Islamabad wants to resolve all disputes with New Delhi including Kashmir through dialogue- India does not want peace but hegemony in region: FO
In an interview, Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said India had been rejecting mediation on Kashmir by any third country due to its hegemonic designs in the region. Pakistan has welcomed the US offer for mediation to resolve the Kashmir dispute. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres had also made a similar mediation offer on Kashmir soon after assuming his office which was hailed by Pakistan. The Spokesman said that India is perpetrating state terrorism on innocent civilians in Occupied Kashmir. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif wants peaceful relations with all neighbouring countries including India for peace and economic development in the region. Meanwhile,The US offer to help de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan led to a chain of reactions, as Pakistan welcomed the suggestion, India rejected it and the US State Department rephrased the offer to facilitate talks to accommodate both.
A two-day "Business Summit" begins in Islamabad -IMF consultations under Article-IV broadly covered multiple areas of the economy-The government in the current fiscal year is expecting a growth above five per cent, which will be the highest in the last nine years :DAR
The theme of the summit is "Innovating for the Future". The aim of the event is to provide a platform for leading business figures across the world to present their ideas and successful business strategies. Prominent entrepreneurs and academia from across the world will participate in the summit. Pakistan and International Monetary Fund have successfully completed annual consultations under Article-IV of the Agreement. Addressing a joint press conference along with IMF Mission Chief Harald Finger in Dubai, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the consultations broadly covered multiple areas of the economy. Successful completion of the discussions indicates the government's commitment in further deepening of structural reforms in the areas of energy, monetary, financial and public sector enterprises. The government in the current fiscal year is expecting a growth above five per cent, which will be the highest in the last nine years
Host: Abdul Hameed Tabassum
Co-host: Manzoor Malik