Hafta-e-Rafta (Top news stories of the week)
US CENTCOM Commander General Joseph L. Votel meets Pakistani civil and military leadership
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says Pakistan has an important stake in peace and stability in Afghanistan as Pakistan has suffered the most due to conflict in that country. He was talking to US CENTCOM Commander General Joseph L. Votel, who is on a two day visit to Pakistan. He said our country is committed to its support for the Afghan people and this has been in evidence over decades including through the presence of more than five million refugees for over three decades. The Prime Minister expresses concern about the presence of Daesh in Afghanistan, which could threaten all its neighbours. Commander US Central Command General Joseph L Votel also held meeting with Army Chief Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi and discussed matters of professional interest with special focus on security situation in Afghanistan. The US delegation headed by CENTCOM Commander General Joseph Votel also visited North Waziristan Agency. According to ISPR, the delegation was briefed about Pakistan Army's operations in North Waziristan and Pak-Afghan border security mechanism through enhanced surveillance measures.
PML-N does not believe in confrontation among institutions: PM
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says Balochistan will emerge as the richest province of country as a result of the incumbent government’s efforts. Talking to newsmen in Quetta, the Prime Minister said law and order situation has improved in Balochistan, which has revived development and economic activities in the province. He said in his meetings with Provincial leadership, they discussed ways to ensure execution of development projects, committed by both the federal and provincial governments. The Prime Minister said in pursuance of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s announcement, it has been decided that gas supply will be expanded to every district headquarters this year.
Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to strengthen cooperation to counter terrorism
Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to beef up mutual coordination in their efforts to eliminate the menace of terrorism. An understanding to this effect was reached at a meeting between Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Nasir Andesha in Islamabad. They discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. Tehmina Janjua underscored the need for enhancing economic cooperation in diverse fields, including trade, transit and connectivity for mutual benefit of the people of both the countries.
UN voices concern over killing of civilians along LoC, excessive use of force in Indian held Kashmir
Pakistan is playing a key role in UN's peacekeeping missions across the globe. This was stated by UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan Neil Buhne during interview with Radio Pakistan's special correspondent Javed Khan Jadoona on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day being observed across the world on Saturday. Neil Buhne said Pakistani troops have gone into the middle of conflicts across the globe to help protect civilians. Neil Buhne said the United Nations is deeply concerned over killing of innocent civilians on the Line of Control. He said the UN has offered to send a fact finding mission on both sides of the Line of Control to look into the matter. Speaking on the occasion, Head of Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Heli Uusikyla urged international community to keep helping Pakistan in rehabilitation of internally displaced persons of FATA.
Renowned German campaigner Ruth Pfao buried with state honour in Karachi
An eminent social activist Dr. Ruth Pfau was laid to rest in presence of thousands of members of civil society, friends and her well-wishers with complete state honour at Gora Qabristan in Karachi on Saturday. President Mamnoon Hussain, Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, representatives of three armed forces and a number of foreign dignitaries also attended her funeral ceremony. The contingents of all the three armed forces gave nineteen guns salute on the occasion of her burial. She had died on 10th of this month after protracted illness. Dr Pfau was founder of the National Leprosy Control Programme in Pakistan. She was born in Germany, came to Pakistan in the 1960s and dedicated her life to taking care of leprosy patients. It was due to the endless struggle of Dr Pfau that Pakistan defeated the disease and became leprosy-free in 1996. She was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988 and received numerous awards for her services.
Host: Dr. Shoaib
Co-Host: Dr. Khurram