26th- 30th Jan 2015

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Obama visits India

US President Barack Obama’s visit to India was the center of world’s as well as Pakistan media’s attention which kept a close eye on happenings in New Delhi. Obama’s three-day visit to Delhi ended with a series of bilateral agreements that also included billions of dollars investment deals to improve trade and economy. Other than signing promising deals in various sectors, US president Barack Obama also endorsed India’s permanent seat in UN Security Council. A major breakthrough, however, was United States giving up its demand to be able to track the whereabouts of nuclear material supplied to the country and a deal to limit the legal liability of US suppliers in the event of a nuclear accident. Meanwhile Pakistan expressed its concern over Indo- US nuclear deal and warned the deals will disturb regional power balance. Pakistan also opposed India’s bid for the permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council citing India’s human rights violation in Jammu & Kashmir.


Army Chief in China

Second most covered story was the visit of Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to China right at the time when President Obama was visiting India. Army Chief, who visited China to promote bilateral defense and security cooperation, also met Chinese Foreign Minister and other senior officials. During meetings with Chinese officials, army chief was assured of all kind of support and coordination from China to promote peace in the region. China also termed Pakistan a solid strategic partner and its irreplaceable and all-weather friend and assured to stand by Pakistan during any hard times. China also appreciated and supports Pakistan’s efforts in fight against terrorism and hoped to upgrade strategic coordination and building of China-Pakistan economic corridor. According to ISPR, issues of bilateral cooperation including long-term defence collaboration, intelligence sharing and training exchanges were also discussed with the Chinese officials.


MQM (Karachi Shutdown)

Karachi once again witnessed strike on Thursday on the call of Karachi’s largest political party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), to mark day of mourning over the killings of its workers. Schools, transporters and trade associations suspended their activities in Karachi and other parts of Sindh for a day on the call of MQM. The call was given when three persons, including an MQM unit incharge, were killed and three others injured in different incidents on Wednesday.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain condemned the killings of party’s workers and claimed the number of workers killed has reached 36. He also announced his decision to separate himself from the party, which he later retracted. Meanwhile, Karachi police chief constituted a five-member committee of senior officers to probe the incident.  After harsh and threatening statements from MQM Chief, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Friday, held a high level meeting in Karachi and directed the concerned authorities to thoroughly investigate the killing of three workers of MQM and bring culprits to justice.


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