Sources suggest that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi denied Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad permission to fly over the Indian airspace on his way to the Pakistani capital city of Islamabad. The permission was apparently withdrawn at the last minute which forced the Malaysian leader to take a much longer route around the Arabian sea.
British House of Commons voted to give itself control of the parliamentary timetable from Wednesday onwards so they can vote on alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan. The move comes after the date for Brexit was delayed and PM May conceded that Parliament would reject her Brexit deal again if she put it to a third vote.
Democrats are pushing for the public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Republicans have strongly resisted the move. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has kept up his barrage of attacks on critics. The Justice Department has not said whether it will release Mueller’s full report.
Afzal Kohistani, a 30 year old from the Palas valley in the remote northern Pakistani region of Kohistan, was murdered earlier this month for campaigning against honour killings in his area because two of his brothers and four other women were ordered killed by a jirga (tribal council) for dancing and singing alongside each other.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is also the Vice Chairman of PTI, has made clear that the government will convene a Senate or National Assemblu meeting if opposition parties boycott the planned meeting to review the National Action Plan against terrorism. The briefing was scheduled for March 28 at the Parliament House.
A rocket fired from the Gaza strip hit a home in Israel on Monday, wounding seven people in the community of Mishmeret, north of the city of Kfar Saba, and prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short a trip to Washington. Two women were mortally wounded and a child and infant suffered wounds as well.
The Israeli military has begun striking targets throughout Gaza, which destroyed the office of leader Ismail Haniya in Gaza. Local media also reported that the air strikes landed in the agricultural area east of Khan Younis in the south of Gaza. The Israeli strikes have been responded to with at least 10 rockets fired from Gaza towards Israel.
On Monday, President Trump, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, signed a proclamation in which he recognised Israeli control over the area of Golan Heights, 52 years after Israel first took occupation of the area. The move reverses decades of US policy and gives Netanyahu a boost in the upcoming Israeli elections.
Pakistan faces a high threat of being greylisted by the Asia/Pacific Group (APG) on Money Laundering as the organisation conducts its review of the country also greylisted by the Financial Action Task Force, determining almost 70% or non-compliance. The APG’s review could be significant in Pakistan’s removal from the grey list by the FATF.
On Monday, the State Bank announced that it received $2.2 billion from China under a loan agreement and Finance Ministry Advisor and Spokesperson Dr Khaqan Hassan Najeeb later confirmed the development. The loan, which was informally agreed upon in November 2018, “will further strengthen foreign exchange reserves and ensure balance of payment stability."