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Major setback to Pakistan: Trump administration has proposed a reduction of $190 million in funding

Major setback to Pakistan: Trump administration has proposed a reduction of $190 million in funding

Pakistan
Trump administration has proposed a reduction of $190 million in funding to Pakistan for the current fiscal year as compared to the last. The US grant stands at $344 million in financial assistance which includes $100 million in foreign military funding. “Pakistan plays a key role in US counter-terrorism strategy, the peace process in Afghanistan, nuclear non- proliferation efforts, and stability and economic integration in South and Central Asia. It is also a large and growing economy offering profitability for US businesses,” the State Department said in its annual budget proposals sent to the US Congress. In the first budget of the Trump administration, the State Department said that it will continue to maintain a strong diplomatic presence that will facilitate bilateral cooperation
Pakistani Parliament Passes Bill Of Hindu Marriage Law

Pakistani Parliament Passes Bill Of Hindu Marriage Law

Pakistan
The Pakistani parliament has received the landmark Hindu Marriage Law to manage the community’s marriages in the nation. The Hindu Marriage Bill, collectively passed on Thursday, will be the main individual law to regulate marriages in the Hindu people group living in Pakistan. Pakistan’s Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael exhibited the bill, which was endorsed by the Senate in February, in the National Assembly. It now needs President Mamnoon Hussain’s mark to end up distinctly a law. As indicated by Mr Michael, it was a constitution obligation to shield the honest to legitimate rights and interests of minorities and to secure the marriage, the family, the mother and the tyke. He said the government was focused on ensuring and advancing the human rights, including the privilege
Conventional conflict between Pakistan and India could escalate into a nuclear exchange

Conventional conflict between Pakistan and India could escalate into a nuclear exchange

Pakistan, USA
Testifying before powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, General Joseph Votel, Commander of the US Central Command or CETCOM, said there is continued ongoing tensions between Pakistan and India. “India remains concerned about the lack of action against India-focused militants based in Pakistan and even responded militarily to terrorist attacks in India-held territory earlier this year,” Votel told top American Senators. “We assess that these types of attacks and the potential reactions, increase the likelihood for miscalculation by both countries,” he said. “Furthermore, India’s public policy to ‘diplomatically isolate’ Pakistan hinders any prospects for improved relations. This is especially troubling as a significant conventional conflict between Pakistan and India could
Pakistan lists Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed under anti-terrorism act: Here’s what it means

Pakistan lists Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed under anti-terrorism act: Here’s what it means

Pakistan
Pakistani authorities on Saturday listed Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and four of his aides under the country’s Anti-Terrorism Act, imposing further restrictions on his movements and ability to speak to the media. Saeed and his aides, who were placed in “preventive detention” or house arrest on January 30, were listed under the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act by the government of Punjab province, Pakistani media reported. According to Section 11EE of the act, persons who are involved in terrorism, members of an organisation that is banned or on the interior ministry’s watch list or suspected to be involved with a group involved in terrorism can be included in the Fourth Schedule. Saeed currently heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, which has not been banned but is on the watch
Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 final in jeopardy after Lahore bomb blast

Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 final in jeopardy after Lahore bomb blast

Pakistan, Sports
To decide on the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore as the venue for the Pakistan Super League 2017 final by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was nothing but a message to the various cricket nations across the world that Lahore still has the capability to host high-intensity matches, with the best safety and security. A major blow to those hopes was dealt after Monday night’s Lahore bomb blast, that left at least a reported 15 people, which included top police officers, dead and several injured. The bomb blast, which reportedly has been carried out by a suicide bomber from the Islamist terrorist group ‘Jamaat-ur-Ahrar’, took place outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore. The shocking terror attack has sent shockwaves across the domestic and international cricketers participating in the o
Rights group raps Pakistan for ‘forced’ repatriation of Afghans Refugees

Rights group raps Pakistan for ‘forced’ repatriation of Afghans Refugees

Pakistan
In a scathing indictment of Pakistan’s treatment of Afghan refugees, a human rights group charged Monday that the country is forcing hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees back to their homeland, which is still beset by war and crushing poverty. It also said that a $400 stipend the United Nations refugee agency gives to refugees who return to Afghanistan is tantamount to a bribe to convince reluctant Afghans to leave Pakistan. “The exodus amounts to the world’s largest unlawful mass forced return of refugees in recent times,” the Human Rights Watch report says. Both the U.N. and Pakistan denied the allegations. In an interview, Indrika Ratwatte, Pakistan’s country representative for the U.N. refugee agency, said there was police harassment and arrests of Afghan refugees in mid-
Pakistan freed 200+ Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture

Pakistan freed 200+ Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture

Pakistan
In an irony of fate, an Indian fisherman died of heart attack in a Karachi jail, hours before he was to be released, along with 218 others, by Pakistan as a “goodwill gesture”, according to Gujarat Fishermen Association. Jeeva Bhagwan, 37, whose name was on the list of 219 fishermen released on Thursday, hailed from Khan village in Una tehsil of Gir Somnath district of Gujarat, Veljibhai Masani, senior vice president of Gujarat Fishermen Association, said. He died of heart attack yesterday, Masani told PTI. The fishermen were freed from Malir jail on instructions from the Interior Ministry as a goodwill gesture, jail superintendent Hasan Sehto said. With the release of the fishermen on Thursday, the total number of Indian fishermen freed from Pakistani jails as “goodwill gest