December 10: Colombo Gazette states that the weather in Rawalpindi on Monday was on the hazy side with the breeze making the atmosphere chilly just as Pakistan players got engaged in their first practice session at a new-look Pindi Cricket Stadium, the venue for the opening clash of the landmark two-Test series against Sri Lanka.
Argentina set to buy 12 JF-17 fighter jets from Pakistan
September 21: The Nation reported that Pakistani officials have confirmed that they have completed negotiations for a defence deal worth 664 million USD with Argentina for the sale of twelve JF-17 block III, fighter jets, manufactured at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra. “Negotiations for the deal are completed and the final agreement is expected to be signed within this year”, a top Pakistani official who wished not to be named told The Nation yesterday. The signing of the defence deal would be made public and would not be kept secret, the official said.
Pakistan satisfied with security assurances by Afghan Taliban: ISPR
September 21: Dawn reported that Pakistan is maintaining a regular engagement with the Afghan Taliban for safeguarding the country’s security interests, said military spokesman Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar on Monday.
England accused of ‘making excuses’ after pulling out of Pakistan tour
September 21: The Guardian reported that England have been accused of “failing a member of their cricket fraternity” and “making excuses” after cancelling next month’s tour of Pakistan and citing mental wellbeing as one of the driving factors behind the decision.
Regional Extremists ‘Energized’ by Taliban’s Takeover Could Pose Threat to Pakistan, China Interests, Expert Says
September 21: Voice of America reported that China and Pakistan expect the Taliban to fulfill pledges to crack down on foreign extremist groups in Afghanistan, but experts say these groups have already been "energized" by the Taliban’s takeover, posing new challenges for Pakistani and Chinese interests.
Methane Plumes in Pakistan Put Landfills in the Spotlight
September 21: Bloomberg reported that satellites spotted a large plume of methane leaking from one of Pakistan’s largest cities last month. The cloud was seen over Lahore on Aug. 6 and had an emissions rate of about 126 metric tons of methane an hour, according to an estimate from geoanalytics firm Kayrros SAS. That amount of the greenhouse gas would have roughly the same short-term climate warming impact as the annual emissions of 6,200 cars in the U.K. A second, smaller plume was seen above the city on Aug. 31, emitting about 39 tons of methane an hour.