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From Pakistan’s Chief of General Staff to Spain’s menstrual leave law, we’ve got all the latest and most significant news stories from around the world. In this blog, we’ll provide you with a quick and easy way to stay informed with the facts and figures that matter. So sit back, relax, and let us do the hard work for you!
A Roundup of Pakistan’s Top News This Week
Staying up to date with current events can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to international news. However, for students seeking a shortcut way to get updated with the weekly newspaper facts related to Pakistan, we’ve got you covered with our Weekly News Review.
In this roundup, we cover the most significant developments from the past week, including Pakistan’s Chief of General Staff’s responsibilities and the International Monetary Fund’s meeting in Islamabad. We also discuss the launch of Pakistan’s National Telecom Security Operations Center, the culmination of the multinational Maritime exercise Aman-23, and the latest IMF dictated Finance Bill. Plus, we examine the US Institute of Peace’s recent report on the Taliban’s support for militants in Pakistan. Don’t miss out on our informative and concise summary of Pakistan’s top news this week.
Pakistan’s Chief of General Staff, Lt Gen Mohammad Saeed, heads the second most influential office in the Pakistan Army after the Chief of Army Staff. He is responsible for both intelligence and operational forces
The IMF held a meeting in Islamabad to review the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement with Pakistan. While acknowledging Pakistan’s progress in addressing domestic and external imbalances, the IMF emphasized the need to increase revenue, reduce untargeted subsidies, and scale up social protection programs. Official partners China and Saudi Arabia were hesitant to provide financial support to Pakistan without an IMF package, but the IMF was adamant about implementing its policies.
The National Telecom Security Operations Center (NTSOC) has been launched with the aim to improve the security of the Telecom industry in Pakistan. It is the first-ever sector focused security operations center formed after the formulation of the cybersecurity policy. The center has been established under the PAKISTAN NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY POLICY 2021 and PREVENTION OF ELECTRONIC CRIMES ACT 2016 with the goal of securing Pakistan’s critical Telecom data and infrastructure against cyberattacks. There are eight registered telecom companies in the country; however, only six have been integrated with the NTSOC so far.
The multinational Maritime exercise Aman-23 organized by Pakistan Navy culminated in the north Arabian Sea. According to the Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Amjad Khan Niazi, the International Maritime Expo and Conference (PIMEC-23) held in tandem with the multinational exercise AMAN-23 is a manifestation of Pakistan’s Navy resolve to promote the maritime potential of Pakistan.
IMF dictated Finance (Supplementary) Bill, 2023 (generally known as the mini-budget is presented to both houses of the parliament. Under the constitution, a money bill is not required to be passed by the Senate, which can only give its recommendations, which are not binding on the lower house of the parliament. The mini-budget raised the GST on luxury items from 17% to 25% and for all other goods to 18%.
According to the US-based think tank US Institute of Peace (USIP) report, Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers are unlikely to discontinue supporting militants in Pakistan as they feel that economic troubles prevent Islamabad from launching a major operation against the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
A Weekly News Review of World Affairs
This week, we’ll be covering a range of topics, from China’s trade partnership with Iran and Saudi Arabia’s first female astronaut to Spain’s new menstrual leave law and the changing leadership of Al-Qaeda. So sit back, relax, and let’s dive into this week’s top stories.
China is Iran’s largest trade partner, with Tehran exporting $12.6 billion worth of goods to Beijing, while importing $12.7 billion worth of goods from China.
The Arab League is divided on its relations with Israel after the UAE, Bahrain, and Morocco normalized ties with the Jewish state under the US-brokered Abraham Accords, following Egypt and Jordan’s earlier forging of relations.
Saudi Arabia will send its first-ever female astronaut, Rayyana Barnawi, to space, joining fellow male astronaut Ali Al-Qarni on a mission to the International Space Station in Q2 2023. Saudi Arabia has been venturing into space since 1985 when Saudi Royal Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz participated in a US-organized space mission, and it set up its space program in 2018.
India plans to triple its annual defense exports to $5 billion over the next two years and aims to sign defense deals worth $9 billion at the biennial five-day Aero India event.
The Kohinoor, one of the world’s largest cut diamonds, was taken from India by the East India Company during the colonial era and was presented to Queen Victoria. Pakistan, part of British rule in India, and Afghanistan have also claimed ownership of the diamond since Indian independence in 1947.
India has fallen ten spots to 150 out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index since Prime Minister Modi took office in 2014, according to Reporters Without Borders.
An Israeli firm, dubbed “Team Jorge” by a team of investigating journalists, sought to influence more than 30 elections around the world for clients by hacking, sabotaging, and spreading disinformation, according to an undercover media investigation.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) primarily guards the India-China border, an undemarcated 3800km frontier stretching from the Karakoram Pass in Ladakh in India’s north to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh state in the east.
Spain’s parliament approved a law granting paid medical leave to women suffering severe period pain, becoming the first European country to advance such legislation. Menstrual leave is currently offered in a small number of countries across the globe, such as Japan, Indonesia, and Zambia.
Saif Al Adel, an Iranian-based Egyptian, has become the head of Al-Qaeda following the July 2022 death of Ayman Al Zawahiri. Adel, 62, is a former Egyptian special forces lieutenant colonel and figure in the old guard of Al-Qaeda.
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