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World in Focus (Feb-March 2019)

World in Focus (Feb-March 2019)


Feb 16: Sarah Mahboob easily won the SN Ladies National Tennis, beating Sara Mansoor in final.

Feb 16: Members of the Balochistan Assembly unanimously nominated Akhtar Hussain Langove of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) as chairman of the provincial Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Feb 17: In the aftermath of the Pulwama incident, India raised the customs duty to 200% on all goods it imports from Pakistan.

Feb 17: The Asia Pacific Group (APG) of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) presented its report to the International Country Risk Guide (ICRG) expressing satisfaction over the measures taken by Pakistan to curb terror financing and money laundering.

Feb 17: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman arrived in Islamabad on his first official visit to Pakistan.

Seven memorandums of understanding (MoUs) envisaging over $20 billion of Saudi investment were signed between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in different fields at a ceremony soon after his arrival in the federal capital.

Feb 17: The FIA arrested three people including two officers of the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) for their alleged involvement in leaking question papers of the Central Superior Services (CSS) examination.

Feb 18: Saudi Crown Prince announced to establish a health centre in Swat, the hometown of a Pakistani hero Farman Ali Khan who saved 14 lives during the floods in Jeddah in 2009.

Feb 18: The FBR placed the revised Convention on Avoidance of Double Taxation with Switzerland, enabling both sides for access of information on banking and financial details.

Feb 18: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was conferred the country’s highest civil award Nishan-e-Pakistan.

Feb 18: The two-day historic visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman concluded with a significant announcement of releasing over 2,100 Pakistani prisoners languishing in Saudi Arabia’s jails.

Feb 19: The 8th ROPME Sea Area Hydrographic Commission (RSAHC) meeting, being hosted by Pakistan Navy, was inaugurated, in Islamabad, by Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat.


RSAHC is one of the 15 geographically distributed regional bodies established by International Hydrographic Organisation to coordinate hydrographic activities around the globe and promote safety of shipping.

Presently, Pakistan is Chairman of RSAHC which includes North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Strait of Hormuz, encompassing critical oil trade route. Other members of this Commission are Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia whereas France, UK and USA are associate members.

Pakistan has been a leading nation in RSAHC since its establishment in 2000.

Feb 19: Japan signed a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and the World Food Programme, under which it would contribute $10.6 million to help fight malnutrition; improve livelihoods and increase resilience to natural disasters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan.

Feb 20: Shakirullah, a Pakistani prisoner who belonged to Pakistani city of Daska, was found dead after being brutally tortured by other inmates lodged at a jail in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan.

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