11 Paramilitary troops die in US air strikes; PML-N frames charges against Musharraf; The ‘Long March’ ends in Islamabad; Economic Survey shows decline in GDP
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  • It least 11 paramilitary personnel along with 10 militants were killed as a result of US air strikes in the Sheikh Baba area near the Afghanistan border in Mohmand tribal region on June 11. The incident invoked wide criticism in the country1. Later in the week on June 13, US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher stated that the US and Pakistan would jointly investigate the matter. The statement came in the wake of a meeting between US Secretary of State Condoleezza rice and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during a conference in Paris2.

    In other developments, the ‘long march’ of lawyers culminated in Islamabad on June 14. As many as 40,000 lawyers participated in the protest march3. The march, which was organized to pursue the reinstatement of deposed judges however failed to clearly delineate a future strategy4.

    The Economic Survey for 2007-08 was meanwhile released by the Finance Minister Syed Naveed Qamar on June 10 in Islamabad. The Survey, noting the overall deteriorating situation in the Pakistan economy, reported a sharp decline in the GDP from 7.2 per cent to 5.8 per cent. It stated that the country failed to meet its economic targets due to domestic and external disturbances5.

    In other developments, Prime Minster Gilani, addressing the National Assembly on June 9, stated that he intended to curtail the defence expenditure of the country as a goodwill gesture towards its neighbours6.