VIF Information Alerts - 22 February 2019
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UNSC statement condemns ‘heinous and cowardly’ Pulwama attack, names Jaish
Published: Hindustan Times

22 Feb 2019

As the wait continued for France to introduce a motion to add Jaish-e-Mohammad founder Masood Azhar to a list of UN-designated terrorists, the security council on Thursday condemned the Pulwama attack in the “strongest terms” and called for holding accountable sponsors of terrorism.

Thursday’s condemnation was in a standard United Nations Security Council format that the body has issued for every terrorist strike it has condemned, allowing changes only to factor in country names, places and those responsible, Where an entity claimed responsibility credibly, the press statements name them, not otherwise.Click here to read...

India to stop its water share from flowing into Pakistan
Published: The Economic Times

22 Feb 2019

India on Thursday said it will no longer allow its share of river waters to flow into Pakistan, signalling that it was taking a close look at punitive measures it can take as an upper riparian country following the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 soldiers were killed. Water resources minister Nitin Gadkari made the announcement on social media platform Twitter: “Our government has decided to stop our share of water which used to flow to Pakistan. We will divert water from eastern rivers and supply it to our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.”Click here to read...

After Pulwama, India to put Track II initiative with Pakistan on hold
Published: The Economic Times

22 Feb 2019

A major Indo-Pak Track II initiative, in the absence of any formal dialogue, is likely to be the first casualty of the Pulwama terror attack which left more than 40 CRPF jawans dead. TOI has learnt that the government has put on hold the proposal which was meant to promote people-to-people contact between the two countries. Official sources here said the initiative was going to be the first of its kind in the recent past as it sought to officially promote exchanges between the youth of India and Pakistan.Click here to read...

India, South Korea sign 7 pacts; to step-up cooperation in infrastructure, combating global crime
Published: The New Indian Express

22 Feb 2019

India and South Korea signed seven agreements on Friday to enhance cooperation in key areas, including infrastructure development, media, start-ups and combating trans-border and international crime, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the country.

The memorandum of understandings (MoUs) were signed after the two leaders held "constructive" talks on enhancing bilateral cooperation in a number of areas including trade, investment, defence and security.Click here to read...

Only 3pc of CPEC investment being spent on Balochistan: CM
Published: The Dawn

22 Feb 2019

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has said that only three per cent of the total China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) investment is being spent in Balochistan and this situation has increased the sense of deprivation among the people of the province. The chief minister said this during a meeting with members of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Task Force held here on Wednesday to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals.Click here to read...

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