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January 27, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. IMF announces long-awaited visit
• A day after Pakistan removed the exchange rate cap giving way to over nine per cent depreciation of the rupee, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on January 26, 2023 announced fielding its staff mission to Pakistan on Jan 31 for talks on the 9th quarterly review of a funding programme pending for almost four months.
• `At the request of the (Pakistan) authorities, an in-person Fund mission is scheduled to visit Islamabad January 31stFebruary 9th to continue the discussions under the ninth Extended Fund Facility (EFF) review, said the Fund`s resident representative in Islamabad, Esther Perez Ruiz.
• Pakistan formally conveyed to the IMF its willingness on Jan 19 to accept all four major conditions and requested for the mission to visit Islamabad to conclude a long awaited agreement for the programme
2. Punjab, KP caretaker cabinets sworn in
• Caretaker cabinets of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were sworn in by the respective governors in Lahore and Peshawar on January 26, 2023.
• As an eight-member cabinet of Punjab took oath, caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi pledged to hold `free and fair` elections in the province in an effective manner.
• Governor Balighur Rehman administered the oath to S.M Tanveer, Dr Javed Akram, Ibrahim Murad, Bilal Afzal, Dr Jamal Nasir, Mansoor Qadir, Syed Azfar Ali Nasir and Aamir Mir.
• Chief Secretary Zahid Akhtar Zaman read out the notification of their appointment. CM Naqvi and IGP Dr Usman Anwar were among others present at the ceremony.
3. No backchannel diplomacy with India, Senate told
• While speaking in the Senate during Question Hour, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar on January 26, 2023 said that `ever since the incumbent government came to power, there has been no backchannel diplomacy between Pakistan and India untold to the rest of the world`.
• Meanwhile, the Foreign Office spokesperson mirrored the minister`s response to a question about Pakistan-India dialogue, while adding that no decision had been taken yet on the invitation extended to Foreign Minister Bilawai Bhutto Zardari by India to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting in that country in May.
• Ms Khar told the Senate that backchannel diplomacy was going on during the days of the PTI government, while noting that there was no harm in backchannel talks if these were result-oriented
4. US vows to help Pakistan overcome economic crisis
• The United States on January 26, 2023 vowed to continue supporting Pakistan in overcoming its unprecedented economic crisis and post-flood challenges.
• The assurance from the US was given by its ambassador to Pakistan, Donald Blome, during his meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
• The Prime Minister Office in its official press release quoted the ambassador as saying: `The United States will continue to support Pakistan`s post-flood recovery as well as the government`s efforts for economic development and reform
5. Missile blitz by Russia kills 11 in Ukraine
• A blistering wave of Russian strikes targeting Ukraine`s energy infrastructure killed 11 people on January 26, 2023, a day after Germany and the United States pledged heavy tanks for Kyiv.
• The latest wave of attacks came as the Kremlin said Moscow perceived the tank deliveries `as direct involvement in the conflict`. France insisted that neither Paris nor its allies were fighting a war against Russia.
• `This should have happened sooner and in bigger quantities,` a Ukrainian doctor called Liza said near the eastern frontline city of Bakhmut, welcoming the long-awaited promise of heavy tanks
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