The Dragon’s Trim
Sep 03: At a spectacular WWII anniversary parade where China put its military might on display, the Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a reduction of 300,000 troops to China’s armed forces, part of a series of reforms to strengthen a military striving to assert the country’s increasingly global interests.Shattering the G-4 Hopes
Sep 03: The US, Russia, China, Britain and France refused to contribute to a reform text in the UN General Assembly that deals with expansion issue, giving a deadly blow to the aspirants of a permanent seat in the Security Council and vindicating the stance of Uniting for Consensus Group (UFC), led by Italy and Pakistan.Welcome Your Lordship!
Sep 10: Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali was sworn in as chief justice of Pakistan. He will serve on the august post for 15 months and will retire on Dec 31 next year. Justice Jamali hails from the religious family of Hazrat Qutub Jamaluddin Ahmed Hansvi, the disciple and Khalifa of Baba Fariduddin Shakar Gunj.Tragedy Strikes Again!
Sep 24: At least 717 pilgrims were killed in a stampede during Haj rites in Mina, outside Makkah in what was described as the worst disaster to strike the annual pilgrimage in 25 years. At least 36 Pakistanis were among the 1100 martyrs.Tip of the Iceberg
Sep 25: The United Nations said that with a daily flow of about 8,000 refugees to Europe, which is likely to continue, it could see no easing of the flow of refugees into Europe and that problems now facing European governments may turn out to be ‘the tip of the iceberg’.Courage Personified
Sep 27: A Pakistani rights activist, Syeda Ghulam Fatima, was honoured with a Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Civil Society during the Clinton Global Citizen award ceremony in New York. She was honoured for driving a proactive approach toward policy in Pakistan and advocating for core labour standards in the country.The Greatest Political Show
Sept 28: The 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly opened at the UN headquarters in New York with focus on the war in Syria, the creeping spread of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and the surge of refugees from the region into Europe.Red Planet, Blue Streaks
Sep 28: NASA scientists announced that potentially life-giving water still flows across the ancient surface of Mars from time to time, a potential breakthrough in both the search for life beyond Earth, and human hopes to one day travel there.The Taliban Redux
Sep 28: The Taliban largely seized a major Afghan city Kunduz, storming government compounds and sending panicked residents fleeing. The militants for the first time breached a provincial capital since being ousted from power in 2001. The insurgents freed hundreds of prisoners from the local jail.Throw Dirt Enough, and Some Will Stick!
Sep 28: While addressing prominent Afghan figures and elders, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that his country was in the state of an “undeclared war” with Pakistan. In August, he had also announced that he would no more seek Pakistan’s help in the peace process with the Taliban.