the same day

14 February 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 38

Shehbaz visits Chaudhry Shujaat after 14 years

5 February 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No. 31

IMF demands six more requirements in its detailed report

4 February 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No. 30

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Two Police officers killed in Nowshera

1 February 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No. 27

Gilani resigns from the post of the opposition leader in Senate

31 January 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 26

PTI to hold march against PPP government in February

29 January 2022, Saturday I Vol 3, No. 25

Four security personnel killed in Bugti landmine blast

26 January 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 22

PDM's plan for a long march to Islamabad on 23 March

19 January 2022, Wednesday I Vol 3, No. 16

Bilawal offers conditional possibility of working with the PDM

14 January 2022, Friday I Vol 3, No. 12

Mini-Budget passed through National Assembly

13 January 2022, Thursday I Vol 3, No. 11

PDM to discuss option of no-confidence on 25 January

10 January 2022, Monday I Vol 3, No. 8

Over 500 families rescued in Murree

4 January 2022, Tuesday I Vol 3, No. 3

Violence-related casualties increased in 2021, says report

28 December 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 336

Search for new chairman for National Accountability Board begins

27 December 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 335

Benazir Bhutto: 14 years after her assassination 

24 December 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 334

Senate passes resolution against Sialkot lynching, extremism

17 December 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 330

33 more suspects arrested in Sialkot lynching incident

15 December 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 328

Nacta formulates first-ever policy to counter violent extremism

14 December 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 327

Government asks ECP to frame a timeline for implementation of EVMs

13 December 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 326

18 more arrested for involvement in Sialkot lynching case

10 December 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 324

TTP ends ceasefire with government

09 December 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 323

PM unveils Naya Pakistan Card Initiative

08 December 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 322

PDM keen on holding its long march on Pakistan Day

03 December 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 318

Joint opposition to boycott national security committee meeting

02 December 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 317

NSA Moeed meets with Russian counterpart Nikolai in Moscow

25 November 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 311

NA committee chair disallows vote on NAB amendment bills

24 November 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 310

Cabinet establishes committee on EVMs for 2023 elections

19 November 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 308

Senate passes journalist protection bill and NAB bills

18 November 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 307

Opposition indicates no-trust motion against NA Speaker

16 November 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 305

Government calls for joint parliamentary session

13 November 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 303

Speaker invites opposition for talks 

12 November 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 302

Extended Troika meets in Islamabad

11 November 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 301

Opposition questions TTP talks in Senate

10 November 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 300

Supreme Court resumes hearing of APS attacks

09 November 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 299

ECP releases another report on Daska by-poll

08 November 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 298

Government lifts ban on TLP

03 November 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 295

TLP allowed to contest elections under deal with the government

02 November 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 294

Deal with TLP only solution to ward off bloodshed, says PM Khan

1 November 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 293

Three reports outline shrinking space for press freedom

27 October 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 289

PM Khan appoints Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum as new DG ISI after interviews

25 October 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 287

Jam Kamal Khan Alyani resigns as chief minister

23 October 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 286

Three police men killed in clashes with TLP protesters

22 October 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 285

FATF decision to retain Pakistan on the grey list.

21 October 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 284

TLP protests for the release of Rizvi

20 October 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 283

Balochistan MPAs to move no-trust motion against CM Kamal in assembly

19 October 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 282

PDM to start nationwide agitation from 20 October

11 October 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 276

Lowest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day

07 October 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 272

Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum appointed as new chief of ISI

06 October 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 271

Controversy brews over the appointment of NAB chief

30 September 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 266

Senate alarmed over anti-Pakistan bill moved in US Senate

27 September 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 263

Statue of Mohammad Ali Jinnah destroyed in Gwadar

22 September 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 258

Government and Opposition agree to set up a panel for poll reforms

21 September 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 257

Government fails to make Urdu official language, says Supreme Court

20 September 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 256

Fazl asks Islamabad to immediately recognise the Taliban government

16 September 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 253

Government and media agree to form a body for PMDA review

15 September 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 252

If govt is not behind PMDA, it should take its notice, says PFUJ

14 September 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 251

COAS warns against hybrid threats

11 September 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 248

PDM to boycott joint parliament session

10 September 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 247

Opposition parties blame each other for PDM’s disintegration

09 September 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 246

Bilawal asks for parliament debate on Afghanistan, CPEC attacks

08 September 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 245

Cabinet reiterates plan to use EVMs in 2023

07 September 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 244

CCI decided to includes hydel power in renewable energy targets

03 September 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 241

PTI asks ECP to deploy army during cantonment polls

02 September 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 240

Mohsin Dawar launches Nationalist Democratic Movement

01 September 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 239

PM launches Pak-ID mobile app for computerised National Identity Card

31 August 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 238

Shehbaz and Bilawal's support to the media

30 August 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 237

PDM holds power-show in Bagh-i-Jinnah, Karachi

26 August 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 233

ECC approves import of sugar, wheat

25 August 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 232

PPP welcomes PDM activities in Karachi, says Bilawal

24 August 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 231

PM directs all provinces to implement Single National Curriculum

23 August 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 230

PML-N to back no-trust move if PPP presents workable idea

21 August 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 229

FDI inflows to Pakistan drop by 39 per cent in July 2021

20 August 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 228

Another Woman, Another Attack, but Same Questions

19 August 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 227

The debate on the Pakistan Media Development Authority

16 August 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 224

Pakistan on Taliban’s takeover

14 August 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 222

Foreign exchange reserves to make a new record, says SBP Chief

12 August 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 220

The increase in car sales

11 August 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 219

Pakistan sees a decline in remittance

10 August 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 218

Pakistan in the Olympics

09 August 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 217

Blast in Quetta's Serena hotel

07 August 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 215

Sharif, UK and the Visa issue

06 August 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 214

“AJK’s” new Prime Minister

05 August 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 213

Pakistan’s narrative on Kashmir

04 August 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 212

Pakistan has other options, says NSA Moeed Yusuf

03 August 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 211

The backlash against Aurat March

02 August 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 210

Decoding the Sialkot by-elections

30 July 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 207

The Digital Pakistan Policy

29 July 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 206

Pakistan’s urban flooding problem

28 July 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 205

Pakistan’s move towards Central Asia

27 July 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 204

Civilian causalities hit record level: UNAMA Report

26 July 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 203

The "AJK" elections

24 July 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 202

Pakistanis trend #JusticeForNoor

22 July 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 200

Pakistan’s IPP Saga

20 July 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 199

The “AJK” elections

17 July 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 196

Pakistan caught in the crosshairs of Afghan government

15 July 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 194

Targeting of Chinese investment in Pakistan

14 July 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 193

Pakistan's “I am not Malala” narrative

13 July 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 192

Pakistan's Debate on Afghan Fallouts

12 July 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 191

The problems of Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline

10 July 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 189

PM's meeting with Balochistan lawmakers

09 July 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 188

Will not impose complete lockdowns, says Planning Minister

08 July 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 187

The problem of gender-based violence in Pakistan

07 July 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 186

Understanding Pakistan’s water shortage

06 July 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 185

The TLP debate in Pakistan

05 July 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 184

Pakistan, China and Xinjiang: Deciphering Imran's statement

03 July 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 182

The return of the PDM

02 July 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 181

Child soldiers in Pakistan: A never-ending ordeal

30 June 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 179

Pakistan in between China and the West

29 June 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 178

Pakistan's current Afghan narratives

28 June 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 177

Roshan Digital Account and the rising remittances

26 June 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 175

Pakistan and the FATF: Still in grey

25 June 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 174

Evolving Pakistan-Turkey Axis

24 June 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No. 173

From Musharraf to Imran Khan: Victim Blaming across the leaders

23 June 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 172

The Single National Curriculum debate in Pakistan

21 June 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No. 170

Electoral Reforms: Good idea, bad strategy

19 June 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No. 168

The electoral reforms bill & the domestic debate

18 June 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No. 167

Budget 2021-22: Mapping the domestic response

16 June 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 165

National Assembly witnesses fistfights and profanities

15 June 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 164

Shireen Mazari accuses India of Nuclear Smuggling

09 June 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No. 158

Analysing the problems of Pakistan Railways

08 June 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No. 157

Beyond the CPEC: Expanding Chinese footprints in Pakistan

02 June 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.151

Media organisations oppose a proposal for regulatory authority

01 June 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.150

Police in Peshawar fire tear gas, baton charge govt teachers

26 May 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.144

Govt will not provide US bases in the country, says Qureshi

25 May 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.143

Pakistan and US NSAs meet in Geneva

21 May 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.139

70 years of Pakistan-China friendship

20 May 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.138

Qureshi calls for joint action to end Palestine crisis

19 May 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.137

PBS releases the 6th Population and Housing Census 2017

13 May 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.133

COAS meets with the US Charge d' Affairs

11 May 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.131

COAS Gen Bajwa meets with President Ghani

08 May 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.128

FIA stops Shehbaz from flying abroad 

07 May 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.127

Speaker sets up committee for poll reforms

06 May 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.126

Pakistan’s third COVID-19 wave

05 May 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.125

COAS Bajwa arrives in Saudi Arabia

04 May 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.124

PM Khan urges OIC to vehemently counter Islamophobia

01 May 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.121

TLP files appeal against the ban 

30 April 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.120

Authorities raid Bashir Memon’s Cooking Oil Mill

29 April 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.119

Government keen on seeing Balochistan prosper, say PM 

28 April 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.118

Record number of COVID-19 deaths in a single day

27 April 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.117

SC accepts Justice Isa's review petitions

26 April 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.116

Province ask for army’s assistance in enforcing SOPs

24 April 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.114

Army called to assist in the COVID-19 situation

23 April 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.113

TTP claims responsibility for the Quetta blast

22 April 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.112

Punjab govt places 214 TLP activists under the Fourth Schedule

21 April 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.111

No intention of lifting the ban on TLP, says PM

20 April 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.110

TLP chief Saad Rizvi released from jail

16 April 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.106

French embassy asks its citizens to leave Pakistan

15 April 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.105

Government decides to ban TLP

14 April 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.104

Law enforcement agencies begin clearing TLP protesters

13 April 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.103

Violence erupts over TLP chief’s arrest

12 April 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.102

Daska by-poll generally transparent, says Fafen 

10 April 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.100

Re-polling for NA-75 Daska begins

09 April 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.99

Pakistan commits Rs1.27tr in taxes with IMF

08 April 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.98

Pakistan and Russia agree to boost defence ties

05 April 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.95

PDM issues show-cause notice to PPP and ANP

03 April 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.93

PDM splits as five parties move to form a separate bloc

01 April 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.91

Divide deepens within the PDM

31 March 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.90

Government raises USD 2.5 billion from international market

30 March 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.89

PM replaces Hafeez Shaikh over inflation

29 March 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.88

COVID-19 test positivity rate surpasses 11 per cent

26 March 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.85

Yousuf Gilani declared as opposition leader in the Senate

25 March 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.84

PDM leaders agree to keep alliance together

22 March 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.81

PPP, PML-N disagree on Senate opposition leader nomination

20 March 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.79

Government to promulgate ordinances to fulfill IMF conditions

18 March 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.77

PPP says no post-resignation strategy was given by the PDM

17 March 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.76

PDM postpones long march amid differences over mass resignation

16 March 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.75

Government demands resignation of CEC and ECP members

15 March 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.74

Government offers to hold talks on electoral reforms

13 March 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.72

PDM to challenge election of Sanjrani as Senate chairman

12 March 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.71

Chaos marks beginning of elections to the Senate chairman

11 March 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.70

Supreme Court rejects PTI plea to suspend re-polls in Daska

09 March 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.68

Pakistan observes Aurat March across cities

06 March 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.65

Imran secures vote of confidence in National Assembly

04 March 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.63

Senate elections conclude, Imran to seek vote of confidence

03 March 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.62

Polls underway for 37 Senate seats

02 March 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.61

Political temperatures rise as Senate elections close in

01 March 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.60

Senate polls will be held through secret ballot, says SC

27 February 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.58

Ready to resolve issues with India through dialogue, says Imran

26 February 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.57

FATF to keep Pakistan on 'grey list' till June

24 February 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.55

Pakistan, Sri Lanka discuss trade cooperation and regional security

23 February 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.54

Military dismisses rumours about appointing new ISI chief

22 February 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.53

By-elections turn controversial and violent

19 February 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.50

ECP rejects 25 nomination papers after scrutiny

18 February 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.49

SC pushes for proportional representation in Senate

16 February 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.47

Remittances cross USD two billion for seventh consecutive month

15 February 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.46

Navies conducts counter-terrorism demonstrations at Aman-2021

13 February 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.44

FO claims Pakistan made progress on remaining FATF items

12 February 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.43

Justice Isa should not hear cases involving PM, says the CJP

10 February 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.41

Legal fraternity extends support to lawyers; condemns CDA

9 February 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.40

Lawyers storm into chamber IHC’s Chief Justice

05 February 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.36

National Assembly turns chaotic amid open vote debate

04 February 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.35

Pakistan begins nationwide vaccination drive

03 February 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.34

Pakistan rolls out COVID-19 vaccines

02 February 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.33

Government passes CPEC Authority bill

30 January 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.30

US seeks custody of Omar Sheikh

29 January 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.29

Supreme Court orders release of Omar Sheikh

28 January 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.28

Former ISI chief had links with RAW since 2008: Defence Ministry

27 January 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.27

Cabinet to table bill to hold open vote in Senate elections

25 January 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.25

Government, opposition to meet today

23 January 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.23

Oppositions demands new head for Broadsheet inquiry committee

22 January 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.22

ECP rejects open hearing of cases

21 January 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.21

Pakistan conducts another test of Shaheen-III

20 January 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.20

PDM holds protests outside the ECP

19 January 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.19

Cabinet constitutes committee to probe Broadsheet scandal

18 January 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.18

PDM to discuss ECP protests plan today

16 January 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.16

Vaccines will be procured in first quarter, says SAPM

15 January 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.15

Govt permits PDM to stage protest outside the ECP office

14 January 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.14

PTI blames agents in foreign funding case

13 January 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.13

Broadsheet revelations vindicate struggle against elite, says PM

11 January 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.11

India stalling progress of Mumbai attack case, says FO

09 January 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.9

Slain miners finally laid to rest

08 January 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.08

Pakistan successfully tests Multi-Launch Rocket System: ISPR

07 January 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.07

PM promises to visit mourning Hazaras in Quetta

06 January 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.06

Supreme Court directs ETPB to rebuild Hindu Shrine in KP

05 January 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.05

Hazara mourners refuse to bury Mach victims

04 January 2021, Monday I Vol 2, No.04

Militants kill 11 Shia Hazara coal miners

02 January 2021, Saturday I Vol 2, No.02

PDM raises the pitch; targets the Establishment

30 December 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.214

NA speaker told to accept resignations from the opposition

29 December 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.213

Govt ready for dialogue with the opposition, except Fazl, Maryam

23 December 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.212

Govt approves the 6th National Census-2017

21 December 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.210

Pakistan asks UN to forcefully condemn the attack on UNMOGIP

18 December 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.208

Qureshi's UAE visit

17 December 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.207

Imran Khan reiterates his support for the Afghan talks

16 December 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.206

PTI rejects ultimatum for PM’s resignation

12 December 2020, SaturdayI Vol 1, No.204

Cabinet Reshuffle: Portfolios of three ministers changed

11 December 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.203

PM asks the opposition to rethink conducting rallies 

08 December 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.200

Nawaz to make a ‘decisive speech’ at the Lahore rally

07 December 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.199

Pakistan’s surging second COVID-19 wave

04 December 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.198

EU retains ban on PIA flights

01 December 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.195

PDM stages another power show in Multan

28 November 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.194

Qureshi talks about Kashmir and the India dossier at the OIC

27 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.193

FO says Kashmir issue is a permanent item on OIC agenda

26 November 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.192

Pakistan shares dossier on India with the UN

25 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.191

Asad says COVID-19 numbers worsening, urges SOPs compliance

24 November 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.190

Pakistan to set up a new intelligence committee chaired by DG-ISI

23 November 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.189

PDM calls for the end of PTI’s “puppet rule”

20 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.188

Imran Khan’s maiden visit to Afghanistan

19 November 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.187

PDM may present its reforms as legislation in Parliament

18 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.186

PDM rejects Center’s move to ban public meetings

16 November 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.184

GB Polls: PTI becomes the single largest party

13 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.183

Maryam softens stance, says will talk to the Army

12 November 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.182

Survey predicts PTI’s victory in GB elections

11 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.181

Army takes action against the officials from the ISI and Rangers

10 November 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.180

COAS and DG-ISI to brief the Parliament

09 November 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.179

On Gilgit-Balitistan elections

06 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.177

Farmers protest in Punjab

04 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.175

FO rejects Indian Defence Minister’s remarks on GB

03 November 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.174

Maulana Fazlur calls for a PDM meeting

30 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.172

Pakistan criticizes the Indian media

29 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.171

"We gave India a bloody nose and it's still hurting" says DG ISPR

28 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.170

Pakistan observes 'Kashmir Black Day'

27 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.169

Quetta Rally and the PDM

26 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.168

PDM's strong rally in Quetta

24 October 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.167

Do More, says the FATF to Pakistan

23 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.166

Pakistan's Gender Gap

22 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.165

The "Karachi incident" spirals

21 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.164

"Who surrounded Sindh Police Chief's house," asks Bilawal Bhutto

20 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.163

FM Qureshi meets with Hekmatyar

19 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.162

PDM's second big rally in Karachi

17 October 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.161

PDM's first rally takes off to a great start in Gujranwala

16 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.160

PDM's first rally set to take off

15 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.159

Pakistan's pre-conditions for a dialogue with India

14 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.158

Pakistan re-elected to the UNHRC

13 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.157

Pakistan and the FATF's Grey List

12 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.156

Maulana Adil Khan laid to rest in Karachi

09 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.154

Khalilzad in Pakistan to discuss Afghan peace

08 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.153

Pakistan to experience muted economic recovery

07 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.152

20-point 'code of conduct' to promote sectarian harmony

06 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.151

A five-year development programme for the Gilgit- Baltistan

05 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.150

The next FATF meeting on Pakistan

02 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.148

Targeting Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N

01 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.147

On Pakistan Democratic Movement's rally:

30 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.146

PM Imran Khan wants to bring back Nawaz Sharif at the earliest:

29 September 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.145

Shahbaz Sharif's arrest causes an upheavel:

28 September 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.144

Abdullah Abdullah in Pakistan for a three days visit:

25 September 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.142

The Fallouts of the All Parties Conference:

24 September 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.141

Establishment and the PML-N:

23 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.140

For the US, the priority in Pakistan is to advance human rights :

22 September 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.139

One day after the All Parties Conference:

21 September 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.138

Nawaz Sharif goes on an offensive and talks about

19 September 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.137

Kashmir will be the focus of PM Khan’s UN address, says FO

18 September 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.136

Pakistan’s Persisting Polio Problem:

17 September 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.135

The need for a twin strategy in south Balochistan:

16 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.134

A non-bailable arrest warrant for Nawaz Sharif:

15 September 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.133

The CPEC march continues:

11 September 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.130

Pakistan and the SCO

10 September 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.129

Accountability Court declares Nawaz Sharif as an absconder

09 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.128

Federal-Provincial divide over Karachi increases

07 September 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.126

On Karachi, PPP and PTI divide comes to open

05 September 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.125

Kashmir in the UN and Pakistan

02 September, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.122

Court directs Nawaz Sharif to appear before the court

01 September, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.121

Rains and Floods continue to haunt Pakistan

26 August 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.116

"General Bajwa stabilized Pak-Saudi ties"

24 August 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.114

Pakistan, China and J&K

22 August 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.113

Pakistan and China pledge to safeguard common interests

20 August 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.111

The tragedy of Scientists from Pakistan's minority communities

19 August 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.110

"Pakistan can never recognise Israel," says Imran Khan

18 August 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.109

PTI's two-year report card

15 August 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.107

Pakistan's Palestine Dilemma

14 August 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.106

Pakistan at 73: Celebrating the Independence Day

13 August 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.105

COAS Gen Bajwa to visit Saudi Arabia soon

12 August 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.104

Government and opposition agree on six FATF bills

10 August 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.102

The FATF divides within Pakistan

09 August 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.101

Pakistan This Week

08 August 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.100

National Assembly clears two FATF bills, but blocks one.

07 August 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.99

Govt decides to lift restrictions as COVID cases decline

06 August 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.98

Pakistan's continuing Kashmir frenzy

05 August 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.97

Pakistan's new Map of J&K

04 August 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.96

Kashmir obsession in Pakistan

31 July 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.94

Two FATF bills passed in the National Assembly

30 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.93

Religiosity in Pakistan: From Creeping to now Galloping

29 July 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.92

Opposition parties attempt to come together

28 July 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.91

Pakistan's internal debate on Kulbhushan Jadav

26 July 2020, Sunday I Vol 1, No.89

Pakistan This Week

23 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.86

On the abduction of a Journalist in Islamabad

19 July 2020, Sunday I Vol 1, No.82

Pakistan This Week

17 July 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.80

The licences are not fake but only dubious

16 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.79

On building Diamer-Bhasha dam in Gilgit-Baltistan

15 July 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.78

On Af-Pak Transit Trade

12 July 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No. 75

Pakistan This Week

11 July 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.74

FATF action plan to be completed at the earliest: Shaikh

08 July 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.71

Return of Lal Masjid Maulana

07 July 2020, Tuesday , Vol 1, No.70

Female Literacy in the Pashtun tribal regions

06 July 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.69

The problem with Pakistan Railways

02 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.65

The Curious case of "Minus One" Formula in Pakistan

30 June 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.63

BLA claims the attack on Stock Exchange in Karachi

28 June 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.61

Pakistan This Week

27 June 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.60

PTM accepts the dialogue offer, but wants CBMs

24 June 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.57

Reviewing Pakistan's Space Programme

23 June 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.56

Imran Khan says he was against the idea of lockdown

21 June 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.54

Pakistan This Week

20 June 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.53

Budgets presented in KP, and in Gilgit-Baltistan

19 June 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.52

PTI tries to get the BNP back into coalition,

18 June 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.51

Baloch partner of the PTI government leaves the coalition

15 June 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.48

The PTI government invites the PTM for a dialogue

14 June 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.47

Pakistan This Week

13 June 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.46, Special Brief

Pakistan Budget 2020-21: The First Cut

12 June 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.44, Special Brief

Pakistan’s Economic Survey 2019-20

07 June 2020, Sunday I Vol 1, No.38

Pakistan This Week

05 June 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.36

Highest COVID Spike

04 June 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.35

Imran receives a briefing at the ISI HQ

03 June 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.34

Covid cases spike and Lahore becomes the epicentre

01 June 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.32

Drivers of Karachi Violence

30 May 2020, Saturday, No 1, No.30

Gwadar port ready for the Afghan goods

29 May 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.29

Pakistan remembers 28 May Nuclear Tests

24 May 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.24

Pakistan This Week

22 May 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.22

The missing girls of Pakistan

21 May 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.21

Locusts threaten Pakistan's food security

17 May 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No 17

Pakistan This Week

15 May 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.15

Disregard for SOPs peaks Covid-19 cases

14 May 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No 14

Violence in Afghanistan and the Media in Pakistan

12 May 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No 12

Smart Lockdown, SOPs vs Social Realities

9 May 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No 9

Record COVID-19 spike in a single day;