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February 04, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Attackers had links with handlers in Afghanistan, India: army
• Pakistan on February 3, 2022 blamed elements based in Afghanistan and India for attacks on two security forces` installations in Balochistan even as troops continue d an operation against terrorists holding out in the Panjgur district.
• At least 13 terrorists were killed and seven security personnel, including an officer, martyred during armed attacks on two security forces` camps in the Nushki and Panjgur districts, and subsequent security operations against the attackers, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
• In a statement regarding the attack, which was partly reported in Thursday`s paper, ISPR said that after successfully repulsing attacks on Wednesday night, security forces carried out clearance operations to hunt down the attackers hiding in the area, killing at least five terrorists
2. PM lands in Beijing on four-day official visit
• Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived here on February 3, 2022 on a four-day official visit during which he will join other world leaders attending the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics scheduled to be held on Friday (today).
• Accompanied by a high level delegation, including federal cabinet members, the prime minister will also meet the Chinese leadership.
• Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, National Security Adviser Dr Moeed Yusuf, Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on China Pakistan Economic Corridor Khalid Mansoor are part of the delegation
3. Rupee posts biggest rise over dollar in a month
• The exchange rate got the much-needed boost on Thursday, as the rupee jumped 0.51 per cent against the US dollar after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a $1 billion loan as part of a bailout package to Pakistan.
• The rupee rose 89 paise against the dollar in the inter-bank its biggest single-day gain since Dec 31.
• Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Shaukat Tarin announced that the IMF had revived Pakistan`s $6bn loan programme after the country met several conditions of the global lender in recent weeks
4. Cabinet panel approves investment in Ruda industrial zones
• The Cabinet Committee on Legislative Business has approved investment in Ravi Urban Development Authority (Ruda) industrial zones.
• The decision allows Ruda to enter into an agreement with a Saudi investor for investment in industrial zones 2A and 3A under Ruda.
• The cabinet committee chaired by Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basharat Raja here on Thursday also allowed the Excise and Taxation department to enter into an agreement with Pakistan Post for delivery of vehicles number plates and registration documents through post office for the convenience of the applicants.
• The meeting approved the transfer policy of the special education department and sale of 15,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Gilgit Baltistan
5. Amendment barring dual nationals to impact 20,000 bureaucrats
• A proposed amendment in the civil service rules could affect as many as 20,000 civil servants, a parliamentary body was told The matter came up before the Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat during discussion on the `The Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill, 2021` moved by Senator Afnan Ullah Khan in the sitting held on Jan 17, 2022, The proposed amendment bars civil servants from holding dual nationality and suggests a timeline for dual national civil servants to relinquish their foreign nationality.
• Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohammad Khan was of view that government servants should not hold dual nationality during service because one person cannot be loyal to two countries at the same time.
• A recent report submitted to the Supreme Court on dual nationality revealed that more than 22,000 top government officers are dual nationals. According to the report,11,000 officers belong to police and bureaucracy.