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World in Focus (February – March 2017)

World in Focus (February - March 2017)


Feb 16: One of the world’s biggest booksellers, Barnes & Noble, introduced “The Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction” to honour Nobel Prize winner Dr Abdus Salam of Pakistan.

The Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction

  1. The Salam Award seeks to encourage aspiring speculative fiction writers of Pakistani origin.
  2. The annual short fiction award will be judged by a rotating jury of three speculative fiction professionals.
  3. While three finalists will receive an agent and editorial reviews, the winner will also take home an award of US$500.
  4. This year’s judges will be Jeff Vandermeer, Mahvesh Murad and Usman Malik.

Feb 16: The No. 14 Air Superiority Squadron was re-equipped with the indigenously manufactured JF-17 Thunder aircraft.

Feb 16: A suicide attacker set off explosives at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, leaving at least 76 devotees dead.

Feb 16: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) banned protest gatherings and rallies anywhere in Islamabad except at the Democracy Park and Speech Corner (DPSC) at Parade Ground.

Feb 17: Pakistan was ranked 141st out of 186 economies on the annual Index of Economic Freedom 2017 that measures the degree of economic freedom in the countries of the world.

Feb 17: Nine Pakistani students – Umar Saif, Amna Zamir, Usman Qamar, Ahmed Daniyal Siddiqui, Nousheen Zakaria, Muhammad Sibtain Jiwani, Abia Akram, Muhammad Kamran Siddiqui and Moneeza Burney – were selected, from more than a global total of 1200 applicants, in the categories of entrepreneurial, professional achievement, and social impact for Professional Achievement Awards

Feb 17: Pakistan and China signed a revised priority list of energy projects to be completed in the next two years under the CPEC programme.

Feb 17: PTI disqualification reference against CM Shahbaz Sharif was dismissed by Punjab Assembly Speaker.

Feb 17: The Punjab government included names of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Qazi Kashif in the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

Feb 19: The Punjab Apex Committee decided that the provincial government would seek help from the Rangers.

Feb 19: Pakistan qualified for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup to be played in England from 24 June to 23 July.

Feb 20: Brigadier Imran Mushtaq became in charge of the Joint Directorate of Intelligence (JID) — a key department that will work in close liaison with ISI and Nacta.

Feb 20: Senate Standing Committee on Finance proposed to raise the minimum annual maintenance allowance for former rulers of states that acceded to Pakistan to Rs. 500,000.

Feb 20: Justice Chaudhry Muhammad Ibrahim Zia was appointed Chief Justice of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Supreme Court w.e.f. February 25.

About AJK Chief Justice

  1. The CJ is appointed by the AJK president on the advice of the AJK Council headed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  2. The AJK apex court comprises 3 judges, including the CJ.
  3. Unlike Pakistan, judges in the AJK Supreme Court can also be directly appointed apart from elevation from high court.
  4. All three sitting judges, including the incumbent CJ, are direct appointees.
  5. Justice Zia was initially inducted into the apex court as an ad hoc judge on April 2, 2010, an office he held until Dec 15, 2011, a day before his appointment as a permanent judge.
  6. Prior to that, he had served as AJK’s Advocate General from December 2009 to April 2010.
  7. He had also served as Chief Prosecutor Ehtesab Bureau.
  8. Justice Zia will continue as AJK CJ till 2020.

Feb 20: Ex-Senator and former President of Lahore High Court Bar Association, Muhammad Kazim Khan died.

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