Pakistan / by Michelle Ryan

Relations between Pakistan and India soured after a terror attack in Uri which killed 18 Indian soldiers. Indian Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi referred to Pakistan as a ‘factory of terrorism.' Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party organised a march towards the city of Raiwind on 30 September to assert pressure on the government to investigate Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his alleged corruption and ownership of offshore companies. Pakistan’s government enacted a long-debated Hindu Marriage Bill at the latest Parliamentary session. The PTI and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) announced they ‘noticed’ the large protests held by Punjabi farmers’ outside the Punjab Assembly. The European Union (EU) threatened to impose sanctions on Pakistan on 24 September for ongoing human rights violations in Balochistan province. A terror attack on a Sunni mosque on 16 September killed 28 worshippers and injured 30 others. An attack by militants from Pakistan on an army base in Uri, Kashmir, on 18 September killed 18 Indian Army soldiers. Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on 26 September that alleged Pakistan police are illegally executing thousands of individuals in ‘encounter killings.' Pakistan became the most recent nation to sign up to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) initiative to combat tax avoidance and evasion. On 28 September, an official announced that Pakistan is prepared to launch $500 million in Islamic bonds to raise money for foreign exchange reserves. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) approved loans of $320 million to energy projects to minimise power shortages in Myanmar and Pakistan, $300 million of which will directly fund the expansion of a hydropower project in Pakistan.

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