From The Editor’s Desk

It is my pleasure to introduce the September edition as the Chief Editor of Glob- al Affairs. My team and I have worked tirelessly to put together this edition for our esteemed audience. We hope you find it worthy of your time and attention.

It is a proud moment as Cutting Edge Group has been successful in hosting the biggest sports event in the history of Kashmir: the Kashmir Premier League (KPL). This was the first event of its kind in Kashmir and to say that it was a roaring success would not be an over-exaggeration. Pakistanis from all over the country and especially Kashmiris participated zealously as the event was graced by cricket superstars like Shahid Afridi as the Brand Ambassador, Shoaib Akhtar as Peace Ambassador, and Waseem Akram as the Vice President of the league. We also saw the young talent of Kashmir making a remarkable debut alongside celebrated cricket heroes like Muhammad Hafiz and Herschelle Gibbs.

KPL served as the first platform of its kind that opened Kashmir to the rest of the world and advocated for the message of peace and harmony. The event took place at the Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium where para-gliders came down from 10000 feet with the stadium roaring with the KPL anthem and the cheers of the crowd. You will many vibrant details of the event in this edition.
Our team has also shed some light on how Pakistanis celebrated the 75th Independence Day. Moreover, our writers have penned down important events unfolding around the globe like the situation unraveling in Afghanistan with US withdrawal, Taliban takeover, and its implications for the rest of the world. We also congratulate the leadership of Pakistan and Russia on solidifying their partnership over the gas pipeline project. The opinion section is also enriched with interesting and riveting stories on a number of pressing issues. My team and I appreciate the trust and vote of confidence that our readers have shown us over the years and are looking forward to your feedback as always. I hope you have as much fun reading this edition as we had to compile it.

Ch. Shahzad Akhtar
Chief Editor

Diplomacy

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    3rd Meeting of Central Asian Leaders: A Small Step Toward the Formation of a Regional Order?

    Presidential meetings in Central Asia are often dismissed for a lack of concrete results and for their exclusively ceremonial character. But there are good reasons to take the latest meeting seriously.

    The third consultative meeting of the heads of state of Central Asia that took place in Avaza, on the Caspian shore of Turkmenistan, marked an important moment of trust-building, dialogue, and incremental pragmatism among regional leaders. All five Central Asian presidents were present at the event, which had been postponed last year because of the […] More

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    Germany to enhance economic ties with Pakistan

    BERLIN: Germany expressed its intent to increase investment in Pakistan’s diverse sectors and boost trade relations.

    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at a joint press conference in Berlin agreed to strengthen bilateral ties with focus on increasing trade and investments. Mr Maas termed the visit of Mr Qureshi a good opportunity for launching new German projects in Pakistan. He expressed satisfaction over the interest of […] More

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    UNESCO Representative in Pakistan appreciates Qatar’s support for educating out-of-school children in Pakistan

    UNESCO Representative in Pakistan appreciates Qatar’s support for educating out-of-school children in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan within the framework of “Educate a Child” program of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser

    His Excellency Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, met, on Friday 5/3/2021, in his office at the embassy, Ms. Patricia McPhillips, Director of Office and UNESCO Representative in Pakistan. Ms. Patricia McPhillips appreciated the efforts of the State of Qatar andthe continuous support […] More

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    Pakistan, Iran reiterate resolve to promote economic, trade linkages

    Pakistan and Iran on 12th March discussed the matters of common interests and reiterated resolve to promote economic and trade linkages between the two countries by building upon historical ties, geographical proximity, cultural affinities and economic commonalities. Hassan Abghari, Deputy Minister of Economic and Finance Affairs and Managing Director of Iran Foreign Investment Company (IFIC) […] More

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Politics

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    Cuba gets new leader as last Castro retires

    Cuba marked the end of an era on Monday with the transfer of power from the Castro clan, in charge for six decades, to the communist country’s first-ever civilian leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

    As Raul Castro, 89, enters retirement, he handed the all-powerful position of first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba to Diaz-Canel, 60, already Cuba’s president since 2018. “April 19, an historic day,” tweeted the new leader, lauding the all-powerful PCC’s “founding and guiding” generation for handing over the reins. Diaz-Canel’s election at a party […] More

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    Chinese Premier calls for more communication between China, U.S.

    BEIJING (Reuters) – China and the United States should step up their communication while managing their differences and respecting each other’s core interests, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told a group of senior U.S. executives on Tuesday.

    China hopes the United States could work with China to meet each other halfway, said Li at a virtual conference with presidents and chief executives from more than 20 large U.S. companies. “(We need to) step up dialogue and communication, and expand practical cooperation, properly manage differences, and push Sino-U.S. relations towards the direction of […] More

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    Turkey plans to host Afghan peace talks in April

    Turkey plans to host Afghanistan peace talks in Istanbul in April, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, and Ankara will appoint an Afghanistan special envoy. Cavusoglu’s comments on Friday come after the United States shared a draft peace plan calling for replacing Afghanistan’s government with a power-sharing interim administration pending elections under a new constitution. The […] More

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Current Affairs

Opinion

Science & Technology

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    How VR is Redefining eLearning Experience

    Along with the advancement of technology, there has been a revolution in the educational industry as well. Whether it is print media or web, we have acknowledged richer and easily accessible information. Therefore, the idea of web-based learning systems has always made sense to us. As we are turning more and more digital with online […] More

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    PTCL Group Successfully Conducts 5G trial in a Limited Environment

    PTCL Group, one of the country’s largest telecom groups and the backbone of connectivity in Pakistan, has successfully tested 5G technology at a special ceremony held at PTCL Headquarters, which was graced by Syed Amin Ul Haque, Federal Minister for Information Technology & Telecommunication as the Chief Guest. The 5G trial was conducted in a limited environment on a non-commercial basis.

    The ceremony was attended by Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, Federal Secretary IT & Telecom and Chair- man Board of Directors, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), Major General (R) Amir Azeem Bajwa HI (M), Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), H.E. Nong Rong, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, H.E. Ha- mad Obaid Ibrahimi Alzabbi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan, along […] More

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Strategic Affairs

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    Time to bury the past and move forward: COAS

    Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said regarding inter-regional peace that it is time to “bury the past and move forward”, adding that Pakistan is ready to resolve all regional conflicts with its neighbours.

    The army chief was speaking at the National Security Dialogue event in Islamabad. He started off his speech by defining national security, adding that it included human security and  development other than protection from internal and external threats. “Surely, it [national security] is not solely a function of the armed forces alone,” said the army […] More

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    Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Babar takes command of PAF

    Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Babar on has taken charge as the new Chief of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) at a change of command ceremony held in Islamabad.

    Outgoing Air chief Mujahid Anwar Khan pinned badges on the new air chief and presented him the command sword. The outgoing air chief also reviewed a guard of honour and a formation of JF-17 fighter jets presented a salute to him. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry congratulated Zaheer Ahmad Baber for taking […] More

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    Pakistan Navy’s AMAN Exercises: An Exhibition of Pakistan’s Efforts for Regional Peace

    As many as 45 countries including the United States, China, Russia and Turkey participated in the Aman exercise this year with their warships, aircraft, and special operation forces. The event also attracted a huge number of spectators. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) Gen. Nadeem Raza said that the Pakistan Navy’s seventh […] More

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    Russia steps in, trying to aid stalled Afghan peace process

    With talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban stalled and the new administration in Washington mulling its options, Russia is stepping up efforts to try and find a way forward in the peace process.

    Moscow’s emissaries have been making the rounds, visiting region- al players and meeting officials and senior Taliban figure even as a NATO ministerial conference this week concluded that there is no easy solution on how to end Afghanistan’s protracted war. Zamir Kabulov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for Afghanistan, was in Pakistan on Friday […] More

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