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March 24, 2018
- Impressive show of military might at Pakistan Day parade
- The country displayed its military might at the joint military Pakistan Day parade in the federal capital on March 23, 2018 and warned adversaries against mistaking its desire for peace as a weakness.
- The parade featuring troops from the three armed services, fighter aircraft, tanks, missiles, artillery guns, dronesand engineering equipment was the main event of the countrywide celebrations held to mark the 78th Pakistan Day.
- The anniversary commemorates the adoption of a resolution by the All India Muslim League on this day in 1940 in Lahore, which is seen as the first step towards the creation of Pakistan as a separate homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent.
- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was the guest of honour at the ceremony, which was also attended by a contingent of troops from the United Arab Emirates, a military band from Jordan and Egypt`s top cleric Dr Shawki Ibrahim Abdul Karim. Prime Minister Shahid Khagan Abbasi, Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Zubair Mehmood Hayat, Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan also attended the ceremony.
- President confers military, civil awards
- President Mamnoon Hussain on March 23, 2018 conferred 58 military and 73 civil awards upon various personalities from different walks of life for their meritorious services in different fields on the occasion of Pakistan Day in a special investiture ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
- The awards in military categories included Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) HI (M) (44) and Sitara-i-Basalat (Military) SBt (14).
- The awards in civil categories included Nishan-i-Imtiaz (2), Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam (1), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (7),Sitara-i-Pakistan (3), Sitara-i-Shuja’at (10), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (11), President’s Award for Pride of Performance (8), Sitara-i-Quaid-e-Azam (1), Tamgha-i-Shuja’at (24) and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (6).
- Educationist Fazal Mir passes away
- Leading educationist and religious scholar Prof Fazal-i-Haq Mir passed away after a prolong illness on March 23, 2018. He was 78.
- Mr Haq, who was secretary of Tameer-i-Nu Trust and principal of Tameer-i-Nu Public College, was popularly known as Agha Jan.
- Prof Mir was born on Nov 22, 1942 in Jammu and migrated to Quetta along with his family after the creation of Pakistan
- US president picks foreign policy hawk as adviser
- US President Donald Trump has named John Bolton, a hardliner US diplomat, as his new national security adviser, replacing Gen H.R.
- McMaster who, the White House said, is also retiring from the US Army.
- International wushu event begins
- The fourth South Asian International Wushu Championship started here at the International Sports Gymnasium of the Nishter Park Sports Complex on March 23, 2018.
- More than 120 players from Afghanistan, Iran, Sri Lanka besides host sides namely Pakistan Greens and Pakistan Whites competing in the championship were present in the ceremony and participated in the march past.
- Lanka backs Pakistan to host SAARC Summit
- President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena extended full support to Islamabad in holding of SAARC Summit in Pakistan and expressed his eagerness to diversify and deepen the already good relations between the two countries.
- Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi March 23, 2018 received President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena.
- A one-on-one meeting between the two leaders was followed by delegation level talks in a very warm environment.
- Trump suspends metal tariffs for key US trade partners
- US President Donald Trump late on March 23, 2018 authorized the suspension of controversial tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from key trade partners including the European Union.
- Trump shocked the world with his sudden announcement earlier this month of a 10percent levy on aluminum and 25-percent tariff on steel, angering Washington’s closest allies, which swiftly demanded that they be exempt.
- US approves $1 billion in Saudi defence contracts
- The United States has formally approved defence contracts totalling more than $1 billion with Saudi Arabia, as the kingdom’s crown prince continued his American tour.
- The State Department confirmed it had green-lighted a $670 million deal for anti-tank missiles, a $106 million contract for helicopter maintenance and $300 million for ground vehicle parts.
- Western governments are under pressure from campaigners, including some US lawmakers, to halt or limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia as its forces fight in Yemen’s brutal civil war.
- Three dead in France hostage siege
- At least three people were killed March 23, 2018 in a shooting spree and hostage siege in southern France by a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group.
- Security forces killed the gunman – believed to be a Moroccan who was on a watchlist of suspected extremists – after he carried out three separate attacks in the medieval town of Carcassonne and nearby Trebes.
- The man first hijacked a car in Carcassonne, killing a passenger and injuring the driver, before shooting a policeman who was out jogging with his colleagues nearby.
- He then drove to a Super U supermarket in the sleepy town of Trebes and holed up there for more than three hours with hostages, killing at least two people.
- Egypt opens Gaza border for two days
- Egypt opened its largely sealed border with the Gaza Strip on Friday for two days.
- In just the third such opening this year, the crossing between the Palestinian enclave and Egypt’s Sinai region will be open on March 23, 2018 and 24 for humanitarian cases.
- The Rafah crossing is the only exit for Gaza residents except into Israel, but Egypt has largely sealed it in recent years, citing security threats. Egyptian authorities have a poor relationship with Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas, whom they have accused of supporting attacks inside Egypt.
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