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November 17, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Eight law enforcers martyred in Lakki, Bajaur
• Eight law enforcement officials, including six policemen and two soldiers, were martyred in two separate incidents in Lakki Marwat and Bajaur districts on November 16, 2022.
• The first incident occurred in the Kurrum Par area of Lakki Marwat in the morning when militants opened fire on a police van, killing six personnel, including an assistant sub inspector (ASI). The attack was later claimed by the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (T TP) in a statement.
• An official said a team of the Abbas police checkpost was on its way to the Wanda Shahabkhel area to perform security duty at a weekly cattle market when militants opened fire on their van with sophisticated weapons from multiple sides, killing six law enforcers on the spot
2. Centre rejects Punjab-led JIT on Wazirabad shooting
• Amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to probe the attempt on former premier Imran Khan`s life in Wazirabad, the Centre has rejected the new team formed by the Punjab government and suggested that it reconstitute the body by giving intelligence officials a role to ensure fair investigation.
• In a strongly-worded communique sent to the Punjab government on November 16, 2022, the federal government said it would not accept a `controversial` police officer, Ghulam Mahmood Dogar, who had allegedly violated the orders of the establishment division in the past, as head of the JIT.
• While the Ministry of Interior letter also raised some legal flaws in the new JIT constituted by the Punjab government, a sessions court in Wazirabad, in the meantime directed the same JIT to record the version of the petitioner and decided that a separate FIR of the shooting was not needed on the basis of new information
3. World Bank to provide $1.3bn for agriculture, housing relief
• The World Bank said on November 16, 2022 that it intends to provide Pakistan with $1.3 billion for emergency, agriculture and housing relief in the wake of catastrophic floods this year.
• `Pakistan requires substantial investments-the key is international support in order to foster people-centric climate adaptation and resilience,` said the bank`s regional director John A. Roome.
• Mr Roome, who is the World Bank`s regional director for South Asia sustainable development, shared the bank`s plan with Federal Minister for National Food Security Tariq Bashir Cheema at a meeting in Islamabad
4. US, Pakistan launch initiative to deepen economic ties
• The United States and Pakistan on November 16, 2022 formally launched a robust initiative envisaging a string of measures to enhance bilateral trade between the two countries.
• US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome and Pakistan`s Minister of State for Finance and Revenue Dr Aisha Ghaus Pasha launched the five-year project named the Investment Promotion Activity (IPA) to be implemented by the United States Agency for International Development(USAID).
• The IPA will help strengthen Pakistan`s business environment, build the capacity of Pakistani institutions focused on investment promotion, attract foreign direct investment, and increase US-Pakistan bilateral trade and investment
5. Cabinet okays Rs50bn for houses damaged in floods
• The provincial cabinet on November 16, 2022 approved Rs50 billion for the construction of damaged houses for flood affected people, who would be given first installment of Rs50,000 each to start construction.
• Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, who presided over the meeting, decided that the remaining amount of Rs250,000 would be transferred to their bank accounts to complete the house when initial construction would reach the plinth level.
• Briefing journalists, Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said that the cabinet had approved Rs50bn for the housing project tobe used for `Retrospective Financing` for spending the amount on fully damaged houses for the time being so that project may start disbursement till the World Bank financing was available