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January 23, 2024: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. Pakistan, Iran`s envoys set to make comeback by 26th
Pakistan and Iran on Monday agreed to reinstate their ambassadors by Jan 26, following a bilateral dispute that escalated with Iranian strikes on Pakistani territory.
Furthermore, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian is set to visit Islamabad on Jan 29, accepting an invitation from his Pakistani counterpart Jalil Abbas Jilani.
This agreement was reached during a phone conversation between the two foreign ministers, marking their third discussion since the Iranian strikes
2. Ram temple `an affront to Indian Muslims`, says FO
As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi heralded the inauguration of a temple in Ayodhya as a `new era` for India on Monday, Pakistan condemned the grand celebrations and described it as a `symbol of growing majoritarianism and an affront to the Muslim community in India`.
At a grand event attended by some seven thousand guests, Mr Modi consecrated the idol of Lord Ram at the new temple built on the site where the Babri Masjid stood for centuries before it was demolished by a Hindutva mob in 1992
3. World Bank touts more loans despite debt sustainability risks
The World Bank has started marketing more loans to Pakistan with a formal $425 million upfront offer to finance microfinance banks and social sector projects including the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).
This was disclosed by the Ministry of Finance after Caretaker Finance Minister Dr Shamshad Akhtar had a meeting with a World Bank team led by its Country Director Najy Binhassine on Monday and raised questions over the proposed fresh loans to the government for the microfinance sector while public debt already faced sustainability risks
4. Commitment for CPEC success renewed
Pakistan and China on Monday renewed their commitment for the success of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as the two sides expressed their desire for enhanced cooperation in the areas of information technology, economy, agriculture, and human resource development.
Both sides expressed this resolve during a series of meetings of visiting China`s Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong with President Arif Alvi, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar, caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani and Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Syed Asim Munir
5. Media freedom declines due to censorship, threats: report
The relationship between the state and media deteriorated during the past two years due to growing instances of censorship, violence against journalists and government disdain for critism, according to a report.
The report titled Under Siege: Legislative, Judicial and Executive Actions Stifling Freedom of Expression and Right to Information was published by the Institute of Research, Advocacy and Development (IRADA) as part of its annual state of digital journalism series. `This year`s report examines key legislative developments in Pakistan during the critical year of 2023, shedding light on recent acts impacting freedom of expression, access to information and the digital media landscape, `Muhammad Aftab Alam, the executive director of IRADA said