Here is your daily dose of Digestible News covering Gen Bajwa’s meeting with Iran’s president, ‘Paradise Papers’, Pakistan’s chance of regional peace talks with India using US as a mediator and more!
General Bajwa discusses regional security issues with Iran’s president
Digestible News No. 1: Chief of army staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa met Iranian Chief of General Staff (CGS) Major General Mohammad Bagheri, on Monday morning at the General staff HQ where he was presented guard of honour. The Iranian leadership applauded Gen Bajwa for his visit to Iran, while recognising Pakistan’s role is fighting against terrorism in the region and setting a positive example. General Bajwa spoke to the military leadership of Iran, discussing matters of defence, security and economic cooperation. The issue of Pak-Iran security also came up, due to the growing threat of ISIS in the region.
Afghanistan: member of Pakistan’s diplomat corps shot dead
Digestible News No. 2: On Monday morning, Nayyar Iqbal, a Pakistan consulate staffer was shot dead by two assailants riding a motorcycle in Jalalabad, Afghanistan reported DawnNews. Iqbal was working in the consulate’s visa sector and was originally from Sialkot.
“Police have launched an investigation into the incident. No arrests have been made so far.”, said Attatullah Khogyani, the spokesperson for the provincial governor in Nangarhar, confirming the murder.
Khawaja Asif: US mediation welcomed to ease tensions with India
Digestible News No. 3: On Monday, Khawaja Asif, the Foreign Minister, said Pakistan believes in regional peace talks and is open to mediation by the United States in easing tensions with India, reported Radio Pakistan. Asif stated that Pakistan has always opted for comprehensive dialogue for peaceful neighbourhood while addressing the 4th round of US-Pakistan Bilateral Dialogue held in Islamabad titled ‘Convergence amid divergence: Identifying pathways to Cooperation in a Challenging Environment’.
Ex-PM Shaukat Aziz’s offshore holdings exposed
Digestible News No. 4: The ‘Paradise Papers’ were released on Sunday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a year and a half after the Panama Papers leaks. The leaks consist of 13.4 million files from “a combination of offshore service providers and the company registries of some of the world’s most secretive countries”.
A notable Pakistani name that emerged in the latest leaks was that of ex-prime minister Shaukat Aziz (2004-2007). “Shaukat Aziz set up the Antarctic Trust in the name of his wife, three children and grand daughter weeks before he came to Pakistan to lead the finance ministry,” ICIJ representative Umar Cheema told Geo News, saying that these documents were never declared to any Pakistani institution.
Lahore smog results in postponement of West Indies tour
Digestible News No. 5: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials told DawnNews that the three-match T20 series between Pakistan and the West Indies is likely to be postponed due to the smog.”The PCB and the West Indies Cricket Board had agreed that West Indies will tour Pakistan in November, but now it is unlikely to happen because of the smog and some other reasons,” the PCB official stated. He further added that a timeframe for the dissipation of smog has not been specified by the Meteorological Department as yet.
3 IS linked militants arrested in Karachi
Digestible News No.6: Karachi police on Monday claimed to have arrested three militants allegedly linked to the militant Islamic State (IS) group from the outskirts of the metropolis.Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar said that police conducted a raid at a house in the area of Karachi after receiving a tip from an intelligence agency.
Officials recovered two 30-bore pistols, one 9mm pistol along with propaganda literature from the possession of the suspects, the SSP said. The detained suspects were identified as Muhammad Umer, Khalid Minhas and Shakeel Ahmed.