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Pakistan Watch

Issue No. 76
March 2017

By: Divya Malhotra
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

POLITICAL ISSUES
BAHRAIN
1. Pakistan Bahrain Joint Ministerial session held
Islamabad, Friday, 3 February 2017   
Two-day first Bahrain Pakistan Joint Ministerial Session was held in Islamabad from 5 February to discuss prospects for political, socio-economic, developmental cooperation, with Bahraini Foreign Affairs Minister Khalid Al Khalifa and Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Advisor to Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz co-chairing the inaugural session.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See also: Business Recorder, KarachiDaily Pakistan, Lahore
   
2. Pakistan envoy meets ministers in Bahraini jail
Islamabad, Thursday, 23 February 2017   
Pakistan’s ambassador to Bahrain Javed Malik visited Central Jail of Bahrain and held meetings with Pakistani prisoners and ensured them of consular support.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad

3. Pakistan, Bahrain discuss bilateral ties
Islamabad, Monday, 6 February 2017   
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Al Khalifa held a meeting with Tariq Fatemi, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs in Islamabad to discuss bilateral relations.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad     

IRAN
4. Pakistan, Iran to add border points
Islamabad, Wednesday, 22 February 2017   
Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Iran’s Defence and Logistics Minister Hossein Dehgan reviewed opening of two additional border crossing points at Gabd Reemdan and Mand Pishin, and discussed the border security situation.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad

IRAN, SAUDI-ARABIA
5. Pakistan embassies in Tehran, Jeddah observe Kashmir Day
Islamabad, Monday, 6 February 2017   
Scholars, academicians, intellectuals, journalists, members of the Pakistani community and students in Tehran and Jeddah attended a ceremony to commemorate Kashmir solidarity day on 5 February at Pakistan embassy in Tehran and Consulate General of Pakistan in Jeddah respectively.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad

IRAN, TURKEY
6. Pakistan warmly welcomes founding members Iran, Turkey to 13th ECO summit
Islamabad, Tuesday, 28 February 2017   
Red carpet was rolled out for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Erdogan at Nur Khan Air Base for the 13th Economic Cooperation Organization in Islamabad.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad

TURKEY
7. Pakistan, Turkey commemorate Kashmir Day
Islamabad, Wednesday, 8 February 2017   
Economic and Social Researches Centre (ESAM) and the Embassy of Pakistan in Ankara jointly organized a seminar to commemorate Kashmir Solidarity Day on 8 February, demanding a solution in accordance with UN resolutions.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad  

8. Pakistan PM attends Pak-Turk HLSCC meeting
Islamabad, Tuesday, 21 February 2017   
Nawaz Sharif attended the fifth Session of the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council’s (HLSCC) meeting in Ankara during 22-24 February to discuss matters relating trade, energy, banking, communications, railways, education and culture.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad

ECONOMIC ISSUES
TURKEY
9. Turk investor delegation visits Pakistan
Islamabad, Friday, 3 February 2017   
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with delegation of Turkish investors for investing in various sectors including drinking water, waste water treatment and housing sectors.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad   

MISCELLANEOUS ISSUES
QATAR
10. Qatar gifts ambulances to Quetta
Islamabad, Thursday, 2 February 2017   
Qatri Ambassador Al Mansouri handed over ten ambulances to Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch for the people of Baluchistan.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad; See also: Pakistan Observer, Islamabad
 
SAUDI ARABIA
11. Pakistan dismisses reports of deportation from Saudi Arabia
Islamabad, Thursday, 16 February 2017   
Media reports regarding deportation of 39,000 Pakistanis Saudi Arabia were labelled as an exaggeration and clarified that those Pakistanis who had violated local Saudi laws were imprisoned.
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

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