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All-weather friendship between Pakistan and China has withstood the test of time, notwithstanding changes in the international, regional and domestic environments,” Foreign Office

Pakistan threw its full weight behind China on Monday, while pledging to oppose any attempt to undermine China’s sovereignty following talks between a visiting senior Chinese official and Pakistani authorities. The Chinese State Commissioner for Counter Terrorism and Security Cheng Guoping, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, met Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi and National Security Adviser Lt General (retd) Naseer Khan Janjua.

Analyst live on Phone: 

Dr. Huma Baqai:  (IR Expert)

Cash shortage in India deepens in the wake of demonetization- 560 million factory workers affected

An estimated one-fourth of the ATMs across the country are running dry again with people withdrawing large amounts for sundry payments and purchases at the start of the month, bank officials said on Tuesday. Lakhs of workers in unorganised sectors are still paid in cash, usually within the first week of the month. Tuesday’s payday for an estimated 560 million factory workers could have also contributed to the cash shortage, the officials added. The fresh cash shortage could fuel the debate over the efficacy of the move to withdraw high-value banknotes and leave the government open to a renewed attack by the opposition, which has been very critical of the demonetisation exercise.

Zahid Maqbool:    (Economist)

Host:         Fouzia Kulsoom Rana

Co-Host:    Manzoor Malik


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