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June 13, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Pakistan, China vow to enhance military ties
• Pakistan and China have reaffirmed their strategic partnership in challenging times and agreed to continue the regular exchange of perspectives on issues of mutual interest.
• Both sides also vowed to enhance their training, technology and counterterrorism cooperation at a tri service level.
• The two sides reiterated these commitments when a senior tri-service military delegation of Pakistan, headed by Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, visited China from June 9 to June 12.
• During the visit, the two sides pledged to enhance their `training, technology and counterterrorism cooperation`, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a press release on Sunday.
2. Awais Leghari to present Punjab budget today
• The Chief Minister’s Office has notified that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MPA from Dera Ghazi Khan Sardar Awais Leghari will present the provincial budget 2022-23 in the Punjab Assembly’s session on June 13, 2022 (today).
• An eight-member cabinet had taken oath of office in the first phase of the cabinet formation on May 30 but none of them has so far been allocated a portfolio due to differences among the coalition partners – the PML-N and PPP – on the distribution of portfolios.
• Sardar Leghari was handed over budget speech and given briefing on the budget-related house proceedings on Sunday
3. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt set to present over Rs1 trillion budget today
• The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is set to present over Rs1 trillion budget for the upcoming fiscal year in the provincial assembly today (June 12, 2022).
• According to official documents, the outlay for 2022-23 consists of more than Rs900 billion for the current expenditures while more than Rs400 billion has been allocated for the development sector.
• Provincial Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra will present the fourth and second last budget of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government in the province. The acting governor, Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani, who is also speaker of the provincial assembly, has already convened the session of the house in which budget for the upcoming fiscal year will be presented
4. Increase in rice demand may benefit Pakistan, says FAO report
• The intensification of demand for rice from all regions of the world, except Asia, is expected to benefit Pakistan to register strong rebounds in 2022, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations says in its report on `World Food Outlook`.
• The international trade in rice is anticipated to expand for the third consecutive year in 2022, with volumes exchanged across the world forecast at 53.1 million tonnes three per cent higher than the 2021 peak.
• The report says this may benefit shipments from Brazil, China, Pakistan, Uruguay and especially Thailand. India is predicted to remain the world`s largest rice exporter, report says
5. Houses razed as India steps up crackdown to stop unrest
• Authorities in India`s Uttar Pradesh state have demolished the homes of several people accused of involvement in riots last week triggered by derogatory remarks made by ruling party figures about the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), officials said on June 12, 2022.
• The offensive remarks have drawn condemnation from the Muslim world. Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari discussed the issue with the secretary general of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Hissein Brahim Taha. Separately, Pakistan strongly condemned the heavy-handed treatment by the Indian authorities of Muslims who were registering a peaceful protest over the derogatory remarks.
• In India-held Kashmir, police arrested a youth for posting a video threatening to behead the ruling party`s former spokeswoman who had made some of the remarks, officials said. The video, circulated on YouTube, has been withdrawn by authorities