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July 16, 2023: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. Pakistan to work with Iran on border issues: COAS
• Chief of the Army Staff Gen Asim Munir met Iran`s top military leaders on July 15, 2023 to discuss bilateral matters relating to defence and security cooperation and stressed that Pakistan was ready to solidify the ties and use the most suitable solutions to address security challenges and the presence and activities of terrorist elements at the border.
• Gen Munir, who reached Iran on a two-day visit on Saturday with a high-ranking military delegation, met Iran`s top general, Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, in Tehran and discussed ways to improve bilateral interactions `to develop the level of cooperation in different fields, including defence, security, military and training`, Iran`s Mehr News Agency reported
2. Analysis of phone data without court sanction `illegal`
• Spying on or extracting data from the personal mobile phone of an individual or a suspect is unconstitutional and illegal except with the permission of a court, the Lahore High Court ruled on July 15, 2023.
• `Extracting information from a personal phone of an accused during a criminal process is a serious issue which attracted our attention to examine the law on the subject, said the judges in a verdict allowing the appeal of a man convicted of propagating the agenda of a banned outfit.
• The bench comprised Justice Ali Bagar Najafi and Justice Muhammad Amjad Rafiq
3. Kabul not a good friend or neighbour, says Asif
• Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has strongly rebuked Afghanistan for `neglecting its duties as a neighbouring and fraternal country`, and for disregarding vital obligations made in the Doha peace agreement, specifically its commitment to prevent the use of Afghan soil for terrorist activities, Dawn.com reported on Saturday.
• The minister`s statement comes just a day after the armed forces of Pakistan voiced `serious concerns regarding the safe havens and freedom of movement enjoyed` by the proscribed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) within Afghanistan
4. Deaths in violent incidents saw 21pc decline in Apr-Jun: CRSS
• With a noticeable decrease in the overall number of fatalities, the second quarter of 2023 saw an almost 21 per cent decline in violence, data by the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) suggested.
• The number of fatalities decreased from 358 in the first quarter to 284 in the next, asper are port.
• During the second half of the year 2023, some 284 people lost their lives and 291 suffered injuries from as many as 176 incidents of terrorism and counter-terror operations. Security officials were the biggest victims
5. Pakistan condemns permission to burn holy scriptures
• Pakistan has condemned Swedish authorities for permitting the desecration of Torah and Bible, calling the action `a disgrace to Sweden`.
• The protest, which has now been cancelled, was allowed by Swedish police on July 14, 2023 after a man sought permission to burn religious books outside the Israeli embassy in Stockholm