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Pakistanis Launch ‘Buy Turkish Products’ Campaign

AUG 15, 2018: The Trump administration’s recent decision to double tariffs on Turkish aluminium and steel imports has been widely criticized by Pakistani citizens. Social media users in Pakistan have launched a campaign calling for purchase of Turkish products and lira. “If you want to help Turkey, please buy their products and lira and visit Turkey instead of other countries for vacations,” said Arshad Zaman, a Twitter user from Pakistan. Ali Osman, another Pakistani, wrote on Twitter: “In early 1920s, Muslims of the sub-continent stood by Turkish brothers when theyRead More

Saudi Interested in Heavy Investment in Pakistan, Crown Prince Tells Khan Sahib

This is third such contact between leaders of the two countries in as many days AUG 14, 2018: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has told prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan that the kingdom was very much interested in investing heavily in a bid to strengthen its trade ties with Pakistan. The crown prince also congratulated the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief on his election victory over telephone, said a statement issued by the PTI on Tuesday. Prince Mohammed highlighted ‘extensive’ economic and trade opportunities in Pakistan. The Pakistani prime minister-designate onRead More

US-Turkey Row Could Jeopardize $1.5B Helicopter Deal Between Pakistan and Turkey

AUG 13, 2018: An escalating diplomatic crisis between NATO allies Turkey and the United States may risk suspending a $1.5 billion deal between Turkey and Pakistan for the sale of 30 Turkish-made T129 ATAK helicopter gunships. The T129 being produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries under license from the Italian-British company AgustaWestland are helicopter gunships which have the capability to perform adequately over the higher altitudes of the Hindu Kush mountain range separating Afghanistan and Pakistan. The AH-1F Cobra gunships Pakistan presently has lack the capability, according to Defense News. “TheRead More

News, Views of Interest You Might Have Missed Today: Aug 13, 2018

AUG 13, 2018: According to the Guardian newspaper, an Afghan Taliban leader claimed Russian diplomats had shared with him intelligence that the US would leave Afghanistan in 2020. Following their groundbreaking negotiations last month, the Afghan Taliban will hold another round of talks with the United States in Doha in September, the paper wrote. The British newspaper on Sunday quoted a senior member of the Taliban’s Quetta Shura as describing the first round of basic contacts as helpful. Speaking to the Guardian, he said: “The next round will be moreRead More

Saudi King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammad Felicitate Imran Khan On Electoral Victory

AUG 12, 2018: Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and crown prince Mohammad bin Salman have congratulated PM-in-waiting Imran Khan on his party’s victory in the last month’s general elections. State-run news agency APP on Sunday quoted the Saudi Press Agency as saying that the Saudi king conveyed to the prime minister-in-waiting best wishes from the kingdom and its people for the progress and prosperity of the people of Pakistan. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman also felicitated the PTI chairman and expressed good wishes and prayed for theRead More

Overseas Pakistanis Remittances Surge 25 Pct in July, 21 Pct in June

AUG 12, 2018 (BE2C2): In a positive development, the remittances received from overseas Pakistanis rose markedly in July 2018 exceeding the average monthly figures for FY2018 and FY2017, according to data released by the central bank on Friday. Remittances in the first month (July) of fiscal year 2019, went up 25.17% compared to $1.54 billion in the same month of previous year. The inflows were also higher a month earlier — 21.03% — and more than the money remitted in June 2018. Also, the July 2019 figure of $1.93 billionRead More

‘Situation Chaotic’: Intense Fighting in Afghan City Ghazni as Afghan Taliban Presses On

AUG 12, 2018: Taliban insurgents attacked police headquarters and other government buildings in Ghazni in central Afghanistan on Sunday and were threatening to seize control of the city, with the main highway now heavily mined, local lawmakers and residents said. An AFP reporter on the ground said Taliban fighters continued to roam the city, torching government offices and in control of several police checkpoints, with reinforcements deployed from Kabul slowly entering the city to confront the insurgents. US aircraft conducted at least four air strikes but details of the fightingRead More

Turkey to Seek ‘New Markets, Allies’ After Currency Crash

AUG 12, 2018: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned of far-reaching consequences in the event the United States continues to disrespect Ankara, according to his op-ed in the New York Times. “Unless the United States starts respecting Turkey’s sovereignty and proves that it understands the dangers that our nation faces, our partnership could be in jeopardy,” he warned. Erdogan demanded that Washington –it’s Nato ally, should “give up the misguided notion that our relationship can be asymmetrical and come to terms with the fact that Turkey has alternatives.” “Failure to reverse this trend ofRead More

PTM Lead Activist Manzoor Pashteen Heckled at Kargil Hero’s Mausoleum (Video)

AUG 11, 2018: Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement lead activist Manzoor Pashteen was heckled at the mausoleum of Capt. Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed in Swabi district on Saturday. Capt. Khan was martyred while fighting the Indians in the Kargil sector of disputed Kashmir region in 1999. He was awarded the highest military honor, Nishan-e-Haider, for his bravery during the Kargil war. The PTM’s lead activist, who is in Swabi for the upcoming public meeting of his supporters, visited the mausoleum of Capt. Karnal Sher Khan along with his colleagues. However, Karnal Khan’sRead More

119 Ex-Lawmakers Illegally Dwelling in Parliament Lodges Asked to Vacate Premises

Ex-PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai among others evicted AUG 11, 2018: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Islamabad police launched a joint imitative on Saturday to have the Parliament Lodges vacated. These were in possession of ex-occupants, including including ex-PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar and several other former members of the National Assembly. All former parliamentarians, who had not been re-elected in the recent elections were given a deadlineRead More

“Chaunsa Pakistani” Mango Branding Gets Overwhelming Response in Jeddah

AUG 10, 2018 (BE2C2): Pakistan Consulate in Jeddah organized Emerging Pakistan Mango Branding Event “Chaunsa Pakistani” at a local hotel in the Kingdom’s commercial capital, with the aim to further enhance market share by value addition through branding of country’s premier quality mango “Chaunsa” in Saudi Arabia. The event held in collaboration with Roomi Foods Pakistan witnessed overwhelming response from mango-lovers, importers and retailers, said many observers. The show was jointly inaugurated by H.E Mr Mahzen Batterjie, the Deputy Chairman Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mr Zaid Bassam ViceRead More

“If They Have Their Dollars, We Have Our People, Our God”: Erdogan

Turkish lira plunged 15% versus dollar Friday after Trump authorizes doubling metals tariffs on Turkey; Erdogan said Turkey was facing an “economic war” and noted the country would respond to those countries who had started it. AUG 10, 2018: The Turkish lira added to its steep losses on Friday, hitting a fresh record low, after President Donald Trump authorized the doubling of metals tariffs on Turkey. The lira traded down 15 percent against the U.S. dollar at 6.38 after Trump made the comment in a tweet. The currency also tradedRead More

Supreme Court Wants Voting Rights Extended to Overseas Pakistanis in By-Polls

The same bench expressed its reservation over the practice of contesting elections from more than one constituency AUG 10, 2018: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed Election Commission of Pakistan to extend voting rights to millions of overseas Pakistanis in upcoming by-polls through e-voting process. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday had taken up a set of petitions moved by Imran Khan — the PM-in-waiting and PTI chairman — and a group of citizens, in which the applicants had taken the plea that denialRead More

Pakistan Signs Rare Military Cooperation Pact With Russia

Russian envoy Dedov on Thursday called on prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan at his Bani Gala residence and said Moscow stands by Islamabad in the fight against terrorism and its efforts to maintain peace in Afghanistan, AUG 9, 2018: Pakistan has wrapped up a groundbreaking contract with Russia that would, for the first time, open doors for Russian military training of Pakistani army officers. The rare deal comes amid deteriorating relations between Islamabad and the United States, which has resulted in the halt of all military exchange programs with Pakistan andRead More

Chinese Muslims Protest Against Plan to Demolish Mosque

AUG 10, 2018: Hundreds of ethnic Hui Muslims are staging a sit-in protest in China’s western region of Ningxia against government plans to demolish a huge new mosque, amid tightening curbs on Islam to pull its practice in line with the Chinese mainstream. China officially guarantees freedom of religion, but in recent years officials nervous about the possibility of radicalization and violence have tightened controls in heavily Muslim areas. The Weizhou grand mosque, with numerous domes and minarets in a Middle Eastern style, had not received proper permits before construction,Read More

MQM-P: Firdous Naqvi’s Appointment as Opp leader May Strain Ties

AUG 9, 2018: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan on Thursday warned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) against selecting Firdous Naqvi as leader of the opposition in the Sindh Assembly. “His selection will definitely strain our ties with them [PTI],” he added. “We under any circumstances cannot accept Naqvi’s appointment and if by any chance he is given the position, it will definitely effect our alliance,” Hasan said, who is the former opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly. “If statements like this continue to come out of the PTI ranksRead More

Saudi-Canada Diplomatic War: Riyadh Sells Assets, Orders Patients Out

AUG 9, 2018: Saudi Arabia has started selling off Canadian assets and removing Saudi patients from Canada hospitals, as the countries’ diplomatic dispute escalated Wednesday. The fallout is from a call via a two-sentence tweet last week from Canadian to Saudi officials demanding the release of imprisoned women’s rights activists. The Kingdom has cut diplomatic ties with Canada, expelled the Canadian ambassador, frozen trade and investment between Riyadh and Ottawa and halted flights to and from Canada. Riyadh has also frozen student exchange programs and ordered about 16,000 Saudi studentsRead More

Saudi Arabia Orders Thousands of Its Students Studying in Canada to Come Home

AUG 8, 2018: The Saudi government has canceled scholarships for thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada and ordered them to come home. The Kingdom has also cancelled flights to Toronto by its national airline and halted purchases of Canadian wheat and barley as it ramps up retaliation for Ottawa’s criticism of its human rights and detention of activists. And on Wednesday, Saudi authorities said it was considering further punitive measures and ruled out mediating the dispute. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, said atRead More

Foreign Minister Clarifies ‘Exxon Exploration’ of Oil Reserves in Pakistan’s Deep Sea

AUG 8, 2018 (BE2C2 Report): Clarifying media reports regarding exploration of oil reserves in Pakistan’s deep sea continental shelf, Foreign Minister Abdullah Hussain Haroon on Wednesday said the drilling was yet to start. “On my return to Islamabad, a statement in Dawn newspaper dated August 4, was brought to my attention which required elucidation,” the Foreign Minister said in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here. “For information, ExxonMobil has purchased a block of Pakistani deep sea drilling rights off the Indus delta for exploration. Their drillingRead More

Opposition Parties Protest Election 2018 Results

AUG 8, 2018: Opposition parties parliamentarians and supporters of grand opposition alliance on Wednesday staged a sit-in outside the election commission headquarters in capital Islamabad. The opposition alliance says it has rejected the results of July 25 election results as “rigged” and “manipulated” vowing to continue the protest outside the parliament and across the country. “We don’t accept rigged elections,” “Down with rigged elections” and “Fake elections are unacceptable” were among slogans chanted by protesters belonging to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s party (PPP), five-party religious alliance Muttahida MajlisRead More