Pakistan and Maldives to increase bilateral cooperation in diverse fields- PM says India has harmed the SAARC and undermined the spirit of the regional forum
Addressing a joint news conference in Maley, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says both the countries are unanimous in enhancing cooperation in all areas including trade, education, defence, tourism, and people to people contacts. Pakistan is ready to extend all possible cooperation to Maldives for the welfare and development the people. The countries have signed Memorandum of Understandings in various fields like trade, tourism, education, capacity building of civil servants and training for diplomats. Meanwhile, President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom expresses his gratitude to Pakistan for extending cooperation in capacity building of Maldives National Defence Force.
Army Chief says regional actors and hostile intelligence agencies are fully involved to use terror as policy tool against Pakistan
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says cowardly incidents of terrorism cannot lower national resolve to eliminate militancy from its roots in the country. Chairing a security meeting in Lahore, he says we are making gains in breaking connectivity between terror masterminds, their facilitators and executors. The Army fully supports and stands with police and other law enforcement agencies towards performance of their role as first responders. Concurrent blasts at Kabul and Lahore are testimony of our stance that both Pakistan and Afghanistan are victims of terrorism and will continue to suffer if these actors are able to use Afghan territory with impunity. Pakistan is ready to help Afghanistan to eliminate terrorist safe havens in their border areas as we have done on our side.
US recognizes the sacrifices of the people and armed forces of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and extremism: General McMaster
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and US National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster discussed matters of bilateral interest in a telephonic conversation. Both leaders recalled their meeting in Washington on 25th April 2017 in which they had held a detailed discussion on working together to take the bilateral relationship further. The Finance Minister says under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, fully supported by the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa and all the armed forces, Pakistan is strongly committed to defeating the menace of terrorism. He stresses that the civil and military leadership is committed to not allowing Pakistan's soil to be used against any other country. Meanwhile, UN Security Council has strongly condemned yesterday's deadly terrorist attack in Lahore.
ECC approves issuance of sovereign guarantees for four projects worth 110 billion rupees for private power holding companies
The approval was granted during the committee meeting held in Islamabad with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair. The Economic Coordination Committee also approved another proposal to extend Tenor and Grace Period in respect of Term Finance Facility of 82 billion rupees for Power Holding Private Limited. It accorded also approval of Standard Implementation Agreement under Policy Framework for Private Sector Transmission Line Projects, 2015 and Project Specific Transmission Services Agreement.
The government decides to cancel visas of all foreigners, who are linked with A.R.K Infotech, and deport them
The decision was taken by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan after reviewing the JIT report on abduction of Chinese nationals from Quetta. He also decided to immediately cancel registration of such companies. The Interior Minister also directed the officials to investigate how A.R.K Infotech Company was performing its illegal activities against the country's interest and violating visa laws under the cover of Urdu Academy. Meanwhile, SECP will also conduct audit of all foreign companies.
Turkey offers liver transplant facility to over 1500 patients from Pakistan every year in Turkish hospitals
Pakistani liver patients will have liver transplant facility in selected Turkish hospitals. The decision was made at a high-level meeting of Turkish delegation led by Director General Health Dr. Onor Gonor with Minister of State for National Health Services Regulation and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar in Islamabad. Over fifteen hundred Pakistanis have to undergo liver transplant every year for which Turkey has offered special package.
UN expresses concern over plight of Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar
A United Nations rights expert, Yanghee Lee has accused Myanmar government for worsening security and human rights situation. In a statement, Yanghee Lee raised concerns over ongoing humanitarian crisis for the Rohingya Muslims and other minorities forced from their homes.
U.N. warns of escalation if no Al-Aqsa mosque solution by Friday
United Nations has warns that dangers will escalate if no solution is found to current tense situation of Al-Aqsa mosque by Friday. UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov says this while briefing media after U.N. Security Council meeting behind closed doors. Israel installed metal detectors at entry points to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem which triggered the bloodiest clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in years.
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