July 16: The government formally launched a $205 million National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF) to improve preparedness of institutions and strengthen infrastructure to mitigate risks arising out of natural disasters and minimize loss to public life and property.
July 16: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) approved the grant of power generation license to Lahore Xingzhong Renewable Energy Company Limited.
July 16: Iran’s Chief of General Staff Maj Gen Mohammad Bagheri paid an official visit to Pakistan.
July 17: Engr Dr Tahir Masood took the charge of Managing Director/President of NESPAK.
July 17: Pakistan submitted its second counter-memorial to India’s arguments on the conviction of Kulbhushan Jadhav before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.
July 17: Pakistan ranked 68th out of 86 countries on the Inclusive Internet Index of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The country has ranked lower than India, Iran, Sri Lanka and even Bangladesh.
July 17: Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) appointed senior bureaucrat Syed Abu Akif its new secretary.
July 18: The Barsuwat Nullah in the Ishkoman valley of Ghizer district, Gilgit-Baltistan, swelled due to a glacier melt, creating an artificial lake similar to Attabad Hunza Lake, and blocking the flow of the Immit River.
Did You Know?
1. The Barsuwat area lies at a distance of 60km from Gahkuch, the headquarters of Ghizer district.
2. The Ishkoman valley is situated near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border area.
3. The Immit River joins the River Indus in the Gilgit area.
July 19: Zainab Bibi, who was declared the tallest woman by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2003, died at 46.
July 20: As part of Pakistan and China’s plan to increase maritime security of Pakistan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), China commissioned the first 1500-tonne Pakistan Maritime Security Ship (PMSS) in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.
July 20: Pakistan’s opener Fakhar Zaman became the first Pakistani batsman to enter the 200 club in ODI cricket when he scored an unbeaten 210 runs against Zimbabwe.
July 21: Hanif Abbasi, a leader of the PML-N, was arrested and sent to Adiala Jail after he was convicted by the Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) Court of Rawalpindi and handed down life term in the case related to misuse of controlled chemical ephedrine.
July 22: Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman became the fastest player to score 1000 runs in One-Day International (ODI) cricket during the 5th match against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo.
July 22: Afghanistan and Pakistan held inaugural meetings of 5 Working Groups (WGs) under the Afghanistan & Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), in Kabul.
The First Woman Chief Justice of the BHC
On July 23, the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar nominated Justice Tahira Safdar as the first ever woman chief justice of the Balochistan High Court.
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