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Pakistan Watch

Issue No.80
July 2017

By: Divya Malhotra
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
POLITICAL ISSUES
PALESTINE
1. Palestine Prez grieves tanker accident 
Islamabad, Thursday, 29 June 2017
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his concern and condolences over the loss of over 200 lives in oil tanker inferno in Bahawalpur in Punjab province on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr. 
 
QATAR
2. Pakistan denies military involvement in Qatar 
Islamabad, Sunday, 11 June 2017
Pakistan Foreign Office rejected media reports regarding the deployment of Pakistani troops in Qatar as a “malicious campaign”. 
 
SAUDI ARABIA
3. PM-led delegation visits Riyadh
Islamabad, Monday, 12 June 2017
PM Nawaz Sharif accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz and Army Chief Qamar Bajwa visited Riyadh to discuss the tense developments and impasse in the Gulf region with Saudi leaders. 
 
4. Pakistan envoy meets Governor of Tabuk  
Islamabad, Thursday, 15 June 2017
The Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia Hasham Saddique called on Governor of Tabuk region Fahad Saud to deliberate over matters of common interest. 
 
5. PM visits Saudi Arabia for Umrah 
Islamabad, Sunday, 18 June 2017
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid a private visit to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah and paying respects at Roza-e-Rasool in Madina Munawara. 
 
TURKEY
6. Islamabad grieves military helicopter crash in Turkey
Islamabad, Thursday, 1 June 2017
The Foreign Office condoled the military helicopter crash in Sirnak province of Turkey on 31 May, which killed 13 military personnel onboard.
 
DEFENCE ISSUES   
IRAN
7. Iranian drone shot down at border 
Islamabad, Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Pakistan Air Force shot down an Iranian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) detected 3 to 4 km inside the Pakistani territory in West Balochistan province on the Pak-Iran border.
 
TURKEY
8. Army Chief visits Turkey
Islamabad, Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Bajwa visited Ankara to meet his counterpart and discuss bilateral and regional issues. During his official visit, he was awarded the Legion of Merit at Turkish Land Force Headquarters for his contribution to the strengthening of bilateral ties. 
 
MISCELLANEOUS ISSUES 
TURKEY
9. Ankara hosts Pakistan cultural night
Islamabad, Sunday, 18 June 2017
‘Pakistan Night’ was celebrated as part of the 8th International Ramazan Festivities, hosted by the Municipality of Kecioren in Ankara where Pakistani cultural performances, Pakistan-made products, photographic display of Pakistan’s landscape and key events of Turkey-Pakistan relations were highlighted.
 
OIC
10. OIC lauds Pakistan
Islamabad, Sunday, 4 June 2017
Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Yousef Al-thaimeen labelled Pakistan as an important partner in the OIC’s various activities, while interacting with Pakistan’s envoy to Saudi Arabia Hasham Bin Saddique. 

COMPILED BY DIVYA MALHOTRA

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