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January 06, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. `Militants` killed, five cops injured in KP terror spate
• A day after Pakistan vowed to take pre-emptive measures to avert terrorist attacks, security forces killed 11 militants, including a key commander of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, in a raid in South Waziristan, while two separate attacks targeting police in Lakki Marwat and Dera Ismail Khan left five officials injured.
• In an intelligence-based operation in Wana, the security forces raided a hide-out of TTP militants and killed at least 11terrorists,including TTP commander Hafizullah alongside two would-be suicide bombers, said the military`s media wing. The operation `foiled a major terrorist activity`, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement issued on Thursday evening.
• `During intense exchange of fire, 11 terrorists, including terrorist commander Hafizullah alias Tor Hafiz, and two suicide bombers were killed
2. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan discuss trans-Afghan railway project
• Pakistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan discussed the initiation of a feasibility study for the trans-Afghan railway project during a trilateral working group meeting in Islamabad on Thursday. The proposed project is aimed to connect Pakistan with the Central Asian Republics by connecting the existing railway link at Mazar-i-Sharif with Pakistan Railways network.
• The trilateral meeting reviewed the progress made on the initial technical assessments and next steps for early initiation of the feasibility of the project, ac-cording to the railways ministry.
• The Trans-Afghan Railway project would not only facilitate the regional and bilateral trade between the participating countries, but would also provide better people-to-people connections to the end re region, the ministry said
• Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on January 5, 2023 assured his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang of timely completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and safe environment for investors.
• `Pakistan would provide a completely secure and conducive business environment for Chinese investors, Mr Shehbaz said during a long telephonic conversation with Mr Li.
• Separately, PM Shehbaz issued directives for the implementation of solarisation project, expressed optimism for achieving the IT export target of $15 billion in three years and reviewed ties with UK, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister`s Office.
• In his conversation with the Chinese prime minister, Mr Sharif emphasised Pakistan`s unswerving focus on timely progress of the CPEC project
4. FO denies plans to strike TTP hideouts in Afghanistan
• The Foreign Office on January 5, 2023 reiterated its commitment to respect Afghanistan`s sovereignty as it dismissed reports about plans of conducting cross-border strikes on the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan`s hideouts in the neighbouring war ravaged country.
• `Pakistan is a responsible member of the United Nations, and as a responsible member of the United Nations it subscribes to and will always uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, which include territorial integrity and political independence of states,` Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said at the weekly media briefing while responding to questions about the possibility of strikes against T TP hideouts in Afghanistan.
• The speculation that Pakistan was planning to hit TTP sanctuaries across the border started after Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah in a TV interview threatened unilateral action against the terrorist group`s havens if Taliban authorities fail to act against it. The interior minister had then said that `the international laws give you the right to target those who attack you`
5. Govt set to launch Rs30bn internship, laptop schemes
• As the election year has started, the federal government is set to launch three major initiatives with an estimated cost of about Rs30 billion to win over more than 150,000 families through two internship programmes and a laptop scheme.
• Under the initiatives, about 50,000 engineers and educated youth would be provided internships in the public and private sectors for up to one year. This included 20,000 to 30,000 internships in the public sector development projects with an estimated cost of Rs9.6bn and 30,000 interns in the private industrial sector at the cost of Rs9bn both through the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).
• In addition, about 100,000youth would be provided free laptops at the cost of Rs10bn.These projects are in addition to the Rs87bn already approved by the government for development schemes in the constituencies of 174 MNAs supporting the prime minister