Law Makes Its Course
On May 20, the Lahore High Court issued notices to over two dozen politicians and their family members, a property tycoon and a rights activist for submitting replies in petition to bring their foreign assets back to Pakistan.
New Realities, New Partners
On May 21, China signed a landmark deal to buy Russian natural gas worth about $400 billion, giving a boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin and expanding Moscow’ ties with Asia.
Breaking New Grounds
On May 26, Pakistani premier attended the oath-taking ceremony of Narendra Modi ‘a BJP hardliner ‘ who was sworn in as India’ 15th prime minister. Mr Sharif also held a one-on-one meeting with Mr Modi the next day.
Bhai in the Dock
On June 03, Altaf Hussain, the supremo of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was arrested by the British police on suspicion of money laundering. However, he was later released without filing of any charges.
Army Reigns Supreme
On June 8, Egypt’s ex-army chief, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, was officially sworn in morning as Egypt’s fifth head of state since 2011, nearly a year after he ousted his predecessor Mohamed Morsi.
Back to Square One!
On June 10, an Al Qaeda splinter group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), seized control of Iraq’ big northern city Mosul. Later, they seized the Iraqi city of Tikrit the very next day.
On June 08, ten militants attacked Karachi Airport killing at least 23 people. Seven terrorists were killed by the security forces while three blew themselves up. Fortunately, no plane was damaged in the attack.
On June 14, Russia cut off gas to Ukraine in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace in the former Soviet republic.
More Power to Your Elbow!
On June 15, Pakistan Army launched a comprehensive operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ against local and foreign militants in North Waziristan. This is the third full-scale military operation launched in north western belt since 2009.
Ugly Show of Power
On June 17, nine people, including two women, were killed after clashes between supporters of PAT chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri and Punjab police. Clashes started when police started removing barriers from the road outside Dr Qadri’ residence.