February 8: Hellenic Shipping News states that Pakistan has finalised the details for the construction of a new shipyard in Gwadar, the country’s deep seaport in Balochistan, with an aim to incentivise commercial shipbuilding and repair industry, create new jobs and spur economic growth.
Deadly week for journalists in Pakistan
July 6: The Voice Of America reported that unidentified assailants in Pakistan have within the past week killed two journalists and tortured a renowned columnist, while police arrested a reporter-anchor-turned-host of a top YouTube political show amid allegations of a government crackdown on dissent and political opponents. Read more I
Government okays import of 110,000MT of wheat
July 6: SAMAA TV reported that a key economic body of the federal government on Tuesday approved measures to import over 100,000 metric tons of wheat to stave off shortages in the country as it allowed the release of banned luxury goods imported into the country until June 30. It also approved a policy to import goods of Afghan origin against Pakistani rupees. Read more I
SpiceJet Boeing 737 Max En Route to Dubai Diverts to Karachi
July 5: Bloomberg reported that a Boeing Co. 737 Max operated by SpiceJet Ltd. flying from New Delhi to Dubai diverted to Karachi after an indicator light malfunctioned, according to a spokesman for the Indian low-cost carrier. Read more I