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I Overview

Pakistan:

• Budget 2020-21
• Terrorism and FATF
• Pashtun Tahafuz Movement
• COVID-19 crisis
• Pakistan-India
• Pakistan-China

Afghanistan:

• Peace and Reconciliation
• Corruption
• COVID-19 crisis
• Afghanistan-Pakistan
• Afghanistan-Iran


II Developments in Pakistan

Budget 2020-21
 
The Pakistan National Assembly approved the budget for 2020-21 in the backdrop of worsening economic situation, particularly because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Economic Survey presented bef

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I Overview

Pakistan:

• Economy
• Pashtun Tahafuz Movement
• COVID-19 crisis
• Pakistan-India
• Pakistan-China

Afghanistan:

• Power sharing agreement between President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah
• Peace and Reconciliation
• COVID-19 crisis
• Afghanistan-Pakistan
• Afghanistan-Iran


II Developments in Pakistan

Economy

Addressing an online session of the World Economic Forum, PM Imran Khan called upon developed countries to provide debt relief to poorer countries struggling to cope

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I Overview

Pakistan:

• Economy
• COVID-19 crisis
• Terrorism
• Allegations of wrongdoing against leading PTI members
• Army tightens grip on Information Ministry
• Pakistan-India

Afghanistan:

• US-Taliban deal
• Controversy surrounding the Presidential election
• COVID-19 crisis
• Arrest of “Islamic State” terrorist
• Continued violence
• Afghanistan-Pakistan

 

II Developments in Pakistan

Economy

According to a World Bank report, Pakistan will suffer a sharp economic recession and a ste

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I Overview

Pakistan:

• Economy
• COVID-19 crisis
• Pakistan raises Kashmir at SAARC leaders’ video conference on COVID-19
• Pakistan-China
• Pakistan-Iran
 
Afghanistan:

• US-Taliban deal
• Controversy over result of the Presidential election continues
• COVID-19 crisis
• Afghanistan-US
• Afghanistan-Iran
• Afghanistan-Pakistan
• Afghanistan-India
• ICC ruling on alleged war crimes in Afghanistan
 


II Developments in Pakistan

Economy

No sooner had Pakistan successfully completed the second

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H I G H L I G H T S

• Overview 
• Developments in Pakistan
• Developments in Afghanistan

 

I Overview

Pakistan:

• Economy
• Financial Action Task Force
• Extension of tenure of the Army Chief
• Musharraf Treason case
• Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM)
• Pakistan-India
• Pakistan-US
• Pakistan-UAE
• Pakistan-China
 
Afghanistan:

• Peace and Reconciliation
• Presidential Election Result Delayed Further
• UN seeks emergency aid for Afghanistan
• Afghanistan-Pakistan


II Developmen

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Af-Pak Digest - January 2020

I Overview

Pakistan:

• Economy
• Musharraf sentenced to death on treason charge
• Extension of tenure of the Army Chief
• Financial Action Task Force
• Pakistan-India
• Pakistan skips Kuala Lumpur Summit of Muslim countries
• Pakistan-US
• Pakistan-China
 
Afghanistan:

• Peace and Reconciliation
• Result of Presidential Election
 



II Developments in Pakistan 

Economy

The ADB approved two loans amounting to $1.3 billion for Pakistan. The first quick disbursement loan of $1 billion would be part

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Af-Pak Digest - November 2019

I Overview

Pakistan:

• Controversy surrounding extension of army chief’s tenure
• JUI(F)’s Azadi march
• Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)
• Treason case against Musharraf
• Pakistan-India
• Pakistan-US
• Pakistan-China
• Pakistan-Iran
 
Afghanistan:

• Presidential election result delayed
• Peace and Reconciliation
• Afghanistan-India
• Afghanistan-Pakistan

 


II Developments in Pakistan 

Controversy surrounding extension of army chief’s tenure

 
In July this year, PM Imran Khan had announced an exte

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Af-Pak Digest - October 2019

I Overview

Pakistan:

• Economy
• Growing role of the Army
• JUI (F)’s Azadi March
• Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force
• Gwadar Port
• Pakistan-India
• Pakistan-China
• Pakistan-Afghanistan
• Pakistan wades into Iran-Saudi rift
 
Afghanistan:

• Peace and Reconciliation
• Results of Presidential Election delayed
 


II Developments in Pakistan 

Economy
 
In a report released in October, World Bank said that the Pak economy was slowing down as it faced another macroeconomic crisis due to hig

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Af-Pak Digest - September 2019

I Overview

Pakistan:

• Opposition Parties
• Pakistan-India
• Pakistan-China
• Pakistan-US
• Pakistan-Afghanistan
• No move to recognize Israel
• Pakistan-Saudi Arabia
 
Afghanistan:

• Peace and Reconciliation
• Presidential election
• UNSC Renews mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
 


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Opposition Parties

The number of opposition leaders arrested in the name of accountability continued to grow with another prominent name- Syed Khursheed Shah of PPP- added

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Af-Pak Digest | September 2019

I Overview

Pakistan:

• Opposition Parties
• Pakistan-India
• Pakistan-China
• Pakistan-US
• Pakistan-Afghanistan
• No move to recognize Israel
• Pakistan-Saudi Arabia
 
Afghanistan:

• Peace and Reconciliation
• Presidential election
• UNSC Renews mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
 


II Developments in Pakistan 

Opposition Parties

The number of opposition leaders arrested in the name of accountability continued to grow with another prominent name- Syed Khursheed Shah of PPP- added t

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Af-Pak Digest by | August 2019

I Overview

Pakistan:

• Government's hounding of opposition continues
• Economy
• Army Chief's tenure extended
• Pakistan's troubles at FATF continue
• Pakistan-India
• Pakistan-US

Afghanistan:


• Peace and Reconciliation moves
• Uncertainty concerning the Presidential Election

 

II Developments in Pakistan 

Government's hounding of opposition continues

The Imran Khan government continued to target major opposition leaders through the accountability process. Releasing a secretly recorded video

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Af-Pak Digest - July 2019

I Overview

Pakistan:

• Economy and Budget
• Judiciary
• Opposition unity
• New DG ISI appointed
• FATF censures Pakistan again
• Pakistan-India
• Pakistan-US
• PM Imran Khan at the SCO summit

Afghanistan:


• Peace and Reconciliation moves
• President Ghani visits Pakistan
• President Ghani at the SCO summit

 

II Developments in Pakistan 

Economy and budget

The government presented its budget for the financial year 2019-20 in the Parliament on June 12 in the midst of a precarious economic situa

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Af-Pak Digest June 2019

I Overview

Pakistan:

• Terrorism
• PTM in the crosshairs of the Pakistan army
• Opposition parties 
• Senior army officers convicted of espionage
• IMF bailout
• Pakistan-India
• Mega CPEC projects inaugurated
• Pakistan-Iran

 

Afghanistan:

• Peace and Reconciliation moves
• Extension of President Ghani’s term criticized
• Afghanistan-Pakistan

 

II Developments in Pakistan 

Terrorism

An explosion triggered by a suicide bomber on May 8 close to an Elite Force van, stationed near the Sufi shrine

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Af-Pak Digest May 2019

I Overview

Pakistan:

• Economy
• Cabinet reshuffle- Finance Minister resigns
• Terror attacks
• State targets Pashtun Tahafuz Movement
• Pakistan-India relations
• Pakistan-China relations
• Pakistan-Iran relations

Afghanistan:

• Peace and Reconciliation
• Taliban announce spring offensive
• Extension of Presidential term
• Peace Jirga meets
• Afghanistan-Pakistan relations

 

II Developments in Pakistan 

Economic turmoil continues

In its World Economic Outlook, the IMF has projected that in t

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Af-Pak Digest - April 2019

I Overview

Pakistan:

• Economy
• Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force
• No consensus on continuation of military courts
• Pakistan India relations worsen
• Pakistan-China relations
• Pakistan-Saudi Arabia
• Pakistan-Iran

Afghanistan:

• Peace and reconciliation moves
• SIGAR report on Afghanistan
• Further postponement of Presidential election
• Afghanistan-Pakistan
• Chabahar Port

 

II Developments in Pakistan 

Economic uncertainty continues

Taking note of deterioration in Pakistan’s ec

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Af-Pak Digest - March 2019

SPECIAL ISSUE

Pulwama terror attack and its aftermath

The Indo-Pak relationship that has remained in free fall over the last few years reached a crisis point when in one of the worst terror attacks on February 14, at least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and many injured in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. A vehicle laden with explosives rammed into one of the buses in a CRPF convoy that was carrying troops from Jammu to Srinagar. Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibil

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Af-Pak Digest - February 2019

I Overview

 

Pakistan

• Status of “Gilgit-Baltistan”
• Blasphemy Law- acquittal upheld
• Proposed extension of term of military courts
• Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force
• Indo-Pak relations 

Afghanistan: 

  • Peace and Reconciliation
    • Presidential election
    • Results of Parliamentary election
    • India and Afghanistan

II Developments in Pakistan

 

Supreme Court extends its jurisdiction to “Gilgit-Baltistan”

Delivering a judgment on January 17 on a set of petitions challenging the Gilgit-

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About the Author

Ambassador Sharat Sabharwal

Former High Commissioner of India to Pakistan and Distinguished Fellow, Ananta Centre

Mr Sharat Sabharwal joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1975. After serving in various positions in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN in Geneva and the Indian Missions in Madagascar, France and Mauritius, he was Director/Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi from 1990 to 1995. The positions held by him subsequently have been Deputy High Commissioner of India in Pakistan (1995-99), Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the UN in Geneva (1999-2002), Ambassador of India to Uzbekistan (2002-2005) and Additional Secretary/Special Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (September 2005-March 2009).

Mr. Sabharwal was High Commissioner of India to Pakistan from April 2009 to June 2013.

He was appointed Central Information Commissioner in November, 2013 and served in this position till September, 2017.
Mr. Sabharwal has been Deputy leader/member of the Indian delegations to the UN General Assembly, the erstwhile UN Commission on Human Rights, International Labour Conference and World Health Assembly. He was also the Deputy Leader of the Indian delegation to the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent held in Geneva in October 1999 and member of the Indian delegation to the World Conference against Racism, held in Durban in September 2001.

Mr. Sabharwal holds a post graduate degree in Political Science. He speaks English and French besides Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.

Mr. Sabharwal has been an author at the Indian Express, The Hindu, India Today, The Tribune and The Wire.