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Pakistan Watch

Issue No. 66
May 2016

By: Divya Malhotra
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

POLITICAL ISSUES
IRAN
1. Delegation to visit Iran in May for pipeline talks
Karachi, Friday, 22 April 2016   
The visit by a Pakistani delegation has been proposed by the Senate to resume Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project talks for receiving 750 MMdfd of gas from Iran.  
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad 
http://www.app.com.pk/delegation-to-visit-iran-in-may-for-talks/
See Also: Business Recorder, Karachi
http://www.brecorder.com/pakistan/general-news/291854-delegation-to-visit-iran-in-may-for-talks.html 

2. Iran-Pakistan interactive session organized by Karachi Council on Foreign Relations
Karachi, Thursday, 28 April 2016   
An interactive session on “Pakistan-Iran Relations in the New Millennium” was organized by Karachi Council on Foreign Relations (KCFR) 28 April to highlight emerging business potential in Iran and avenues of bilateral cooperation between the two neighbours.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See Also: Daily Baluchistan Times, Quetta

LEBANON
3. Pak envoy meets Lebanon’s economy minister
Islamabad, Wednesday, 20 April 2016   
Pakistan’s Ambassador in Beirut Aftab Khokher held a meeting with Lebanon’s Minister for Economy and Trade Allain Hakim to brief him about Pakistan’s economic profile, and explore avenues and potential of bilateral trade.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad

SAUDI ARABIA
4. Planning-Development minister visits Saudi Arabia
Islamabad, Sunday, 24 April 2016   
Pakistan’s Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal held a meeting with Saudi delegation led by Prince Turki Al Faisal to deliberate initiatives for enhancing financial, strategic, cultural and religious cooperation.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See Also: Business Recorder, Karachi; Radio Pakistan, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad

TURKEY
5. Turkish Parliamentary delegation visits Pakistan
Islamabad, Tuesday, 12 April 2016   
Turkish parliamentary delegation led by Ismail Kahraman, Speaker of Turkish Assembly emphasized on enhancing anti-terrorism cooperation during their meeting with Pakistani president Mamnoon Hussain.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See Also: Business Recorder, Karachi;The News International, Karachi; Daily Times, Lahore

6. President visits Turkey to attend 13th Islamic summit; Pak-Turkey FTA to be signed in September
Islamabad, Friday, 15 April 2016   
President Mamnoon Hussain underscored the challenges facing Muslim community while addressing the 13th Islamic Conference of Organization of Islamic Countries held in Istanbul on 14-15 April. Referring to his meeting with his Turkish counterpart, he stated that Free trade agreement between the two nations would be finalized by September.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See Also: Radio Pakistan, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad; Daily Baluchistan Times, Quetta 

DEFENCE ISSUES
SAUDI-ARABIA
7. Pak Air Chief meets Saudi Defence Minister; visits King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh
Islamabad, Tuesday, 26 April 2016   
Chief of Pakistan’s Air Staff, Sohail Aman discussed bilateral Air-force training related issues with Saudi Air Chief Ahmed Alshaa’lan and Defence Minister Prince Salman Al-Saud during his visit to Royal Saudi Air Operations Centre. During his visit, he also interacted with instructors and ground crew at King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh.
Source: Business Recorder, Karachi; See Also: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; Daily Times, Lahore

ECONOMIC ISSUES 
QATAR
8. Qatar-Pakistan discuss investment opportunities
Islamabad, Tuesday, 12 April 2016   
Pakistan’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar briefed a Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) delegation about scope and procedure of various investment opportunities in Pakistan.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See Also: Business Recorder, Karachi; Dawn, Karachi

MISCELLANEOUS ISSUES 
ISRAEL
9. Pak questions Israel’s policies in Occupied Territories at Moscow International conference
Islamabad, Wednesday, 27 April 2016   
Pakistan’s Defence Minister Muhammad Asif drew attention towards Israel’s activities in the occupied territories and highlighted the plight of Palestinian refugees worldwide while speaking at the International Security Conference on Terrorism held in Moscow on 27-28 April.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See Also: Radio Pakistan, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad; The News International, Karachi   

UAE
10. Twelve drinking water supply projects completed in FATA region with UAE collaboration
Islamabad, Tuesday, 26 April 2016   
As a part of its Programme in water assistance plan for Pakistan, the UAE established clean drinking water facility in 12 villages of North Waziristan in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad

COMPILED BY DIVYA MALHOTRA

Divya Malhotra is a doctoral candidate in the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  Email

As part of its editorial policy, the MEI@ND standardizes spelling and date formats to make the text uniformly accessible and stylistically consistent. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views/positions of the MEI@ND. Editor, MEI@ND: P R Kumaraswamy