VIF Information Alerts - 08 January 2020
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Iran Fires on U.S. Forces at 2 Bases in Iraq, Saying ‘Fierce Revenge’ Has Begun
Published: The New York Times

07 Jan 2020

Iran attacked two bases in Iraq that house American troops with a barrage of missiles early Wednesday, Iranian official news media and United States officials said, the start of what Tehran had promised would be retaliation for the killing of a top Iranian Iranian commander.
“The fierce revenge by the Revolutionary Guards has begun,” the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said in a statement on a Telegram messaging app channel.Click here to read...

No Exit From JCPOA by Taking Final Step of Reducing Compliance
Published: Financial Tribune

07 Jan 2020

Iran’s deputy foreign minister said the announcement of the fifth and final step away from the 2015 nuclear deal does not signify Iran's exit from the accord, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
"This step does not mean JCPOA is over or Iran has exited it, but we have reached a balance in JCPOA," Abbas Araqchi told reporters on the sidelines of the Tehran Dialogue Forum on Tuesday, ISNA reported.Click here to read...

Pakistan's National Assembly passes bills to extend General Bajwa's tenure as Army Chief
Published: The New Indian Express

07 Jan 2020

Pakistan's National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, on Tuesday passed three crucial bills to give extension to Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa for another three years. Bajwa, a close confidant of Khan, was to retire on November 29 last year at the end of his three-year original term but Prime Minister Imran Khan gave the 59-year-old Army chief another extension of same length citing regional security situation through a notification on August 19.Click here to read...

NA passes crucial bill to meet FATF requirement
Published: The Dawn

07 Jan 2020

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Monday passed a crucial bill — for exchange of information and criminals with countries — to meet a requirement of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) after the treasury overcame the opposition’s customary resistance in the house.
The opposition parties initially tried to block the passage of the bill by challenging Speaker Asad Qaiser’s ruling on a voice vote allowing Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan to move the bill, but after a 87-83 vote defeat it participated in the process and moved four minor amendments — two of them were even incorporated in the bill.Click here to read...

Nepal to deport 122 Chinese nationals: Authorities
Published: The Pioneer

07 Jan 2020

The Nepal Govt has initiated the process to deport 122 Chinese nationals detained for alleged cross border cyber crimes and criminal activities last month from different parts of Kathmandu, authorities said. On Sunday, Kathmandu District Court imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 each on Chinese nationals for their ‘indecent behaviour’ and ordered their release. The Department of Immigration has started process of screening documents in an attempt to deport 122, who were arrested on charges of attempting to commit cyber crime and cross border criminal activities.Click here to read...

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