Envoys conference ends in Islamabad; evolves new foreign policy narrative
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that Pakistan has to determine a new but correct direction in the backdrop of emerging alliances. He was briefing newsmen about deliberations of three-day conference of Pakistani envoys in Islamabad on Thursday. The minister said a new foreign policy narrative has been evolved and this would be finalized after input by the National Security Committee and the Parliament. He said the new narrative is aimed at bridging the gap in the perception of Pakistan and some members of the international community on the issue of fighting terrorism. Khawaja Asif said that Pakistan is the only country winning the war against terrorism. He said today Karachi, Waziristan, Khyber and Bajaur are peaceful and the situation is constantly improving. The minister said the envoys had in depth discussions on the new policy of the United States for South Asia and Pakistan's relations with neighboring countries especially India. He said Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States briefed the participants on the US policy, which helped crystallize many issues. Similarly, Pakistan's High Commissioner to India also briefed the conference about Pakistan-India relations.
Topic: Pakistan condemns genocide of Rohingya muslims
Pakistan has condemned the genocide of Rohingya Muslims. The federal cabinet, which met in Islamabad on Thursday with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair, passed a resolution to this effect. It said Pakistan condemns the cold-blooded and callous genocide of innocent Rohingya Muslims, including women, children and even infants under the direct patronage of state institutions of Myanmar. The resolution said brutal acts perpetrated against the unarmed civilian population not only constitute state terrorism, but also question the collective human conscience across nations and societies. The resolution called upon Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to take immediate steps to stop the atrocities being committed in Myanmar where her party is in power. It also called upon the United Nations to take the lead in stopping immediately the genocide of Rohingya Muslims.
Topic: Foreign minister leaves for china to discuss regional and global issues with Chinese leadership
Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has left for China on a day-long visit. Officials of the Foreign Ministry and Chinese Ambassador saw him off at the Noor Khan Air Base. National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua is accompanying the Foreign Minister. The Foreign Minister will have a meeting with his Chinese counterpart tomorrow. The two sides will review bilateral relations and regional developments, including the situation in Afghanistan.
Topic: Pakistan committed to objective of regional connectivity: Dar
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan is committed to the objective of regional connectivity. He was addressing inaugural session of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Institute at Urumqi on Thursday. The Minister said Pakistan believes that the future of people of the region lies in greater connectivity with each other’s markets. He said Pakistan seeks to expand trade and investment links with the region in the East, West and Central Asia. The Minister called upon the member countries to expedite work on the proposals made by the prime minister of Pakistan to accelerate cooperation among the member states in the areas of aviation, capital markets and capacity development. Reiterating Pakistan’s strong commitment to the CAREC programme, Ishaq Dar said enhanced regional cooperation will play a vital role in Pakistan’s economic success in the future.
Topic: Pakistan air force, china's people's liberation army air force start joint exercise in china
Pakistan Air Force and People's Liberation Army Air Force of China Thursday started a joint exercise in China. Official sources told APP, that PAF, PLA Air Force joint exercise commences today on 7th September, which is celebrated as Air Force Day to commemorate PAF successful air battle against Indian Air Forces. Meanwhile, at the end of this year, Pakistan and China will hold a joint navy exercise and a joint army training for counter terrorism. Hundreds of soldiers will take part in these exercises and interact with each others. The joint training of both the armies will continue nearly 10 weeks.
Topic: ECP gives last chance to PTI chief to submit details of foreign party funding on Monday
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has given last chance to PTI chief to submit details of foreign party funding on Monday. The direction was issued by the five-member Commission during hearing of the PTI's foreign funding case in Islamabad on Thursday. Later, talking to the media, the petitioner Akbar S. Babar said that Imran Khan once again failed to submit any record in today's hearing.
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