Daily Archives: 12 février 2019

On 12 February in Asian history

ON 12 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…), type “On (day + month) in Asian history »

Updated on February 12, 2019

712: Birth of the famous Tang dynasty poet Du Fu who died in 770
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/tu-fu
http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/china-history/du-fu.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1170.html

1218: Birth of Kujo Yoritsune, the 4th sogun of the Kamakura shogunate of Japan (1226-1244) who died on September 1, 1256
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kujo_Yoritsune

1502: Vasco de Gama sets sails from Lisbon on his second voyage to India

1593: During the Japanese invasion of Korea, approximately 3,000 Joseon defenders led by general Kwon Yul successfully repel more than 30,000 Japanese forces in the Siege of Haengju
http://www.samuelhawley.com/imjinarticle2.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Haengju

1824: Birth of Arya Samaj Maha Rishi Dayanand Sarswati, Indian hindu leader who died on October 30, 1883
http://hinduism.about.com/od/gurussaints/a/Maharishi-Swami-Dayanand-Saraswati-1824-1883.htm
http://www.aryasamajjamnagar.org/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqat4mBCp50

1869: Birth of Kien Phuc, Vietnamese child emperor (1883-1884), poisoned on August 1, 1884
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ki%E1%BA%BFn_Ph%C3%BAc

1876: Birth of Thubten Gyatso, 13th dalai lama who died on December 17, 1933
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thubten_Gyatso,_13th_Dalai_Lama

1881: Russia imposes new border treaty to China

1895: End of the 23 day siege of Weihaiwei (China) by the Japanese. The sino-japanese war is over
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Weihaiwei
http://sinojapanesewar.com/letter.htm
https://firstsinojapanese.weebly.com/battle-of-weihaiwei.html

1895-02-12 Weihaiwei surrender

1895: Defeated by the Japanese, Admiral Ding Ruchang commits suic

ide
http://www.myjapanesehanga.com/home/artists/migata-toshihide-1863-1925/chinese-admiral-ding-ruchang-about-to-commit-suicide-after-surrendering-to-japanese-forces
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ding_Ruchang

1904: The Chinese government announced strict neutrality in the Russo-Japanese War
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1038.html

1912: Abdication of Chinese Emperor Xuantong (Puyi) the last of Manchu Qing dynasty
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/last-emperor-of-china-abdicates
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/948.html

1912: The Republic of China adopts the Gregorian calendar

1915: Birth of Lamberto Vera Avellana, Filipino film and stage director who died on April 8, 1991
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/927/today-in-philippine-history-february-12-1915-lamberto-vera-avellana-was-born-in-bontoc-mountain-province
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamberto_V._Avellana

1919 : Birth of Subhash Mukhopadhyay, Indian poet who died on July 8, 2003
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subhash_Mukhopadhyay_(poet)

1920: Birth of Pran, Indian actor
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/12-february-1920-pran-indian-actor-was-born
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0695199/bio
http://www.pransikand.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmFm-WbGL48

1920: Birth of Yoshiko Ōtaka, Chinese-Japanese actress, singer, and politician who died on September 7, 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshiko_Yamaguchi
http://www.japansociety.org.uk/29953/my-life-as-li-xianglan/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeHIONL4cJY

1922: Birth of Tun Hussein Onn, third Prime Minister of Malaysia from January 1976 to July 1981, who died on May 29, 1990
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hussein_Onn

1927: UK troops arrive in Shanghai to protect the British concession

1936: Birth of Fang Lizhi, famous Chinese astrophysicist and dissident who died on April 6, 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fang_Lizhi
http://www.physics.arizona.edu/~fanglz/

1947: Panglong agreement between the Burmese government and ethnic minorities, celebrated as Union Day
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panglong_Agreement

1955 President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam

1966: Sheik Mujibur Rahman announces his famous « six points » in Karachi as election manifesto of Awami League that later led to formation of Bangladesh
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_point_movement

1967: Birth of Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Indian composer and musician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._Ravikiran
http://www.ravikiranmusic.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0katJE1BxFM

1968: In Vietnam, Phong Nhi and Phong Nhat massacre, by South Korean soldiers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phong_Nhi_and_Phong_Nhat_massacre
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Phong_Nhi_massacre

1972: Cambodians launch attack to retake Angkor Wat
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/cambodians-launch-attack-to-retake-angkor-wat

1973: The release of U.S. POWs begins in Hanoi as part of the Paris peace settlement
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/release-of-u-s-pows-begins

1985: South Korean legislative elections. The Democratic Justice Party of president Chun Doo-hwan keeps 148 of the 276 seats despite great gains by the opposition

1988: Birth of Nana Eikura, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nana_Eikura

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQrVD5_td4s

1992: In The Republic of Mongolia, start of the multi-party system
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Mongolia

1993: Establishment of the Secretariat of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC
https://www.linkedin.com/company/asia-pacific-economic-cooperation-apec-secretariat
http://www.apec.org/About-Us/APEC-Secretariat.aspx

1996: Death of Japanese novelist Ryotaro Shiba, born on August 7, 1923
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Ry%C5%8Dtar%C5%8D_Shiba

Shiba Ryotaro

1997: Hwang Jang-yop, secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and a prime architect of North Korea’s Juche doctrine, defects at the South Korean embassy in Beijing along with his aide, Kim Dok-hong
http://edition.cnn.com/WORLD/9702/12/nkorea.defector/
http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/9702200286/shaper-north-korean-defects-bringing-secrets

2002: Pakistan charges three men in the connection with the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Pearl

2003: The United Nations nuclear agency declares North Korea in violation of international treaties. The complaint is sent to the Security Council

2009: Veteran Awami League (AL) leader Zillur Rahman is sworn in as Bangladesh’s 19th president
http://indianexpress.com/article/news-archive/print/zillur-rahman-sworn-in-as-bangladeshs-new-president/

2011: An anti-terrorism court judge in Pakistan issues an arrest warrant for Pervez Musharraf, the country’s former military ruler, in connection with the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/02/20112129419939362.html
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20110212-musharraf-dubs-bhutto-arrest-warrant-ridiculous

2013: North Korea confirms that it has carried out its third nuclear test, after international monitors detected seismic activity close to the nation’s nuclear test site
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9864069/North-Korea-confirms-successful-nuclear-est.html

2014: North and South Korean officials hold their highest-level talks since 2007, seeking to forge agreements on divisive US-South Korea military exercises and a planned reunion late this month for families divided by the Korean War
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26131487

2016: Death of Yan Su, Chinese general and composer, born in 1930
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/art/2016-02/13/content_23462374.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yan_Su

 

Holidays and observances

Myanmar Union Day

China home affairs

12 FEBRUARY 2019

China has no use for democracy. It needs a strong leader like Xi Jinping right now: Chi Wang

Chi Wang says China has no ideological basis for the development of a system that prizes personal freedom, nor any history with the rule of law
https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/united-states/article/2185438/china-has-no-use-democracy-it-needs-strong

15 JANUARY 2019

The Patriarchy Strikes Back in China

Attempts to crush feminists and labor activists linking up show what the Communist Party fears most
https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/01/15/the-patriarchy-strikes-back-in-china/

6 JANUARY 2019

China’s Xi Jinping begins his most important year at his weakest point

China’s economy has faltered in the face of US President Donald Trump’s ongoing trade war, and tensions with Washington have spread to political and military issues
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/05/asia/xi-jinping-2019-year-intl/index.html

19 NOVEMBER 2018

China under Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping is widely viewed as the strongest leader China has had since Deng Xiaoping or Mao Zedong. But six years into his perhaps indefinite tenure, what has Xi actually accomplished? And where might China be headed under his rule?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/11/19/china-under-xi-jinping/

23 OCTOBER 2018

China opens world’s longest sea bridge from Hong Kong to mainland

Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a ceremony in Zhuhai to open the 55-kilometre-long bridge, which links the city to the semi-autonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macau
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45937924
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-23/china-worlds-longest-sea-bridge-hong-kong-macau/10420468
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/132/91/58/1540257442385.html?newsId=51455

8 OCTOBER 2018

Interpol chief Meng Hongwei under investigation for bribery, China says

Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei is under investigation for suspected bribery, China’s Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on its website on Monday (Oct 8)
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/08/china-accuses-detained-interpol-chief-meng-hongwei-of-bribery
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/08/china-claims-detained-former-interpol-chief-accepted-bribes/

5 OCTOBER 2018

Interpol chief Meng Hongwei goes missing on China visit

Police in France have opened an investigation into the whereabouts of the president of Interpol after his wife reported that he had gone missing after travelling home to his native China
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/interpol-chief-meng-hongwei-missing-china-visit-181005142103765.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2167213/french-police-launch-hunt-missing-chinese-head-interpol-meng
https://www.foxnews.com/world/missing-interpol-president-deeply-rooted-in-chinas-security

30 AUGUST 2018

After Communist Party summer retreat, Xi Jinping is sticking to his policies

President has held at least four high-level meetings since the Beidaihe session wrapped up, but analysts say there are no signs of any big changes
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2161908/after-communist-party-summer-retreat-xi-jinping

2 JULY 2018

The Chinese Communist Party has 89.6m members

The Communist Party of China (CPC) had 89.56 million members with 4.57 million primary-level Party organizations at the end of 2017, the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee announced Saturday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/181/252/208/1530421848915.html

4 APRIL 2018

Bibles pulled from China’s online bookstores as Beijing releases white paper on religious policy

Bibles have reportedly been pulled from sale through online bookstores across China, sparking confusion and outrage from frustrated Chinese-Christians on social media amid a tenuous split between the Vatican and Beijing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-04/bibles-allegedly-pulled-from-chinas-online-book-stores/9616560?section=world
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/04/china-cracks-sale-bible-amid-vatican-talks/

19 MARCH 2018

China’s new cabinet members endorsed

13th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s national legislature, held the seventh plenary meeting of its first session Monday morning and endorsed the new lineup of the State Council. 
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/181/204/226/1521456648343.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/npc-2018-whos-who-in-chinas-cabinet

18 MARCH 2018

China’s parliament gives Premier Li second term

China’s parliament gave Premier Li Keqiang a second five-year term on Sunday (Mar 18), but he faces a tenure deeper in the shadow of the country’s powerful leader Xi Jinping
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-parliament-gives-premier-li-second-term-10053894
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/76/175/135/1521366927159.html

17 MARCH 2018

Xi Jinping gets second term, with ally Wang Qishan as vice-president

China’s legislature formally endorsed Xi Jinping’s second five-year presidential term on Saturday, and voted in Wang Qishan as the country’s new vice-president
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2137615/wang-qishan-chinas-new-vice-president-after
http://www.france24.com/en/20180317-china-xi-jinping-reappointed-second-term-president
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43440877

15 MARCH 2018

New vice-chairpersons of 13th CPPCC National Committee

A total of 24 people were elected vice-chairpersons of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at a plenary meeting of its first session on Wednesday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/171/57/30/1521108753889.html

14 MARCH 2018

Wang Yang elected chairman of China’s top political advisory body

Wang Yang was elected chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the top political advisory body, Wednesday afternoon
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/28/235/75/1521018096117.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2137217/wang-yang-down-earth-liberal-taking-chinas-top-advisory

11 MARCH 2018

China’s Congress votes to abolish presidential term limits, allowing Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely

China’s Congress has passed a constitutional amendment that removes presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely and confirming his status as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong died more than 40 years ago
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-11/china-abolishes-presidential-term-limits/9537166?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43361276
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/11/china-s-parliament-lifts-time-limit-on-presidency

27 FEBRUARY 2018

7 things you need to know about lifting term limits for Xi Jinping

At this point, there are more questions than answers about what this means for China, and for other countries. I will pose some of the major questions below and offer best guesses on the answers
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/02/27/7-things-you-need-to-know-about-lifting-term-limits-for-xi-jinping/

25 FEBRUARY 2018

Chinese Communist Party proposes removal of two-term limit for president

China’s ruling Communist Party on Sunday set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-proposes-removal-of-two-term-limit-for-president-15476
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/25/xi-jinping-to-cement-his-power-with-plan-scrap-two-term-limit-china
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/36/130/32/1519553491398.html

26 JANUARY 2018

Ma Zhaoxu: China’s next man at the UN

Former foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu will become China’s ambassador to the United Nations headquarters in New York, one of the country’s most prestigious overseas posts, according to diplomatic sources
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/world/2018/01/672_242839.html

27 DECEMBER 2017

The Chinese Dream’ and Xi Jinping’s power politics in 2017

China’s leader Xi Jinping ends 2017 in an unassailable position of power, having consolidated his grip over the Communist Party and state. Xi’s ultimate goal is to transform China into a global superpower
http://www.dw.com/en/the-chinese-dream-and-xi-jinpings-power-politics-in-2017/a-41941966

22 NOVEMBER 2017

China’s new military leaders

The new CMC membership is stacked with Xi’s favoured generals. While the two CMC deputies — Xu Qiliang and Zhang Youxia — share a long history with Xi, the remaining members either served in the former Nanjing Military Region, which encompassed Xi’s former Fujian and Zhejiang strongholds, or have been groomed for higher office since Xi assumed the CMC leadership
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/22/chinas-new-military-leaders/

29 OCTOBER 2017

Xi ally Li Qiang named Shanghai party boss — Xinhua

Li Qiang, an ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping, has been named the top Communist Party official in Shanghai, replacing Han Zheng who last week joined the elite Politburo Standing Committee, the official Xinhua News Agency said on Sunday
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/xi-ally-li-qiang-named-shanghai-party-boss-xinhua-1.2114840
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-leadership-changes-who-is-li-qiang-new-party-chief-of-shanghai

25 OCTOBER 2017

China congress: No heir apparent as Xi reveals top leadership

China has revealed its new senior leadership committee, breaking with tradition by not including a clear successor to President Xi Jinping (see the full list of new leaders)
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41743804
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-25/meet-president-xi-jinping-new-leadership-team/9086372?section=world
http://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/101/76/75/1508905872099.html
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-25/278369.shtml

24 OCTOBER 2017

What China’s elevation of President Xi Jinping to the Communist pantheon means for the superpower’s future

China’s Communist Party votes to enshrine President Xi Jinping’s ideology in its constitution, making him the country’s most powerful leader since chairman Mao Zedong
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/xi-jinping-china-communist-party-constitutional-amendment-ideology-enshrined-superpowers-future-mao-a8017111.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-10-24/xi-jinping-becomes-most-powerful-chinese-leader-since-mao-has-name-added-to-constitution/1711526
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-communist-party-boosts-xi-jinpings-status/av-41092174

19 OCTOBER 2017

One-man rule? China’s Xi Jinping consolidates grip on power

Xi is already China’s most powerful leader in decades, but could he use the world’s biggest political party and its 89 million members to cement that grip and stay in power beyond the customary two terms? And to what end? A 42mn video debate
http://www.france24.com/en/20171018-debate-china-one-man-rule

18 OCTOBER 2017

Xi Jinping delivers report to CPC 19th congress, stressing socialism with Chinese characteristics in new era

Xi Jinping called on all members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to « secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-18/277457.shtml
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2115858/key-points-xis-speech-chinas-communist-party-congress
http://live.china.org.cn/2017/10/17/opening-ceremony-of-the-19th-cpc-national-congress/

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Communist Party expels former high-flyer Sun Zhengcai in countdown to key congress

Former political star Sun Zhengcai has been expelled from China’s Communist Party and will face prosecution, state media reported on Friday – two months after his shock downfall and just weeks before a key five-yearly leadership reshuffle
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2113438/chinas-communist-party-expels-former-political-high
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170929_33/
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20170929/33348.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2017

What is Xi Jinping thought?

At the next Congress, Xi Jinping’s thinking will be included in the party’s constitution, just like Mao Zedong’s was. But this thought seems only to be made of rhetoric, nationalism, and an emphasis on China’s greatness. Xi’s much-vaunted contribution to Chinese-style communism tends to stop reforms to maintain power in the hands of the party and his own
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/What-is-Xi-Jinping-thought-41877.html

16 AUGUST 2017

Xi loyalists grab the reins of pivotal projects

Chinese President Xi Jinping is giving close allies full control over two signature projects that promise to help him achieve total political supremacy: the Belt and Road Initiative and the remodeling of Beijing
https://asia.nikkei.com/Features/China-up-close/Xi-loyalists-grab-the-reins-of-pivotal-projects?page=1

7 AUGUST 2017

What to expect from Xi Jinping’s Communist Party congress power play

 When Xi Jinping took the helm of China’s ruling Communist Party in late 2012 he had few trusted allies by his side or loyal aides at his command
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2104492/how-chinas-leader-building-team-communist-party

30 JULY 2017

China marks army’s 90th anniversary in huge military parade

President Xi Jinping has overseen a large-scale military parade in a show of force to mark the 90th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army. Xi urged the army to « unswervingly stick to » the Communist Party
https://www.scmp.com/video/china/2104637/xi-jinping-oversees-parade-celebrate-plas-90th-anniversary
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/07/china-marks-armys-90th-anniversary-huge-military-parade-170730110920587.html
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-xi-wants-world-class-army-to-beat-all-enemies/a-39890302

21 JULY 2017

Chinese Communist Party threatens to punish members if they are religious

The party remains concerned about the enduring issue. “Party members should be firm Marxist atheists, obey Party rules and stick to the Party’s faith,” one official writes. They should not be “allowed to seek value and belief in religion”
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Communist-Party-threatens-to-punish-members-if-they-are-religious-41348.html

27 JUNE 2017

China passes tough new national intelligence law

China’s legislature passed a new national intelligence law on Tuesday (June 27) after an unusually brief round of discussions, granting authorities new powers to monitor suspects, raid premises, seize vehicles and devices and operate overseas
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-passes-tough-new-national-intelligence-law

10 APRIL 2017

Beijing offers chinese spy-hunters cash rewards for amateur counter-espionage

China’s Ministry of State Security pledged to pay Chinese citizens 500,000 yuan (about 72,000 dollars) for providing the authorities with any information on espionage activities in the country
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704101052495103-china-security-intelligence-foreign-spies-reward/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2086308/whistle-blowers-wanted-beijingers-urged-report-foreign

3 APRIL 2017

New Party chiefs named in 4 Chinese provinces

The central leadership has named new Party chiefs in four provinces in the latest reshuffle of provincial leadership ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China later this year
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/03/content_15595120.html

2 MARCH 2017

Is Xi Jinping’s political ambition bad for China?

It is an important year for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is consolidating his influence for long-term control of the Communist Party. But China expert Willy Lam explains why Xi’s ambition may be bad for the country
http://www.dw.com/en/is-xi-jinpings-political-ambition-bad-for-china/a-37785583

7 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s finance minister Lou Jiwei steps down, former tax chief to take role

Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, who has been struggling in recent years to tackle the country’s huge debt problems, is stepping down as he approaches retirement age
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2043588/chinas-finance-minister-lou-jiwei-steps-down-former-tax-chief
http://www.atimes.com/article/finance-minister-lou-jiwei-among-three-replaced-reshuffle/

2 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s Xi condemns ‘cliques’ and ‘conspiracies’ within party

China’s President Xi Jinping condemned « cliques », « conspiracies » and « fraud » within upper echelons of the Communist Party and said there were urgent problems to be addressed, state media reported on Wednesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-xi-condemns-cliques-and-conspiracies-within-party/3256568.html

27 OCTOBER 2016

President Xi Jinping named as Chinese Communist Party’s ‘core’ leader

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has formally named President Xi Jinping as the “core” of the party leadership, a title that carries deep political meaning and is set to shape the power play in the run-up to a leadership reshuffle next year
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2040675/chinese-communist-party-expands-xi-jinpings-political
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/27/content_15517241.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161027_36/

4 OCTOBER 2016

Xi Jinping may delay picking China’s next leader, stoking speculation

The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, appears prepared to defy the Communist Party’s established script for transferring power and delay the designation of his successor until after a party congress next year, unsettling the party elite and stirring speculation that he wants to prolong his tenure
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/05/world/asia/china-president-xi-jinping-successor.html?smid=li-share

24 JULY 2016

China unveils world’s largest amphibious Aircraft

China has completed production of the world’s largest amphibian aircraft, AG600, that it plans to use to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue operations
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/246105739
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/today-headlines/2016-07/24/content_7171059.htm

30 JUNE 2016

CPC has nearly 89 million members

The Communist Party of China (CPC) had 88.758 million members at the end of 2015, according to figures revealed by the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee on Thursday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/30/content_15456545.html

18 JUNE 2016

‘Rebel’ China village chief arrested for corruption

The chief of a village that became a symbol of resistance against corruption has been arrested for allegedly accepting bribes, Chinese authorities said Saturday, as a large police operation moved in to head off dissent
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/rebel-china-village-chief-arrested-corruption#sthash.7CMUpKsE.dpuf
http://www.dw.com/en/chinese-police-block-wukan-village-ahead-of-anti-corruption-protests/a-19340037
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160618_24/

16 MAY 2016

Beijing carefully ignores anniversary of violent Cultural Revolution

It has been 50 years since the spark that touched off China’s volatile period of mass collectives and student uprising. Beijing did not mark the occasion, and clamped down on social media discussions of the event
http://www.dw.com/en/beijing-carefully-ignores-anniversary-of-violent-cultural-revolution/a-19260230
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36299692
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/china-cultural-revolution-50-media-blackout-160516050538313.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36284297

21 APRIL 2016

 China’s Xi moves to take more direct command over military

Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role over the country’s powerful armed forces as head of its increasingly important joint operations, displaying both his strong personal authority and China’s determination to defend its interests.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinas-xi-moves-more-direct-command-over-military-034110933.html?nhp=1
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinas-xi-jinping-takes-commander-chief-military-title

25 MARCH 2016

20 arrested over letter asking for resignation of « Comrade Xi Jinping »

Chinese authorities have arrested 19 other people on charges of having participated in the publication of the open letter calling on President Xi Jinping to resign. The total number of detentions now stands at 20: Jia Jia the reporter, the first to be detained, appears less and less involved in the matter and his release is expected
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-35897905
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Open-letter-to-Xi-Jinping-reveals-divided-Party:-Resign,-for-your-own-good-and-the-good-of-the-nation-37011.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/china-widens-crackdown-xi-resignation-letter-160325182008794.html

14 DECEMBER 2015

China rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang’s trial ends amid scuffles

One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, goes on trial over online comments critical of the ruling Communist Party, as police scuffled with supporters gathered outside the courthouse
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35089858
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1891126/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-rejects-charges

20 NOVEMBER 2015

Communist Party of China holds event to commemorate Hu Yaobang

The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held a symposium to commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of its former general secretary Hu Yaobang on Friday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing
http://atimes.com/2015/11/communist-party-of-china-holds-event-to-commemorate-hu-yaobang/
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-issues-book-commemorating-reformist-leader-hu-yaobang-062837877.html

26 OCTOBER 2015

Xi Jinping on What’s Wrong with Contemporary Chinese Culture

At the Beijing Forum on Literature and Art, President Xi Jinping spoke to a high-level audience of arts professionals about the role of arts and culture in China. The speech was given in Beijing and titled “Talks at the Forum on Literature and Art Work,”
http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/culture/xi-jinping-whats-wrong-contemporary-chinese-culture

23 OCTOBER 2015

Xi relies on ‘second red generation’ generals to maintain grip

Generals belonging to the so-called second red generation are increasingly dominant in the Chinese military, riding their parents’ coattails to power, following the purge of two top uniformed officers in President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign
http://asia.nikkei.com/Features/China-up-close/Xi-relies-on-second-red-generation-generals-to-maintain-grip

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

China military parade commemorates WW2 victory over Japan

With swarms of fighter jets and helicopters flying overhead, some 12,000 troops marched through the center of Beijing as China marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with its biggest ever display of military might
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/02/asia/china-world-war-ii-military-parade/index.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinas-xi-jinpings-speech-commemoration-70th-anniversary-japanese-wwii-surrender
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-34125418

3 JULY 2015

Why the Communist Party’s new security law is bad news for China

From « social contradictions » to food safety, from environmental crisis to foreign religions, from the Internet to outer space, there is hardly any realm of the country’s activity that doesn’t fall under the rubric of national security risk in the new law
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/02/opinions/china-security-law-nicholas-bequelin/index.html

1 JULY 2015

China adopts new law on national security

China’s top legislature on Wednesday adopted a new national security law highlighting cyber security and demanding the establishment of a coordinated, efficient crisis management system.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-07/01/c_134372812.htm

11 JUNE 2015

China jails former security chief Zhou Yongkang for life for bribery, corruption

China’s ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang has been jailed for life – the most senior politician to face corruption charges under Communist rule
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-ex-security-chief/1908474.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/06/11/china-s-crackdown-on-corruption-ex-security-chief-handed-life-sentence/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-33095453

5 APRIL 2015

Late Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang can be laid to rest – a decade after death

The family of late liberal Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang said on Sunday they had finally received approval for the burial of his ashes, a decade after his death
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1757115/late-chinese-leader-zhao-ziyang-can-be-laid-rest-decade-after-death

6 MARCH 2015

A Modern Cult of Personality? Xi Jinping Aspires To Be The Equal of Mao and Deng

Having been in office for just over two years, President Xi Jinping has already laid claim to being the third most powerful politician of post-liberation China, just after Chairman Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping
http://www.jamestown.org/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=43626&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=7&cHash=943c3fb1d23aefca0021f99432e34917#.VQH5Iu9_nmS

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Former Chinese propaganda chief Deng Liqun dies at 100

Former Chinese propaganda chief and communist hardliner Deng Liqun, a fierce critic of the economic reforms championed by late leader Deng Xiaoping, died Tuesday at the age of 100, state media reported.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/471418/former-chinese-propaganda-chief-deng-liqun-dies-at-100

30 JANUARY 2015

Chinese government attacks textbooks that promote Western values

For Education Minister Yuan Guiren, high schools and universities should shun or ban textbooks that promote « non-Chinese » values. Previously, President Xi Jinping had also attacked freedom of thought. Teachers who speak out are hounded, fired and even jailed
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-government-attacks-textbooks-that-promote-Western-values-33337.html
http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/china-warns-against-western-values-in-imported-textbooks/?ref=asia&_r=0

26 JANUARY 2015

China: The Eclipse of the Politburo

Evidence suggests the Politburo Standing Committee is in decline, while the central party bureaucracy gains more clout.
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/china-the-eclipse-of-the-politburo/

17 DECEMBER 2014

Mourners mark China leader Zhao Ziyang’s 10th death anniversary

Mourners have gathered to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of China’s purged former leader, Zhao Ziyang
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30863571

29 DECEMBER 2014

China’s Xi calls for tighter ideological control in universities

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for greater « ideological guidance » in China’s universities and urged the study of Marxism, state media reported on Monday, as the country tightens control on Western ideology
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-xi-calls-tighter-ideological-control-universities

8 DECEMBER 2014

Xi Jinping: the growing cult of China’s ‘Big Daddy Xi’

Xi Jinping completes two years as president in January and as he enters his third year in office a growing cult of personality is being built around the 61-year-old as he fights to stamp his authority onto the Chinese Communist Party.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11279204/Xi-Jinping-the-growing-cult-of-Chinas-Big-Daddy-Xi.html

Zhou’s arrest affirms Xi’s grip on power: Experts

The arrest of former public security czar Zhou Yongkang and his expulsion from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) underscore President Xi Jinping’s tightening grip on power. It is also the Chinese leader’s biggest and boldest move yet in his two-year campaign to root out corruption across all ranks, experts said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/zhous-arrest-affirms-xis-grip-power-experts

5 DECEMBER 2014

China arrests ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang

Ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang, the most senior Chinese official to be investigated for corruption, has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30352458
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11276723/China-arrests-former-security-chief-Zhou-Yongkang.html

3 NOVEMBER 2014

China stresses Communist party’s control over military

Anyone calling for China’s People’s Liberation Army to be loyal to the state rather than the Communist party has a « very black heart », military media said Monday, after President Xi Jinping stressed: « The party commands the gun »
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/441148/china-stresses-communist-party-control-over-military
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/11/xi-emphasizes-partys-command-army/

23 OCTOBER 2014

Beijing embraces ‘rule of law with Chinese characteristics’

China’s Communist rulers declared Thursday that the country would embrace the « rule of law with Chinese characteristics », official media reported after a key party meeting touted as heralding legal reform.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439164/beijing-embraces-rule-of-law-with-chinese-characteristics
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-10/23/content_15181985.html
http://english.people.com.cn/n/2014/1023/c90785-8799088.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s ex-president drops down rankings: paper

Former Chinese leader Hu Jintao has slipped further down the Communist Party rankings, state-run media said Tuesday, as his successor Xi Jinping consolidates his authority in the one-party state
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-ex-president-drops-down-rankings-paper

25 AUGUST 2014

The Red Beatification of Xi Jinping

He is not yet one of the “saints” of the Chinese Communist Party along with Mao and Deng. But already, after less than two years in office, Xi Jinping is, to borrow a phrase from the Catholic Church, being “beatified” – given pre-sainthood status.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/red-beatification-xi-jinping/

1 AUGUST 2014

Xi Jinping wants to be Mao but will not learn from the latter’s mistakes

Concentrating power in top leader of party, state and army has unleashed a flood of flattery and brought back the cult of personality that had been « abolished » after the death of the Great Helmsman. However, the new leader’s style and way of exercising power fails to heed the fact that when one rises above all others, one feels free to make blunders
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xi-Jinping-wants-to-be-Mao-but-will-not-learn-from-the-latter’s-mistakes-31787.html

28 JULY 2014

Probes and propaganda: Xi’s double strategy to consolidate power

Under Xi Jinping, China’s government formed after the Communist Party’s 18th National Congress at the end of 2012 has adopted a double strategy to bring its control to the country’s 31 province-level governments. On the one hand, Beijing plays tough through the party’s inspection system; on the other hand, it exerts soft power softly through propaganda
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140728000004&cid=1101

1 JULY 2014

Xu Caihou’s Family Arrested: Was He Involved in Military Coup?

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) finally announced on June 30th that Xu caihou was expelled from the Communist Party for alleged corruption and his case handed to prosecutors for investigation. Following is earlier report on his case by http://www.ntd.tv/en/programs/news-politics/china-forbidden-news/20140630/117427-xu-caihous-family-arrested-was-he-involved-in-military-coup.html

30 JUNE 2014

Top China military official Gen Xu Caihou accused

One of China’s most senior military officials has been accused of accepting bribes and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28084886
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418185/china-communist-party-expels-four-top-officials-over-graft

14 JUNE 2014

China official probed for ‘disciplinary violations’

Su Rong, vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is the highest-ranking official to come under investigation under President Xi Jinping, who has vowed to fight corruption
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/china-probes-top-politician-graft-2014614142225515823.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-official-probed-disciplinary-violations-media

4 JUNE 2014

China’s Tiananmen Square locked down by security forces on 25th anniversary

Authorities blanketed central Beijing with heavy security today on the 25th anniversary of the bloody military suppression of pro-democracy protests centred on Tiananmen Square, pre-empting any attempts to publicly commemorate one of the darkest chapters in recent Chinese history
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10873978/Chinas-Tiananmen-Square-locked-down-by-security-forces-on-25th-anniversary.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413526/beijing-tightens-security-for-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen-crackdown

3 JUNE 2014

China Defends Crackdown Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary

China on Tuesday defended as « lawful » its detention of government critics ahead of this week’s 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-cracks-down-on-critics-ahead-of-tiananmen-anniversary/1928154.html

6 MAY 2014

China detains series of dissidents ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen massacre

Several dissidents disappear in Beijing and Guangzhou and a well-known lawyer is arrested on charges of « causing unrest » ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10809825/China-detains-series-of-dissidents-ahead-of-25th-anniversary-of-Tiananmen-massacre.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-detains-prominent-human-rights-lawyer-2014569270309666.html

Six injured in knife attack at Chinese train station

At least six people have been injured in a knife attack at a station in Guangzhou, Chinese officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27289398
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/06/china-knife-attack-wounds-six-in-guangzhou/

17 APRIL 2014

Xi Jinping ‘using purge of Chinese officials to fill key positions with allies’

Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to use a purge of senior officials suspected of corruption to put his own men and reform-minded bureaucrats into key positions across the Communist Party, the government and the military, sources said

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10772555/Xi-Jinping-using-purge-of-Chinese-officials-to-fill-key-positions-with-allies.html

14 APRIL 2014

Beijing: two more Zhou Yongkang cronies arrested

For experts and analysts, the government is trying to rid itself of former powerful « national security czar. » Zhao Miao and Yan Cunzhang, two of his associates, are the latest victims, both accused of corruption. For one observer, a « power struggle » is underway

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing:-two-more-Zhou-Yongkang-cronies-arrested-30830.html

3 MARCH 2014

China Captures Remaining Suspects in Train Station Attack

China says it has captured the final three suspects in the stabbing rampage at a train station that killed 29 people and injured 143 others. Citing the Ministry for Public Security Monday, the official Xinhua news agency says the suspects who carried out the attack are part of a terrorist gang led by Abdurehim Kurban.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-captures-remaining-suspects-in-train-station-attack/1862890.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/03/china-ethnic-uighurs-say-they-are-being-harassed-after-train-station-knife-/

2 MARCH 2014

Xinjiang separatists behind deadly China rail attack: Xinhua

More than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives at a train station in southern China, drawing police fire, in what authorities called a terrorist assault by ethnic separatists based in the far west, state media said Sunday. Thirty-three people were killed and 130 wounded
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2014/03/02/401858/China-blames.htm
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/02/world/asia/china-railway-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

2 JANUARY 2014

Communist leaders battle to regain ‘street cred’

China’s normally reclusive leaders have been flocking onto the streets to court the masses after Xi Jinping, their commander-in-chief, scored a major propaganda coup by popping out for a bun lunch at a working man’s diner.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10546660/Communist-leaders-battle-to-regain-street-cred.html

28 DECEMBER 2013

In China, One-child policy eased as laojiao centres close

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Assembly today adopted a resolution loosening the country’s one-child policy. It also formally abolished Re-education through labour camps, also known as laojiao centres.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/One-child-policy-eased-as-laojiao-centres-close-29912.html

26 DECEMBER 2013

China marks Mao Zedong’s 120th birthday anniversary

Chairman Mao should not be worshipped as a god, but was a man who made “mistakes”, says Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, on the 120th anniversary of the Great Helmsman’s birth
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25518017
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/26/muted-celebrations-as-china-remembers-chairman-mao/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-12/26/c_132998764.htm

19 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese journalists face Marxist ideology exam

Chinese journalists will have to pass a new ideology exam early next year to keep their press cards, in what reporters say is another example of the ruling Communist party’s increasing control over the media under President Xi Jinping http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/19/chinese-journalists-ideology-exam-media

14 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese lunar rover lands on moon

A spacecraft carrying China’s first lunar  rover landed has on the moon, state television showed, a major step for the emerging superpower’s ambitious space programme.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/china-first-lunar-rover-set-touchdown-2013121454636469941.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25356603

11 DECEMBER 2013

China puts former security chief under house arrest-sources

China has put Zhou Yongkang, one of the most powerful politicians of the last decade, under virtual house arrest while the ruling Communist Party investigates accusations of corruption against him, several sources said on Wednesday.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-puts-former-security-chief-under-house-arrest-sources
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-china-puts-former-security-chief-under-house-arrest/1807918.html

2 DECEMBER 2013

China launches its first unmanned moon probe

China launched its first rover mission to the moon Monday, sending a robotic craft named Jade Rabbit to trundle across the lunar landscape, examine its geology and beam images back to Earth.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10487670/China-launches-its-first-unmanned-moon-probe.html

12 NOVEMBER 2013

Chinese Party Meeting Calls for Establishing ‘National Security Council’

The leaders of the Chinese Communist Party have resolved to establish a national security council (guojia anquan weiyuanhui) in order to “perfect the national security system and strategy, and guarantee national security” http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41616&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=effae2bbb02addd05e33b2cfed2bc216#.UoQBP8vLTIU

9 NOVEMBER 2013

Pivotal CPC Third Plenary Session opens in Beijing

The four-day Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee will deliberate on a draft decision of the CPC Central Committee on « major issues concerning comprehensively deepening reforms. »
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20131109000103&cid=1101
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/09/china-leaders-meeting-economy-beijing-reforms
http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/09/21366218-chinas-communist-party-promises-unprecedented-reform-but-will-it-deliver?lite

Supporters of China’s disgraced Bo Xilai set up political party

Supporters of China’s disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, have set up a political party, two separate sources said, in defiance of a decades-old de facto ban on new political parties.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/supporters-chinas-disgraced-bo-xilai-set-political-party

8 NOVEMBER 2013

China party says no to political reform on eve of key meet

China’s Communist Party gave an emphatic no to any political reform that may threaten its rule in a lengthy document published on Friday, the day before it starts a key meeting to set the economic agenda for the next decade.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-party-says-no-political-reform-eve-key-meet?page=0%2C0

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10435245/Communist-Party-rejects-hostile-calls-for-political-opening.html

6 NOVEMBER 2013

Explosions Near Communist Party Building in China

A series of small blasts have killed at least one person outside a provincial office of the ruling Communist Party. The blasts in Taiyuan in Shanxi province appeared to have been caused by home-made bombs
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/06/explosions-china-communit-party-office
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/06/china-blasts-in-taiyuan-kill-at-least-one-person-close-to-communist-party-/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24830724

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Chinese vote no on democracy

A rising proportion of China’s middle class believes the country does not need to become a democracy or introduce elections, despite its increasingly important role in the world. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/chinese-vote-no-on-democracy/story-e6frg6so-1226750801937?goback=%2Egde_2387236_member_5803285263811633152#sthash.f35iZhCm.dpuf

 

Main news on Afghanistan

****

12 FEBRUARY 2019

Afghan mujahideen fighter-turned-president Mojaddedi dies, aged 93

Afghanistan’s first president following the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country and the collapse in 1992 of Kabul’s pro-communist government, Sibghatullah Mujadidi, has died. He was 93
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/anti-communist-guerrilla-who-became-afghan-president-dies/
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/former-interim-president-sibghatullah-mujaddedi%C2%A0passes-away

6 FEBRUARY 2019

US downplays Taliban claims they will withdraw half of Afghan troops by April

The US Department of State dampened the group’s claims, saying it had not agreed to any timeline of a possible withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/us-downplays-taliban-claims-they-will-withdraw-half-of-afghan-troops-by-april-1.822574
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/us-vowed-to-withdraw-half-of-troops-in-afghanistan-by-april-taliban-23928

30 JANUARY 2019

Taliban not seeking to rule Afghanistan alone – spokesman

Taliban members want to live with other Afghans and « tolerate one another and start life like brothers, » Shaheen Suhail, spokesman for the group’s political office in Qatar says
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/taliban-not-seeking-to-rule-afghanistan-alone-spokesman-23736
http://www.afghanistantimes.af/taliban-says-not-seeking-monopoly-on-power-in-afghanistan/

28 JANUARY 2019

US and Taliban agree to framework peace deal, envoy says

US and Taliban negotiators have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan, Washington’s top negotiator has said
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/28/us-and-taliban-reach-framework-peace-deal-reports
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47028177
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/foreign-forces-leave-afghanistan-president-ghani-190128105831423.html

21 JANUARY 2019

Taliban kill ‘more than 100 people’ in attack on Afghan military base

Afghan defence ministry sources said a suicide car bomber struck a military base, followed by an assault by Taliban militants who opened fire on Afghan forces at the army post in eastern Maidan Wardak province, killing over 100 security personnel
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/afghanistan-attack-today-security-military-base-death-toll-taliban-terror-maidan-wardak-a8738671.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/more-than-100-killed-in-taliban-attack-in-east-afghanistan-source-23479

19 JANUARY 2019

Former Afghan warlord Hekmatyar enters presidential race

A former warlord accused of historic war crimes entered Afghanistan’s presidential race on Saturday in a new challenge to President Ashraf Gani who allowed him to return from exile two decades he was forced out by the Taliban
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/former-afghan-warlord-hekmatyar-enters-presidential-race-1.61540440
https://www.khaama.com/gulbuddin-hekmatyar-to-run-for-president-in-july-elections-03146/

13 JANUARY 2019

Human Rights Watch calls for sanctions against new Afghan defence minister Asadullah Khalid

International rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged major donors to impose sanctions on Afghanistan’s newly appointed acting defence minister over alleged war crimes and human rights abuses
https://in.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-rights/human-rights-watch-calls-for-sanctions-against-new-afghan-defence-minister-idINKCN1P70G4?rpc=401&
http://www.arabnews.pk/node/1434426/world

30 DECEMBER 2018

Taliban dismisses Afghanistan’s peace talk offer

The Taliban have rejected Kabul’s offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the militants, fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan, will meet U.S. officials to further peace efforts, a Taliban leader said on Sunday
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/taliban-dismisses-afghanistan-peace-talk-offer-181230082443475.html

26 DECEMBER 2018

Afghanistan postpones next year’s presidential election

The Afghan election commission says the delay in holding the presidential election will allow time to fix technical problems that surfaced during October’s parliamentary elections
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/afghanistan-postpones-next-year-s-presidential-election-22830
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/afghanistan-postpones-presidential-election-181226104721451.html

2 DECEMBER 2018

Senior Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Manan killed by US airstrike in Afghanistan

Abdul Manan, the Taliban “shadow governor” in the southern Helmand province, died of wounds sustained late on Saturday. Manan’s death was confirmed by the Taliban as a “big loss”. The group vowed it would not affect military operations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/02/us-airstrike-kill-senior-taliban-commander-afghanistan
https://www.khaama.com/taliban-calls-mullah-manans-death-a-major-loss-02862/

18 NOVEMBER 2018

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday
https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-hold-talks-with-us-envoy-in-qatar
http://www.afghanistantimes.af/u-s-taliban-negotiate-possibility-of-election-delay/

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Kabul delegation, Taliban attend Afghan peace talks in Russia

Members of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, a body overseeing peace efforts, met Taliban officials at a conference in Moscow on Friday and repeated President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of peace talks without pre-conditions
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/kabul-delegation-taliban-attend-afghan-peace-talks-in-russia-21534
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46155189

25 OCTOBER 2018

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar set free in Pakistan

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was the Taliban’s number two and ran their insurgency until he was seized in a joint raid by the CIA and Pakistani intelligence officers in 2010
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/afghan-taliban-leader-mullah-baradar-set-free-in-pakistan-1.784297
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45971366
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1833921/1-pakistan-releases-two-senior-afghan-taliban-commanders-say-sources/

20 OCTOBER 2018

Afghanistan votes amid polling chaos and Taliban attacks

Afghan voters faced shambolic polling arrangements and Taliban violence as the country turned out for its third parliamentary elections since the extremist regime was ousted in 2001
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/20/afghanistan-votes-amid-polling-chaos-taliban-intimidation/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-130-casualties-in-chaotic-afghanistan-election-21006
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45919057

18 OCTOBER 2018

Key Afghan police chief killed in shooting at governor’s compound after meeting with US general

Gen Abdul Razik was shot dead alongside the Kandahar spy chief and provincial governor shortly after a meeting with the top US military commander in the country
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/18/top-afghan-official-killed-shooting-governors-compound-meeting/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45899845
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/top-afghan-official-killed-in-shooting-in-kandahar-us-general-unhurt-20968

 

13 OCTOBER 2018

Taliban say ‘general’ discussion held with US special envoy

The Taliban held talks with the U.S. special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s protracted and increasingly bloody war, a Taliban official said Saturday
https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-say-general-discussion-held-with-us-special-envoy
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/taleban-confirm-meeting-with-us-peace-envoy-in-qatar

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Founder of Afghan militant Haqqani network dies – Taliban

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant Haqqani network, one of the most powerful groups in the Afghan insurgency, has died after a long illness, the Taliban announced on Tuesday
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/founder-of-afghan-militant-haqqani-network-dies-taliban-19986
https://www.afp.com/en/news/205/afghan-taliban-announce-death-haqqani-network-founder-doc-18u1354

26 AUGUST 2018

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed, says government

The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group’s hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/isis-leader-in-afghanistan-killed-in-strike-spy-agency-says-1.763750
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/isil-leader-afghanistan-killed-air-strikes-180826134946305.html
https://www.khaama.com/emir-of-isis-khurasan-killed-in-nangarhar-province-05827/

24 AUGUST 2018

Why are Kabul and Washington not participating in Moscow-led Taliban talks?

In an interview with DW, South Asia expert Michael Kugelman explains why Kabul and Washington turned down Moscow’s invitation to participate in an Afghanistan peace conference next month
https://www.dw.com/en/why-are-kabul-and-washington-not-participating-in-moscow-led-taliban-talks/a-45212728

2 AUGUST 2018

Three foreigners kidnapped and murdered in Kabul

Three foreigners were kidnapped in Kabul and found shot dead in a car on Thursday in the latest sign of the capital’s declining security
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/malaysian-among-3-foreign-workers-kidnapped-and-killed-in-afghan-10583392
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/three-foreigners-kidnapped-and-murdered-in-kabul/2018/08/02/916f643a-9644-11e8-a679-b09212fb69c2_story.html?utm_term=.f92a294f10c2

22 JULY 2018

ISIS claims suicide bombing targeting returning Afghan vice president

A suicide bomb blast has rocked Kabul airport shortly after Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum returned from self-imposed exile
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44917583
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/isis-claims-suicide-bombing-targeting-returning-afghan-vice-president-1.752918
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/suicide-attack-near-kabul-airport-leaves-several-dead-officials-19076

11 JULY 2018

Britain to almost double troops in Afghanistan after US request

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the government will send an extra 440 troops, which would bring Britain’s total to about 1,100, to help Afghan troops fighting Taliban and Islamic State insurgents
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/britain-to-almost-double-troops-in-afghanistan-after-us-request/

30 JUNE 2018

Afghan government resumes Taliban offensive after ceasefire ends

Afghan security forces resumed offensive operations on Saturday after President Ashraf Ghani declared an end to the government’s unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/30/afghan-government-resumes-taliban-offensive-ceasefire-ends/
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/30/asia/afghanistan-taliban-ceasefire-ends-intl/index.html

7 JUNE 2018

Afghan goverment Announces Ceasefire With Taliban

President Ashraf Ghani says the ceasefire starts from the 27th of Ramadan (June 12) to the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr (June 19)
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/afghan-govt-announces-ceasefire-taliban
https://ariananews.af/president-ghani-announced-ceasefire-with-taliban/
https://www.khaama.com/nato-sg-welcomes-president-ghanis-announcement-for-ceasefire-with-taliban-05330/

30 APRIL 2018

Twin blasts kill dozens in Afghan capital, including nine journalists

Daesh said two of its suicide bombers had targeted the Kabul headquarters of Afghanistan’s intelligence services, while in a separate blast 11 children were killed in Kandahar
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/deadly-attacks-in-afghanistan-leave-42-dead-including-10-journalists-17087
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/nine-journalists-killed-while-covering-kabul-explosion
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-30/afghanistan-bombing-kills-25-including-veteran-photographer/9711770?section=world

22 APRIL 2018

Blast at voter centre kills dozens in Afghanistan’s Kabul

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside the building in Kabul, killing at least 63 and injuring more than 100 others. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/blast-at-voter-centre-kills-dozens-in-afghanistan-s-kabul-16921
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-04-22/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-attack-in-kabul-killing-more-than-50/1751308

11 APRIL 2018

What does Russia Want with the Taliban?

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Taliban publish letter calling on US to start Afghan peace talks

In an unexpected overture at a time of increasing bloodshed in Afghanistan, the Taliban have published an open letter expressing a desire for peace talks and calling on the “American people” and “peace-loving congressmen” to pressurise the Donald Trump administration into negotiations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/14/taliban-publish-letter-calling-us-start-afghan-peace-talks
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/13/552224/Afghanistan-government-Taliban-secret-talks-AP

2 FEBRUARY 2018

China in talks to help build base in Afghanistan’

China has been in talks with neighboring Afghanistan to help build a military base there, amid concerns about militants slipping into Chinese territory from the war-torn country, Afghan officials say
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/02/550987/China-Afghanistan-military-base-Wakhan-Corridor

27 JANUARY 2018

Kabul suicide attack: At least 95 killed by ambulance bomb claimed by Taliban

An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, a health ministry official said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-95-killed-158-wounded-in-kabul-car-bombing-14650
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42843897

24 JANUARY 2018

Afghanistan attack: Save the Children suspends programmes

The UK charity Save the Children has temporarily suspended its programmes in Afghanistan after an attack on its offices in the city of Jalalabad
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42808342
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/24/bomb-blast-near-save-the-children-office-in-afghanistan

21 JANUARY 2018

Kabul attack: 14 foreign nationals and four Afghans dead after Taliban assault on Intercontinental Hotel

18 people have been killed in an attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen, who were reportedly wearing suicide vests, entered the hotel on Saturday evening and began shooting before taking a number of staff and guests hostage. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/21/afghan-armed-forces-end-deadly-siege
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42766623
https://www.khaama.com/taliban-finally-claims-kabul-hotel-attack-as-all-5-assailants-killed-04309

11 JANUARY 2018

Afghan president pardons 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Hekmatyar

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has granted clemency to 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who reached a landmark peace deal with the government in Kabul in 2016
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/11/548579/Afghanistan-Ashraf-Ghani-Gulbuddin-Hekmatyar-prisoners-PuleCharkhi
http://ariananews.af/government-frees-75-prisoners-of-hezb-e-islami-from-prisons/

28 DECEMBER 2017

Afghanistan suicide bomb attack: Dozens killed in Kabul

A Shia cultural organisation was the target but the Afghan Voice news agency was also hit. So-called Islamic State said it was behind the attack
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42500769
http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-islamic-state-targeting-shiites-in-afghanistan/a-41958793

10 DECEMBER 2017

These are Afghanistan’s best troops. The U.S. is backing a plan to create many more of them

The Crisis Response Unit, also known as the 222, is often the first to arrive and neutralize high-profile attacks — such as in March, when militants dressed in lab coats opened fire inside Kabul’s main military hospital, killing 50 people
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-afghanistan-special-operations-20171209-htmlstory.html

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Afghan Hindus and Sikhs Still Struggling

The tiny Hindu and Sikh community in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan say that growing discrimination is making their life increasingly hard
https://iwpr.net/global-voices/afghan-hindus-and-sikhs-still-struggling

16 NOVEMBER 2017

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

The US Department of Defense has announced about 3,000 additional American troops have been deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s new war strategy for the country
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/16/542465/3000-more-US-troops-deployed-to-Afghanistan

17 OCTOBER 2017

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 71 in attacks on Afghan security forces

Two separate suicide and gun attacks on police and soldiers in Afghanistan left at least 71 dead and nearly 170 wounded on Tuesday (Oct 17) in the latest devastating assaults on beleaguered security forces
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/suicide-bombers-gunmen-kill-32-in-attack-on-afghan-police
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/17/538895/Afghanistan-Taliban-Paktia-Ghazni-Farah

12 OCTOBER 2017

Kidnapped Canadian-American family freed in gun battle after 5 years of captivity in Afghanistan

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children are finally free after five years held hostage in Pakistan by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/10/12/kidnapped-canadian-family-released-after-5-years-of-being-held-hostage.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/12/557326885/u-s-woman-and-family-freed-after-5-years-in-captivity-in-afghanistan

31 AUGUST 2017

US defence secretary orders new troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has ordered new troops to Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday (Aug 31), 10 days after President Donald Trump announced a surge in US forces to battle advances by the Taliban
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-defence-secretary-orders-new-troops-to-afghanistan-9176362
http://ariananews.af/pentagon-reveals-real-number-of-troops-in-afghanistan/

22 AUGUST 2017

US President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy

President Donald J. Trump tonight unveiled an expansive new strategy for South Asia aimed at bolstering American security.The new strategy encompasses Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the Central Asian nations and extends into Southeast Asia. He stressed the strategy will not have artificial timelines built into it
https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1284964/president-unveils-new-afghanistan-south-asia-strategy/
https://www.defense.gov/Videos/videoid/544991/
https://www.voanews.com/a/world-reacts-to-trumps-speech-on-new-afghanistan-strategy-/3995547.html

11 AUGUST 2017

ISIL lures jobless Afghans and Taliban with big salaries

The extremist group has made significant headway in Afghanistan and is recruiting villagers as well as its enemy, the Taliban, to paid jobs in order to expand its influence across the north, according to local Afghan officials
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/isil-lures-jobless-afghans-and-taliban-with-big-salaries-1.618823

22  JULY 2017

US airstrike kills 16 Afghan policemen in Helmand as Taliban leader’s son believed dead in suicide Attack

US airstrike has killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, the latest setback to Washington’s efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/22/us-kills-16-soldiers-helmand-airstrike-taliban-leaders-son-believed/
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-16-afghan-police-killed-in-us-strike-in-helmand-province-2510659

14 JULY 2017

ISIL leader in Afghanistan ‘killed in US raid’

The head of ISIL in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in an attack on his headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/isil-leader-afghanistan-killed-raid-170714192512285.html
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/07/14/528477/US-Daesh-Afghanistan-isil-

29 JUNE 2017

US-led military alliance NATO agrees to boost troops in Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the US-led Western military alliance will increase the number of troops in war-ravaged Afghanistan
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/29/526894/NATO-US-Jens-Stoltenberg–Afghanistan-Taliban
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/06/afghans-doubt-increasing-foreign-troops-bring-real-change-170629075018693.html

16 JUNE 2017

US to send 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan

A White House official has confirmed that the US will deploy an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan. The move follows concerns from top commanders that the Afghan army is being pushed back by a resurgent Taliban
http://www.dw.com/en/us-to-send-4000-more-troops-to-afghanistan/a-39271721

13 JUNE 2017

Mattis admits that ‘we are not winning in Afghanistan right now’

The United States is not winning in Afghanistan. That’s according to U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who testified before lawmakers during a Defense Department budget hearing
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/13/525207/US-not-winning-in-Afghanistan-Mattis
https://www.voanews.com/a/3899681.html
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-gives-pentagon-freedom-to-set-troop-numbers-in-afghanistan/a-39243374

31 MAY 2017

At least 80 killed, hundreds injured in Kabul diplomatic quarter blast

At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded Wednesday when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40102903
http://www.dw.com/en/huge-explosion-in-kabul-extensive-damage-to-german-embassy/a-39056329

8 MAY 2017

Afghanistan IS head killed in raid – US and Afghan officials

The head of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed in a military raid, US and Afghan officials have said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39839339
http://www.dw.com/en/us-and-afghan-officials-is-leader-in-afghanistan-killed-in-military-raid/a-38747180

7 MAY 2017

50 Afghan soldiers killed, over 100 injured in retaliatory fire: Pakistan

Inspector General FC (IGFC) Major General Nadeem Ahmad on Sunday said that at least 50 Afghan soldiers were killed and over 100 injured when Pakistan responded to the firing by Afghan border police
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/203046-50-Afghan-soldiers-killed-over-100-injured-in-retaliatory-fire-Pakistan
http://www.dw.com/en/worst-border-clashes-in-years-are-afghanistan-and-pakistan-at-war/a-38743051

4 MAY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after peace deal

Veteran warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has returned to the Afghan capital, eight months after signing a peace deal with the government
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39802833
https://www.dawn.com/news/1331049/kabul-uneasy-as-former-warlord-hekmatyar-returns-after-20-years
http://www.dw.com/en/can-warlord-hekmatyar-help-stabilize-afghanistan/a-38692319

2 MAY 2017

Trump’s Afghanistan policy will face big limitations

US President Trump has completed 100 days in office, yet his Afghanistan policy is vague and ambiguous. Expert Michael Kugelman tells DW the Trump administration is likely to come up with an Afghanistan policy soon
http://www.dw.com/en/trumps-afghanistan-policy-will-face-big-limitations/a-38661290

28 APRIL 2017

Taliban’s annual spring offensive under way

The Afghan Taliban announced Friday the start of their “spring offensive,” saying they would target foreign forces in the country and heralding a fresh round of fighting in the drawn-out conflict
http://www.atimes.com/article/talibans-annual-spring-offensive-way/
http://zeenews.india.com/world/taliban-announce-spring-offensive-vow-to-build-institutions-2000177.html

24 APRIL 2017

Afghan defense minister, army chief resign after deadly Taliban Attack

The Afghan minister of defense and army chief of staff have resigned over a major Taliban assault on an army base, the president’s office says. The news came as US Secretary of State Jim Mattis arrived in the country
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-defense-minister-army-chief-resign-after-deadly-taliban-attack/a-38556314
https://www.dawn.com/news/1328928/afghan-defence-minister-army-chief-resign-after-taliban-attack

21 APRIL 2017

140 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban Attack

Attackers talked their way onto the base disguised in Afghan army uniforms and driving military veichles before opening fire on soldiers eating dinner and leaving a mosque after Friday prayers
http://www.atimes.com/article/afghan/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/21/taliban-kill-dozens-at-afghan-army-hq
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39672357

17 APRIL 2017

Ex-Afghan president calls US bomb drop an ‘atrocity’: report

Hamid Karzai has spoken out against the US decision to drop the MOAB bomb on Afghanistan. His interview comes the same day a top Trump official tours South Asia to speak with regional leaders
http://www.dw.com/en/ex-afghan-president-calls-us-bomb-drop-an-atrocity-report/a-38455632

26 MARCH 2017

US air strike in Afghanistan kills senior al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin: Pentagon

A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 killed the senior al Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin, who has been linked to numerous attacks in Pakistan, the US military confirmed
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/26/us-air-strike-in-afghanistan-kills-senior-al-qaeda-leader-qari-yasin-pentagon/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/252555762/taliban-militant-who-hatched-the-plan-for-deadly-2008-islamabad-bombing-killed-in-us-drone-strike
http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/al-qaeda-‘leader’-killed-us-strike-afghanistan-pentagon

23 MARCH 2017

Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin

The Taliban have captured the crucial south Afghan district of Sangin after a year-long battle
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39365330
http://www.voanews.com/a/taliban-capture-key-southern-afghan-district/3778722.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/taliban-capture-key-afghan-district-9-police-killed-170323142927112.html

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/

4  FEBRUARY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

The UN has dropped sanctions against former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to return to the country
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38867280
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/afghanistan/un-lifts-sanctions-on-notorious-afghan-warlord-1.1972844
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/04/c_136031737.htm

27 JANUARY 2017

Afghan Taliban’s new chief replaces 24 « shadow » officials

The leader of the Afghan Taliban recently replaced « shadow » governors in 16 of the country’s 34 provinces, as he sought to consolidate his influence over the insurgency, senior figures in the movement said this week
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-s-new-chief-replaces-24-shadow-officials/3472966.html

23 JANUARY 2017

Can Afghanistan’s Economy Rebound in 2017?

There’s no reason to think 2017 will be any better for Afghanistan than 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/can-afghanistans-economy-rebound-in-2017/

3 JANUARY 2017

Why is Russia so interested in Afghanistan all of a sudden?

 An increased Russian involvement in Afghanistan has surprised many observers. What does Moscow want to achieve in the war-torn country? After Syria, is another US-Russia conflict being played out in a different arena?http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-russia-so-interested-in-afghanistan-all-of-a-sudden/a-36989680

24 DECEMBER 2016

Iran, Russia See Opportunity to Encircle the US in Afghanistan

Moscow and Tehran see an opportunity to fatal distract the United States in Afghanistan
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/iran-russia-see-opportunity-to-encircle-the-us-in-afghanistan/

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Tangled History of the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Triangle

Kabul’s foreign policy approach has shifted between favoring India and Pakistan since the partition
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/the-tangled-history-of-the-afghanistan-india-pakistan-triangle/

23 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan opium production up 43% – UN drugs watchdog

United Nations report says poppy cultivation in the war-torn country has risen to its highest level in more than 20 years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37743433
http://www.atimes.com/article/opium-crops-spread-afghanistan-taliban-gains-ground/

18 OCTOBER 2016

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year, UN data show, with the torrent of people crossing the border expected to continue
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/350-000-afghan-refugees-return-from-pakistan-un-1.1914860

5 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan aid: Donors promise $15.2bn in Brussels

International donors have pledged $15.2bn (€13.5bn ; £11.9bn) in aid to help Afghanistan until 2020
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37560704
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-10/05/content_15506325.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan: Ghani, Hekmatyar formalise peace deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has formalised a peace treaty with Hezb-i-Islami, an armed group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a deal the government hopes will lead to more agreements with other fighters
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/afghanistan-ghani-hekmatyar-sign-peace-deal-160929092524754.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan signs deal with militant Hekmatyar

The Afghan government has signed a peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami, the country’s second largest militant group
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37438674
http://www.euronews.com/2016/09/22/peace-in-afghanistan-but-at-what-price
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27405-govt-hizb-e-islami-peace-deal-draws-mixed-reaction

18 AUGUST 2016

Discord between Afghan unity government leaders intensifies

Calls for fresh elections have intensified in Afghanistan as the unity government leaders fail to resolve their dispute over power sharing. President Ghani and CEO Abdullah have yet to find a way to work in tandem
http://www.dw.com/en/discord-between-afghan-unity-government-leaders-intensifies/a-19485299

12 AUGUST 2016

IS leader in Afghanistan killed, US believes

Hafiz Saeed, leader of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died in a US drone strike last month, the US believes
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37063654
http://atimes.com/2016/08/is-chief-for-afghanistan-pakistan-killed-by-us-drone/

31 JULY 2016

Kabul Slams China Over Reported Taliban Visit

 The Afghan government has shown its displeasure over reports that a Taliban delegation visited China, saying Beijing should not provide “a platform” to groups that are involved in the killing of Afghans
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghan-government-shows-displeasure-over-reported-taliban-china-visit/3442971.html
http://zeenews.india.com/news/asia/afghan-taliban-delegation-visits-china-to-discuss-unrest-sources_1913283.html

29 JULY 2016

Will WTO membership help improve Afghanistan’s economy?

On Friday, Afghanistan became the 164th country to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). after its upper house of parliament passed a final handful of laws that were required as preconditions for membership
http://www.dw.com/en/will-wto-membership-help-improve-afghanist

9 JULY 2016

NATO renews Afghanistan mission

NATO countries agreed on Saturday to extend their military mission in Afghanistan amid continuing threats from the Taliban
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/world/52151-nato-renews-afghanistan-mission
http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3217842-nato-allies-commit-around-1-billion-per-year-to-support-afghan-forces/

6 JULY 2016

Obama slows US troop drawdown in Afghanistan

The US will slow its troop drawdown in Afghanistan, leaving a force of 8,400 when President Barack Obama completes his term, the president announced on Wednesday in a blunt acknowledgment that America will remain entangled there despite his aspirations to end the war
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/06/obama-slows-us-troop-drawdown-in-afghanistan/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/world/asia/obama-afghanistan-troops.html?ref=asia&_r=0

30 JUNE 2016

Taliban attack on Afghanistan police cadets near Kabul kills dozens

Taliban bombers have attacked an Afghan police convoy outside the capital Kabul, killing at least 30 people and wounding 50 others, officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36671676
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26044-taliban-suicide-bombers-hit-afghan-police–kill-30-wound-53

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

6 JUNE 2016

Taliban ambush kills American photojournalist and translator in Afghanistan

A veteran American photojournalist and a translator working for National Public Radio were killed while accompanying Afghan troops in southern Afghanistan on Sunday 5, according to NPR and military officials.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/05/taliban-ambush-kills-american-journalist-and-translator-in-afgha/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25662-two-journalists-killed-in-helmand

5 JUNE 2016

Afghanistan: MP Sher Wali Wardak killed in Kabul bomb blast

Three civilians including an Afghan lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak were killed in Kabul on Sunday evening after an IED was detonated via remote control near the MP’s house
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25661-kabul-blast-kills-three-including-mp
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36455738

25 MAY 2016

The new Taliban chief elected is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada

In a statement issued by the Taliban on Wednesday, the group confirmed the death of Mullah Mansour and added that Taliban’s Shura has selected Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25487-haibatullah-named-talibans-new-leader
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/afghan-taliban-appoint-leader-mansours-death-045123915.html?nhp=1
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36377008
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/25/afghan-taliban-names-haibatullah-akhunzada-as-its-new-chief/

22 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader in US attack

Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP on Sunday (May 22), adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-sources/2807732.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36352559

21 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour believed dead after US airstrike

The Pentagon has announced that Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour has probably been killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. The raid was specifically targeting the fundamentalist leader, US authorities said.
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-taliban-leader-mullar-akhtar-mansour-believed-dead-after-us-airstrike/a-19275462
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36351990

18 MAY 2016

Kabul signs draft peace deal with warlord Hekmatyar

Afghanistan has signed a preliminary agreement with the militant group Hezb-i-Islami. The deal with the anti-foreign forces group is being seen as a sign of success in Kabul’s peace efforts
http://www.dw.com/en/kabul-signs-draft-peace-deal-with-warlord-hekmatyar/a-19265788
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25298-govt-to-bring-in-hekmatyar-and-members-giving-special-privilèges

16 MARCH 2016

NATO chief predicts another tough year ahead for Afghanistan

The head of NATO on Wednesday predicted a difficult fight ahead for Afghanistan as the government continues to battle the Taliban and other militant factions trying to assert their presence in the war-ravaged country.
http://news.yahoo.com/nato-chief-predicts-another-tough-ahead-afghanistan-112127733.html

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

2 MARCH 2016

Russia’s new role in Afghanistan

More than two decades after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, Moscow is once again seeking to play a major role in the country by boosting military and economic cooperation with Kabul
http://www.dw.com/en/russias-new-role-in-afghanistan/a-19087432

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghanistan war: Just what was the point?

According to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR — the U.S. government’s money watchdog there), the Taliban hold more territory now than at any time since 2001
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/25/asia/afghanistan-war-analysis/index.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghan civilian casualties hit a record 11,000 in 2015

The United Nations said in its annual report released on Sunday there were 3,545 civilian fatalities and 7,457 people wounded with children paying a particularly heavy toll, as Afghan security forces faced a surge in attacks by the Taliban and other armed groups.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/afghan-civilian-casualties-hit-record-11000-2015-160214071436972.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35572815

10 FEVRIER 2016

U.S. sends more troops to Afghanistan

Hundreds more U.S. troops are headed for Afghanistan’s strife-torn Helmand province to shore up security forces who have struggled in the face of sustained Taliban attacks, officials said.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/us-sends-more-troops-to-afghanistan/article8219631.ece?w=alauto

2 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. airstrikes kill 46 militants, destroy IS radio in Afghanistan

A total of 46 militants were killed and a radio station belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group was destroyed after U.S.-led coalition forces carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan’s Paktika and Nangarhar provinces overnight, government officials said Tuesday
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/international-military-news/2016-02/02/content_6885784.htm

29 JANUARY 2016

What does China want from the Afghan peace process?

China is one of four countries directly involved in talks aimed at resuming the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban. DW takes a look at what’s driving Beijing’s diplomatic push
http://www.dw.com/en/what-does-china-want-from-the-afghan-peace-process/a-19011501

11 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan hosts four-way Afghanistan peace talks

Representatives from Pakistan, the USA, China and Afghanistan have met in Islamabad to discuss plans for peace negotiations with the Taliban. The Taliban, however, are not participating in the talks for now
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35279283
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/afghan-peace-talks-resume-pakistan-160111045824649.html
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-pakistan-talks-china-us/27480460.html

1 JANUARY 2016

At least two killed in bomb explosion at French restaurant in Kabul; Taliban claims attack

A Taliban suicide car bomber has struck a French restaurant popular with foreigners in Kabul, killing two people in a New Year’s Day attack that marks the latest in a series of brazen insurgent assaults
http://www.france24.com/en/20160101-taliban-kabul-french-restaurant-popular-expats

9 DECEMBER 2015

Afghan Taliban kill dozens at Kandahar airport

Dozens of people have been killed in a Taliban attack on a heavily fortified civilian and military airfield in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35043938 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/taliban-kills-scores-ongoing-kandahar-airport-attack-151209153246413.html
http://www.dw.com/en/taliban-launch-deadly-attacks-across-afghanistan-amid-peace-conference/a-18908146

11 NOVEMBER 2015

Afghan Hazara killings spur thousands to march in Kabul

Afghan security forces have fired warning shots into the air at a protest in Kabul, injuring seven people, according to officials
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34783511

26 OCTOBER 2015

The Taliban’s days are almost over

 To many of us in the country, the Taliban’s recent victory is due to serious weaknesses within the Afghan government rather than their own strength. Despite their recent military achievement, the demise of the movement as an alternative governing force has already begun
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/10/taliban-days-afghanistan-kunduz-pakistan-151025075020774.html

15 OCTOBER 2015

Barack Obama to keep US troops in Afghanistan through 2016, says ‘it’s the right thing to do’

US President Barack Obama has broken his promise to end the war in Afghanistan on his watch and will leave thousands of troops in the country when he departs the White House, passing the task of resolving America’s « longest war » on to his successor.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11933444/Barack-Obama-to-slow-US-troop-withdrawals-from-Afghanistan-says-official.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/21903-govt-welcomes-obamas-decision

3 OCTOBER 2015

16 die at Afghan clinic after US airstrike; UN denounces act

An airstrike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the Afghan city of Kunduz Saturday, killing at least 16 people in what the US military called possible “collateral damage” in the battle to oust Taliban insurgents
ttp://atimes.com/2015/10/afghan-airstrike-near-kunduz-msf-clinic-kills-3-staff-30-others-missing/
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/03/asia/afghanistan-doctors-without-borders-hospital/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11909123/Kunduz-Nato-investigates-whether-US-air-strike-hit-hospital-latest.html

1 OCTOBER 2015

Afghan forces retake Taliban-held Kunduz city amid fierce clashes

Afghan troops recaptured the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday amid fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its U.S. allies
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/01/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKCN0RU07Y20151001
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/714540/afghan-forces-retake-control-of-kunduz-from-taliban-govt

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Afghan forces fight to retake Kunduz from Taliban

Afghan forces have been battling Taliban fighters to retake the city of Kunduz, a day after it fell to the insurgents in their biggest victory since their removal from power in 2001
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34387914
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-29/afghan-forces-launch-operation-to-retake-northern-city-of-kunduz-from-taliban-militants/1498152

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Taliban raid sees release of hundreds of Afghan prisoners

Among 150 Taliban militants thought to be among those released in pre-dawn attack on jail in Ghazni by insurgents said to be wearing Afghan police uniforms
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11862939/Taliban-fighters-release-hundreds-of-prisoners-from-Afghan-jail.html

13 AUGUST 2015

Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri pledges allegiance to Taliban head

The leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansoor, whose appointment has caused divisions within the Taliban
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/13/al-qaeda-leader-pledges-allegiance-to-new-taliban-chief/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/al-qaeda-zawahiri-pledges-allegiance-taliban-mullah-mansoor-150813141523792.html

7 AUGUST 2015

35 dead, hundreds wounded as multiple bombings rock Kabul

Multiple bombings rocked Kabul Friday, killing at least 35 people and wounding hundreds more in the first major attacks in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/suicide-blast-hits-kabul-police-academy-casualties-feared-162156644.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/police-academy-kabul-hit-suicide-bomb-150807164338154.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33814737

30 JULY 2015

Mullah Omar: Taliban choose deputy Mansour as successor

The Taliban has appointed Mullah Omar’s deputy to replace him at the helm of the group, according to militant commanders
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/30/taliban-names-new-leader-to-replace-mullah-omar/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33721074
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20673-peace-talks-postponed-at-talibans-request-pakistan

29 JULY 2015

Afghan government said that Mullah Omar: Taliban leader ‘died in Pakistan in 2013

 “The government … based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan,” the Afghan presidential palace said in a statement
http://www.dawn.com/news/1197114/mullah-omar-died-in-karachi-in-april-2013-afghan-govt
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33703097

26 JULY 2015

Taliban take remote Afghan police base after mass surrender

The Taliban took control of a large police base in a remote part of northeastern Afghanistan after some 100 police and border guards joined the insurgents following three days of fighting, security officials said Sunday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-07/26/content_15295536.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33669344
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20614-taliban-release-142-alp-and-border-police-officials

15 JULY 2015

Taliban leader Mullah Omar backs Afghan peace talks

The leader of the Afghan Taliban has given his backing to peace talks with the Afghan government, saying that the goal of the negotiations is an « end to occupation » by foreign forces
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33535905
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/taliban-leader-mullah-omar-backs-afghan-peace-talks-150715124016867.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/15/taliban-leader-appears-to-approve-peace-talks-with-afghan-government/

11 JULY 2015

Islamic State leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan ‘killed by drone’

A former Taliban leader now thought to be ISIS’ leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said Saturday
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/11/asia/isis-leader-killed-afghanistan/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33492780

22 JUNE 2015

Taliban stages deadly attack on Afghan parliament

A Taliban suicide bomber and several gunmen have attacked the Afghan parliament, wounding at least 31 people and sending a plume of black smoke across Kabul
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/explosions-gunfire-rock-afghan-parliament-kabul-150622060232229.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33221051

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

 

Pakistan home affairs & society

***

12 FEBRUARY 2019

Pakistan censors New York Times article by activist critical of military

An opinion piece in the International New York Times criticising Pakistan’s powerful army was censored by its local publisher on Tuesday (Feb 12), replaced by a blank space in a country where it can be dangerous to reprimand the military
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistan-censors-new-york-times-article-by-activist-critical-of-military

9 FEBRUARY 2019

Asia Bibi: Pakistani authorities barring her from leaving, friend says

Pakistani authorities have moved Asia Bibi, a Christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy charges, to a new “secure area” and are barring her from leaving the country, a close friend and rights campaigner has claimed
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/09/asia-bibi-pakistani-authorities-barring-her-from-leaving-friend-

1 FEBRUARY 2019

Asia Bibi reunites with family in Canada ?

The lawyer of the Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy, said Bibi and her husband had arrived in Canada. He did not disclose the exact time of her departure and how she had left Pakistan, citing security reasons
https://www.dw.com/en/asia-bibi-reunites-with-family-in-canada-reports/a-47324563

29 JANUARY 2019

Pakistan’s top court upholds Asia Bibi blasphemy acquittal; Christian woman expected to seek asylum abroad

Aasia Bibi was ordered released eight years after she was sentenced to death in 2010 on blasphemy charges – a landmark ruling that sparked widespread protests around Pakistan by hard-line Islamists and even led to the murder of a local governor
https://www.foxnews.com/world/christian-woman-on-death-row-for-blasphemy-in-pakistan-acquitted-in-landmark-ruling
https://www.dw.com/en/asia-bibi-pakistani-court-upholds-acquittal-decision/a-47272482
https://www.dawn.com/news/1460376/aasia-bibis-final-legal-hurdle-comes-to-an-end-as-sc-upholds-her-acquittal

26 JANUARY 2019

Asia Bibi’s daughters take refuge in Canada ahead of court blasphemy ruling

The daughters of a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy have been taken to Canada for safety ahead of a court hearing next week that could see her finally freed
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/25/asia-bibis-daughters-take-refuge-canada-ahead-court-blasphemy/

24 DECEMBER 2018

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sentenced to seven years in prison

The court found the three-time prime minister was unable to prove the source of income for the steel mill he owned in Saudi Arabia. He was acquitted in another case due to lack of evidence, Geo News reported
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/former-pakistan-prime-minister-nawaz-sharif-sentenced-to-seven-years-in-prison-1.805926
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1873623/1-nawaz-corruption-trial-verdict-expected-2pm/

19 DECEMBER 2018

Video shows Pakistan minister vow ‘full support’ to terror chief

A video clip surfaced showing Pakistan Interior Minister Shehryar Afridi promising “full support” to UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and mastermind of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai
http://www.atimes.com/article/video-shows-pakistan-minister-vow-full-support-to-terror-chief/

7 DECEMBER 2018

Pakistan to expel 18 charities as part of crackdown on international organisations

Pakistan is kicking out 18 international charities after rejecting their final appeal to stay in the country, a move that an aid group spokesman said would affect millions of desperately poor Pakistanis
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pakistan-international-charities-aid-expel-leave-osama-bin-laden-world-vision-plan-international-a8671051.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/07/pakistan-expels-18-charities-amid-lingering-fallout-bin-laden/

1 DECEMBER 2018

Pakistani cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi who led protests against Asia Bibi charged with terrorism

A hardline cleric has been charged with terrorism and sedition offences by the Pakistani government, after he led violent protests to oppose the acquittal of a Christian woman from blasphemy charges, a minister said Saturday
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistani-cleric-who-led-protests-against-asia-bibi-charged-with-terrorism
https://www.dawn.com/news/1448807/tlp-leader-khadim-hussain-rizvi-booked-under-treason-terrorism-charges-information-minister
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/12/01/khadim-rizvi-and-other-tlp-leadership-charged-with-treason-terrorism/

24 NOVEMBER 2018

Pakistan arrests cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi whose followers shut down cities over blasphemy

Hours after firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi was himself arrested late on Friday, police said over 300 Tehreek-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party supporters were detained in Punjab province in efforts to “maintain public order”
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1853200/1-tlp-chief-khadim-rizvi-arrested-lahore-raid/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1447217/tlp-head-khadim-rizvi-taken-into-protective-custody-scores-of-workers-arrested-in-crackdown
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2174850/pakistan-cracks-down-hardliners-after-protests-over-acquittal

3 NOVEMBER 2018

Asia Bibi’s lawyer leaves Pakistan as his client stays in jail

The Pakistani woman cleared of blasphemy charges remains in jail, and banned from leaving the country. With an appeal launched against Asia Bibi’s acquittal, her lawyer fled the country after receiving death threats
https://www.dw.com/en/asia-bibis-lawyer-leaves-pakistan-as-his-client-stays-in-jail/a-46144246
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46082324

2 NOVEMBER 2018

Pakistan’s ‘father of the Taliban’ Maulana Sami ul Haq killed in knife attack

Haq was known as the « Father of the Taliban » because he trained some of the leaders of the Islamist movement in Afghanistan. Many of them attended his Haqqania seminary, a well-known Islamist school in northwest Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan
https://www.dw.com/en/father-of-the-taliban-killed-in-pakistan/a-46135892
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1839283/1-maulana-samiul-haq-assassinated-rawalpindi/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1443119/politicians-condemn-brutal-murder-of-jui-s-chief-maulana-samiul-haq

31 OCTOBER 2018

Asia Bibi, Christian woman on Pakistan death row for blasphemy since eight years, acquitted in landmark ruling

Asia Bibi was ordered released eight years after she was sentenced to death in 2010 on blasphemy charges – a landmark ruling that sparked widespread protests around Pakistan by hard-line Islamists and even led to the murder of a local governor
https://www.foxnews.com/world/christian-woman-on-death-row-for-blasphemy-in-pakistan-acquitted-in-landmark-ruling
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/10/31/sc-acquits-aasia-bibi-orders-immediate-release/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1289700/what-you-need-to-know-about-asia-bibis-trial

24 OCTOBER 2018

Pakistan gets $6 billion from Saudis, still needs IMF loan

Pakistan has negotiated a $6 billion assistance package of loans and deferred payments from Saudi Arabia in hopes of resuscitating its flagging economy, struggling under the weight of a whopping $18 billion deficit
https://www.foxnews.com/world/pakistan-gets-6-billion-from-saudis-still-needs-imf-loan
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2169911/desperate-pakistan-welcomes-saudi-arabias-us6-billion-bailout

5 OCTOBER 2018

Pakistan opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif arrested ahead of polls

Pakistani opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif was arrested on Friday in a longstanding corruption case, the national anti-graft agency said, nine days before crucial by-elections are due to be held
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/pakistan-opposition-leader-shahbaz-sharif-arrested-ahead-of-polls-1.777568
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/10/05/nab-arrests-shehbaz-sharif-in-ashiana-housing-scam/

19 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pakistan court orders release of former prime minister Sharif and daughter

Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending their prison sentences for corruption pending an appeal hearing, his lawyer said
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/19/pakistan-court-orders-release-former-prime-minister-sharif-daughter/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1433868/nawaz-maryam-and-safdar-released-from-adiala-jail-after-ihc-suspends-avenfield-sentences
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/19/pakistan-court-orders-release-of-former-pm-nawaz-sharif

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pakistan PM Imran Khan offers citizenship to Afghan refugees

Afghan refugees born in Pakistan will be offered citizenship, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday in a dramatic change of policy that could benefit of hundreds of thousands of marginalised people
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/pakistan-pm-imran-khan-offers-citizenship-to-afghan-refugees-1.771211
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1804996/1-pakistan-born-refugees-offered-citizenship/

11 SEPTEMBER 2018

Kulsoom Nawaz: Ex-Pakistan PM’s wife dies in London

Mrs Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, 68, died after months in a coma. She was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, barely a month after Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Pakistan Supreme Court, which ordered him to face trial in an anti-corruption court
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45485734
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/09/11/begum-kulsoom-nawaz-passes-away/

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Dr Arifur Rehman Alvi elected the 13th President of Pakistan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Dr Arif Alvi was elected as the 13th president of Pakistan as the country’s electoral college – comprising of the Senate, national and provincial assemblies – cast their votes on Tuesday
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1794750/1-presidential-election-voting-commences/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1430542/ptis-dr-arif-alvi-elected-13th-president-of-pakistan

17 AUGUST 2018

Imran Khan Elected 22nd Prime Minister Of Pakistan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has been elected as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan after securing 176 votes as Pakistani lawmakers cast their vote for a new prime minister today
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92073
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/imran-khan-becomes-pakistan-s-prime-minister-19633
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45219455

13 AUGUST 2018

Pakistan’s newly elected parliament meets for first time

The first session of the 15th National Assembly ended on Monday after 328 members of the lower house of the parliament took oath following their election in the July 25 countrywide polls. Earlier, it was reported that 329 lawmakers would take oath but MNA Sahabzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan from Jhang was unable to attend the session
https://www.dawn.com/news/1426761/328-mnas-sworn-in-to-15th-national-assembly
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-s-newly-elected-parliament-meets-for-first-time-19556

3 AUGUST 2018

12 girls schools burnt down in Pakistan’s restive Gilgit-Baltistan

The schools in Chilas town, about 130-kilometre from Gilgit, were targeted late on Thursday night by the militants who set them on fire and damaged school property across Diamer district, police said
http://zeenews.india.com/world/12-girls-schools-burnt-down-in-pakistans-restive-gilgit-baltistan-2130100.html
https://www.dawn.com/news/1424685/12-schools-burnt-down-overnight-in-gilgit-baltistans-diamer-district

26 JULY 2018

Pakistan election: Imran Khan’s victory confirmed by officials as ex-cricket star falls short of majority

Imran Khan has won Pakistan’s general election, official results finally confirmed, although he has fallen short of an outright majority and will need a coalition to form a government
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pakistan-election-2018-imran-khan-win-results-official-victory-pti-a8465741.html
http://ednews.net/en/news/politics/303933-populist-imran-khan-set-to-become-new-premier
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-election-results-live-imran-khan-wins-in-pakistan-but-needs-support-to-form-government-1.2257370
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/346862-pti-allies-can-form-govt-without-support-of-other-parties

13 JULY 2018

Suicide bomber kills 128 in Pakistan attack as ousted Sharif returns and is arrested

At least 128 people, including politician Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, were killed and more than 200 injured in a deadly suicide blast in Balochistan’s Mastung district
https://www.dawn.com/news/1419812/mastung-bombing-128-dead-over-200-injured-in-deadliest-attack-since-aps-is-claims-responsibility
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/nawaz-sharif-daughter-maryam-arrested-after-arriving-in-lahore-1.2250708
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2155199/pakistan-readies-return-disgraced-ex-pm-nawaz-sharif

9 JULY 2018

China launches two satellites for Pakistan

The Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1) was launched by Pakistan on Monday morning from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Centre, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a press release
https://www.dawn.com/news/1418966/pakistan-launches-remote-sensing-satellite-in-china
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/339575-china-launches-two-satellites-for-pakistan

6 JULY 2018

Court hands former Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif 10-year term over purchase of expensive London properties

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison by a corruption court in Islamabad, lawyers said, dealing a serious blow to his party’s troubled campaign ahead of July 25 elections
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/ousted-pakistani-premier-sharif-sentenced-to-10-years-in-prison-18706
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/06/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/court-hands-former-pakistan-prime-minister-sharif-10-year-term-purchase-expensive-london-properties/#.Wz92CdIzY2w

23 JUNE 2018

Pakistani Taliban choose new chief in place of Fazlullah

Pakistani Taliban militants chose a religious scholar as their new chief in place of Mullah Fazlullah, the insurgent leader who ordered the assassination of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and was killed earlier this month in a U.S. drone strike
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/06/23/pakistani-taliban-choose-new-chief-in-place-fazlullah.html
https://www.dawn.com/news/1415660/ttp-appoints-mufti-noor-wali-mehsud-as-chief-after-fazlullahs-killing
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/06/23/mufti-noor-wali-mehsud-fills-in-fazaullahs-shoes-in-ttp/

9 JUNE 2018

Pakistan army denies involvement in abduction of writer Bukhari

Pakistan’s army on Saturday denied any involvement in the abduction of a writer and rights activist who was kidnapped for several hours this week
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-army-denies-abducting-activist-1.2234165
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1731626/1-army-denies-involvement-abduction-writer-bukhari/

28 MAY 2018

Pakistan appoints former chief justice as interim premier

Pakistan has chosen former chief justice Nasirul Mulk as caretaker PM. The July 25 general elections will be a popularity test for former PM Sharif, who challenged the military’s dominance in the political sphere
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-appoints-former-chief-justice-as-interim-premier/a-43942854
https://www.dawn.com/news/1410523/former-cjp-nasirul-mulk-named-as-caretaker-pm

27 MAY 2018

Pakistan to hold general election in July amid deteriorating civilian-military ties

Pakistan’s president has set July 25 as the date for the general election, state media say. The vote will be a test of popularity for former PM Sharif, who challenged the military’s dominance in the political sphere
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-to-hold-general-election-in-july-amid-deteriorating-civilian-military-ties/a-43942854
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1719770/1-president-mamnoon-announces-general-elections-july-25

25 MAY 2018

Pakistan dismantles troubled tribal regions

Pakistan has abolished its troubled northwest tribal areas in a historic parliamentary bill granting rights to millions of conflict-weary people and scrapping a draconian colonial-era regime
https://us.cnn.com/2018/05/25/asia/pakistan-tribal-areas-dismantled-intl/index.html
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/05/25/kp-fata-merger-bill-gets-senates-nod/
http://www.radio.gov.pk/25-05-2018/senate-resumes-session-in-islamabad

14 MAY 2018

Thousands rally in Pakistan’s Karachi for Pashtun rights

Thousands of protesters have called for an end to alleged rights abuses by Pakistan’s military at the latest rally by a grassroots rights group, defying restrictions and a string of detentions of the movement’s organisers
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/thousands-rally-pakistan-karachi-pashtun-rights-180513193931420.html
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/14/561666/PakistanPashtunKarachirightsabuse

11 MAY 2018

Pakistan gives defence minister second post of foreign affairs

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday gave Defence Minister Khurrram Dastagir Khan the additional portfolio of foreign affairs
https://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-foreign/pakistan-gives-defence-minister-second-post-of-foreign-affairs-idINKBN1IC1UI?rpc=401&
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1707706/1-defence-minister-assigned-foreign-portfolio-take-charge-fm/

6 MAY 2018

Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal injured in assassination attempt

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal was shot at and injured during a corner meeting in Narowal’s Kanjrur tehsil on Sunday, in what Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif described as an « assassination attempt »
https://www.thedailystar.net/world/south-asia/pakistan-interior-minister-ahsan-iqbal-injured-assassination-attempt-1572388
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-minister-survives-assassination-attempt/4381799.html

26 APRIL 2018

Pakistan court removes foreign minister Khawaja Asif in blow to ruling party

The ruling by the Islamabad High Court was the latest in a series of court decisions that have gone against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party (PML-N)
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-court-removes-foreign-minister-in-blow-to-ruling-party-17022
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/309421-khawaja-asifs-political-future-hangs-in-balance
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1695796/1-khawaja-asif-9-month-journey-foreign-minister/

13 APRIL 2018

Pakistan court bars former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office for life

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday (April 13) issued a lifetime ban on politicians holding office after legal disqualification – a ruling that will bar former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from ever holding an elected position following a corruption probe against him last year
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistan-court-bars-former-prime-minister-nawaz-sharif-from-holding-public-office
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-bars-ex-premier-nawaz-sharif-from-politics-for-life/a-43368800
https://www.dawn.com/news/1401362/disqualification-under-article-62-1f-is-for-life-sc-rules-in-historic-verdict

29 MARCH 2018

Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai makes emotional return to Pakistan after 2012 Taliban attack

Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan Thursday, saying tearfully that it was “a dream” to come home for the first time since she was airlifted to Britain after being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman more than five years ago
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/28/malala-yousafzai-pakistan-visit
http://www.dw.com/en/malala-yousafzai-loved-abroad-maligned-at-home/a-17932794
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1672156/1-malalalalala/

22 MARCH 2018

Pakistan senate gets first woman Leader of Opposition

Former Pakistan Information Minister Senator Sherry Rehman was elected on Thursday as the first woman leader of the opposition in the Senate — the Upper House of the Parliament
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-gets-first-woman-leader-of-opposition-1.2193035
https://www.dawn.com/news/1396881/sherry-rehman-becomes-the-first-female-leader-of-the-opposition-in-senate

13 MARCH 2018

Ousted Pakistan PM’s brother takes charge of ruling party

The brother of ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif formally took charge of the country’s ruling party Tuesday, a day after being outmanoeuvred in elections for Senate chairman
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/ousted-pakistan-pm-s-brother-takes-charge-of-ruling-party-1.2187537
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/13/555349/Pakistan-Nawaz-Sharif-Shahbaz-PMLN-PTI-PPP
http://www.dw.com/en/why-ousted-pakistani-pm-nawaz-sharif-turned-against-the-powerful-military/a-42953631

11 MARCH 2018

Shoe thrown at Nawaz Sharif during seminar in Lahore

A former Jamia Neemia student, reportedly a member of Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR), on Sunday hurled a shoe at Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, while the former premier was about to address the event members at the seminary in Garhi Shahu
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/03/11/shoe-thrown-at-nawaz-sharif-during-seminar-in-lahore/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1394594/shoe-thrown-at-nawaz-sharif-at-jamia-naeemia-lahore
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1657021/1-shoe-hurled-nawaz-sharif-lahore-madrassa/

9 MARCH 2018

Pakistan court orders Pervez Musharraf’s arrest

A special Pakistani tribunal has ordered the government to arrest former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and confiscate all his properties as it heard the high treason case against the « proclaimed offender » for imposing emergency rule in the country in 2007
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-court-orders-pervez-musharrafs-arrest-2088235.html

3 FEBRUARY 2018

Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N wins big in Parliament’s upper house polls

Pakistan’s ruling PML-N of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday won 15 seats in Senate and became the largest party in the upper house of Parliament, according to provisional results
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/nawaz-sharifs-pml-n-wins-big-in-parliaments-upper-house-polls/article22921775.ece?homepage=true

28 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistan’s ruling party picks Sharif’s brother as president

The younger brother of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been elected acting head of the country’s ruling party, following his latest disqualification by the Supreme Court
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/27/553785/Pakistan-Shahbaz-Sharif
https://www.dawn.com/news/1392482/sharif-brothers-new-role

21 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistan Supreme Court rules ousted PM Sharif cannot lead his party

Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered on Wednesday that ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif be removed as head of the political party he founded, six months after the court removed him as premier
https://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-politics/pakistan-supreme-court-rules-ousted-pm-sharif-cannot-lead-his-party-idINKCN1G51MI?rpc=401&
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/21/pakistans-top-court-rules-against-disqualified-pm-sharif.html

13 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistan bans UN-listed Mumbai attacks suspects

Pakistan has quietly amended its anti-terror laws to ban those listed as terrorists by the United Nations, a move which paves the way for Islamabad to proceed against suspected masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-bans-un-listed-mumbai-attacks-suspects-1.2173027
https://nation.com.pk/13-Feb-2018/government-bans-jamat-ud-dawa-head-hafiz-saeed

11 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir dies at 66

The family of respected Pakistani rights advocate Asma Jahangir has confirmed her death from cardiac arrest. She had recently won Sweden’s alternative Nobel Prize for her work defending and promoting human rights
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistani-rights-activist-asma-jahangir-dies-at-66/a-42536180
https://thewire.in/223099/asma-jahangir-lawyer-activist-and-a-brave-fighter/
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1632167/1-asma-jahangir-passes-away-lahore/

13 JANUARY 2018

Pakistan’s Baluchistan region elects new chief minister amid turmoil

Pakistan’s volatile Baluchistan province elected a new chief minister on Saturday, days after the previous leader was ousted in a blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party ahead of the 2018 polls
https://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-politics-baluchistan/pakistans-baluchistan-region-elects-new-chief-minister-amid-turmoil-idINKBN1F20JB?rpc=401&
http://www.radio.gov.pk/13-01-2018/abdul-quddus-bizenjo-elected-as-new-cm-of-balochistan
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1607537/1-thrice-elected-lawmaker/

10 JANUARY 2018

Pakistani journalist critical of military escapes kidnap attempt

A Pakistani journalist, known for criticising his country’s military establishment, said on Wednesday he had narrowly escaped being kidnapped by armed men, in an incident that came months after he complained of being harassed by security services
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistani-journalist-critical-of-military-escapes-kidnap-attempt-1.2155098
http://www.france24.com/en/20180110-pakistan-journalist-escapes-abductors-kidnap-press
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/journalist-taha-siddiqui-escapes-abduction-attempt-180110114031762.html

27 DECEMBER 2017

Benazir Bhutto: Former Pakistani PM ‘was highly undemocratic’

On December 27, 2007, one of Pakistan’s most influential politicians, Benazir Bhutto, was killed at a political rally. Renowned Pakistani journalist Hasan Mujtaba talks to DW about Bhutto’s politics and her murder
http://www.dw.com/en/benazir-bhutto-former-pakistani-pm-was-highly-undemocratic/a-41943369

20 DECEMBER 2017

Pakistan Army reaffirms support to democracy

In his first appearance before the political leadership, Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa reaffirmed his commitment to democracy and rule of law
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-army-reaffirms-support-to-democracy-1.2144690

6 DECEMBER 2017

Pakistani activist Raza Khan reported missing

A Pakistani peace activist has been abducted in the eastern city of Lahore, prompting fears for his safety, his family and fellow activists confirmed on Wednesday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/pakistani-activist-raza-khan-reported-missing-171206091156178.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42249090

27 NOVEMBER 2017

Opinion: Pakistan’s ignominious surrender to Islamists

November 27 will be remembered as a « black day » in Pakistan – a day when religious hardliners forced the entire state to surrender over a blasphemy row. And the military sided with Islamists, writes DW’s Shamil Shams
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-pakistans-ignominious-surrender-to-islamists/a-41543721
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/11/27/state-surrenders-to-zealots-demands/
http://nation.com.pk/27-Nov-2017/khadim-rizvi-calls-off-sit-in-as-govt-caved-into

22 NOVEMBER 2017

Militant leader accused of masterminding Mumbai attacks ordered freed by Pakistani court

A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of one of the alleged masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks which killed more than 160 people, after months of US pressure on Islamabad over its alleged support for militants
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2121168/militant-leader-accused-masterminding-mumbai-attacks-ordered
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/22/pakistani-court-orders-release-of-alleged-mastermind-of-mumbai-attacks
https://www.dawn.com/news/1372167/hafiz-saeed-set-to-be-freed-after-lhc-turns-down-extension-in-detention-order

11 NOVEMBER 2017

Pervez Musharraf forms ‘grand alliance’ of 23 political parties

The grand alliance named Pakistan Awami Ittehad (PAI) will be headed by 74-year-old Musharraf, while Iqbal Dar has been appointed as Secretary General
http://www.freepressjournal.in/world/pervez-musharraf-forms-grand-alliance-of-23-political-parties/1168747

19 OCTOBER 2017

Pakistani court indicts ousted PM Sharif and his family members

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from leaked documents known as the Panama Papers
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistani-court-indicts-ousted-pm-sharif-and-his-family-members-11481
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/207/170/228/1508414929686.html

8 OCTOBER 2017

Who killed former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto?

Ten years ago Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan to run in elections. Within two months a suicide attack had killed her but authorities are no closer to catching her killers
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/who-killed-former-pakistan-prime-minister-benazir-bhutto-1.665423

3 OCTOBER 2017

Pakistan’s disgraced ex-PM Nawaz Sharif re-elected head of ruling party

Pakistan’s ruling party on Tuesday re-elected ousted premier Nawaz Sharif as its leader, saying he was “back with full force”, a day after using its parliamentary majority to amend a law to allow him to re-take the job
http://nation.com.pk/national/03-Oct-2017/nawaz-sharif-reelected-as-pml-n-s-president-unopposed
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/10/03/nawaz-sharif-re-elected-pml-n-president/

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

Nawaz Sharif’s party clinches local election victory in Pakistan

The wife of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has captured his parliamentary seat with a reduced majority in a by-election
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/18/nawaz-sharifs-party-clinches-local-election-victory-in-pakistan
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-s-ruling-party-wins-close-parliamentary-race-1.2092021
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/230749-Nawaz-defeats-Imran

31 AUGUST 2017

A Pakistan’s  anti-terrorism court (ATC) verdict in the Benazir Bhutto murder case acquits five Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) suspects and 17-year imprisonment for two police officials

A special anti-terrorism court has sentenced two senior police officers to 17 years in prison in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, nine years, eight months and three days after the assassination
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1495869/benazir-murder-case-five-accused-acquitted-two-police-officers-sentenced-17-years-prison/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/musharraf-declared-fugitive-in-benazir-murder-case-party-shocked-1.2083246
https://www.dawn.com/news/1355153/benazir-murder-case-atc-acquits-5-accused-declares-musharraf-an-absconder

26 AUGUST 2017

Pakistan’s population tops 207 million, census shows

Pakistan’s government says results from a recently conducted national census show the country’s population has risen to 207.7 million
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/society/181473-pakistans-population-tops-207-million-census-shows
http://nation.com.pk/national/26-Aug-2017/pakistan-population-soars-to-208-million

14 AUGUST 2017

Pakistan marks 70 years of independence with fireworks, huge flag, air show

Pakistan on Monday celebrated 70 years of independence from British India with a patriotic display including a giant flag and a show of air power, as the military’s top brass vowed to wipe out terrorists days after a deadly blast
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-marks-independence-with-fireworks-huge-flag-air-show-1.2074067
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1480831/nation-celebrates-71st-independence-day/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1351502/flag-hoisting-ceremony-in-capital-marks-pakistans-independence-day

10 AUGUST 2017

Ruth Pfau: Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ dies aged 87

Ruth Pfau, a German doctor and nun who dedicated her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan and has been described as the country’s Mother Teresa, has died in Karachi aged 87
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40886234
https://www.dawn.com/news/1338320
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1477955/pakistani-lepers-messiah-dr-ruth-pfau-passes-away/

9 AUGUST 2017

Former Pakistan PM Sharif launches defiant procession

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif led a defiant procession Wednesday (Aug 9) to his party’s stronghold in the eastern city of Lahore as thousands rallied along the route, weeks after he was deposed by the Supreme Court
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-pakistan-pm-sharif-launches-defiant-procession-9109042
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1477320/live-nawaz-leaves-camp-office-islamabad-kicks-off-homegoing-rally/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1350536/homecoming-nawaz-motorcade-enters-rawalpindi

1st August 2017

Pakistan elects Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim prime minister

Former petroleum minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has been elected as Pakistan’s interim prime minister. Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz is expected to take over in September and continue until the 2018 election
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-elects-shahid-khaqan-abbasi-as-interim-prime-minister/a-39916323
https://www.dawn.com/news/1348953/shahid-khaqan-abbasi-sworn-in-as-prime-minister-of-pakistan
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/01/530385/Pakistan-premier-election-Abbasi

28 JULY 2017

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns after being disqualified from office

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned Friday after he was disqualified from office by the country’s Supreme Court
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/28/asia/nawaz-sharif-disqualified-from-office/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/supreme-court-disqualifies-nawaz-sharif-170728055818531.html
https://www.dawn.com/news/1348191/nawaz-sharif-steps-down-as-pm-after-scs-disqualification-verdict

7 JULY 2017

Pakistan welcomes the UNSC’s decision to sanction Jamaatul Ahrar, a splinter militant group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan group

Pakistan’s foreign ministry has praised the United Nations for imposing sanctions on a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, which is linked to deadly attacks in the country
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PAKISTAN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-07-08-27-10
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1452523/pakistan-welcomes-un-decision-sanction-jamaatul-ahrar/

19 JUNE 2017

Journalists in Pakistan under fire from many sides

In addition to attacks from militants or criminals, Pakistani journalists are also facing threats from government agencies or the military itself
http://nation.com.pk/national/19-Jun-2017/journalists-in-pakistan-under-fire-from-many-sides

10 JUNE 2017

Court in Pakistan sentences man to death for ‘blasphemous’ Facebook post

A 30-year-old Muslim man has been sentenced to death for posting “blasphemous” content on Facebook in Pakistan
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/shia-muslim-man-sentenced-death-pakistan-court-blasphemy-facebook-guilty-a7784336.html
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-alarming-social-media-death-sentence/a-39198406
https://www.dawn.com/news/1149558/the-untold-story-of-pakistans-blasphemy-law

11 MAY 2017

DawnLeaks: Pakistani PM Sharif ‘forces’ powerful military to back off

The Pakistani army has recanted its statement about « Dawn Leaks » civilian-military rift that purportedly undermined the premier’s authority. Pro-democracy groups say it’s a rare victory for Sharif over the army generals
http://www.dw.com/en/dawnleaks-pakistani-pm-sharif-forces-powerful-military-to-back-off/a-38797365
http://nation.com.pk/blogs/11-May-2017/dawn-leaks-had-absolutely-nothing-to-do-with-national-security

20 APRIL 2017

Pakistan’s top court rejects call to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday (April 20)  ruled there was insufficient evidence to order Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s removal from office over corruption allegations levelled by the opposition and it ordered further investigations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistan-supreme-court-rules-insufficient-evidence-to-remove-prime-minister-nawaz
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-panama-papers-ruling-is-a-win-for-everyone/a-38513759
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/199752-Full-text-of-Panama-case-verdict

11 APRIL 2017

Malala to become youngest UN Messenger of Peace

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has been named the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace, with a special focus on girls’ education
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/110359/malala-to-become-youngest-un-messenger-of-peace
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/11/asia/malala-un-messenger-of-peace/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/new-un-peace-messenger-malala-will-promote-girls-education/2017/04/10/cae6c176-1e32-11e7-bb59-a74ccaf1d02f_story.html

3 MARCH 2017

Pakistan will conduct its first census in 19 years in March

ast-growing Pakistan will conduct its first census in 19 years in March, the statistics bureau said on Thursday, hoping to end years of wrangling by politicians concerned about how a survey would affect the make-up of their local electorates
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/with-rocketing-population-pakistan-to-conduct-first-census-in-19-years-1.1987677

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine kills 83

An Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 83 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2071708/islamic-state-suicide-bombing-pakistan-shrine-kills-75
http://www.euronews.com/2017/02/17/pakistan-suicide-bombing-in-religious-shrine-kills-at-least-72-including
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1329815/attack-sehwans-heart/

31 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan cracks down on group linked to 2008 Mumbai attacks

Pakistani authorities have put Hafiz Saeed, a firebrand cleric linked to the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, under house arrest. Experts say this might be due to the pressure from the new US administration on Islamabad
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-cracks-down-on-group-linked-to-2008-mumbai-attacks/a-37343092
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38803746
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1312687/india-urges-credible-crackdown-following-hafiz-saeeds-detention/

12 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan’s Missing Human Rights Activists

Five activists have disappeared in recent weeks, including poet Salman Haider
http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/pakistans-missing-human-rights-activists/

7 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan’s military courts: What did they achieve?

A Pakistani law allowing military courts to try civilians on terror charges has expired. It’s unclear if the government will extend the law, after criticism of the courts’ legality and of their failure to curb terrorism
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-military-courts-what-did-they-achieve/a-37049690

3 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan muddles along

Pakistan has endured over a decade of political discord, security crises and prolonged military rule. In 2016, the fragile civilian-led government experienced both setbacks and successes following this legacy of instability
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/01/03/pakistan-muddles-along/

26 DECEMBER 2016

Pakistan has moved beyond Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto’s murder – nine years ago on December 27 – has remained a mystery. But it is clear that her Pakistan People’s Party is no longer a big force in the country’s politic
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-has-moved-beyond-benazir-bhutto/a-18943893

23 DECEMBER 2016

Former president and Co-Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari returns to Pakistan after 18 months of self-exile

Former president of Pakistan and the co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Friday reiterated his unflinching belief in democracy in the country and vowed to resume his political struggle through parliament
http://www.dawn.com/news/1304052/touchdown-zardari-lands-in-pakistan-after-18-months-in-self-imposed-exile
http://nation.com.pk/national/23-Dec-2016/no-compromise-on-national-interests-zardari

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Pakistan: Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa named new army chief

Pakistan’s prime minister on Saturday picked Lieutenant-General Qamar Javed Bajwa to replace outgoing army chief Raheel Sharif, the popular military leader credited with improving security and driving back militant groups
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-pm-sharif-names-general-bajwa-as-new-army-chief-1.1935712
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1245263/editorial-new-army-chief/

12  NOVEMBER 2016

At least 43 dead, 100 injured at Pakistan’s shrine blast

At least 43 people died and scores of others were injured when a bomb exploded at a remote Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province on Saturday (Nov 12), officials said
http://www.dawn.com/news/1295928/at-least-43-killed-100-injured-in-blast-at-khuzdar-shrine
http://nation.com.pk/national/12-Nov-2016/at-least-30-dead-100-injured-in-hub-shrine-blast

28 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan says under virtual house arrest

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan accused the government of placing him under virtual house arrest in Islamabad on Friday as his supporters in nearby Rawalpindi fought running battles with the police
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-opposition-leader-imran-khan-says-under-virtual-house-a/3244732.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-police-fire-tear-gas-at-stone-throwing-supporters-of-op/3244080.html
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-police-raid-opposition-party-ptis-rally-in-islamabad/a-36179571

11 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida ‘barred from leaving country’

Pakistan’s government has imposed a travel ban on a leading journalist after he sparked an uproar by reporting that civilian officials had clashed with the military over its covert support for militants
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37615467
http://www.dawn.com/news/1289496/human-rights-journalist-organisations-protest-travel-ban-on-dawn-staffer

6 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistan parliament passes legislation against ‘honour killings’

A joint session of the lower and upper houses of parliament, broadcast live on television, approved the new anti-honour killing law, removing a loophole in existing law that allows killers to walk free after being pardoned by family members
http://www.dawn.com/news/1288177/pakistan-passes-anti-honour-killings-and-anti-rape-bills
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistan-parliament-passes-legislation-against-honour-killings

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan assembly passes Hindu Marriage Bill

Pakistan’s lower house of parliament has passed a landmark bill giving its small Hindu minority the right to register marriages, the last major hurdle on the way to enacting a law aimed at protecting women’s rights.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-09/27/content_15501954.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan court orders confiscation of Musharraf’s property

 A Pakistani court trying former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over a deadly raid on Islamabad’s radical Red Mosque passed an order Saturday (Sep 17) confiscating his property, a lawyer said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-court-orders-confiscation-of-musharraf-s-property/3135154.html
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1183308/ghazi-murder-case-islamabad-court-orders-confiscation-musharrafs-property/

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

23 AUGUST 2016

Pakistan seals MQM office after attack on television media

Pakistan’s paramilitary forces sealed Karachi’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) office and detained five of its leaders after a riot turned deadly in the country’s financial hub
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/246988083

17 AUGUST 2016

Pakistan’s Islamization – before and after dictator Zia-ul Haq

Many people in Pakistan blame former dictator General Zia-ul Haq for the rise of extremism in their country. But was he really the architect of the Islamization drive in the South Asian nation?
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-islamization-before-and-after-dictator-zia-ul-haq/a-19480315

8 AUGUST 2016

Taliban suicide bombing at hospital in Pakistan city of Quetta kills at least 70

A suicide bomber killed at least 70 people and wounded some 200 others in an attack that struck a gathering of Pakistani lawyers on the grounds of a government-run hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2000884/bombing-hospital-pakistani-city-quetta-kills-least-42
http://www.dawn.com/news/1276183/70-dead-as-blast-hits-quetta-civil-hospital-after-lawyers-killing
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37015640

31 JULY 2016

Farooq Haider Khan is elected PM of Pakistan-administered Kashmir

 The new legislative assembly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Sunday elected Farooq Haider Khan of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) premier of the state
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/farooq-haider-khan-is-pm-of-pakistan-administered-kashmir-1.1871287

28 JULY 2016

Welcome to Pakistan’s Wild West, where guns are cheaper than smartphones

Sub-machine guns and Kalashnikovs can be bought as little as US$67 and US$125, respectively, in tribal town known as a hub for criminal activity
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/1996001/welcome-pakistans-wild-west-where-guns-are-cheaper-smartphones

19 JULY 2016

Pakistani court orders confiscation of Musharraf’s bank accounts

A special court hearing treason charges against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday ordered authorities to freeze his bank accounts and confiscate his property
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1144838/musharrafs-bank-accounts-frozen-property-confiscated-rules-special-court/
http://nation.com.pk/national/19-Jul-2016/court-orders-confiscation-of-musharraf-s-bank-accounts

8 JULY 2016

Death of humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, the Mother Teresa of Pakistan

Pakistan’s humanitarian worker Edhi has died in the port city of Karachi due to a protracted illness. Known as the ‘Mother Teresa’ of Pakistan, the activist worked altruistically, rising above religious prejudices
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/pakistan-humanitarian-abdul-sattar-edhi-dies-160708184523940.html
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1137773/abdul-sattar-edhi-put-ventilator-condition-deteriorates-faisal-edhi/
http://www.dw.com/en/abdul-sattar-edhi-a-life-bigger-than-accolades/a-19243405

22 JUNE 2016

Popular Pakistani Sufi singer Amjad Sabri shot dead in ‘act of terror’

One of Pakistan’s best known Sufi musicians has been shot dead by unknown assailants riding a motorcycle in Karachi, triggering an outpouring of grief over what police described as an « act of terror »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36597498
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-23/popular-pakistani-sufi-singer-amjad-sabri-shot-dead-in-act-of-terror-police-say/1592790
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1128233/amjad-sabri-killed/

23 APRIL 2016

Pakistan PM says to resign if found guilty in Panama Papers probe

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday pledged to resign if a probe related to the Panama Papers tax scandal found his family had committed any wrongdoing
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-pm-says-resign-if-found-guilty-panama-papers-probe#sthash.WLTYYS24.dpuf

21 APRIL 2016

Pakistan army sacks six senior officers amid corruption claims

At least six high-ranking Pakistani army officers, including a lieutenant-general and major-general, have been sacked amid corruption allégations.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36099794
http://www.dawn.com/news/1253497/gen-raheel-dismisses-6-army-officers-from-service-over-corruption

1 MARCH 2016

Will Qadri’s hanging lead to blasphemy law reforms in Pakistan?

Mumtaz Qadri, the murderer of former Governor Salman Taseer, has been hanged in a prison in Rawalpindi. Is Qadri’s death a victory for anti-blasphemy law campaigners or will it fuel more religious violence in the nation?
http://www.dw.com/en/will-qadris-hanging-lead-to-blasphemy-law-reforms-in-pakistan/a-19082554
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/hanging-revives-pakistan-capital-punishment-debate-160229164410577.html

29 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan hangs Mumtaz Qadri for murder of Salman Taseer

Pakistan has hanged the assassin of a governor who sought to reform the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, officials and supporters said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/pakistan-hangs-anti-blasphemy-law-governor-assassin-160229022556488.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35693767

26 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan has 24 million children out of school: Government

Of the 50.8 million children aged five to 16 in the country, 47 per cent do not receive an education, according to the annual Pakistan Education Statistics report for 2014-2015.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-has-24-million/2552540.html

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

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passes away

Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passed away on Wednesday in Karachi after prolonged illness, DawnNews reported.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1238621/renowned-urdu-playwright-fatima-surayya-bajia-passes-away-at-85

3 FEBRUARY 2016

With 115 killed, Pakistan is fourth on the list of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists

Pakistan is fourth on the list of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, and comes behind Mexico, Philippines and Iraq according to an International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) report released on Wednesday.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1237386/115-killings-make-pakistan-fourth-deadliest-country-for-journalists

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistani short story writer, novelist, journalist and poet Intizar Husain passed away

Veteran short story writer, novelist, journalist and poet Intizar Husain passed away at a hospital in Lahore. The 92-year-old was undergoing treatment at a local hospital
http://www.dawn.com/news/1236988/intizar-hussain-passes-away

26 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan inches towards stability

After a dramatic end to 2014, Pakistan has gradually moved towards greater political and economic stability. This has been largely due to its successes in reducing terrorism, which injected new hopes about the country’s ability to handle crises. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/26/pakistan-inches-towards-stability/

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

22 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan Taliban vow more school attacks in video

A senior Pakistani Taliban commander released video footage on Friday of four fighters he said carried out Wednesday’s deadly assault on a university in Pakistan’s northwest that killed 20 people and vowed more attacks on schools in future.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-01/22/content_15376922.html

20 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan attack: Gunmen kill 19 at Bacha Khan University

Security forces have ended a gun and bomb attack on a university in north-west Pakistan in which 19 people were killed and 17 injured.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35359072
http://www.dawn.com/news/1234231/breakthroughs-made-in-identifying-bacha-khan-university-attackers-dg-ispr

18 JANUARY 2016

Pakistani court acquits former president Pervez Musharraf of rebel leader’s murder

A Pakistani court has acquitted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the 2006 killing of a Baloch rebel leader, one of three legal cases he faced after returning from exile
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-18/pakistani-court-acquits-former-president-pervez-musharraf-of-rebel-leaders-murder/1537121
http://www.dawn.com/news/1233775/atc-acquits-pervez-musharraf-in-akbar-bugti-murder-case
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35341255

14 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan arrests militant group head suspected of attack on Indian air base

Pakistan has arrested the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group on suspicion his outfit masterminded an attack this month on an air base in India, two officials said on Wednesday.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/12097851/Pakistan-arrests-militant-group-head-suspected-of-attack-on-Indian-air-base.html

29 DECEMBER 2015

Pakistan suicide bombing kills ‘at least 22’ in Mardan

A Pakistani Taliban faction has claimed responsibility for the attack in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The blast took place as people queued outside the government office
http://www.dw.com/en/deadly-suicide-blast-at-government-office-in-pakistan/a-18949395
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35192375

12 SEPTEMBRE 2015

Uncommon tongue: Pakistan’s confusing move to Urdu

While many nations are adopting English, Pakistan is going the opposite way, with the Supreme Court ruling for it to be replaced with Urdu as the official language
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34215293

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

27 AUGUST 2015

Arrest warrant issued for former Pakistani PM Gilani

A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Thursday issued arrest warrants for former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as well as one of his senior ministers in a dozen graft cases against them
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/arrest-warrant-issued-former-pakistani-pm http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/671440/arrest-warrant-issued-for-former-pakistani-pm

 16 AUGUST 2015

Punjab minister Shuja Khanzada killed in Pakistan blast

Mr Khanzada was seen as the man in charge of the anti-terror campaign in Pakistan’s biggest province
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33952413
http://www.dawn.com/news/1200807/punjab-home-minister-shuja-khanzada-killed-in-terror-attack

22 JULY 2015

Asia Bibi death sentence suspended by Pakistan court

Christian woman who became first female to be sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy law granted full hearing by supreme court
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11756143/Asia-Bibi-death-sentence-suspended-by-Pakistan-court.html
http://nation.com.pk/national/23-Jul-2015/supreme-court-stays-asia-bibi-s-execution

16 JUNE 2015

Pakistan hangs seven prisoners for murder

Pakistan reportedly hanged seven prisoners on Tuesday, bringing the total number put to death since executions resumed last December to 160, officials have said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/pakistan-hangs-prisoners-murder-150616122934188.html

12 JUNE 2015

Pakistan shuts down offices of NGO Save the Children

Pakistani authorities have sealed off the offices of the international aid group Save the Children, saying the charity was « working against the country », police and government officials say http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11670128/Pakistan-shuts-down-offices-of-Save-the-Children.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/590745/pakistan-warns-aid-groups-after-save-the-children-expelled

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/

24 APRIL 2015

Pakistani human rights activist Sabeen Mehmud shot dead in Karachi

A leading Pakistani human rights activist has been killed in a drive-by shooting in Karachi after hosting a talk on allegations of torture in the province of Balochistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32452760
http://tribune.com.pk/story/875375/t2f-director-shot-dead-in-karachi/

21 APRIL 2015

Pakistan hangs 15, highest number since executions resumed

Pakistan hanged 15 people on Tuesday, officials said, the largest number of people executed on the same day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-hangs-15-highes/1798890.html

 16 APRIL 2015

Pakistan Supreme Court halts executions given by military courts

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has suspended death sentences handed down by the country’s new military courts, set up in the wake of a Taliban massacre at a school in December last year
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/pakistan-halts-executions-handed-military-courts-150416091421734.html

17 MARCH 2015

Pakistan hangs 12 in largest execution since moratorium lifted

Pakistan hanged 12 male convicts on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said, the largest number of people executed on the same day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/17/uk-pakistan-executions-idUKKBN0MD0E120150317
http://tribune.com.pk/story/854551/pakistan-hangs-12-men-in-largest-execution-since-moratorium-lifted/

10 MARCH 2015

Pakistan ends death penalty suspension after seven years

Pakistan is to resume executions for all death penalty offences, months after a moratorium was partially lifted to allow executions of terror convicts
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31812177
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/493457/pakistan-lifts-death-penalty-moratorium

9 MARCH 2015

Death sentence over ‘blasphemy’ killing of Pakistan governor

A Pakistani court Monday upheld the death sentence for the killer of a politician who sought blasphemy law reform, but struck out a terrorism conviction, making it unlikely he will be executed soon
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/492484/death-sentence-over-blasphemy-killing-of-pakistan-governor
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/pakistan-court-upholds-conviction-governor-killer-150309125004005.html

7 FEBRUARY 2015

YouTube to remain blocked in Pakistan ‘indefinitely’: officials

YouTube will remain blocked in Pakistan ‘indefinitely’, an official said Saturday, as experts have failed to find a way to filter content deemed offensive and blasphemous in the Muslim majority country
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/youtube-remain-blocked-pakistan-indefinitely-officials

28 JANUARY 2015

‘More journalists killed in Pakistan than any other democracy’

For a democratic country, Pakistan ranks worryingly high when it comes to the number of attacks on journalists. http://www.asianewsnet.net/‘More-journalists-killed-in-Pakistan-than-any-ot-71075.html

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 12 February in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 12 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on February 12, 2019

1593: During the Japanese invasion of Korea, approximately 3,000 Joseon defenders led by general Kwon Yul successfully repel more than 30,000 Japanese forces in the Siege of Haengju
http://www.samuelhawley.com/imjinarticle2.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Haengju

1881: Russia imposes new border treaty to China

1895: End of the 23 day siege of Weihaiwei (China) by the Japanese. The sino-japanese war is over
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Weihaiwei
http://sinojapanesewar.com/letter.htm
https://firstsinojapanese.weebly.com/battle-of-weihaiwei.html

1895-02-12 Weihaiwei surrender

1904: The Chinese government announced strict neutrality in the Russo-Japanese War
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1038.html

1927: UK troops arrive in Shanghai to protect the British concession

1955 President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam

1966: Sheik Mujibur Rahman announces his famous « six points » in Karachi as election manifesto of Awami League that later led to formation of Bangladesh
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Points

1968: In Vietnam, Phong Nhi and Phong Nhat massacre, by South Korean soldiers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phong_Nhi_and_Phong_Nhat_massacre
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Phong_Nhi_massacre

1972: Cambodians launch attack to retake Angkor Wat
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/cambodians-launch-attack-to-retake-angkor-wat

1973: The release of U.S. POWs begins in Hanoi as part of the Paris peace settlement
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/release-of-u-s-pows-begins

2003: The United Nations nuclear agency declares North Korea in violation of international treaties. The complaint is sent to the Security Council

2013: North Korea has confirmed that it has carried out its third nuclear test, after international monitors detected seismic activity close to the nation’s nuclear test site
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9864069/North-Korea-confirms-successful-nuclear-est.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/12/north-korea-confirms-third-nuclear-missile-test/

2014: North and South Korean officials held their highest-level talks since 2007, seeking to forge agreements on divisive US-South Korea military exercises and a planned reunion late this month for families divided by the Korean War
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26131487

On 12 February in Southeast Asian history

ON 12 FEBRUARY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in Southeast Asian history”

Updated on February 12, 2019

1869: Birth of Kien Phuc, Vietnamese child emperor (1883-1884), poisoned on August 1, 1884
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ki%E1%BA%BFn_Ph%C3%BAc

1915: Birth of Lamberto Vera Avellana, Filipino film and stage director who died on April 8, 1991
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/927/today-in-philippine-history-february-12-1915-lamberto-vera-avellana-was-born-in-bontoc-mountain-province
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamberto_V._Avellana

1922: Birth of Tun Hussein Onn, third Prime Minister of Malaysia from January 1976 to July 1981, who died on May 29, 1990
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hussein_Onn

1947: Panglong agreement between the Burmese government and ethnic minorities, celebrated as Union Day
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panglong_Agreement

1955 President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam

1968: In Vietnam, Phong Nhi and Phong Nhat massacre, by South Korean soldiers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phong_Nhi_and_Phong_Nhat_massacre
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Phong_Nhi_massacre

1972: Cambodians launch attack to retake Angkor Wat
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/cambodians-launch-attack-to-retake-angkor-wat

1973: The release of U.S. POWs begins in Hanoi as part of the Paris peace settlement
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/release-of-us-pows-begins

1993: Establishment of the Secretariat of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC in Singapore
https://www.linkedin.com/company/asia-pacific-economic-cooperation-apec-secretariat
http://www.apec.org/About-Us/APEC-Secretariat.aspx

 

Holidays and observances

Myanmar: Union Day

On 12 February in Japan’s history

1895-02-12 Weihaiwei surrender

ON 12 FEBRUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in Japan’s history”

Updated on February 12, 2019

1218: Birth of Kujo Yoritsune, the 4th sogun of the Kamakura shogunate of Japan (1226-1244) who died on September 1, 1256
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kujo_Yoritsune

1593: During the Japanese invasion of Korea, approximately 3,000 Joseon defenders led by general Kwon Yul successfully repel more than 30,000 Japanese forces in the Siege of Haengju
http://www.samuelhawley.com/imjinarticle2.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Haengju

1895: End of the 23 day siege of Weihaiwei (China) by the Japanese. The sino-japanese war is over
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/34H6639H12255.html
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/34H6639H12256.html
http://sinojapanesewar.com/letter.htm

1895-02-12 Weihaiwei surrender

1904: The Chinese government announced strict neutrality in the Russo-Japanese War
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1038.html

1920: Birth of Yoshiko Ōtaka, Chinese-Japanese actress, singer, and politician who died on September 7, 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshiko_Yamaguchi
http://www.japansociety.org.uk/29953/my-life-as-li-xianglan/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeHIONL4cJY

1988: Birth of Nana Eikura, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nana_Eikura

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQrVD5_td4s

1996: Death of Japanese novelist Ryotaro Shiba, born on August 7, 1923
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Ry%C5%8Dtar%C5%8D_Shiba

Shiba Ryotaro

 

On 12 February in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 12 FEBRUARY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in Chinese history”

Updated on February 12, 2019

712: Birth of the famous Tang dynasty poet Du Fu who died in 770
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/tu-fu
http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/china-history/du-fu.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1170.html

1876: Birth of Thubten Gyatso, 13th dalai lama who died on December 17, 1933
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thubten_Gyatso,_13th_Dalai_Lama

1881: Russia imposes new border treaty to China

1895: End of the 23 day siege of Weihaiwei (China) by the Japanese. The sino-japanese war is over
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Weihaiwei
http://sinojapanesewar.com/letter.htm
https://firstsinojapanese.weebly.com/battle-of-weihaiwei.html

1895-02-12 Weihaiwei surrender

1895: Defeated by the Japanese, Admiral Ding Ruchang commits suicide
http://www.myjapanesehanga.com/home/artists/migata-toshihide-1863-1925/chinese-admiral-ding-ruchang-about-to-commit-suicide-after-surrendering-to-japanese-forces
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ding_Ruchang

1904: The Chinese government announced strict neutrality in the Russo-Japanese War
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1038.html

1912: Abdication of Chinese Emperor Xuantong (Puyi) the last of Manchu Qing dynasty
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/last-emperor-of-china-abdicates
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/948.html

1912: The Republic of China adopts the Gregorian calendar

1920: Birth of Yoshiko Ōtaka, Chinese-Japanese actress, singer, and politician who died on September 7, 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshiko_Yamaguchi
http://www.japansociety.org.uk/29953/my-life-as-li-xianglan/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeHIONL4cJY

1927: UK troops arrive in Shanghai to protect the British concession

1936: Birth of Fang Lizhi, famous Chinese astrophysicist and dissident who died on April 6, 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fang_Lizhi
http://www.physics.arizona.edu/~fanglz/

 2016: Death of Yan Su, Chinese general and composer, born in 1930
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/art/2016-02/13/content_23462374.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yan_Su