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April 02, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Hurriedly called assembly session to pick Punjab CM
• Political maneuverings in the government and opposition camps escalated on April 1, 2022 evening when the top slot of the largest province fell vacant with the acceptance of resignation of Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar by the governor amid legal hitches, followed by immediate summoning of the Punjab Assembly session on Saturday morning for chief minister`s election.
• The Punjab government de-notified CM Buzdar after the acceptance of his resignation but in the same notification allowed him `to continue to hold office until his successor enters upon the office`. In an array of notifications, the provincial government also denotified all the 37 provincial ministers, five advisers to the chief minister and five special assistants to the chief minister
2. US `clearly distanced` itself from Pakistan, says Mullen
• The United States has `clearly distanced` itself from Pakistan, former US military chief Mike Mullen said as the White House and the State Department publicly reject claims of their involvement in Pakistan`s domestic politics.
• `It is difficult, difficult to say,`said Admiral Mullen when asked to describe Washington`s relations with Pakistan, which was once a close US ally in the war against terror and during the cold war.
• `I think we have clearly distanced ourselves from Pakistan over the last decade and Pakistan has more and more fallen under the umbrella of China,` he told VOA Urdu Service in Washington this week
3. Exports cross $23bn mark
• Pakistan`s merchandise exports posted a growth of 25 per cent in the first nine months of the current fiscal year from a year ago, showing data released by the commerce ministry on April 1, 2022.
• In absolute terms, the export proceeds reached $23.332 billion in July-March from $18.688bn in the corresponding period last year. The increase in export is mainly due to the massive depreciation of the rupee along with several support measures.
• `Our exports are in line with our targets & we expect to achieve our yearly target` Commerce Adviser Abdul Razak Dawood said on April 1, 2022. The government has projected the annual export target for commodities at $31.2bn and services at $7.5bn.
• The export proceeds in March grew 17.3pc to $2.773bn from $2.365bn in the same month last year. The average monthly export proceeds hover between $2.5bn to $2.8bn.
4. Zalmay offers to help better Pak-US ties
• Former US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad on April 1, 2022 offered help to Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa in improving bilateral relations.
• A statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations after a meeting between Gen Bajwa and Amb Khalilzad said the former US official promised to `play his role` for bettering the ties between the two countries.
• The ISPR said that besides Afghanistan various facets of bilateral cooperation were discussed during the meeting
5. Three GB officers inducted in Police Service of Pakistan
• In a first, three police officers from Gilgit Baltistan have been appointed as superintendent of police in Pakistan.
• According to a notification issued by the Establishment Division, Cabinet Secretariat, Islamabad the other day, the government of has appointed three officers, including Tanveerul Hasan, Mirza Hasan and Ishaq Hussain, grade 18 officers of the GB police, as SPs in the Police Service of Pakistan in pursuance of the Rule 7 of the Police Service (Composition, Cadre and Seniority) Rules, 1985.
• The government has earmarked 10 posts of SPs for the officers from GB for appointment in Pakistani police