The Kingdom Re-Cameronized
May 08: Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives won a stunning victory in Britain’s election by winning 331 of the 650 parliament seats. Cameron’s victory cut short the careers of his top three rivals and put the country’s future in the European Union in doubt.
An Inconsolable Tragedy
May 09: An army helicopter ferrying foreign envoys and their spouses crashed into a school, killing the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines and the wives of the Ambassador of Indonesia and the High Commissioner of Malaysia, both pilots of the Mi-17 chopper and a crew member.
The Macabre Act
May 13: In one of the most organised and ruthless attacks in Karachi’s history, six heavily-armed militants attacked a bus killing 43 commuters belonging to the Shia Ismaili community near Safoora Goth.
Yes To Palestinian Statehood
May 13: The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty. The treaty, which concerns the activities of the Catholic Church in Palestinian territory, is both deeply symbolic and makes explicit that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic recognition from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the State of Palestine.
A Royal Snub For Obama
May 14: The first-ever summit meeting between President Obama and the Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was held at Camp David — the country retreat of the US President — to discuss ways to enhance their partnership and deepen security cooperation. The King of Saudi Arabia skipped the Summit.
The New “Unbelievable”
May 17: A New York Times report “Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions” written by NYT Pakistan Bureau Chief Declan Walsh unveiled that a local IT company Axact allegedly earned millions of dollars from scams involving fake degrees, non-existent online universities and manipulation of customers.
A Whiff Of Fresh Air
May 19: After six long years, international cricket came to Pakistan with the arrival of Zimbabwe cricket team for playing a series. The tour marks the first by a Test-level team since seven Sri Lankan cricketers were wounded during a 2009 attack by militants in Lahore.
Who Will Police The Police?
May 25: Protests erupted in several cities across Punjab after two lawyers — including Daska Bar Association President Rana Khalid Abbas — were killed during a clash between protesting lawyers and police in Daska. The police opened fire on the lawyers as they demonstrated a protest against the City SHO.
Yet Another First In Pakistan
May 26: Setting a new precedent for future governments, PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak heard public grievances through live radio calls on Pakhtunkhwa radio FM 92.2. The programme named “Talk to Imran Khan” was arranged by Directorate of Information Peshawar.
A Beautiful Mind Gone!
May 23: Dr John F. Nash Jr., a Nobel Prize-winning mathematician who revolutionized the mathematical field of game theory, and whose descent into and recovery from mental illness inspired the Academy Award-winning film “A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car crash. He was 86.