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Pakistan Watch

Issue No. 72
November 2016

By: Divya Malhotra
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

POLITICAL ISSUES
BAHRAIN
1. Pak welcomes formation of Pak-Bahrain Parliamentary Friendship Society in Bahrain parliament
Islamabad, Wednesday, 26 October 2016   
In his meeting with Speaker of Bahraini Parliament Ahmed Al Mullah in Manama, Pakistan envoy Javed Malik welcomed the establishment of Pakistan Bahrain Parliamentary Friendship Group which would hold its first session on 7 November.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See also: Press Information Department, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad  

IRAN
2. Judicial delegation calls on Chief Justice of Pak     
Islamabad, Wednesday, 26 October 2016   
Iranian delegation headed by Jafar Montazeri, Attorney General of Iran met Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Jamali in Islamabad on 25 October to discuss scope for enhanced cooperation in judiciary and legal sector, and matters pertaining prisoner exchange. 
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See also: The Express Tribune, Karachi

SAUDI ARABIA
3. Saudi govt. to set up special courts to resolve Pakistani labour issues
Islamabad, Monday, 31 October 2016   
Saudi Arabia has decided to establish separate courts in Jeddah, Damam, Riyadh, Mecca and Medina, and prepare a team of 99 specially trained assistant judges to resolve the ongoing issues of stranded Pakistani labour community.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad 

TURKEY
4. Turkey displays solidarity with Pak over Kashmir issue in meetings and panel-discussion
Islamabad, Tuesday, 11 October 2016   
In a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on October 10 in Ankara, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Special Envoys Pervez Malik and Mohsin Ranjha discussed the situation in “occupied Kashmir”, urging for international intervention. On 27 October, Turkish think-tank “South Asia Strategic Research Centre” organized a panel discussion titled “Kashmir in Global and Regional Politics” in Istanbul, to reiterate support for Pakistan on Kashmir issue. 
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See also: Radio Pakistan, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad; Dawn, Karachi

5. Pak PM sends felicitation message on Turkey’s National Day
Islamabad, Monday, 31 October 2016   
Pakistani embassy in Ankara celebrated Turkey’s 93rd National Day to commemorate formal foundation of the Turkish nation in 1923. Nawaz Sharif also conveyed his message of felicitation to his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad

TURKEY
6. Yemen envoy lauds Pak’s support for Yemen
Islamabad, Monday, 31 October 2016   
In a meeting with Yemen’s new ambassador to Pak Motahar Ali-Shabi, Pakistani Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi condemned the involvement of Houthis in destabilizing Yemen’s security situation, while former appreciated Pakistan’s role in supporting Yemen.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See also: Radio Pakistan, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad

DEFENCE ISSUES
QATAR
7. Doha plans to buy combat aircrafts from Pak
Islamabad, Thursday, 27 October 2016   
In a meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Qatar’s Defence Affairs Minister Khalid Al Attiyah in Islamabad, Qatar expressed interest in buying Super Mushshak and JF-17 thunder aircraft from Pakistan and other matters concerning economic, strategic and military cooperation were discussed.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See also: The Express Tribune, Karachi

TURKEY
8. Turkey to import trainer jets from PAC
Islamabad, Tuesday, 4 October 2016   
Chairman of standing committee on Defence Production Abdul Qayyum announced that Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) would export 100 trainer jets (Mushshaq) to Turkey in the next two years.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See also: Business Recorder, Karachi

9. Pak-Turkey conduct naval exercise
Islamabad, Saturday, 29 October 2016   
Turkish and Pakistan navies conducted a joint maritime exercise at North Arabian sea involving Anti-Air Warfare Operations and Communication drills.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See also: Daily Times, Lahore; The Express Tribune, Karachi; Dawn, Karachi

ECONOMIC ISSUES 
IRAN
10. Iran-Pakistan to implement trade agreements; discuss CPEC      
Islamabad, Thursday, 6 October 2016   
Iranian envoy held a meeting with the Chairman of Pakistan’s Board of Investment Miftah Ismail at Board of Investment (BoI) office in Islamabad to implement already signed trade agreements. While discussing post-sanction trade prospects, Iran reiterated the desire to join CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) project. 
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See also: Business Recorder, Karachi

TURKEY
11. Pak-Turkey to enhance energy cooperation
Islamabad, Friday, 11 October 2016   
On sidelines of 23rd World Energy Congress held in Istanbul from 9 to 13 October, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yilidrim held a meeting with Pakistan’s Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif to discuss prospects for cooperation in energy sector.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See also: Business Recorder, Karachi; Dispatch News Desk, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, LahoreThe News International, Karachi   

MISCELLANEOUS ISSUES
BAHRAIN
12. Bahrain to open Nursing University in Islamabad
Islamabad, Wednesday, 19 October 2016   
Pakistan’s National Health Minister Saira Tarar held a meeting with her counterpart in Bahrain to discuss avenues for cooperation in public health. In a meeting with Minister of Follow Up Ahmed Bin Al Khalifa, Bahrain proposed a blueprint for establishing a nursing university in Islamabad.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See also: Radio Pakistan, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad    

IRAN
13. Kashmir black day event organized in Tehran
Islamabad, Thursday, 27 October 2016   
Iranian academia, scholars, writers and media persons attended the Black day event organized in the Pakistan embassy premises in Tehran. Pakistan envoy Asif Durrani, while speaking on the event, highlighted Pakistan’s position on the Kashmir issue.     
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See also: Dawn, Karachi

IRAN-TURKEY
14. Iran-Turkey participate in Disaster-Risk Reduction Conference
Islamabad, Sunday, 16 October 2016   
High-ranking officials from 16 Asian nations including Iran and Turkey participated in the 13th annual meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management held in Islamabad from 17 to 19 October to deliberate on cooperative options for disaster risk reduction, particularly climate change.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See also: Dawn, Karachi; See also: The Nation, Lahore

JORDAN
15. Jordan-Pak discuss bilateral ties in IT sector
Islamabad, Wednesday, 19 October 2016   
In a meeting with Jordanian delegation led by Talal Ghazaleh, Chairman of Talal Abu Ghazaleh Organization in Islamabad, Pakistan’s Minister of State for IT & Telecom Anusha Rahman highlighted avenues for mutual cooperation in Information Communication Technologies.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See also: The Nation, Lahore

TURKEY
16. Pak-Turkey to boost tourism cooperation
Islamabad, Wednesday, 26 October 2016   
With the view to promote religious, sports, adventure and medical tourism in Pakistan, Managing Director Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) met General Manager Turkish Airlines in Islamabad to discuss terms and conditions for MoU on tourism cooperation.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad 

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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