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On 3 December in Asian history

ON 3 DECEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 3, 2018

1552: Saint Francis Xavier dies in Shangchuan island, off Guangdong
http://www.cin.org/franxav.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11356.html

Francis_Xavier

1574: After his failed attack, Chinese pirate Limahong leaves Manila for Pangasinan where he will establish a small kingdom near the of mouth of Agno river
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/791/today-in-philippine-history-december-3-1574-limahong-left-manila-for-pangasinan-established-kingdom-near-the-of-mouth-agno-river
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limahong
http://tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com/history/limahong-notorious-chinese-pirate-during-spanish-time-in-the-philippines/

1610: Death of Honda Tadakatsu, Japanese general, born on March 17, 1548
http://www.samurai-archives.com/tadakatsu.html

1877: Birth of Wang Guowei, Chinese writer and scholar who died on June 2, 1927
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Wang_Guowei

Wang Guowei

1879: Birth of Kafū Nagai, Japanese author, playwright, essayist and diarist who died on April 30, 1959
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaf%C5%AB_Nagai

1884: Birth of Rajendra Prasad, first president of India from 26 January 1950  up to 19 May 1962 who died on 28 February 1963
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/rajendra-prasad.html

1887: Birth of prince Narukiko Higashikuni, Japanese Prime Minister during 50 days in 1945, who died on January 26, 1990
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/349.html

prince Narukiko Higashikuni

1889: Birth of Khudiram Bose, very young Indian revolutionary, hanged to death on August 11, 1908
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/khudiram-bose.html
http://www.liveindia.com/freedomfighters/khudiram.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNOJIuBirss

1894: Birth of Deiva Zivarattinam, Indian politician who died on March 25, 1975
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deiva_Zivarattinam

1899: Birth of Ikeda Hayato, Japanese Prime Minister (1960-1964) who died on August 13, 1965
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayato_Ikeda
http://orange.zero.jp/zbj65728.park/celebrities/ikeda/ikeda-e.htm

1918: Birth of Abdul Haris Nasution, Indonesian general, hero of the independence, who died in September 2000
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1355904/General-Abdul-Haris-Nasution.html
https://allartistworld.blogspot.com/2012/08/biography-abdul-haris-nasution.html

1924: Birth of Francisco Sionil José, Filipino novelist, Philippine National Artist for Literature
http://geemiz.blogspot.fr/2009/09/biography-francisco-sionil-jose.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._Sionil_Jos%C3%A9

1925: Birth of Kim Dae-jung, president of South Korea (1998-2005), Nobel Peace Prize 2000 who died on August 18, 2009
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/kim-dae-jung-52.php

1928: Birth of Muhammad Habibur Rahman, Indian-Bangladeshi jurist and politician, shortly acting Prime Minister of Bangladesh in 1996, who died on January 11, 2014
http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Rahman,_Justice_Muhammad_Habibur
http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Habibur_Rahman

1937: Birth of Binod Bihari Verma, Indian Maithili literateur
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binod_Bihari_Verma

1941: Birth of Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s President  (2008-2013)
http://www.myhero.com/myhero/hero.asp?hero=Lee_Myung_Bak_PSU_07
http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/l/lee_myung_bak/index.html

1952: Birth of Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Chairwoman of People’s Justice Party (Pari Keadilan Rakyat) in Malaysia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan_Azizah_Wan_Ismail
http://informationcradle.com/asia/wan-azizah/

1956: Death of Manik Bandopadhyay, Indian-Bengali author, born on May 19, 1908
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/manik-bandopadhyay-biography.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manik_Bandopadhyay

1958: Nationalization of the Dutch interests in Indonesia

1959: The current flag of Singapore is adopted, six months after Singapore became self-governing within the British Empire
http://www.mapsofworld.com/flags/singapore-flag.html

1958 Armoiries

1967: Former Indonesian president Sukarno is placed under house arrest
http://www.fsmitha.com/h2/ch26-indo23.htm

1971: After a Pakistani air strike (Operation Ghenziz Khan), India declares war on West Pakistan aiming to help Bangladeshi separatists after pre-emptive strikes by the Pakistani Air Force
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Chengiz_Khan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/3/newsid_2519000/2519133.stm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/3rd-december-1971-the-indo-pak-war-began
http://nehanair1993.blogspot.fr/2015/04/the-declaration-of-indo-pakistan-war.html

1978: Hanoi announces the foundation of a United National Front for the salvation of Kampuchea by former Khmer rouge who took refuge in Vietnam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kampuchean_United_Front_for_National_Salvation

1982: Birth of Jaycee Chan, Hong Kong singer and actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaycee_Chan
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1548493/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB9nk061SH8

1984: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, kills more than 3,800 people outright and injures  150,000–600,000 others (some 6,000 of whom would later die from their injuries) in one of the worst industrial disasters in history
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/3/newsid_2698000/2698709.stm
http://bhopal.org/what-happened/union-carbides-disaster/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXDOzMRrKlo

1996: Death in Moscow of Babrak Karmal, former president of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan (1979-1986), born on January 6, 1929
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Babrak-Karmal

1997: In Ottawa, representatives of 121 countries sign a treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnal landmine, but China (with USA and Russia) do not signs the treaty

2004: Death of Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese mathematician, born on October 26, 1911
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiing-Shen_Chern

2005: In Taiwan, the Democratic Progressive Party of president Chen Shui-bian suffers a big defeat in the local elections
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/03/AR2005120300364.html

2007: Anson Chan, a leading pro-democracy activist, wins Hong Kong’s landmark by-election, giving a huge boost to the campaign for universal suffrage in the southern Chinese territory
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_Island_by-election,_2007
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anson_Chan 

ANSON CHAN
2007: Pakistan’s Election Commission decides to bar Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister and opposition leader, from the general election on Jan. 8 because of his criminal  charges

2008: In Thailand, the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) officially returned Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports to authorities after its supporters occupied the compounds and halted their operations for a week
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7760592.stm

2009: Philippines governor of Maguindanao province, Andal Ampatuan Sr, is charged in connection with the killings of at least 57 people
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/12/20091231437277243.html

2009: A court in China’s restive Xinjiang region sentences five people to death for murder and other crimes committed during deadly unrest in July, the state-run Xinhua news agency said
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8392460.stm

2011: Death of Dev Anand, Indian actor, born on September 26, 1923
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-16021433
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-16021917

2014: Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou resignes as chairman of the governing party after it suffered a crushing defeat in local elections
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/12/04/2003605930
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30288662

2016: Donald Trump speaks to Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen in ‘historic’ first contact since 1979
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/03/trump-angers-beijing-with-provocative-phone-call-to-taiwan-president
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/03/content_15536233.html

2016: Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands
http://www.dw.com/en/a-solution-to-the-kuril-islands-dispute/a-36624291

Pakistan foreign affairs and defence

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3 DECEMBER 2018

Trump asks Pakistan PM for help with Afghan peace talks: minister

US President Donald Trump has sought Pakistan’s help with Afghan peace talks in a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, the South Asian nation’s information minister, Fawad Chaudhry, has said
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/trump-asks-pakistan-pm-afghan-peace-talks-minister-181203095950483.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/trump-asks-pakistani-prime-minister-for-help-with-afghan-peace-talks-22154

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan gets tough, snubs Trump

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday rejected US President Donald Trump’s remarks against Pakistan, suggesting that Washington should assess its success in Afghanistan instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for its failures
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/11/19/pm-imran-gets-tough-snubs-trump/
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1850563/1-pm-imran-delivers-scathing-response-trumps-pakistan-not-damn-thing-statement/

6 NOVEMBER 2018

Despite India’s objection, Pakistan-China bus service flagged off from Lahore

Brushing aside a strong objection by India, the luxury bus service between Pakistan and China was flagged off from Lahore on Tuesday
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/despite-indias-objection-pakistan-china-bus-service-flagged-off-from-lahore-2153559.html
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/china-pakistan-bus-service-launched201811060730340003/

3 OCTOBER 2018

US, Pakistani foreign ministers fail to break Afghanistan impasse

The US continues to demand more commitment from Islamabad on the Afghan peace process. The new Pakistani government shows willingness but has yet to act conclusively
https://www.dw.com/en/us-pakistani-foreign-ministers-fail-to-break-afghanistan-impasse/a-45738952
https://nation.com.pk/03-Oct-2018/pakistan-us-agree-to-move-forward

1 OCTOBER 2018

Pakistan cuts Chinese ‘Silk Road’ rail project by $2bn

Pakistan has cut the size of the biggest Chinese “Silk Road” project in the country by $2 billion, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed said on Monday, citing government concerns about the country’s debt levels
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/10/01/pakistan-cuts-chinese-silk-road-rail-project-by-2b-due-to-debt-concerns/
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/375054-china-open-to-changes-in-bri-projects

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Joseph Dunford

USSecretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed Afghan peace process and blockage of $300 million in Coalition Support Fund (CSF) among other matters of mutual interest during a meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1795672/1-pompeo-arrives-islamabad-seeks-reset-ties-pakistan/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1431096/pm-imran-khan-us-secy-of-state-pompeo-discuss-bilateral-ties-during-meeting-at-pm-house
https://nation.com.pk/05-Sep-2018/mutual-interest-to-be-key-factor-in-future-pak-told-us
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/us-not-ready-to-resume-military-aid-to-pakistan-mike-pompeo-says-1.767266

2 SEPTEMBER 2018

US military to cancel $300m in Pakistan aid over terror groups

The US has confirmed it will cut $300m in aid to Pakistan over its perceived failure to tackle militant groups, ratcheting up the tension in a deeply strained relationship ahead of a visit to Islamabad by the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/02/us-military-confirms-300m-cut-in-aid-to-pakistan
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-suspends-300-million-in-aid-to-pakistan/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45386278

22 AUGUST 2018

A Year On, Pakistan Still the Weak Link in US South Asia Strategy

The Trump administration’s strategy has produced no definitive improvements along its pillars. Pakistan remains a safe haven for terrorist groups
https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2018/08/year-pakistan-still-weak-link-us-south-asia-strategy/150730/

15 JUNE 2018

Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah killed in air strike in Afghanistan – officials

Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a US-Afghan air strike in Afghanistan, a senior Afghan Defence Ministry official said on Friday, a killing likely to ease tension between the United States and Pakistan
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistani-taliban-leader-killed-in-air-strike-in-afghanistan-officials-18225
http://www.dw.com/en/who-is-taliban-leader-mullah-fazlullah/a-44244329

6 JUNE 2018

Pakistan’s reluctant relationship with Russia

A major shift in Pakistan’s foreign policy from the US to Russia is underway. Washington’s often repeated demands for Pakistan to “do more” — operations against alleged militant safe havens on Pakistani soil, shifting the blame onto Pakistan for US failures in Afghanistan — have pushed their relations almost to the brink
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/718.html

28 MAY 2018

Retired Lt Gen Asad Durrani, former Pakistan ISI chief banned from leaving country

Retired Lt Gen Asad Durrani , who headed Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) from 1990 to 1992, was placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) stopping him from leaving the country, according to the military spokesman
https://nation.com.pk/28-May-2018/retired-lt-gen-asad-durrani-placed-on-ecl
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/05/28/army-orders-inquiry-against-ex-isi-chief-puts-name-on-ecl/
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1720514/1-spy-chronicles-ruminations-former-isi-raw-chiefs/

13 MAY 2018

Pakistan’s Diplomatic Dispute with US Intensifies

Pakistan’s decision not to allow a U.S. diplomat from leaving the country for his role in a fatal road accident has fueled tensions between the two countries
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-s-diplomatic-dispute-with-us-intensifies/4391774.html
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/05/13/what-explains-washingtons-diplomatic-row-with-islamabad-2/

22 MARCH 2018

China provides tracking system for Pakistan’s missile programme

China has sold Pakistan a powerful tracking system in an unprecedented deal that could speed up the Pakistani military’s development of multi-warhead missiles
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2137643/china-provides-tracking-system-pakistans-missile-programme

15 MARCH 2018

Pakistan, Russia discuss security and defence partnership

Pakistan and Russia took yet another step forward to increase security and defence cooperation with high level discussions in Islamabad between the visiting Russian envoy and senior Pakistani officials
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-russia-discuss-security-and-defence-partnership-1.2188784

27 FEBRUARY 2018

Russia upgrades presence in Pakistan

Russian-language signposts have been erected in several regions of Pakistan, and Russia has appointed an honorary consul for the Pakistani city of Peshawar, following up on the bolstering of bilateral relations and the increased Russian presence in Pakistan
https://nsnbc.me/2018/02/27/russia-upgrades-presence-in-pakistan/

5 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistan’s PM urges politicians to continue support for struggle of Kashmiri people

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in an address to the Legislative Assembly of Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Kashmir Day, urged politicians to continue supporting the struggle of people across the border in Jammu and Kashmir
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pm-urges-politicians-to-continue-support-for-struggle-of-kashmiri-people-1.2168916
http://www.radio.gov.pk/05-02-2018/people-of-indian-occupied-kashmir-never-have-nor-will-accept-indian-occupation-president
https://www.dawn.com/news/1387465/this-kashmir-day-who-will-stand-up-for-azad-kashmiris

19 JANUARY 2018

Pakistan closes U.S.-funded radio station, citing ‘hostile’ agenda

Pakistani authorities on Friday closed the offices of a U.S. government-funded radio station whose broadcasts it said were “against the interests of Pakistan,” dealing another blow to relations with the United States
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-pakistan-us-radio-20180119-story.html
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201801201060902834-pakistan-closes-us-funded-radio-station/
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1229411/world

10 JANUARY 2018

Pakistan: Defense, intelligence cooperation with US suspended

Pakistani Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan disclosed Tuesday that the country has suspended defense and intelligence cooperation with the United States amid growing tensions over US suspension of military aid to Pakistan
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/139/18/184/1515550727977.html
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/01/10/pakistan-has-not-suspended-military-intelligence-cooperation-with-washington-us/

5 JANUARY 2018

US suspends security assistance to Pakistan following Donald Trump ‘lies and deceit’ tweet

The United States has announced it will suspend security assistance to Pakistan for failing to take « decisive action » against Taliban militants targeting US personnel in neighbouring Afghanistan
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-05/us-cuts-pakistan-security-spending-following-trump-tweet/9305544?section=world
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/05/547926/Pakistan-US-security-aid
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistan-slams-us-suspension-of-military-aid-accuses-it-of-betrayal/2018/01/05/fb564c92-f1bc-11e7-95e3-eff284e71c8d_story.html?utm_term=.73e290f0fc41

1 DECEMBER 2018

Trump threatens to cut Pakistan aid

President Donald Trump suggested Monday he would cut off foreign aid to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of harboring violent extremists and lying about it
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/01/547485/US-Trump-Pakistan-Afghanistan
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/263185-trump-threatens-to-cut-pakistan-aid
http://zeenews.india.com/world/pakistan-reacts-to-trumps-no-more-aid-tweet-says-will-let-the-world-know-the-truth-2071206.html
https://nation.com.pk/01-Jan-2018/trump-s-no-more-holds-no-importance-khawaja-asif

28 NOVEMBER 2017

Why is Pakistan Distancing Itself from the US?

One country that stands significant in Pakistan’s foreign policy and with whom it has never fought a war but yet remains under a multifaceted threat is none other than the United States. Both countries have entered their seventh decade of bilateral engagements, which have been subject to asymmetrical love and hate
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/599.html

25 NOVEMBER 2017

Pakistan calls on army to restore order as blasphemy protests spread

The Pakistani government has called on the army to restore order in Islamabad and disperse anti-blasphemy protesters who have been demonstrating in the capital for the past fortnight
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1567872/1-clashes-erupt-after-law-enforcers-crackdown-on-islamabad-sit-in-dozens-injured-scores-detained/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/clashes-in-pakistan-capital-as-police-move-to-disperse-sit-in-protesters-12595
https://www.dawn.com/news/1372800/a-timeline-of-the-crisis-that-has-gripped-islamabad-for-the-past-18-days

21 NOVEMBER 2017

Pakistan turns down China’s demand to allow its currency to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone

Pakistan has turned down China’s demand to allow its currency to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor framework, arguing any such move would compromise its ‘economic sovereignty’
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1564050/2-pakistan-rejects-use-chinese-currency/

19 OCTOBER 2017

The Pakistani militant group Jamaat-ul-Ahraar confirms killing of chief Umar Khorasani in drone attack

The Jamaat-ul-Ahraar (JuA), a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), on Thursday confirmed the death of its chief Umar Khalid Khorasani in a US drone strike in Afghanistan’s Paktia province a couple of days ago
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/10/19/jamaat-ul-ahraar-confirms-killing-of-chief-umar-khorasani-in-drone-attack/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1364849/umar-khalid-khorasani-9-associates-confirmed-killed-by-us-drone-strike

25 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pakistan-Russia joint military exercise begins

A two-week long joint counterterrorism exercise between the special forces of Pakistan and Russia began in Minralney Vody, Russia
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/192485-pakistan-russia-joint-military-exercise-begins
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-russia-friendship-joint-anti-terror-drill/4043265.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pakistan’s Second Strike Capability: Implications for South Asian Stability

Pakistan and India since their independence involved in never-ending arms race despite the fact the Pakistan cannot compete with Indian conventional weapon capability but in order to compete with them, they developed a nuclear and tactical weapon. India already has a second strike capability
http://moderndiplomacy.eu/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=2987:pakistan-s-second-strike-capability-implications-for-south-asian-stability

20 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pakistan, US agree to ‘stay engaged’ after Trump’s tough talk

Breaking the ice in their ties, Pakistan and the US have agreed to “stay engaged” and carry forward the relationship that has been under strain after President Donald Trump warned Islamabad against providing safe havens to terrorists
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-us-agree-to-stay-engaged-after-trump-s-tough-talk-1.2093516
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1511338/pakistan-us-agree-stay-engaged-pm-abbasi-meets-mike-pence/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1358882/pakistan-us-agree-to-remain-engaged-as-abbasi-meets-vice-president-mike-pence

30 AUGUST 2017

Pakistan’s parliament unanimously adopts resolution rejecting US allegations

The National Assembly on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution rejecting the US’s new Afghan policy and allegations against Pakistan
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/227074-Pakistan-parliamentarians-forge-unity-against-new-US-policy
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1495029/unanimous-resolution-na-condemns-trumps-anti-pakistan-remarks/
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/27/533154/Pakistan-Karachi-rally-Trump-police

21 JULY 2017

US will not pay Pakistan for military reimbursements: Pentagon

The Pentagon has decided not to reimburse US$50 millions to Pakistan this year citing the country’s failure to take “sufficient action” against Haqqani network
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/217976-Pentagon-says-it-will-not-pay-Pakistan-military-reimbursements-this-year
https://www.dawn.com/news/1346732/pentagon-blocks-50m-coalition-support-fund-payment-to-pakistan

6 JULY 2017

Pakistan test-fire short range ballistic missile

Pakistan says it has successfully tested a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-test-fires-short-range-ballistic-missile-1.2054320

3 JULY 2017

McCain led delegation visits Pakistan for security talks

A high-level US Senate delegation met Pakistan’s top foreign affairs official and powerful military chief in Islamabad to discuss regional security as Washington gears up to send more troops to neighbouring Afghanistan
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/mccain-led-delegation-visits-pakistan-for-security-talks-1.2052546
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1449352/john-mccain-led-us-team-visits-south-waziristan-praises-pak-armys-efforts/

27 JUNE 2017

Pakistan rejects U.S. sanctions against Kashmir militant Syed Salahuddin

Pakistan came out in defence of militants fighting Indian security forces in Kashmir on Tuesday, saying it was a legitimate struggle for freedom, after the United States put the head of one of the groups on its list of global terrorists
http://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-kashmir-salahuddin-idINKBN19I1G6?rpc=401&
http://www.thestatesman.com/world/pakistan-defends-salahuddin-to-keep-backing

9 JUNE 2017

India, Pakistan join SCO, China and Russia-led security bloc

Asian rivals India and Pakistan on Friday formally joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a security bloc spearheaded by China and Russia, despite bilateral tensions bubbling over Kashmir
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/209608-India-Pakistan-join-China-and-Russia-led-security-bloc
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170610_01/
http://www.atimes.com/article/bigger-shanghai-cooperation-organization-may-game-changer/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/what-does-shanghai-cooperation-organisation-membership-mean-for-india/article18825646.ece

6 JUNE 2017

Pakistani politicians blast Saudi-led coalition amid row with Qatar

Senior Pakistani politicians and lawmakers have denounced a controversial Saudi-led military alliance that has been dealt a severe blow following a diplomatic rift among the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf region
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/06/524388/Pakistan-Saudi-Arabia-coalition

18 MAY 2017

UN court orders Pakistan to halt execution of Indian ‘spy’

The UN’s top court on Thursday (May 18) ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of an Indian national convicted of spying, in a victory for New Delhi over its bitter rival
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/un-court-orders-pakistan-not-to-execute-indian-national-1.2029392
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1412800/live-icj-decides-whether-order-pakistan-suspend-jadhavs-execution/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/un-court-orders-pakistan-to-halt-execution-of-indian-spy

13 MAY 2017

China, Pakistan Sign Six Memorandums of Understanding to Enhance Bilateral Ties

China and Pakistan signed a total of six Memorandums of Understanding related to cooperation within the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road, as well as to cooperation on a number of projects, such as Gwadar port and East Bay expressway and Havelian Dry Port and ML1 Karachi-Peshawar railway project
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201705131053575707-china-pakistan-memorandum-understanding/
http://nation.com.pk/business/13-May-2017/pakistan-signs-nearly-500-million-in-china-deals-at-silk-road-summit
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/204228-Nawaz-meets-Chinese-prime-minister-assures-Pakistans-support-for-On-Belt-One-Road

11 MAY 2017

Pakistan, Turkey ink MoU for sale of warships, Aircraft

Turkey and Pakistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the sale of four Turkish-made corvette warships and 52 Pakistan-made training planes for Ankara’s armed forces, Turkey’s defence industry under-secretariat said
https://www.dawn.com/news/1332372/mou-on-warships-aircraft-deals-signed-with-turkey

16 MARCH 2017

Pakistan successfully test-fires anti-ship missile

The Pakistan navy on Thursday said it conducted a successful test of a land-based anti-ship missile, bolstering the operational reach of the country’s navy to launch long-range, anti-ship missiles from land
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-successfully-test-fires-anti-ship-missile-1.1995384

9 MARCH 2017

Pakistan indefinitely closes border with Afghanistan amid rising tension

Pakistan has indefinitely closed two border crossings with Afghanistan after opening them for two days to let through Afghans with visas, officials said on Thursday
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-indefinitely-closes-border-with-afghanistan-amid-rising-tension_1984961.html
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/09/pak-afghan-border-closes-for-indefinite-period/

3 MARCH 2017

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Perils and Prospects

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has magnified and magnetized the attention of China and non-China watchers at the regional and global levels. The CPEC has received a wide currency and been attributed with different catchphrases, including: the revival of Mackinder theory, the Great Game, New Asia is Emerging, China’s Rise as a Global Power
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/365.html

8 FEBRUARY 2017

Why is China ‘protecting’ the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group?

China has blocked a US move to blacklist Jaish-e-Mohammad’s chief Masood Azhar at the UN. In a DW interview, Siegfried O Wolf explains why China is protecting the Pakistan-based militant group’s head
http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-china-protecting-the-pakistan-based-jaish-e-mohammad-militant-group/a-36974181

7 FEBRUARY 2017

Pakistan slams India, others for demanding permanent UNSC membership

Targeting India, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi on Tuesday rejected the attempts of countries to seek permanent UN Security Council membership
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1319463/pakistan-slams-india-others-demanding-permanent-unsc-membership/

26 JANUARY 2016

 Turkish, Pakistani generals look to boost military ties

Turkish General Staff Deputy Chief Gen. Umit Dundar met Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa at the general headquarters in Rawalpindi city Thursday, according to a military statement
http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/turkish-pakistani-generals-look-to-boost-military-ties/735589#

15 JANUARY 2017

U.S. likely to continue ‘carrot and stick policy’ with Pakistan under Trump

Washington [United States], Jan.15 (ANI): The incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is likely to continue the ‘carrot and stick policy’ with Pakistan, say experts after analyzing the statements made by Defense Secretary-designate James ‘Mad Dog » Mattis during two days of hearing before the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Senate
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/250942177

9 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan completes nuclear triad, launches missile Babur-3 from submarine

Pakistan’s first submarine-launched cruise missile Babur-3 is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and giving the country a credible second strike capability, the military said in a statement
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-completes-nuclear-triad-launches-missile-babur-3-from-submarine_1965794.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2060852/watch-pakistan-test-fire-first-nuclear-capable-submarine-cruise
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/babur-3-five-things-to-know-about-the-pakistans-1st-nuclear-capable-submarine-cruise-missile_1965804.html

5  JANUARY 2016

Kashmir integral part of Pakistan, Sharif says

Saying that Kashmir was an “integral part” of Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday praised slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani as a “vibrant and charismatic leader”
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/kashmir-integral-part-of-pakistan-sharif-says-1.1957002

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Economic corridor – CPEC could turn Pakistan into China’s ‘client state’

Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif has hailed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a harbinger of change for the region. But analyst Siegfried O. Wolf tells DW the project comes with a big price for Islamabad http://www.dw.com/en/economic-corridor-cpec-could-turn-pakistan-into-chinas-client-state/a-36384662

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Russia and Pakistan to hold first joint military exercise

Former Cold War-era rivals Pakistan and Russia are due to hold their first ever military exercise this month, Pakistan’s military said on Friday, in another sign of shifting alliances in South Asia.
http://atimes.com/2016/09/russia-and-pakistan-to-hold-first-joint-military-exercise/
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1186889/russian-forces-arrive-pakistan-first-ever-joint-military-exercise/

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan Navy launches the third Azmat-class Fast Attack Craft-Missile (FAC-M)

 Pakistan Navy on Saturday launched the third Azmat-class Fast Attack Craft-Missile (FAC-M) and layed the keel for a 600 ton Maritime Patrol Vessel (MPV) in Karachi
http://www.dawn.com/news/1284347/pakistan-navy-launches-third-azmat-class-fast-attack-craft

16 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan may be buiding new nuclear site: Defence experts

Pakistan, estimated to have the world’s fastest-growing nuclear stockpile, could be building a new uranium enrichment complex according to commercial satellite imagery analysed by Western defence experts
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-may-be-building-new-nuclear-site-analysts-1.1897122

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Cold War foes Russia and Pakistan forge closer ties, will hold joint war games

Pakistan and Russia will hold their first-ever joint military exercises later this year, say media reports. Islamabad is looking for new alliances in the region as its ties with Washington are rapidly deteriorating
http://www.dw.com/en/cold-war-foes-russia-and-pakistan-forge-closer-ties/a-19545856
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1180917/first-pakistan-russia-hold-joint-war-games/

11 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan Refuses Fresh Calls for Afghan Trade with India Through Land Routes

Pakistan has rejected fresh calls by Afghanistan to allow the conflict-ridden landlocked country to engage in direct trade with India through its land routes, citing existing official arrangements between Islamabad and Kabul
http://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-refuses-fresh-calls-for-afghan-trade-with-india-through-land-routds/3502168.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan military admits IS presence in country

Pakistan’s military on Thursday (Sep 1) admitted for the first time that the Islamic State group had a presence in the country but said it had apprehended hundreds of its militants and prevented them from carrying out major attacks
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-military-admits-is-presence-in-country/3093360.html

26 AUGUST 2016

U.S. cuts aid to Pakistan due to warming relations with India

Pakistan’s continued support for resurgent militant groups hostile to the United States, coupled with warming U.S. military and business relations with India, is sharply diminishing Islamabad’s strategic importance as an ally to Washington, U.S. military, diplomatic, and intelligence officials and outside experts said
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247078283

4 AUGUST 2016

Pentagon won’t pay Pakistan $300m military reimbursements

The Pentagon will not pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements after US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter decided not to tell Congress that Pakistan was taking adequate action against the Haqqani network, a US official said
http://nation.com.pk/international/04-Aug-2016/pentagon-not-to-pay-pakistan-300-million-in-military-reimbursements

26 JULY 2016

Secular Pakistanis resist Turkey’s ‘authoritarian’ demands

Turkey has asked Pakistan to crack down on institutions run by US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara believes was behind the failed coup against President Erdogan. But many Pakistanis do not want to follow along
http://www.dw.com/en/secular-pakistanis-resist-turkeys-authoritarian-demands/a-19427773

22 JULY 2016

Should Pakistan Put All Its Eggs in the China Basket?

How much is Pakistan really benefiting from its “all weather friendship” with China?http://thediplomat.com/2016/07/should-pakistan-put-all-its-eggs-in-the-china-basket/

18 JULY 2016

China upset over Pakistan’s handling of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)° project

Due to delays in the development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the authorities in Beijing have suggested Islamabad to formally rope in the Pakistan Army to ensure smooth execution of the project
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245920175

25 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and India move closer to SCO

The six-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization approved memorandums on Friday to pave the way for India and Pakistan to join the organization
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/25/content_15454167.html

22 JUNE 2016

Is Pakistan Secretly Testing a New Chinese Killer Drone?

According to IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, a Pakistani defense official speaking on the condition of anonymity said that the unmanned aircraft was on an “experimental flight.” This could indicate that the Pakistani military was evaluating a new UAV type for service in the PAF. Furthermore, IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly explains
http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/is-pakistan-secretly-testing-a-new-chinese-killer-drone/

16 JUNE 2016

Pakistan’s Crippling Strategic Isolation Is Its Own Fault

Pakistan’s recent relations with Afghanistan have been one example of Pakistan as a state unable to define its foreign policy and national interests beyond a Cold War paradigm. An India-centric foreign policy has stalled Pakistan’s foreign-policy evolution and tainted its worldview of international politics. Pakistan currently has strained and difficult relations with all its neighbors except China
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/pakistans-crippling-strategic-isolation-its-own-fault-16620

15 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and Afghanistan formally agree over ceasefire at Torkham

The border authorities of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday formally agreed over ceasefire at Torkham and waved white flags on both sides of the border
http://www.dawn.com/news/1265011/pak-afghan-forces-agree-on-ceasefire-at-torkham-border-wave-white-flags
http://nation.com.pk/national/15-Jun-2016/new-ceasefire-enforced-at-torkham-border

14 JUNE 2016

Pakistan, Afghanistan increase troops ar Khyber Pass border after clash

A Pakistani army officer died on Tuesday after being shot by Afghan forces in a border clash, Pakistan’s military said, a development likely to ratchet up tension between the neighbours who sources said were beefing up troop numbers on either side
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-afghanistan-increase-troops-at-khyber-pass-border-after-clash-1.1846138
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghanistan-pakistan-border-tensions/3375279.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/afghan-soldier-killed-border-clash-pakistan-160613075159320.html

31 MAY 2016

Pakistan Fails to Seal F-16 Deal

Pakistan failed to move forward with the purchase of eight U.S.-made F-16C/D Block-52 fighter aircraft following a dispute over financing
http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/pakistan-fails-to-seal-f-16-deal/

30 APRIL 2016

US Congress blocking founds for F-16 purchase by Pakistan

The United States (US) administration is withholding funds earmarked for Pakistan’s purchase of eight F-16 fighter jets, BBC Urdu reported, citing an unnamed senior US State Department official.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1255209/us-congress-blocking-funds-for-f-16-purchase-report
http://www.dawn.com/news/1255438/convincing-congress-of-f-16-deal-is-obama-administrations-job

26 APRIL

India, Pakistan diplomats meet after lengthy hiatus

India on Tuesday asked Pakistan to rein in terrorist groups operating from its soil and targeting India, expressing dissatisfaction with action taken so far against suspects of an attack on an Indian air force base in January.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-04/26/content_15423148.html

3 APRIL 2016

At the global Nuclear Security Summit, Pakistan sought greater acceptance as a responsible nuclear state.

Pakistan assured the international community that it was strongly committed to the objective and had been proactively engaged with efforts to promote nuclear safety and security.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1249661

24 MARCH 2016

Can Iran’s Rouhani win over Pakistan?

Iranian President Rouhani’s Pakistan visit comes at a delicate time for both Tehran and Islamabad. The neighboring countries want to improve economic ties, but the Saudi-Iranian rivalry continues to be a big impediment
http://www.dw.com/en/can-irans-rouhani-win-over-pakistan/a-19138190

16 MARCH 2016

Prospects of Pak-US strategic relationship: Trust vs interests

It would take time to witness a transformation in the sentiment of the relationship that continues to be defined by concerns rather than pledges
http://nation.com.pk/blogs/16-Mar-2016/prospects-of-pak-us-strategic-relationship-trust-vs-interests

15 MARCH 2016

Pakistan Air Force needs to replace 190 planes from its current fleet by 2020

Pakistan Air Force needs to retire 190 planes from its current fleet by 2020, senior officials told Dawn while commenting on a report that the country was seeking another batch of 10 F-16s from the United States.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1245714/pakistan-air-force-needs-to-replace-190-planes-by-2020

3 MARCH 2016

Islamabad: Pope Francis accepts invitation to visit Pakistan

The Pakistani government has invited Pope Francis to visit the country and the pope has accepted, this according to a government press release that also noted that the pontiff prayed for “Pakistan and the victims of terrorism”.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Islamabad:-Pope-Francis-accepts-invitation-to-visit-Pakistan-36849.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1243265/pope-accepts-invitation-to-visit-pakistan-this-year

 

22 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan was the tenth largest arms importer in the world in 2015

Pakistan was the tenth largest arms importer in the world in 2015, down one spot from number nine the previous year, a military think tank database reveals, while Saudi Arabia was the leading arms importer in the world, followed closely by India.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1241157/pakistan-at-tenth-place-in-list-of-worlds-largest-arms-importers-for-2015

21 FEBRUARY 2016

The sixth round of ministerial level US-Pakistan strategic dialogue will focus on enhancing cooperation in trade, investments, defence and counter terrorism.

  The dialogue will be held in Washington DC on February 29. Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on foreign affairs would be representing the Pakistan side, while Secretary of State John Kerry would be representing the US side.
http://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/us-pakistan-strategic-dialogue-to-focus-on-enhancing-investments-defence-cooperation/

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan ranks third on global executions list with 324 hangings in 2015

Pakistan hanged 324 people last year to rank third worldwide in terms of executions, but the vast majority of those put to death had no links to militant groups or attacks, rights groups said in a report
http://www.dawn.com/news/1240370/pakistan-ranks-third-on-global-executions-list-with-324-hangings-in-2015

14 FEBRUARY 2016

The problem with Pakistan’s foreign policy

Diplomatic pressure continues to build on Pakistan from the West and China to dismantle anti-India militant groups.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/02/problem-pakistan-foreign-policy-india-isis-160210110952659.html

12 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan’s balancing act between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Recent twists in Pakistan’s foreign policy to maintain a balance between Saudi Arabia and Iran reflect the country’s historical obsession with acting as the leader of the ‘Muslim Ummah’ and also the on-going sectarian tussle, roots of which can be traced to both the Mid-Eastern states, within the country.
http://atimes.com/2016/02/pakistans-balancing-act-between-iran-and-saudi-arabia/

6 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan: A dangerous alliance?

A key figure, often identified with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), has issued a video statement congratulating the faction of the Pakistan Taliban responsible for attacking a university in Charsadda, Pakistan, on January 20.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/02/pakistan-dangerous-alliance-160203113731975.html

25 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan’s army chief Raheel Sharif says he will step down when term ends

Pakistan’s influential army chief will step down at the end of his three-year term in November, the military’s public relations wing says.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-25/pakistans-army-chief-raheel-sharif-says-he-will-step-down-when-term-ends/1539769
http://www.dawn.com/news/1058941

24 ANUARY 2016

Obama said Pakistan “Can and must” do more against terrorism

US President Barack Obama has urged Pakistan to show it is “serious” about crushing extremist networks operating on its territory, saying the latest mass killing of students underlined the need for more decisive action.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1235106/obama-says-pakistan-can-and-must-do-more-against-terrorism
http://www.dawn.com/news/1234994/who-wants-peace-in-pakistan

12 JANUARY 2016

 Pakistan reluctant to act against terrorism – US Congress stalls sale of F-16s

 In a setback for Pakistan, Republican-controlled US Congress has stalled sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Islamabad, amid growing anti-Pakistan sentiments on Capitol Hill over its reluctance in taking action against terrorist groups
http://news.niticentral.com/2016/01/12/pakistan-reluctant-to-act-against-terrorism-us-congress-stalls-sale-of-f-16s/?utm_source=Offstumped&utm_medium=Offstumped&utm_term=Offstumped&utm_campaign=Offstumped

7 JANUARY 2016

Chinese pressure sees Pakistan mull status of region disputed by India

Pakistan is considering upgrading the constitutional status of its northern Gilgit-Baltistan region, which is also claimed by India, in a bid to provide legal cover to a multi-billion-dollar Chinese investment plan, officials said on Thursday (Jan 7)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/chinese-pressure-sees/2407538.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1231394/pakistan-mulls-elevating-status-of-gilgit-b

5 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan and Sri Lanka sign eight memoranda of understanding (MoU)

Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday inked eight memoranda of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sri Lanka
http://www.dawn.com/news/1230917/pakistan-sri-lanka-sign-eight-mous-for-bilateral-cooperation

 

25 DECEMBER 2015

Indian PM Narendra Modi makes surprise visit to Pakistan; first time in more than a decade

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a surprise stopover in Pakistan to meet his counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, the first time an Indian premier has visited the rival nation in over a decade
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-26/indian-pm-narendra-modi-makes-surprise-visit-to-pakistan-first-time-in-more-than-a-decade/1529930
http://www.dw.com/en/india-pm-narendra-modi-leaves-lahore-after-surprise-pakistan-visit/a-18942319
http://www.dawn.com/news/1228735/modi-arrives-in-lahore-on-surprise-visit

11 DECEMBER 2015

Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable missile following peace conference

Pakistan has launched a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and hitting neighboring India. The test comes two days after Islamabad said it would resume peace talks with New Dehli.
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-test-fires-nuclear-capable-missile-following-peace-conference/a-18911627
http://www.dawn.com/news/1225688/pakistan-successfully-test-fires-shaheen-iii-missile

9 DECEMBER 2015

Pakistan and India have agreed to restart comprehensive dialogue process

Pakistan and India have agreed to reinitiate the comprehensive dialogue process, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a joint press conference on Wednesday along with the prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz
http://www.dawn.com/news/1225246/pakistan-india-agree-to-restart-comprehensive-dialogue-process
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-pakistan-to-resume-dialogue-jammu-and-kashmir-siachen-among-issues-to-be-discussed-2153962
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-full-text-of-joint-statement-made-by-india-and-pakistan-2153928

6 DECEMBER 2015

National Security Advisors of India, Pakistan discuss terrorism, J&K in Bangkok

In a sudden breakthrough, National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan held talks in Bangkok today on a wide gamut of bilateral ties including terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir, and agreed to take forward the “constructive” engagement
http://atimes.com/2015/12/national-security-advisors-of-india-pakistan-discuss-terrorism-jk-in-bangkok/
http://www.dawn.com/news/1224563/pakistan-india-nsas-hold-talks-in-bangkok

23 OCTOBER 2015

Pakistan’s PM Sharif attacks ‘dangerous’ India in US speech

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today kept up his attack on India and warned that Pakistan will have to take « credible deterrent » measures in the face of Indian « arms build-up » and « dangerous military doctrines »
http://www.sify.com/news/sharif-attacks-dangerous-india-in-us-speech-news-national-pkxvaiegfiabf.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1215094/nawaz-urges-us-to-side-with-pakistan-against-indian-aggression
http://www.sify.com/news/india-desires-dialogue-but-pak-uses-terrorism-as-instrument-mea-news-national-pkxtcvdjjaidb.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2015

Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal ‘not against anyone’ : PM Nawaz

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that Pakistan would continue to maintain minimum nuclear deterrence for security purposes, but that these weapons are ‘not against any one »
http://www.dawn.com/news/1205878/pakistans-nuclear-arsenal-not-against-anyone-pm-nawaz

28 AUGUST 2015

Border Firing Kills 9 on India-Pakistan War Anniversary

Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people on Friday, the day India marked the 50th anniversary of a war between the two South Asian nations
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/border-firing-kills-9-india-pakistan-war-anniversary/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/civilians-killed-india-pakistan-exchange-fire-kashmir-150828074204835.html

 

19 AUGUST 2015

Pakistan and Russia sign a landmark defence deal

Pakistan and Russia on Wednesday signed a landmark defence deal that includes the sale of four Mi-35 ‘Hind E’ attack helicopters to Pakistan
http://www.dawn.com/news/1201473/pakistan-russia-sign-landmark-defence-deal

 

19 MAY 2015

Pakistan, Afghanistan sign intelligence-sharing deal

The spy agencies of Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to share intelligence and bolster cooperation in their fight against the Taliban, the latest sign of a thaw in once-frosty ties
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/566407/pakistan-afghanistan-sign-intelligence-sharing-deal

5 APRIL 2015

Ten men jailed in Pakistan over Malala attack

A Pakistani court jails 10 men for life for their involvement in the 2012 shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted for her campaign against the Taliban denying girls education
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/ten-men-jailed-pakistan-malala-attack-150430101505917.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/30/malala-yousafzai-s-attackers-jailed-for-25-years/

 20 APRIL 2015

 Pakistan and China sign 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor.

A historic ceremony was organised at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday, where Pakistan and China signed 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor
http://www.dawn.com/news/1177109/economic-corridor-in-focus-as-pakistan-china-sign-51-mous
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32377088

15 APRIL 2015

Pakistan successfully test fires nuclear-capable Ghauri missile

Pakistan test-fired on Wednesday ballistic missile Ghauri, which is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a distance of 1,300 kilometres
http://www.dawn.com/news/1176096/pakistan-successfully-test-fires-nuclear-capable-ghauri-missile

14 APRIL 2015

China gets 40-year rights at Pakistani port

China has been granted operation rights for 40 years at a port in Gwadar, a strategic deep-water seaport in Pakistan, Hong Kong-based Pheonix TV reported on Tuesday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-04/14/content_15250708.html

10 APRIL 2015

Pakistan parliament rejects Saudi call to join Yemen coalition

Pakistan’s parliament on Friday urged the government to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, rejecting Saudi demands for Islamabad to join its coalition against Shiite Huthi rebels.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1175090/parliament-calls-for-neutrality-in-yemen-conflict
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/525115/pakistan-parliament-rejects-saudi-call-to-join-yemen-coalition

Pakistan frees alleged Mumbai attack mastermind

A Pakistani court has freed on bail the alleged mastermind of a 2008 assault on India’s financial capital Mumbai that killed 166 people and seriously strained ties between the neighbouring countries
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/04/pakistan-frees-alleged-mumbai-attack-mastermind-150410125247944.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/10/mumbai-attack-suspect-released-on-bail/
http://www.dawn.com/news/1175099/lakhvi-a-free-man-for-now

8 APRIL 2015

US approves billion-dollar arms sale to Pakistan

The US State Department has approved Pakistan’s request for a billion dollars worth of military hardware and equipment, identifying Pakistan as a country of vital importance for US foreign policy and national interests
http://www.dawn.com/news/1174606/us-approves-billion-dollar-arms-sale-to-pakistan

9 MARCH 2015

Pakistan tests missile that could carry nuclear warhead to every part of India

Pakistan on Monday test-fired a ballistic missile that appears capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to ­every part of India, another escalation in Islamabad’s effort to keep pace with its neighboring rival’s formidable military advancements
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistan-tests-missile-that-could-carry-nuclear-warhead-to-every-part-of-india/2015/03/09/920f4f42-c65c-11e4-bea5-b893e7ac3fb3_story.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1168421/test-launch-of-shaheen-iii-ballistic-missile-successful-ispr

5 FEBRUARY 2015

Pakistan to continue supporting Kashmiris’ freedom struggle: Nawaz

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday vowed that Pakistan would continue its political and diplomatic support for the people of Kashmir in their struggle for freedom and right to self-determination.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1161673/pakistan-to-continue-supporting-kashmiris-freedom-struggle-nawaz

29 JANUARY 2015

Pakistan opposes UN Security Council’s permanent seat to India

Pakistan on Thursday reiterated its opposition to grant permanent UN Security Council’s seat to India and insisted on reforms to make the forum more democratic.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-01/29/c_133956781.htm

16 DECEMBER 2014

Pakistan’s indigenous defence production reaches $1.5 billion

The country’s indigenous defence production has reached $1.5 billion per annum, according to a report published in the Jane’s Defence Weekly. The journal quoted an unnamed Pakistani official as saying: “We have substituted imported defence equipment worth $1.5 billion (per year), which for us is a huge bonus.”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Pakistan’s-indigenous-defence-production-reaches-69108.html

24 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan has the world’s fastest growing nuclear programme in the world, a US-based think tank says

“Pakistan.is believed to have enough fissile material to produce between 110 and 120 nuclear warheads,” says the report Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age Council released by the influential Council on Foreign Relations.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1146584/pakistan-has-worlds-fastest-growing-nuclear-programme-us-think-tank
http://tribune.com.pk/story/796359/pakistan-has-fastest-growing-nuclear-weapons-programme-in-world-report/

15 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan, Pakistan leaders pledge to end turbulent ties

Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged to begin a new era of economic cooperation Saturday, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani saying three days of talks had ended 13 years of differences
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghan-pakistan-leaders-pledge-end-turbulent-ties
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-pakistan-leaders/1474638.html

22 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistan cleric Qadri ends Islamabad protest

An anti-government cleric who has been campaigning in Islamabad, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has ended his 65-day-long protest. Tahirul Qadri, who has been calling for resignation of PM, says he will now tour cities in a « revolution of the poor ».
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/pakistan-cleric-qadri-ends-islamabad-protest-20141022637683600.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/10/tahir-ul-qadri-political-enigma-pakistan-2014102271530973245.html

17 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to hanging for row over sharing water glass

Ruling against Asia Bibi, a 50-year-old mother of five, upheld after blasphemy conviction over row in which Muslim women objected to Bibi using their drinking glass because of her religion
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11169304/Pakistani-Christian-woman-sentenced-to-hanging-for-row-over-sharing-water-glass.html

8 OCTOBER 2014

Tens of thousands flee Kashmir clashes

Indian and Pakistani troops have fired bullets and mortar shells across the border between India- and Pakistan-administered Kashmir for the second day, forcing tens of thousands of villagers from their homes, officials have said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-and-pakistan-intensify-kashmir-border-conflict
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/tens-thousands-flee-amid-kashmir-exchanges-201410851956111951.html

6 OCTOBER 2014

India, Pakistan skirmish at Line of Control kills 9 civilians

Nine civilians were killed and at least 25 wounded on Monday in fighting along a stretch of the disputed border between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1136563/india-pakistan-skirmish-at-loc-kills-9-civilians
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/jk-seven-killed-in-pakistan-shelling-firing-spreads-to-loc/

5 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistani Taliban only loyal to Mullah Omar, says TTP spokesperson

Pakistani Taliban said on Sunday that they have declared allegiance only to Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Afghan Taliban supremo, rejecting the media reports that the group has declared allegiance to the Islamic State.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/772040/pakistani-taliban-only-loyal-to-mullah-omar-says-ttp-spokesperson/

4 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistan Taliban pledges support to ISIL

The Pakistan Taliban has declared allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and ordered fighters across the region to help the group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1136205/pakistani-taliban-declare-allegiance-to-is-militants
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistani-Taliban-declare-allegiance-to-Islamic-State-and-global-jihad/articleshow/44345966.cms?

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Pakistani Court sends 100 activists to jail

A court in Pakistan has ordered 100 opposition activists to be sent to jail for staging illegal protests and committing several other violations, causing chaos and anger among activists.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/pakistani-court-sends-100-activists-jail-201491315950198907.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taliban gunmen who shot schoolgirl Malala finally arrested

Militants boarded the teenage activist’s school bus and shot her in the head in October 2012 for her outspoken views on girls’ education, in an attack that also wounded two of her friends
http://www.9news.com.au/world/2014/09/13/00/24/taliban-shooters-who-attacked-malala-arrested
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/malala-attackers-arrested-pakistan-201491212302111196.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

Islamic State claims Pakistan and Afghanistan for its ‘caliphate’

The Islamic State is challenging the Taliban and al-Qaeda in its Afghanistan and Pakistan heartlands and claiming both countries as part of its ‘caliphate’.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11075390/Islamic-State-claims-Pakistan-and-Afghanistan-for-its-caliphate.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Pakistan Parliament Reaffirms Support for Embattled PM

Pakistan’s parliament opened an emergency session Tuesday to rally political support for embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as thousands of protesters continued their agitation just outside the building.
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-parliament-backs-prime-minister-as-crisis-deepens/2435856.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/pakistan-nawaz-sharif-backed-parliament-201492131048231666.html

31 AUGUST 2014

Pakistani protests turn deadly as prime minister refuses to resign

Clashes between police and anti-government protesters have continued outside Pakistan’s parliament, resulting in the deaths of at least three people, and injuries to 494 more, witnesses and hospital officials have told Al Jazeera.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/31/world/asia/pakistan-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/31/at-least-two-dead-after-pakistan-anti-government-protests-turn-violent/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-anti-government-protests-turn-deadly-2014831145733222260.html

29 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan military to mediate amid protest stand-off

Pakistan’s powerful army chief has stepped in to the political deadlock between the PM and two opposition figures leading huge anti-government rallies in the capital, Islamabad
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28978048
http://www.nation.com.pk/national/29-Aug-2014/third-empire-called-for-final-decision

28 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan police launch PM murder probe to defuse crisis

Political crisis in Pakistan took a new turn today with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreeing to face a murder case relating to the killing of 14 followers of cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, as Imran Khan kept up pressure insisting on the embattled premier’s resignation
http://www.sify.com/news/sharif-to-face-murder-case-imran-insists-on-pms-resignation-news-national-oi2ua3fedgjbe.html
http://freepressjournal.in/sharif-offers-to-face-murder-case-qadri-rejects/

23 AUGUST 2014

India and Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir leaving four dead

India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region earlier, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11052670/India-and-Pakistan-trade-gunfire-in-Kashmir-leaving-four-dead.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-and-pakistan-trade-heavy-gunfire-in-kashmir/2425607.html

20 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan army pushes for talks amid protests

Pakistan’s powerful military has called for talks to resolve a week-long political drama as tens of thousands of protesters marched on parliament in a bid to depose the prime minister.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-army-pushes-talks-amid-protests-20148207445493362.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/427623/pakistan-army-urges-talks-as-protesters-march-on-parliament

18 AUGUST 2014

India calls off Pakistan talks in Kashmir row

India has called off high-level talks with its neighbour Pakistan after the latter’s envoy to New Delhi held a meeting with Kashmiri pro-independence leaders, India’s foreign ministry has said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/india-calls-off-pakistan-talks-kashmir-row-201481812504921915.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c71f37a4-26e0-11e4-bc19-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3Am01X0N0
http://www.dawn.com/news/1126123/india-calls-off-foreign-secretary-level-talks-with-pakistan

Pakistan’s third largest party to quit parliament to force PM resignation

Lawmakers from Pakistan’s third largest party will resign from Parliament to try to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down, a party official said Monday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistans-third-largest-party-quit-parliament-force-pm-resignation
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-khan-pulls-party-out-parliament-2014818141856398979.html

17 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan’s Khan calls for ‘civil disobedience’ movement

Pakistan’s Imran Khan on Sunday called on thousands of protesters rallying in Islamabad to launch a civil disobedience movement against the government, as a leading cleric declared that only a « revolution » would bring about change
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/427237/pakistan-khan-calls-for-civil-disobedience-movement
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-protest-leaders-insist-pm-should-go-201481615334557188.html

15 AUGUST 2014

Imran Khan convoy reaches Pakistan capital

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad following the arrival of convoys led by a cricket star-turned-politician and a fiery anti-Taliban cleric
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-imran-khan-201481582750798942.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/15/imran-khan-s-anti-government-convoy-attacked-on-the-road-to-islamabad/

14 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan: Imran Khan, Tahirul Qadri lead protest march

Two convoys are taking thousands of anti-government protesters from the Pakistani city of Lahore to Islamabad, the capital, amid tight security
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28770311
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/pakistan-braces-for-anti-nawaz-sharif-protest-in-islamabad-on-independence-day/

9 AUGUST 2014

Qadri supporters clash with Pakistan police

Supporters of a Pakistani anti-government cleric have clashed with police in the country’s second largest city resulting in at least four deaths, 500 arrests and six police officers missing, officials said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-police-clash-with-tahrir-qadri-supporters-20148975449318173.html

31 JULY 2014

Russia’s Strategic Pakistan Play

Russia’s decision to go ahead with the sale of Mi-35 attack helicopters to Pakistan, even in the face of official Indian concerns, is being seen by some quarters as evidence of a “major” regional re-alignment in the wake of the American drawdown in Afghanistan
http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/russias-strategic-pakistan-play/

15 JULY 2014

Pakistan captures key Taliban commander

The Pakistani military has captured a high-ranking Taliban commander who once tried to assassinate former president Pervez Musharraf and later escaped jail with hundreds of other prisoners, security officials have said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/pakistan-captures-key-taliban-commander-201471518504419357.html

23 JUNE 2014

Clashes erupt as Qadri returns to Pakistan

Anti-government Pakistani leader Tahir-ul-Qadri has arrived in Lahore after his plane was diverted from the capital Islamabad, as hundreds of his supporters clashed with police outside an airport
http://www.dawn.com/news/1114429/qadri-threatens-to-topple-govt-vows-to-lead-revolution
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/clashes-as-cleric-qadri-returns-pakistan-201462354125765536.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10919761/Clashes-in-Pakistan-as-leading-cleric-flies-in-to-lead-revolution.html

20 JUNE 2014

Pakistan helicopters pound rebels as 200,000 civilians flee

Pakistani helicopter gunships pounded militant targets in the country’s northwest Friday, killing up to 20 rebels, as the number of civilians fleeing an expected ground offensive passed 200,000
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416482/pakistan-helicopters-pound-rebels-as-200000-civilians-flee

15 JUNE 2014

Pakistan army launches assault in tribal area

Pakistan says it has launched a « comprehensive operation » against armed groups northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, after killing scores of fighters in air raids.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/pakistan-air-raids-20146152339256306.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140615-pakistan-launches-comprehensive-offensive-against-militants-taliban-north-waziristan/

12 JUNE 2014

US resumes drone strikes in Pakistan

The US has resumed its drones programme in Pakistan, with two strikes on militant strongholds in the North Waziristan tribal region overnight
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27807123
http://www.dawn.com/news/1112253/drone-targeted-haqqani-network-commander-afghan-taliban-sources
http://www.voanews.com/content/suspected-us-drone-strikes-kill-12/1935103.html

Pakistan court backs Musharraf request to leave country

The Sindh High Court removed Mr Musharraf’s name from an exit control list on Thursday. The former leader is currently barred from leaving Pakistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27808940
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/court-allows-musharraf-leave-pakistan-2014612865356671.html

4 JUNE 2014

Pakistan’s Karachi on knife-edge after arrest of Altaf Hussain

The 60-year-old is revered by his fiercely loyal supporters — mainly ethnic Mohajirs who migrated from India at the time of partition, while critics accuse him of running his party as a violent mafia-like organisation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413584/pakistan-karachi-on-knife-edge-after-arrest-of-altaf-hussain
http://www.dawn.com/news/1110529/protest-to-continue-until-altafs-safety-assured-sattar

3 JUNE 2014

Pakistan MQM leader Altaf Hussain arrested in London

Police in London have arrested the leader of Pakistan’s powerful MQM party, Altaf Hussain, on suspicion of money-laundering
http://www.dawn.com/news/1110316/altaf-hussain-arrested-in-london-for-money-laundering
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27680038

29 MAY 2014

Police in Pakistan accuse murdered woman of illegal marriage

Lahore’s police chief has hit back at allegations his officers failed to prevent the murder of a pregnant woman in broad daylight, accusing the victim of an illegal marriage and her husband of killing his first wife

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10863054/Police-in-Pakistan-accuse-murdered-woman-of-illegal-marriage.html

27 MAY 2014

Let’s turn back the clock for peace, Nawaz Sharif urges Narendra Modi

Reviving a 1999 agreement for nuclear disarmament and talks on Kashmir could be the key to peace between India and Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif tells Narendra Modi http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10858512/Lets-turn-back-the-clock-for-peace-Nawaz-Sharif-urges-Narendra-Modi.html

24 MAY 2014

Pakistan’s Sharif to attend Modi inauguration

Pakistan has accepted an invitation to Nawaz Sharif, prime minister, to attend the inauguration of Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister-designate, officials say
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/24/pakistan-s-prime-minister-to-attend-indian-prime-minister-s-swearing-in/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/pakistan-sharif-attend-modi-inauguration-201452454611476370.html

13 MAY 2014

Pakistan police charge 68 Pakistani lawyers with blasphemy

Pakistani police have charged 68 lawyers with blasphemy in what is thought to be the biggest ever case of its kind in the country.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27391334

8 MAY 2914

Human rights lawyer Rashid Rehman shot dead

Notable human rights lawyer Rashid Rehman Advocate was shot dead at his office in Multan Wednesday (7)  evening
http://tribune.com.pk/story/705659/human-rights-lawyer-rashid-rehman-shot-dead/
http://www.dawn.com/news/1104788/rights-advocate-rashid-rehman-khan-gunned-down-in-multan

1 MAY 2014

Violence against women in politics rising in Pakistan

A recent study by the Centre for Social Research and UN Women shows that violence against women in politics is on the rise in three South Asian countries namely Pakistan, India and Nepal

http://www.dawn.com/news/1103511/violence-against-women-in-politics-rising-in-pakistan-india-study

30 APRIL 2014

Pakistan under fire for media attacks

Pakistani authorities should investigate the country’s powerful military and intelligence agency for human rights abuses against journalists following attacks on leading reporters, Amnesty International has said

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/pakistan-under-fire-media-attacks-2014429231948149441.html

http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-079-2014

25 APRIL 2014

Pakistan journalist Hamid Mir issues defiant statement

The Pakistani journalist shot last week has issued his first statement, once again blaming the country’s intelligence agency for the attack

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27153234

21 APRIL 2014

Pakistan mulls tighter controls on madrassas

The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation’s madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/04/pakistan-tighter-controls-madrassas-islamabad-201442064231355458.html

20 APRIL 2014

Famous Pakistan TV host Hamid Mir shot by gunmen

Police in Pakistan say gunmen have shot a famous television talk show host amid a wave of attacks on journalists in the country.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121852/famous-pakistan-tv-host-hamid-mir-shot-by-gunmen/
http://www.dawn.com/news/1100972/journalist-hamid-mir-injured-in-gun-attack-in-karachi

16 APRIL 2014

Pakistani Taliban declares end to ceasefire

The Pakistani Taliban has formally ended a 40-day ceasefire but is still open to talks with the government, according to a spokesman for the group
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/pakistani-taliban-declares-end-ceasefire-2014416144743830975.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405248/pakistani-taliban-refuse-to-extend-ceasefire-will-continue-talks

5 APRIL 2014

Pakistani couple get death sentences for blasphemy

A Pakistani Christian couple have been sentenced to death for blasphemy after allegedly sending a text message insulting the Prophet Muhammad
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26901433

3 APRIL 2014

Pakistan’s Musharraf survives new assassination attempt

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is currently on trial for treason, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off along a route on which his convoy was due to pass early on Thursday
http://www.france24.com/en/20140403-pakistan-musharraf-survives-assassination-attempt/

31 MARCH 2014

Pervez Musharraf indicted for treason by Pakistani court

A Pakistani court on Monday indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason, a landmark move in a case seen as a test of civilian authority in a country long dominated by the military
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10733886/Pervez-Musharraf-indicted-for-treason-by-Pakistani-court.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/treason-indictment-for-musharraf/1882742.html

26 MARCH  2014

Pakistan officials open first ever direct talks with the Taliban

A first day of peace talks between the Pakistani government and the Pakistani Taliban has concluded in the tribal region of North Waziristan
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10724533/Pakistan-officials-open-first-ever-direct-talks-with-the-Taliban.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26731838

14 MARCH 2014

Pakistan rape victim sets herself on fire

The victim of a gang-rape in Pakistan has died after setting herself on fire in protest against a police report that led to the release of a key suspect, a doctor and her brother said

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/pakistan-rape-victim-sets-herself-fire-2014314111240556157.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399917/raped-pakistan-teen-dies-after-setting-self-on-fire

11 MARCH 2014

Pakistan laws prohibiting underage marriage un-islamic: CII

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) concluded its 191th meeting, here Tuesday with the ruling that the laws related to minimum age of marriage were un-Islamic and that children of any age could get married if they attain puberty.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1092468/pakistani-laws-prohibiting-underage-marriage-un-islamic-cii

2 MARCH 2014

Pakistan’s madrassas reined in by government

Pakistan plans to bring all of its madrassas, or religious schools, under its national education system in a landmark security policy aimed at combating extremism.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/pakistan-madrassas-reined-government-201432124518842809.html

Pakistan halts air strikes against Taliban

Pakistan on Sunday said it was halting air strikes against Taliban militants in response to a month-long ceasefire announced by the insurgents a day earlier, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397832/pakistan-halts-air-strikes-against-taliban
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26408489

1 MARCH 2014

Pakistan Taliban announce one month truce

The Pakistani Taliban have announced a month-long ceasefire aimed at reviving stalled peace talks with government
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26398758
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistani-taliban-announce-month-long-ceasefire

Polio vaccination teams attacked by Pakistani militants

Militants ambush convoy of health workers with roadside bomb, killing 12 of their security team and wounding dozens more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10669840/Polio-vaccination-teams-attacked-by-Pakistani-militants.html

25 FEBRUARY 2014

Pakistan court orders end to blockade on NATO supply route

In a boost to U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, a provincial court on Tuesday ordered that protesters end their blockade of the main NATO supply route through Pakistan

http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-pakistan-blockade-nato-afghanistan-supply-route-20140225,0,559298.story?track=rss&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-27-14#axzz2uWLoEJkw

24 FEBRUARY 2014

Top Pakistan Taliban commander Asmatullah Shaheen ‘shot dead’

Asmatullah Shaheen was ambushed as he drove through a village near Miranshah in North Waziristan, reports said. Three aides in the vehicle also died.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26323200

http://www.voanews.com/content/key-pakistan-talibancommandershotdead/1858037.html

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Pakistan halts talks with Taliban

The announcement comes after Pakistani jets bombed Taliban hideouts in the country’s northwest, killing at least 15
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/pakistani-forces-bomb-taliban-hideouts-201422061750182372.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-airstrikes-taliban-hideouts-kill-15

17 FEBRUARY

Taliban Execution of Pakistani Security Forces Stalls Talks

A Pakistan Taliban faction announced the execution of 23 soldiers on Monday, dealing a fresh blow to already dwindling hopes that peace talks might end years of violence
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-peace-talks-stalled-by-soldier-deaths/1852733.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10643505/Peace-talks-collapse-as-Taliban-execute-23-Pakistani-soldiers.html

10 FEBRUARY 2014

Pakistan Taliban sets tough terms for peace

Tehreek-e-Taliban says government has to free all jailed fighters if peace negotiations are to make headway
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/pakistan-taliban-sets-tough-terms-talks-20142108485710749.html

6 FEBRUARY 2014

Pakistan enters peace talks with Taliban

The first formal meeting between Pakistan’s government and a Taliban-nominated team has been held in Islamabad, officials say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26065385
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393587/pakistan-holds-landmark-talks-with-taliban

5 FEBRUARY 2014

No peace until Pakistan embraces Islamic law: Taleban negotiators

Negotiators representing Taleban insurgents said on Wednesday there was no chance of peace in Pakistan until the government embraces Islamic sharia law and US-led forces withdraw completely from neighbouring Afghanistan.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/no-peace-until-pakistan-embraces-islamic-law-taleban-negotiators
http://tribune.com.pk/story/667873/govt-ttp-committees-may-meet-tomorrow-irfan-siddiqui/

31 JANUARY 2014

Musharraf barred from leaving country

A court in Pakistan trying former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason has refused to allow him to go abroad for medical treatment, saying it did not have the authority to lift his travel ban
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/musharraf-barred-from-leaving-country-2014131125925507720.html

18 JANUARY 2014

Pakistan-India agree to expedite process of trade liberalization

In a bid to strengthen bilateral relations, Pakistan and India Saturday decided to allow greater trade through land route, signalling a thaw in relations after a year’s standoff over military tensions on the border http://www.nation.com.pk/business/18-Jan-2014/pak-india-agree-to-expedite-process-of-trade-liberalization http://www.dawn.com/news/1081131/pakistan-india-agree-over-greater-trade-through-land-route

17 JANUARY 2014

Former Pakistani PM Ashrad indicted in rental power case

An accountability court in Islamabad indicted former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and six others in the rental power case on Friday, DawnNews reported.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1080908/former-pm-ashraf-indicted-in-rental-power-case

9 JANUARY 2014

The economic role of women in Pakistan

Women constitute half of the Pakistan’s 190 million population and represent a big part of the labor force. However their vitality and potential has never been fully realized in the past 66 years after independence despite having surpassed their male counterpart in every field of life.

http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/economic-role-women-273/

2 JANUARY 2014

Pakistan’s Musharraf ‘rushed to hospital’

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was rushed to hospital after suffering a « heart problem » on his way to court for a hearing in his treason case.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/pakistan-musharraf-rushed-hospital-20141263249563879.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/02/pakistan-s-musharraf-rushed-to-hospital-ahead-of-treason-trial/

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

Can Nawaz rescue Pakistan?

Over 46 million people exercised their right to vote in Pakistan in May earlier this year — close to 55 per cent of the population and a record turnout since 1988. Pakistan’s first transition from one civilian government to another is an incredible achievement for a country that has been under military rule for a large part of its history.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/09/14/can-nawaz-rescue-pakistan/

Pakistan’s nuclear father dissolves political party

The father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan, has dissolved his political party after it failed to win a single seat in the May 11 elections.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan%E2%80%99s-nuclear-father-dissolves-political-party

 

Main news on Sri Lanka

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3 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka court denies former strongman Rajapaksa authority to act as PM

A Sri Lanka court on Monday ruled that former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa could not act as prime minister or hold cabinet meetings while the political crisis that has engulfed the South Asian island continues
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-court-denies-former-strongman-authority-to-act-as-pm-1.798706
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/51830/interim-order-issued-preventing-pm-and-cabinet-from-functioning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y49T0a1BwPA

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan lawmakers bar disputed PM from using state funds

Sri Lankan lawmakers on Thursday approved a motion barring disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from using state funds after he lost two no-confidence votes, in an escalation of the country’s political crisis
https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankan-lawmakers-bar-disputed-pm-from-using-state-funds
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/51739/parliament-passes-motion-to-suspend-expenditures-of-pms-office

28 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defense Staff Ravindra Wijeguneratne detained over cover-up in disappearance of Tamil youths

After evading arrest for two months, Sri Lanka’s most senior military official appeared in court on Wednesday, charged with helping another suspect in the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in the final phase of the country’s 26-year civil war
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Nov28_1543417438CH.php
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46374111

25 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted PM

Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday reignited the power struggle that has crippled Sri Lanka’s government for more than a month, vowing never to reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-politics/sri-lankas-president-says-will-not-reinstate-ousted-pm-idINKCN1NU0P5?rpc=401&
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/sri-lanka-president-vows-never-to-reappoint-ousted-pm-1.1543147546780

14 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka parliament rejects new prime minister in latest twist of crisis

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday passed a no-confidence motion against the newly-installed but disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the latest twist in the South Asian island’s political crisis
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/14/667733001/sri-lankas-newly-appointed-prime-minister-ousted-in-no-confidence-motion?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-rejects-new-prime-minister-in-latest-twist-of-crisis-1.791712

13 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka Supreme Court overturns dissolution of Parliament, halts snap elections

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled dissolution of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena and ordered to halt preparations for snap elections scheduled for January next year
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/13/667333085/sri-lankan-supreme-court-blocks-presidents-bid-to-dissolve-parliament
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Nov13_1542116797CH.php

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka power struggle: President Sirisena dissolves Parliament

Evading the resolution of Sri Lanka’s political crisis through Parliament, President Maithripala Sirisena late on Friday dissolved the House, hours after his political front admitted to lacking a majority needed for its controversially-installed prime minister to be declared legitimate
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-power-struggle-president-sirisena-dissolves-parliament/article25457395.ece?homepage=true
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/lanka-govt-admits-it-lacks-majority/article25457041.ece
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sirisena-dissolves-parliament-in-stark-violation-of-constitution/

5 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan President Summons Parliament on November 14 as Pressure Over PM’s Sacking Grows

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the suspended parliament to reconvene on November 14, clearing the way for a vote on his decision to sack the elected prime minister and replace him with wartime nationalist Mahinda Rajapaksa
https://thewire.in/south-asia/sri-lankan-president-summons-parliament-on-november-14-as-pressure-over-pms-sacking-grows
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/sri-lankan-parliament-to-reconvene-on-nov-14-sirisena201811051144360001/

Sri Lanka parliament speaker refuses to accept Rajapaksa as PM

Sri Lanka’s speaker of parliament said on Monday he would not accept a former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the new prime minister until he proves he commands a majority in parliament
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-speaker-refuses-to-accept-rajapaksa-as-pm-21377

1 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s president to reconvene parliament on November 5 – new PM

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena will reconvene parliament on November 5, newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Thursday, as international pressure builds to resolve a political crisis
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-president-to-reconvene-parliament-on-november-5-new-pm-21286
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201811011069410321-sri-lanka-parliament/

27 OCTOBER 2018

Tensions Escalate as Sri Lankan President Sirisena Suspends Parliament After Sacking PM

The parliament suspension means Wickremesinghe will not immediately have an opportunity to prove his majority, amid speculation that some of his party members would cross over to back Rajapaksa for perks and ministerial portfolios
https://thewire.in/south-asia/tensions-escalate-as-sri-lankan-president-sirisena-suspends-parliament-after-sacking-pm
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Oct27_1540650707CH.php
https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankas-president-suspends-parliament-deepening-crisis

26 OCTOBER 2018

Ex-Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa Becomes New PM Amid Political Drama

Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a dramatic political comeback, becoming Sri Lanka’s new prime minister after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, triggering angry reactions
https://thewire.in/south-asia/ex-sri-lankan-president-rajapaksa-becomes-new-pm-amid-political-drama
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-s-party-quits-ruling-coalition-1.2294133
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/constitutional-crisis-with-mr-becoming-pm-appointment-illegal-and-unconstitutional-im-still-the-pm-says-ranil/

21 OCTOBER 2018

Sri Lanka to recall peacekeeping commander on UN request

Sri Lanka’s military said that it would recall its commander leading a UN peacekeeping contingent in Mali after the world body asked him to be repatriated over his human rights background
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-to-recall-peacekeeping-commander-on-un-request-1.782636
http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Army-rejects-UN-charges-against-Lt-Col-Amunupure-but-says-comply-written-request-157178.html

8 OCTOBER 2018

Sri Lanka has the potential to more than double its exports to South Asia Region, says a World Bank report

If trade barriers are overcome, trade within South Asia can increase three-fold, from $23 billion to $67 billion, suggests a new World Bank report. Sri Lanka has the potential to more than double its exports to South Asia
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Oct08_1539001169CH.php

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka President tells diplomats: Pick up phone or pack up

Sri Lanka’s President on Monday (Sep 17) justified his decision to sack six diplomats – including an ambassador – for not answering his phone calls, saying more would follow if the foreign service did not shape up
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-president-tells-diplomats-pick-up-phone-or-pack-up-10729798

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan opposition protesters demand government step down

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Sri Lanka’s capital on Wednesday to demand the government step down, accusing it of corruption and selling national assets to foreign nations
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/05/sri-lankan-opposition-protesters-demand-government-step-down.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/live-jana-balaya-kolombata-protest-march-today/

29 AUGUST 2018

Court orders arrest of Sri Lanka’s top military commander

The Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne Wednesday ordered the arrest of Sri Lanka’s chief of defence staff  Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne over hs alleged role in helping the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 11 children escape arrest
https://economynext.com/Court_orders_arrest_of_Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_top_military_commander-3-11703-10.html
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/top-sri-lanka-military-officer-to-be-arrested-for-abduction-murder-during-tamil-civil-war-1.2272489

28 AUGUST 2018

More than 100 human skeletons found in mass grave in Sri Lanka

Investigators say they have unearthed more than 100 skeletons from a mass grave in the northern Sri Lankan town of Mannar, where Tamil guerrillas and state security forces clashed during the country’s 26-year civil war
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/28/more-than-100-human-skeletons-found-mass-grave-sri-lanka
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ninety-bodies-found-in-a-mass-grave-in-Mannar-dating-from-the-civil-war-44774.html

21 AUGUST 2018

Japan, Sri Lanka Agree to Boost Maritime Security Cooperation

Japan and Sri Lanka have agreed to further enhance maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean. The understanding was reached during a meeting between the visiting Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201808211067363757-japan-srilanka-maritime-cooperation/
https://www.news.lk/news/politics/item/21948-japan-s-assistance-to-develop-sri-lanka-s-maritime-security
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/japan-offers-to-boost-sri-lanka-security-as-china-makes-inroads-10638786

13 AUGUST 2018

US gives Sri Lankan military US$39 million to combat China’s investments in strategic island

The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka US$39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2159546/us-gives-sri-lankan-military-us39-million-combat-chinas
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/sri-lanka-gets-us-military-funding-as-china-vies-for-influence-10614212

21 JULY 2018

Sri Lanka India’s special, trusted partner: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India’s special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi’s continued development aid cooperation with the island nation
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/sri-lanka-indias-special-trusted-partner-modi-1502663823.html

14 JUNE 2018

Sri Lanka jails extremist Buddhist monk for six months over threats to woman

A Sri Lankan court on Thursday jailed for six months a Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims after finding him guilty of intimidating the wife of a missing journalist, in a case seen as a test of the independence of the judiciary
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-monk-sentence/sri-lanka-jails-extremist-buddhist-monk-for-six-months-over-threats-to-woman-idINKBN1JA1BW?rpc=401&
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44479610
https://www.newsradio.lk/local/gnanasara-thera-sentenced-to-6-months-rigorous-imprisonment

25 MAY 2018

China, India and the Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Challenges

Occupying a strategic position in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka must balance its foreign policy between India and China
https://asianews.network/2018/05/24/china-india-and-the-indian-ocean-sri-lankas-foreign-policy-challenges/

20 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka warns of looming foreign debt crisis

Sri Lanka is headed for a debt crisis, the finance ministry warned on Sunday (May 20), blaming a series of costly projects commissioned by the previous government for record-high repayments
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-warns-of-looming-foreign-debt-crisis

5 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka gives green light for Chinese LNG plant near Hambantota port

Sri Lanka’s state-run investment body has approved a US$500 million liquefied natural gas plant by China Machinery Engineering near a Chinese-controlled port and industrial zone, the development strategies minister said on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2144808/sri-lanka-gives-green-light-chinese-lng-plant-near
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-china-lng/sri-lanka-approves-500-million-lng-plant-near-chinese-controlled-port-idINKBN1I60GH?rpc=401&

1 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

12 APRIL 2018

Sri Lanka president moves to suspend parliament

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday suspended parliament until May in a shock move amid a deepening power struggle between him and his unity government’s prime minister
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-moves-to-suspend-parliament-1.2204677

5 APRIL 2018

Sri Lankan PM survives no confidence vote

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who leads Sri Lanka’s United National Party (UNP), won the support of 122 members of the 225-member parliament, with 76 voting against him
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lankan-pm-survives-no-confidence-vote-16496
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/sri-lanka-pm-ranil-wickremesinghe-survives-confidence-motion-180404173714092.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/148/131/212/1522911816263.html

25 MARCH 2018

Police and politicians accused of joining Sri Lanka’s anti-Muslim riots

Police and politicians backed by the country’s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/police-and-politicians-accused-of-joining-sri-lanka-s-anti-muslim-riots-16207

18 MARCH 2018

Sri Lankan president lifts nationwide state of emergency

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday signed a notification to lift a nationwide state of emergency which was imposed on March 6 following communal riots in the central regions of the island country
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/104/170/30/1521359852276.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2137698/sri-lanka-ends-state-emergency-tensions-between-buddhists-and

16 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka’s communal violence explained

A recent wave of violence has sent the tropical nation into a tailspin as Sri Lanka continues to struggle with post-war reconciliation
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-communal-violence-explained-15970

6 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clashes

Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days on Tuesday to stop the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said, after confrontations erupted between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-after-buddhist-muslim-clashes-15723
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/06/554576/Sri-Lanka-President-Maithripala-Sirisena-Buddhist-Sinhalese-Muslims
http://asiantribune.com/node/91657
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/06/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-as-mobs-attack-muslim-communities

11 FEBRUARY 2018

Sri Lanka coalition suffers humiliation at local vote

The party of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is on track for a shock landslide victory amid disarray in the ranks of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s ruling alliance
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-coalition-suffers-humiliation-at-local-vote-15071
http://www.economynext.com/Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_ruling_coalition_in_deep_crisis_after_shock_defeat-3-9839-10.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/sri-lanka-opposition-calls-government-resignation-180211182754969.html

30 JANUARY 2018

Sri Lanka journalists remember killed, abducted colleagues

 Sri Lankan journalists and media rights activists have lit candles and held placards to remember dozens of journalists who were killed, abducted or disappeared under a previous government
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/30/sri-lanka-journalists-remember-killed-abducted-colleagues.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-‘black-January’-of-information:-no-justice-for-journalists-killed-42980.html

23 JANUARY 2018

Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka

While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/major-investments-planned-says-pm-lee-as-singapore-signs-fta-9888114
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/spore-and-sri-lanka-sign-fta-facilitate-greater-trade-flows
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-and-sri-lanka-sign-free-trade-agreement-9886990

9 DECEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka approves 2018 budget, aims for more investment

Sri Lanka’s coalition government on Saturday won the final vote on its 2018 budget which aims to boost investments and small businesses and cut the fiscal deficit to 4.8 percent of GDP from this year’s 5.2 percent
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-budget/sri-lanka-approves-2018-budget-aims-for-more-investment-idINKBN1E30IU?rpc=401&
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/third-reading-of-budget-2018-full-text-of-the-finance-ministers-speech/

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Mgr Emmanuel Fernando, the new bishop of Mannar, in the service of Tamils

Mgr Fidelis Lionel Emmanuel Fernando is the new bishop of Mannar, a diocese in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, scene of major fighting during the country’s civil war. Pope Francis appointed him two days ago
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mgr-Emmanuel-Fernando,-the-new-bishop-of-Mannar,-in-the-service-of-Tamils-42413.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/91290

19 NOVEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka curfew after Buddhist-Muslim violence in Galle

The Sri Lankan army enforced a curfew for a second successive night after dozens of Muslim homes and businesses were attacked near the southern city of Galle
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-curfew-after-buddhist-muslim-violence-in-galle-1.677108
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/anti-muslim-assaults-in-gintota/
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=175292

23 OCTOBER 2017

UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigating war crimes

Pablo de Greiff, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion of justice and reparation, said Sri Lanka had been slow to deliver on its promise of justice for atrocities during the island’s bloody 37-year civil war
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/23/539627/Sri-Lanka-UN-war-crimes-investigation-justice-Maithripala-Sirisena-Tamil

17 OCTOBER 2017

India-China rivalry spills over in Sri Lankan airport

India and Sri Lanka are close to finalizing a joint venture to manage and expand facilities at the Mattala Airport, which is situated near the Hambantota Seaport, a key port in China’s multi-trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201710171058322914-india-china-rivalry-airport/

3 OCTOBER 2017

Sri Lanka hosts its first CARAT exercise with US navy

Sri Lanka is hosting its first-ever Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise, which began with the arrival of US Navy elements at the country’s naval base in Trincomalee on 1 October
http://www.janes.com/article/74580/sri-lanka-hosts-its-first-carat-exercise

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka president defends ex-general accused of war crimes

Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday vowed to protect his former ambassador to six South American nations, an ex-army chief accused of crimes in the bloody final phase of the country’s civil war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2109712/sri-lanka-president-defends-ex-general-accused-war-crimes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/sri-lanka-leader-shield-general-war-crimes-case-170903193335527.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/90929

15 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka names senior lawyer Tilak Marapana as new foreign minister

Sri Lanka named a veteran government lawyer as foreign minister on Tuesday (Aug 15) after the island’s top diplomat stood down amid a corruption scandal
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-names-senior-lawyer-tilak-marapana-as-new-foreign-minister

10 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

Ravi Karunanayake has been accused of owning a luxury apartment paid for by a bond dealer under investigation – a charge he denies. President Sirisena has pledged to end the corruption which marked the previous regime
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-resigns-over-corruption-charges/a-40038447
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2106281/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-quits-amid-insider-trading-scandal

26 JULY 2017

Silenced stones mark hard path to Sri Lankan reconciliation

Security forces have erected numerous monuments celebrating their 2009 victory over Tamil Tiger rebels. No such privilege has been accorded to the Tamil insurgents or civilians who died in the fight
http://www.atimes.com/article/silenced-stones-mark-hard-path-sri-lankan-reconciliation/

25 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka approved to 70 percent lease of Hambantota Port to China

The cabinet gave final approval to lease a 70 percent stake in Hambantota port for $1.12 billion to state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings, minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told reporters
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SRI_LANKA_CHINA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-25-08-42-11
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90757

22 JULY 2017

Major General Amal Karunasekara – New Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army

Major General K. A. D. A Karunasekara popularly known as ‘Amal Karunasekara’ is the Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90742

14 JULY 2017

Torture by Sri Lankan police routine, says human rights lawyer

The use of torture by Sri Lankan security services has become routine, a UN special rapporteur has concluded following a visit to the country
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/14/torture-by-sri-lankan-police-routine-says-human-rights-lawyer

12 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka says Buddhism will remain paramount in new charter

Sri Lanka’s prime minister said on Wednesday Buddhism will remain paramount in the bitterly divided island, seeking to head off protests led by the powerful Buddhist clergy against proposed changes to the constitution
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-politics-idUSKBN19X1TR?rpc=401&

11 JUNE 2017

Sri Lanka makes first arrest over hate crimes against Muslims

Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a key figure from an extremist Buddhist organisation blamed for a series of hate crimes against Muslims that has drawn international censure
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lan

11 MAY 2017

Modi in Sri Lanka as Chinese influence rises

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Sri Lanka on Thursday on a charm offensive as New Delhi seeks to reassert its influence on the island amid signs of a Chinese comeback
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/modi-heads-sri-lanka-chinese-influence-rises
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2093985/indias-modi-attempts-woo-back-sri-lanka-china-pushes-belt-and

27 MARCH 2017

Sri Lanka wants to reduce China’s stake in strategic port deal

Sri Lanka‘s government wants aChinese company to agree to cut its stake in a strategic portproject by up to a quarter, as part of a renegotiation aimed atblunting public and political opposition to the deal
https://article.wn.com/view/2017/03/27/Sri_Lanka_wants_to_reduce_China_s_stake_in_strategic_port_de_w/

5 MARCH 2017

Sri-Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations (UN) to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe/a-37814346
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe-1.1988758
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=161403

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lanka’s former president Kumaratunga complains of war widows abused by the military

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga spoke of widespread exploitation, touching more than 80,000 women with children in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. The lack of livelihood makes them even more vulnerable. Although the military has denied any wrongdoing, in the past it has cracked down on troop misconduct
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka’s-former-president-complains-of-war-widows-abused-by-the-military-40049.html

19 FEBRUARY 2017

Two more Sri Lankan Army officers remanded over Keith Noyahr Attack

The CID today arrested two more army personnel believed to be involved in the abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr, the former deputy editor of The Nation newspaper. They were subsequently remanded by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate till March 3
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/two-more-army-officers-remanded-over-keith-noyahr-attack/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/sri-lanka-long-overdue-arrest-soldiers-journalists-2008-abduction/

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lankan president insists on retaining emergency powers

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has blocked a move to require a two-thirds parliamentary vote, rather than the current simple majority, to approve a presidential declaration of emergency. He ordered the removal of a clause to that effect in the proposed National Action Plan for Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/14/sril-f14.html

7 JANUARY 2017

At Least 25 Injured in Protest Over Chinese Special Industrial Zone in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701071049362016-25-hurt-sri-lanka-protest-china/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/clashes-erupt-as-protesters-march-against-china-port-deal-1.1957780
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-07/sri-lankans-protest-china-port-deal/8168110?section=world

22 DECEMBER 2016

Sri Lanka’s economy marches slowly into 2017

Sri Lanka’s meandering economic progress received a boost in November 2016 with the announcement of the proposed 2017 budget
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/22/sri-lankas-economy-marches-slowly-into-2017/

17 NOVEMBER 2016

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition, his brother announced on Thursday (Nov 17), a move that could threaten constitutional reforms seen as crucial to postwar reconciliation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-s-ex-leader-to-lead-breakaway-from-coalition/3296954.html

26 OCTOBER 2016

General strike in northern Sri Lanka over police killing of students

Tamil people in northern Sri Lanka observed a general shutdown or “hartal” yesterday over the police killing of two Jaffna University students—Puwanraj Sulakshan from Chunnagam and Nadarajah Gajan from Kilinochchi—last Thursday night
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/10/26/jaff-o26.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/on-the-killing-of-jaffna-university-students-in-search-of-the-right-path/

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

The office on missing persons in Sri lanka : a new chapter or another empty promise ?

The OMP is an independent office with seven members appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council. The members of the OMP are meant to be independent individuals with expertise on human rights, international humanitarian law, humanitarian issues, fact-finding among other areas. There is also a fixed term of three years and limitation of two terms per member
https://globalvoices.org/2016/09/22/the-office-on-missing-persons-in-sri-lanka-a-new-chapter-or-another-empty-promise/

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

Based on Australia’s Defense White Paper, the two countries can deepen strategic security cooperation
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/sri-lanka-and-australias-strategic-defense-interests/

15 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lankan ex-president’s son accused of money-laundering

The eldest son of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been arrested on suspicion of money-laundering, his lawyer has said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37089546

11 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka parliament endorses office to trace wartime missing

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Thursday passed a law to establish an office to trace people who disappeared during a 26-year war and another insurrection amid protests by former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters in the chamber
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-parliament-endo/3035126.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/office-of-missing-persons-bill-passed-in-parliament-without-a-vote/

6 JULY 2016

Sri Lanka aims to demilitarise island by 2018

Sri Lanka intends to become completely demilitarised by 2018, the government said Wednesday, a significant announcement that will end the army’s involvement in civilian life after decades of ethnic
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-aims-demilitarise-island-2018#sthash.c0HvyA9l.dpuf
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/2018-deadline-for-sri-lankan-military-to-quit-businesses

2 MAY 2016

Sri Lanka’s delicate balancing act

Sri Lanka’s former pro-Chinese ‘strongman’ President Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out of office in January 2015. The new administration, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, is committed to more ‘balanced’ major power relations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/05/02/sri-lankas-delicate-balancing-act/

15 MARCH 2016

Breaking Sri Lanka’s economic gridlock

The Sri Lankan economy appears to exist in a system that can evolve only through crisis. Optimistic policymakers, predicting that the country’s economic trajectory would self-correct, received a collective wake-up call in February with a sovereign rating downgrade by Fitch, even as the country made a formal approach to the IMF for a bailout package.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/15/breaking-sri-lankas-economic-gridlock/

11 MARCH 2016

Colombo gives China green light to build port city

Despite months of protests by activists, fishermen and Catholics, and more environmental impact studies, China in the end got a green light to build the Colombo Port City, a planned offshore city next to the Sri Lankan capital
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Colombo-gives-China-green-light-to-build-port-city-36926.html

6 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lankan nationalists protest UN rights chief’s visit on war crimes

Hundreds of hardline nationalists gathered outside the United Nations’ office in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Saturday to protest against a visit by the U.N. human rights chief who will assess Sri Lanka’s progress in prosecuting alleged war crimes.http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lankan-nationalists-p/2494738.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/un-human-rights-chief-arrive

3 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Fonseka joins government

Sri Lanka’s former army chief Sarath Fonseka on Wednesday joined the coalition government which has vowed to probe allegations of atrocities committed during the bloody finale of the island’s separatist war
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lankas-ex-army-chief-joins-government

30 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka arrests Yoshitha Rajapaksa, ex-president’s son over money laundering

Yoshitha Rajapaksa, a navy officer, was detained on Saturday following months of investigations into alleged financial irregularities linked to his private television channel Carlton Sports Network (CSN), police said. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-arrests-ex/2474022.html
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=139529
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/sri-lanka-arrests-president-son-graft-charges-160130132046364.html

29 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s balancing act between India and Pakistan

After coming to power, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been busy mending fences with countries in the West and South Asia that got snubbed during the rule of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/sri-lankas-balancing-act-between-india-and-pakistan/

13 JANUARY 2016

Report card: Sri Lanka president falls short after one year at helm

The initial excitement among his supporters seems to have dampened after Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena completed his first year in office on Jan. 9. He’s being called to account for delivering a large number of pre-election promises which continue to be mostly rhetoric since his electoral triumph of 12 months ago.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/report-card-sri-lanka-president-falls-short-after-one-year-at-the-helm/

9 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka government proposes new constitution to devolve power

Sri Lanka’s new government on Saturday presented its plan for a new constitution aimed at devolving power and preventing the sort of ethnic tensions that led to a long and bitter civil war that ended in 2009
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-government-prop/2412840.html
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-begins-process-of-writing-new-constitution-to-prevent-war/a-18968845

5 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan and Sri Lanka sign eight memoranda of understanding (MoU)

Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday inked eight memoranda of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sri Lanka
http://www.dawn.com/news/1230917/pakistan-sri-lanka-sign-eight-mous-for-bilateral-cooperation

3 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka president pledges land for 100,000 war victims

Up to 100,000 people still living in camps six years after the end of Sri Lanka’s brutal ethnic war will be given land to build homes within six months, President Maithripala Sirisena told AFP Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1897823/sri-lanka-president-pledges-land-100000-war-victims

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

UN calls for special court to investigate Sri Lanka wartime atrocities

The U.N.’s top human rights official is urging the creation of a special court including foreign magistrates and investigators to look into atrocities committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135619/un-calls-for-special-court-to-investigate-sri-lanka-wartime-atrocities/
http://atimes.com/2015/09/un-asks-sri-lanka-to-set-up-court-to-probe-civil-war-atrocities/

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

Tamil Lawmaker to Lead Opposition in Sri Lanka

An ethnic Tamil lawmaker was officially selected to lead the opposition in Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Thursday, becoming the first member of the island nation’s largest minority to hold the post in more than three décades
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/world/asia/sri-lanka-tamils-opposition.html?ref=asia&_r=1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/sri-lanka-names-tamil-opposition-chief-decades-150903133205837.html

21 AUGUST 2015

Ranil sworn in as Prime Minister

Ranil Wickremesinghe – UNP leader, was sworn-in as Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena, at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat
http://asiantribune.com/node/87704

18 AUGUST 2015

 Sri Lanka elections: UNP victory as Rajapaksa hopes rebuffed

Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party has won the most seats in the island’s parliamentary August 17 elections, blocking former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s attempt to return to power
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33970289
ttp://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-parliamentary-election-rajapaksa-concedes-defeat/article7552952.ece?homepage=true
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/rajapaksas-loss-spells-victory-for-democracy/

26 JUNE 2015

Sri Lanka’s president dissolves parliament; elections on Aug 17

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday ordered the immediate dismissal of parliament, clearing the way for a snap election 10 months ahead of Schedule
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-s-president/1943772.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/sri-lankan-president-dissolves-parliament-150626162034921.html

5 MAI 2015

US-Sri Lanka relations: Kerry arrives to conducive atmosphere

US Secretary of State John Kerry headed for talks with Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday on a visit that caps the island’s transformation from diplomatic pariah to a “beacon of democracy”
http://www.dawn.com/news/1179519/kerry-visit-seals-end-to-sri-lanka-pariah-status
http://asiantribune.com/node/86889
http://asiantribune.com/node/86886

22 APRIL 2015

Sri Lanka ex-leader’s brother Basil Rajapaksa arrested

Basil Rajapaksa, the younger brother of Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been arrested on corruption charges
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32410003

26 MARCH 2015

Sri Lanka seeks improved relations with China

Sri Lanka’s new president has held talks with his Chinese counterpart in a push to recalibrate his predecessor’s strongly pro-China policies
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/sri-lanka-china-150326081156090.html
http://english.cntv.cn/2015/03/26/VIDE1427353083949162.shtml

22 MARCH 2015

Sri Lanka’s Sirisena forms national government with opposition

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena formed a national government incorporating the main opposition party on Sunday, in a bid to push through reforms and preserve political stability
http://www.france24.com/en/20150322-sri-lanka-sirisena-rajapaksa-government-opposition-coalition/

Ex-army chief becomes Sri Lanka’s first field marshal

Sri Lanka’s new government on Sunday conferred the highest military rank of field marshal on retired army chief Sarath Fonseka, who had been jailed for alleged treason by the previous government
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-army-chief-becomes-sri-lankas-first-field-marshal

14 MARCH 2015

India’s Modi visits Sri Lanka’s Tamil heartland

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit is a demonstration of regional superpower India’s support for Sri Lanka’s Tamils, who share close cultural and religious ties with those in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-s-modi-visits-sri/1715648.html

13 MARCH 2015

PM Modi in landmark visit to steer Sri Lanka away from China

Narendra Modi began the first official visit by an Indian premier to Sri Lanka in nearly three decades Friday, looking to reassert New Delhi’s influence over Colombo after its drift towards China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pm-modi-landmark-visit-steer-sri-lanka-away-china?page=0%2C0
http://asiantribune.com/node/86573
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/india-modi-begins-landmark-visit-sri-lanka-150313072001284.html

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka, China and India: rivalry in the Indian Ocean

For smaller Asian countries it is no surprise that China has emerged in the last decade as an essential trading partner, Sri Lanka is no exception: becoming it’s largest foreign finance partner in 2010, overtaking India and Japan
http://www.china-brain.com/Editorials/Sri-Lanka–China-and-India:-rivalry-in-the-Indian-Ocean-/173.html#.VOeyNe83NMs

16 FEBRUARY 2015

India seals nuclear energy pact with Sri Lanka, hopes to push back Chinese influence

India sealed a nuclear energy agreement with Sri Lanka on Monday, its first breakthrough with the new government of the tiny Indian Ocean island where China has been building ports and highways in a diplomatic push in recent years
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-seals-nuclear-energ/1662848.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/preempting-china-india-inks-nuclear-pact-with-sri-lanka/article6902874.ece?homepage=true
http://www.voanews.com/content/sri-lanka-new-president-meets-with-indian-pm/2645674.html

12 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka urges UN to delay war crimes probe

Sri Lanka Wednesday urged the UN to delay a report into alleged war crimes during the island’s civil war to allow the new government to complete its own probe.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/473294/sri-lanka-urges-un-to-delay-war-crimes-probe
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31434613

7 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka in U-turn on port project

Sri Lanka’s new government has approved China’s $1.4 billion port project in the island nation’s capital, marking a swift U-turn following warnings it might scrap the venture.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-02/07/content_15225156.html

3 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka: Hope for Minorities?

The key question remains: Does Sirisena have the political will and capability to actually resolve the fundamental problems that drove the country to almost three decades of civil war?
http://thediplomat.com/2015/02/sri-lanka-hope-for-minorities/

21 JANUARY 2015

Sri Lanka rehabilitates ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka

The new Sri Lankan government has removed punishments imposed on controversial war-time army chief Sarath Fonseka by the previous regime
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30912331

14 JANUARY 2015

Pope canonises Sri Lanka’s first saint

On Wednesday, Francis conducted a mass on Colombo’s Galle Face Green before canonising Joseph Vaz, a 17th century missionary who disguised himself as a beggar, in the first papal visit to the island nation in two decades.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2015/01/pope-canonises-sri-lanka-first-saint-201511453618282611.html
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=117651

13 JANUARY 2015

Pope Francis urges the ‘pursuit of truth’ in Sri Lanka

In the first visit papal visit to Sri Lanka in more than 20 years, Pope Francis has called on the country to do more to seek the truth about its years of civil war.
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/13/pope-francis-calls-on-sri-lanka-to-do-more-to-seek-truth-about-civil-war/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30789124
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-in-Sri-Lanka:-live-the-precepts-of-peace-present-in-religions-and-denounce-all-acts-of-violence-33174.html

10 JANUARY 2015

Sri Lanka’s new president welcomes dissidents home

New President Maithripala Sirisena invited exiled dissidents back to Sri Lanka and promised to end censorship Saturday as he began to turn the page on the authoritarian rule of his toppled predecessor
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka%E2%80%99s-new-president-welcomes-dissidents-home
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30763699

9 JANUARY 2015

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa suffers shock election defeat. Sirisena elected president

Sirisena and his new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe both took the oath of office in Colombo’s Independence Square on Friday hours after Rajapakse conceded defeat, in what is being touted as one of the most peaceful in the island’s history
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/sirisena-sworn-as-sri-lanka-president-20151914215538168.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30738671

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 3 December in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 3 DECEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “conflicts and strategy on (date + month) in Asian history”

Updated on December 3, 2018

1971: After a Pakistani air strike (Operation Ghenziz Khan), India declares war on West Pakistan aiming to help Bangladeshi separatists after pre-emptive strikes by the Pakistani Air Force
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Chengiz_Khan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/3/newsid_2519000/2519133.stm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/3rd-december-1971-the-indo-pak-war-began
http://nehanair1993.blogspot.fr/2015/04/the-declaration-of-indo-pakistan-war.html

1978: Hanoi announces the foundation of a United National Front for the salvation of Kampuchea by former Khmer rouge who took refuge in Vietnam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kampuchean_United_Front_for_National_Salvation

1997: In Ottawa, representatives of 121 countries sign a treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnal landmine, but China (with USA and Russia) do not signs the treaty

2016: Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands
http://www.dw.com/en/a-solution-to-the-kuril-islands-dispute/a-36624291

 

On 3 December in South Asian history

ON 3 DECEMBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 3, 2018

1884: Birth of Rajendra Prasad, first president of India from 26 January 1950  up to 19 May 1962 who died on 28 February 1963
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/rajendra-prasad.html

1889: Birth of Khudiram Bose, very young Indian revolutionary, hanged to death on August 11, 1908
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/khudiram-bose.html
http://www.liveindia.com/freedomfighters/khudiram.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNOJIuBirss

1894: Birth of Deiva Zivarattinam, Indian politician who died on March 25, 1975
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deiva_Zivarattinam

1928: Birth of Muhammad Habibur Rahman, Indian-Bangladeshi jurist and politician, shortly acting Prime Minister of Bangladesh in 1996, who died on January 11, 2014
http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Rahman,_Justice_Muhammad_Habibur
http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Habibur_Rahman

1937: Birth of Binod Bihari Verma, Indian Maithili literateur
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binod_Bihari_Verma

1956: Death of Manik Bandopadhyay, Indian-Bengali author, born on May 19, 1908
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/manik-bandopadhyay-biography.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manik_Bandopadhyay

1971: After a Pakistani air strike (Operation Ghenziz Khan), India declares war on West Pakistan aiming to help Bangladeshi separatists after pre-emptive strikes by the Pakistani Air Force
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Chengiz_Khan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/3/newsid_2519000/2519133.stm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/3rd-december-1971-the-indo-pak-war-began
http://nehanair1993.blogspot.fr/2015/04/the-declaration-of-indo-pakistan-war.html

1984: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, kills more than 3,800 people outright and injures  150,000–600,000 others (some 6,000 of whom would later die from their injuries) in one of the worst industrial disasters in history
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/3/newsid_2698000/2698709.stm
http://bhopal.org/what-happened/union-carbides-disaster/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXDOzMRrKlo

1996: Death in Moscow of Babrak Karmal, former president of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan (1979-1986), born on January 6, 1929
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Babrak-Karmal

2007: Pakistan’s Election Commission decides to bar Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister and opposition leader, from the general election on Jan. 8 because of his criminal  charges

2011: Death of Dev Anand, Indian actor, born on September 26, 1923
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-16021433
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-16021917

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGsV3kQl4eg

 

On 3 December in Southeast Asian history

ON 3 DECEMBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 3, 2018

1574: After his failed attack, Chinese pirate Limahong leaves Manila for Pangasinan where he will establish a small kingdom near the of mouth of Agno river
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/791/today-in-philippine-history-december-3-1574-limahong-left-manila-for-pangasinan-established-kingdom-near-the-of-mouth-agno-river
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limahong
http://tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com/history/limahong-notorious-chinese-pirate-during-spanish-time-in-the-philippines/

1918: Birth of Abdul Haris Nasution, Indonesian general, hero of the independence, who died in September 2000
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1355904/General-Abdul-Haris-Nasution.html
https://allartistworld.blogspot.com/2012/08/biography-abdul-haris-nasution.html

1924: Birth of Francisco Sionil José, Filipino novelist, Philippine National Artist for Literature
http://geemiz.blogspot.fr/2009/09/biography-francisco-sionil-jose.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._Sionil_Jos%C3%A9

1952: Birth of Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Chairwoman of People’s Justice Party (Pari Keadilan Rakyat) in Malaysia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan_Azizah_Wan_Ismail
http://informationcradle.com/asia/wan-azizah/

1958: Nationalization of the Dutch interests in Indonesia

1959: The current flag of Singapore is adopted, six months after Singapore became self-governing within the British Empire
http://www.mapsofworld.com/flags/singapore-flag.html

1958 Armoiries

1967: Former Indonesian president Sukarno is placed under house arrest
http://www.fsmitha.com/h2/ch26-indo23.htm

1978: Hanoi announces the foundation of a United National Front for the salvation of Kampuchea by former Khmer rouge who took refuge in Vietnam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kampuchean_United_Front_for_National_Salvation

2008: In Thailand, the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) officially returned Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports to authorities after its supporters occupied the compounds and halted their operations for a week
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7760592.stm

2009: Philippines governor of Maguindanao province, Andal Ampatuan Sr, is charged in connection with the killings of at least 57 people
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/12/20091231437277243.html

On 3 December in Japan’s history

ON 3 DECEMBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on December 3, 2018

1610: Death of Honda Tadakatsu, Japanese general, born on March 17, 1548
http://www.samurai-archives.com/tadakatsu.html

1879: Birth of Kafū Nagai, Japanese author, playwright, essayist and diarist who died on April 30, 1959
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaf%C5%AB_Nagai

1887: Birth of prince Narukiko Higashikuni, Japanese Prime Minister during 50 days in 1945, who died on January 26, 1990
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/349.html

prince Narukiko Higashikuni

1899: Birth of Ikeda Hayato, Japanese Prime Minister (1960-1964) who died on August 13, 1965
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayato_Ikeda
http://orange.zero.jp/zbj65728.park/celebrities/ikeda/ikeda-e.htm

2016: Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands
http://www.dw.com/en/a-solution-to-the-kuril-islands-dispute/a-36624291

 

On 3 December in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 3 DECEMBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on December 3, 2018

1552: Saint Francis Xavier dies in Shangchuan island, off Guangdong
http://www.cin.org/franxav.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11356.html

Francis_Xavier

1574: After his failed attack, Chinese pirate Limahong leaves Manila for Pangasinan where he will establish a small kingdom near the of mouth of Agno river
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/791/today-in-philippine-history-december-3-1574-limahong-left-manila-for-pangasinan-established-kingdom-near-the-of-mouth-agno-river
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limahong
http://tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com/history/limahong-notorious-chinese-pirate-during-spanish-time-in-the-philippines/

1877: Birth of Wang Guowei, Chinese scholar and writer who died on June 2, 1927
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Wang_Guowei

Wang Guowei

1982: Birth of Jaycee Chan, Hong Kong singer and actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaycee_Chan
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1548493/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB9nk061SH8

1997: In Ottawa, representatives of 121 countries sign a treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnal landmine, but China (with USA and Russia) do not signs the treaty

2004: Death of Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese mathematician, born on October 26, 1911
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiing-Shen_Chern

2005: In Taiwan, the Democratic Progressive Party of president Chen Shui-bian suffers a big defeat in the local elections
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/03/AR2005120300364.html

2007: Anson Chan, a leading pro-democracy activist, wins Hong Kong’s landmark by-election, giving a huge boost to the campaign for universal suffrage in the southern Chinese territory
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_Island_by-election,_2007
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anson_Chan

ANSON CHAN
2009: A court in China’s restive Xinjiang region sentences five people to death for murder and other crimes committed during deadly unrest in July, the state-run Xinhua news agency said
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8392460.stm

2014: Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has resigned as chairman of the governing party after it suffered a crushing defeat in local élections http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/12/04/2003605930 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30288662

2016: Donald Trump speaks to Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen in ‘historic’ first contact since 1979
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/03/trump-angers-beijing-with-provocative-phone-call-to-taiwan-president
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/03/content_15536233.html