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September 15

A Christian man was sentenced to death on a blasphemy charge after he sent a Muslim friend an objectionable poem on WhatsApp.

Three people were killed (including MaulviMohib, allegedly affiliated with the Haqqani network) in a US drone strike at a compound in the Ghuzgarhi area near the Afghan border in Kurram Agency.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific, responding to new UN sanctions.

Balochistan CM inaugurated a grid station worth Rs250 million, which will supply electricity to 24 villages, raising hopes for increased agricultural production in surrounding areas.

September 16

Environment ministers from some 30 countries gathered in Montreal to push forward on implementing the Paris Climate accord without the US.

Bangladesh accused Myanmar of repeatedly violating its air space and warned that any more provocative acts could have unwarranted consequences.

Pakistan asked the World Bank to constitute a court of arbitration to settle its water dispute with India after the latest round of talks ended without an agreement.

September 17

In by-elections, PML-N retained the National Assembly constituency of NA-120, Lahore III, despite tough resistance from PTI.PML-N candidate and former first lady Kulsoom Nawaz secured 61,254 votes; PTI’s Dr Yasmin Rashid bagged 47,066 votes.

Hamas said it has agreed to dismantle the administration that runs Gaza in a major step towards handing over control of the Palestinian enclave to a unity government after a decade of bitter rivalry with President Mahmoud Abbas.

PM Modi inaugurated India’s biggest dam, the controversial SardarSarovar Dam on the River Narmada in Gujarat, ignoring warnings from environment groups that hundreds of thousands of people will lose their livelihoods.

Iraqi vice president warned that Baghdad would not tolerate the creation of a second Israel after the Jewish state became the only country to support a planned Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq.

September 18

President Mamnoon Hussain during a meeting with Tajik President EmomaliRahmon expressed the hope that start of the process for Tajikistan’s entry into the Quadrilateral Traffic-in-Transit Agreement (QTTA) would provide Tajikistan with a legal framework to access Pakistani seaports through CPEC.

September 20

United Nations began signing the first treaty to ban nuclear weapons, a pact backed by over 100 countries but rejected by those with nuclear arms.

Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani said that the Swiss ambassador should be asked to leave because the latter’s country was allowing its soil to be used for terrorism in Pakistan.

September 21

In his first address to the UN General Assembly, PM Abbasi highlighted Kashmir as a key dispute, refused to be a ‘scapegoat’ for Afghanistan and reminded the world that it was not Pakistan that started a nuclear race in South Asia.

September 22

In a shocking statement,former presidentMusharraf directly accused PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari of being complicit in Benazir Bhutto's assassination, reasoning he had the most to gain from it.

North Korea said it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after Presi­dent Donald Trump in the UN vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong-Un promising to make Trump pay dearly for his threats.

The World Bank has approved $114 million to expand support for families affected by militancy-related violence, improve child healthcare and establish systems for emergency response safety net delivery in the Fata.

In a sign of rapprochement, Turkey is buying a missile defence system from Russia — unsettlingNato officials, who are already wary of Moscow’s military presence in the Middle East, as the system is incompatible with the alliance’s systems.Turkey said it opted for the S-400 anti-aircraft system because Western arms suppliers had not offered a “financially effective” alternative.

Iran displayed a new missile at a military parade. President Hassan Rouhani vowed that Iran would boost its missile capabilities despite warnings from Washington that it is ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue.

September 23

A suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by the IS group on a Shia mosque in Kabul killed 20 people.

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