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May 12, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. NA resolution asks president to act in non-partisan manner
• The National Assembly on May 11, 2022 finally approved a resolution with a majority vote taking `strong exception to the unconstitutional stance` of President Dr Arif Alvi over the issue of Punjab governor`s removal and asked him to act in a non-partisan manner.
• The resolution, read out by independent MNA from the erstwhile tribal areas Mohsin Dawar, was passed by the house with a voice vote after Ghaus Bux Mahar and Dr Fehmida Mirza of the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) forcefully opposed the government`s move, terming it unnecessary and an effort to make the office of the president controversial.
• At one point, Dr Mirza also threatened to disrupt the proceedings of the house by pointing lack of quorum like they did on Monday, if the government insisted on getting this resolution passed
2. Pakistan, US hold security talks ahead of FM`s visit
• Pakistan and the United States completed their security level talks in Washington on May 11, 2022, days before a scheduled meeting between their foreign policy chiefs is scheduled to be held in New York.
• Inter-Services Intelligence Director-General (DG ISI) Lt-Gen Nadeem Anjum spent three days in Washington this week, meeting senior security officials, including US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and CIA Director William J. Burns.
• Neither side disclosed the details of these meetings, but the talks are believed to have focused on bilateral security concerns and the situation in Afghanistan, as the US believes that Pakistan can help stabilise the war-torn country
3. A JK PM allots portfolios to cabinet members
• Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas on May 11, 2022 allotted portfolios to his 16-member cabinet, more than two weeks after its formation, apart from adjusting nine other ruling party lawmakers as advisers, special assistants and parliamentary secretaries.
• According to a notification, Khawaja Farooq Ahmed retained local government and rural development, Development Authority Muzaffarabad and virtually defunct Muzaffarabad City Development Project, Sardar Mir Akbar retained agriculture, animal husbandry, dairy development, irrigation and small dams, Deevan Ali Chughtai retained elementary and secondary education and technical and vocation training authority (Tevta), Abdul Majid Khan retained finance, inland revenue and cooperatives, and Akmal Sargala retained forests, wildlife and fisheries
4. Pakistan rules out trade with India
• With a change in the federal government, the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) has ruled out the possibility of a resumption of stalled bilateral trade with India.
• The response came from the commerce ministry over the widespread speculation on social media that the new government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is considering a proposal to resume trade with its arch rival India.
• `There is no change in Pakistan`s policy on trade with India,` an official announcement from the commerce ministry said
5. Al Jazeera journalist killed during Israel`s West Bank raid
• Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, a Palestinian American who was among the network`s most prominent figures, was shot dead on May 11, 2022 as she covered an Israeli army raid in the occupied West Bank.
• The Qatar-based TV channel said Israeli forces shot Abu Aqleh, 51, deliberately and in cold blood while she was covering unrest in the Jenin refugee camp.
• Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, however, said it was `likely` that Palestinian gunfire killed her.
• Another Al Jazeera journalist, producer Ali al-Samudi, was wounded in the incident, the broadcaster added