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July 16, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Nine terrorists killed, soldier martyred in search for abducted man
• Nine terrorists were killed and a havildar was martyred during an operation against the killers of Lt Col Laig Baig Mirza, an army officer who was kidnapped earlier this week while travelling to Quetta from Ziarat, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
• However, Lt Col Mirza`s cousin, Umer Javed, who was kidnapped alongside him enroute to Quetta, has yet to be recovered.
• Security forces swooped down on a `hideout of terrorists` in the mountains near Ziarat after Thursday midnight, ISPR said.
• Once the terrorists realised they had been encircled, according to the statement, they opened fire at the advancing contingent, resulting in the martyrdom of Havildar Khan Muhammad
2. $1.17bn tranche to be released in three to six weeks: IMF
• The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that its agreement with Pakistan would lead to a `straight away` disbursement of $1.17 billion to the country.
• `It`s an agreement on a combined seventh and eighth review of the programme that will translate into about $1.17 million being disbursed to Pakistan. Pretty much, straight away, IMF`s Communication Director Gerry Rice said at a Thursday afternoon news briefing in Washington.
• He said this brought the total disbursements from the IMF to Pakistan under the ongoing program to about $4.2 billion. Answering a question about the timeframe for releasing the tranche, the IMF official said the executive board is likely to meet anywhere between three to six weeks from now
3. FIA told to crack down on online character assassination, harassment
• The federal government on July 15, 2022 decided to tighten the noose around those individuals using digital platforms for character assassination and harassment and posting `unethical` content on social media.
• Chairing a meeting, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) DG to launch a crackdown on cybercriminals.
• The minister made it clear that nobody would be allowed to tarnish anybody`s image on social media through derogatory content. He said the immoral and offensive content on social media threatened to create anarchy and degradation in society
4. Software technology park inaugurated in Gilgit
• Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid Khan inaugurated the first software technology park of the region here on July 15, 2022.
• The software technology park established in Chilisdas area of the city will provide free internet, basic facilities and co-working space to the staff of over 20 information technology companies.
• Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the chief minister said GB had become the first region in the country to provide free internet and a co-working space to the youth in the IT sector.
• He said development of information technology was top priority of his government
5. Biden lands in Saudi Arabia to mend fences
• US President Joe Biden landed on July 15, 2022 in Saudi Arabia and met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, beating a retreat from his campaign pledge to turn the kingdom into a `pariah` over human rights abuses.
• Saudi state media showed images of Air Force One at the airport in the coastal city of Jeddah after a flight from Israel, making Biden the first US leader to fly directly from the Jewish state to an Arab nation that does not recognise it.
• Wearing sunglasses, Biden emerged from Air Force One to walk down a purple carpet and be greeted by Makkah Governor Prince Khaled al-Faisal and Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia`s ambassador to Washington