Security forces take control of five-star Pearl Continental hotel near Gwadar seaport after it was stormed by four militants of Balochistan Liberation Army, who killed a security guard ahead of intense gun battle.
The International Court of Justice has started proceedings on the case of a former Indian navy commander sentenced to death in Pakistan over charges of being a spy.
A senior Chinese diplomat says more talks will take place to fix details regarding economic support to Islamabad, as visiting Pakistani PM Imran Khan tells Chinese of "a very difficult economic situation" at home.
Pakistan has tried to remain neutral as Syria, Yemen and the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar have inflamed tensions in the Middle East. Pakistan is now finding out it may no longer be able to sit on the sidelines.
Since 2013 Beijing has worked diligently to develop the Belt and Road Initiative as a win-win project capable of transcending adversarial diplomatic relationships. Its success will depend heavily on decreasing regional hositilities.
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