Pakistan This Week
Karachi operation to continue till complete restoration of peace, stability: COAS
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reiterated that efforts will continue till restoration of complete normalcy in Karachi and the Province. Speaking during his visit to Karachi Corps Headquarters on Sunday, he said that peace in Karachi is vital for stability in Pakistan. He appreciated efforts of intelligence agencies and security forces in winning back dissident and sub-nationalist elements into national mainstream through positive engagement. The Army Chief was briefed on security situation in Karachi, progress of operation Raddul Fasaad and support to Census in Sindh Province. He appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Army and Pakistan Rangers Sindh for their contributions towards successful execution of these assignments.
Host: Daniyal Aziz
Co-hosts: Yusra Mushtaq, Maha Khan Jadoon
Analyst on Telephone:
Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Khan Lodhi (Defense Analyst):
There is no doubt that a lot has been done by the security forces in eliminating terrorism and it is also a fact that a lot more is still to be done. Every individual is equally responsible to play its part in supporting the security forces to completely eradicate the menace of terrorism. Operation Radd-ul-Fasad is continuing throughout the country without any discrimination. Promotion of justice and promotion of political harmony are mandatory to make Pakistan a peaceful country.
Pakistan expresses concern over unprovoked firing by Afghan Forces at Pak Afghan border near Chaman - Territorial integrity of country to be ensured at all costs: IGFC
Inspector General Frontier Corps (IGFC) Balochistan Major General Nadeem Ahmed has said that territorial integrity of the country will be ensured at all costs. Addressing the news briefing in Chaman on Sunday, he said that Pakistan will never allow any country to cross its territorial boundaries. IGFC said that Afghan border forces tried to interfere in the census drive in the border areas on last Thursday and opened fire on FC personnel deputed on the census duty. He said that the Pakistani Forces retaliated and targeted those afghan posts from where fire was opened. Major General Nadeem Ahmed said in this unfortunate incident about five Afghan posts were destroyed and more than 50 afghan security personnel were killed. He, however, said that no one is happy over the loss of lives of Afghan forces as they are our Muslim brethren. IGFC said that Afghan forces used the Pakistani Nationals as human shield and targeted the innocent children. He said that Afghan authorities were informed about the census process, however, its forces created hurdles in the process and targeted the civilian population.
Targeting of innocent civilians by afghan forces, a shameful act: Aamir
Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz visited Chaman today to review the post attack situation in the area. Talking to the newsmen, he said Afghan forces committed a shameful act by targeting innocent civilians through mortar shells attack. General Aamir said that such attacks would not benefit Afghanistan in any way and the Afghan government should be ashamed of such type of imprudent acts. He added that Pakistani artillery also retaliated to the Afghan forces’ attack with full might and they resorted to destroy from four to five check posts of Afghanistan.
Oman's Minister in Pakistan on 2-day visit- Alawi is visiting Islamabad on invitation of Sartaj Aziz
Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, Yousuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah arrives in Pakistan today for a two-day visit. He is visiting Islamabad on the invitation of the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs who had paid an official visit to Muscat in September last year. Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi will call on the Prime Minister. During his official talks with the Adviser on Foreign Affairs, all areas of cooperation between Pakistan and Oman will be reviewed comprehensively.
55 New locomotives will be added to Pakistan railways this year: SAAD
Fifty-five new locomotives being received from United States will be added to Pakistan Railways in September this year to enhance its freight sector. This was stated by Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique during a meeting with officials of Pakistan Railway in Lahore. He said the new locomotives will be used for oil and coal supply. He said the number of freight locomotives will reach to one hundred and thirty-five this year.
Ground breaking ceremony of Islamabad metro bus link to be constructed between Peshawar Morr to New Islamabad International Airport - Modern infrastructure is the hallmark of a dignified nation: PM
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the government believes in the speedy completion of development projects without making any compromise on their quality. He was talking to the media persons in Islamabad after performing the ground breaking of Islamabad metro bus link to be constructed between Peshawar Morr to New Islamabad International Airport. Nawaz Sharif pointed out modern infrastructure including airports, highways; motorways and transport system are the hallmark of a dignified nation. He said these projects are vital to give an impetus to the economic growth as these lure the industrialists to invest in the country. Modern road infrastructure also facilitates the peasants to transport their products to the markets. The Prime Minister regretted the delays that were witnessed by different projects in the past saying the government injected the necessary resources to revive and complete these projects.Referring to the metro bus project, the prime minister said earlier it was not part of the new Islamabad airport project.
SWA: 4th phase survey of damaged houses to begin from Monday
In South Waziristan agency, fourth phase of survey of damaged houses will begin from Monday. Sources of Political Administration South Waziristan Agency told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the survey will be conducted in sixty-five villages of Ladha, Makeen, Sarwakai and Sra Rogha Tehsils of the agency. After completion of the survey, the owners of completely damaged houses will get four hundred thousand rupees compensation and partially damaged houses will get one hundred and sixty thousand rupees each. These houses were damaged due to operation against militancy in the area.
Pakistan extends support to Chinese "one belt one road" initiative: Dar
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan supports the Chinese One Belt One Road initiative for promotion of intra-regional trade and connectivity. He was expressing his views over the reservations voiced by Indian Finance Minister Arun Jailtly on the vision of connectivity during a debate on trade, hosted by CNBC in Yokohama, Japan. The Minister said regional trade, economic cooperation and connectivity is a way forward to get the economic objectives realized, ensure economic prosperity and check the menacing problem of poverty.
Dr. Manzoor Khan Afridi (Expert on CPEC):
It is unfortunate that South Asian region is least interconnected region in the world. CPEC is game changer project that will definitely improve regional connectivity and regional trade as well. CPEC will improve trade relation among the countries of South Asian region, Central Asian region and Middle East region and all the countries in the region will be benefitted through project. We are very much hopeful that this project will change the destiny of our country and the economy of our country will be strengthened.
Peaceful Resolution of long standing Kashmir dispute - UN urges India and Pakistan to reach a peaceful solution
The United Nations says India has filed no complaint with it about its allegations that Pakistani troops have killed two of its soldiers patrolling the Line of Control on Monday. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the world body has also not received any alleged cease-fire violation reports from Indian authorities related to the latest incident. The spokesman reiterated the need for finding a peaceful solution to Kashmir issue through dialogue.
“DGMOs hotline Contact -Pakistan rejects baseless and unfounded Indian allegations of mutilation of Indian Army Soldiers' bodies”
According to ISPR, DG Military Operations Pakistan Army said this while routine weekly Hotline Contact with his Indian counterpart on Tuesday. He reiterated that neither ceasefire violations occurred in the Sector nor crossing of LoC by Pakistani troops has taken place. The DGMO stated that Pakistan Army is a professional military outfit and upholds the highest standards of conduct. Allegation of mutilating its soldiers’ bodies is an Indian attempt to divert the attention of world from situation within the valley. The DG Military operations asked for actionable evidence and urged that Indian Army should look inwards to probe the incidence. He also cautioned his Indian counterpart that we are fully committed to maintain peace and tranquility along the LoC, however, any misadventure shall be appropriately responded at a place and time of own choosing.