Jun 232017
 

Senator Babar Awan announced on Friday he is joining Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), thereby ending his two-decade-long association with the PPP. “I had a challenge confronting me whether to remain a senator for another year or join the country’s real opposition party,” Awan told media persons at his residence in Islamabad. He was accompanied by PTI chief Imran Khan and senior PTI leaders. “Allah guided me towards the right path. And today after 21 years long association, I announce to resign from basic membership of PPP,” he said. He added that he had submitted his resignation with the Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani. He claimed that Imran Khan would be the next prime minister. Awan served as law minister during the previous tenure of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). But he parted ways with the party following his differences with Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari. Babar Awan set to join PTI today Awan recently got close to the PTI chief, becoming one of his attorneys in the Panamagate case. Reacting to this development, a PPP spokesperson said Awan had parted ways with the party the day he refused to testify before the Supreme Court in favour of former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. The spokesperson said Awan had revealed his true colours during the NRO Implementation case. “Awan can best be exemplified as a political turncoat in contemporary politics of Pakistan,” the spokesperson said. He reminded that Babar Awan was among those who had distributed sweets when Bhutto was hanged and a [Read More…]

Jun 222017
 
Eleven killed in blast on Quetta's Gulistan road

Security challenges At least 11 people ─ including five policeman ─ lost their lives, while 21 others were injured as a blast shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta's affluent Gulistan Road area on Friday morning, police said.The injured were moved to Quetta's Civil Hospital, where an emergency was declared. Security was tightened across the city following the attack.According to DawnNews, the blast occurred close to Inspector General of Police Ehsan Mehboob's office.The blast was powerful enough that it was heard across the city, shattering windows of nearby buildings, said police spokesman Shahzada Farhat. TV footage showed several badly damaged cars and a road littered with broken glass. Security personnel stand-by at the site of the blast after it was cordoned off.─DawnNews Deputy Inspector General of Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema, while talking to media, said that the nature of the blast is yet to be determined."Security officials had tried to stop a car near Shuhada Chowk and the blast occurred moments later; however, we are still not sure if the car was the source of the blast," he said. Cars were badly damaged in the blast.─DawnNews "CCTV footage of the site will be used to determine the cause and nature of the explosion," he said, adding that the amount of explosives used is also unknown. "This road sees a lot of traffic and movement; however the timing of the blast did not coincide with rush-hour traffic, so we are not sure of what was targetted."Security forces had reached the area soon after [Read More…]

Jun 222017
 
بیجنگ اور منسک کے درمیان کاروباری تعاون اور تجارت کے فروغ کا عزم

منسک، بیلاروس ، 22 جون 2017ء / سنہوا-ایشیانیٹ /– بیجنگ-منسک بزنس کارپوریشن پروموشن فیئر 21جون کومنسک میں منعقد ہوئی۔ چینی کونسل برائے فروغِ بین الاقوامی تجارت بیجنگ کی ذیلی -کونسل (سی سی پی آئی ٹی بیجنگ) کے نائب چیئرمین اور بیجنگ وفد کے سربراہ لی لکشیا نے کہا کہ بیجنگ منسک کے ساتھ کاروباری تعاون کے رابطے اور تجارتی سرمایہ کاری میں اضافے کے مسلسل فروغ کا خواہشمند ہے۔ لی لکشیا نے کہا کہ چین اور بیلاروس کے درمیان دوستانہ تعلقات کی طویل تاریخ ہے۔ ستمبر 2016ء میں صدر لوکاشنکو نے چین کا دورہ کیا اور دونوں ممالک نے باہمی اعتماد اور باہمی فائدہ پر مشتمل جامع اسٹریٹجک شراکت داری قائم کرنے کا اعلان کیا تھا۔ 2016ء کے آخر تک چین-بیلاروس تجارتی حجم 1.524 ارب ڈالر تک جا پہنچا تھا۔ تعاون کے روشن امکان کے ساتھ چین ایشیا میں بیلاروس کا سب سے بڑا کاروباری شراکت دار اور تیسرا بڑا تجارتی شراکت دار بن گیا۔ بیلٹ اینڈ روڈ انیشی ایٹو کی تعمیر میں مسلسل پیش رفتاور اسٹریٹجک شراکت داری کو مزیدمستحکم کرنے کے تناظر میں بیجنگ نے منسک میں بزنس کارپوریشن پروموشن فیئر کا انعقاد کیا، جو جڑواں شہروں کی مشترکہتعمیر اور منسک کے ساتھ اقتصادی اور تجارتی تعاون پر بیجنگ کی توجہ کے لیے ایک ٹھوس مشق ہے۔ پروموشن فیئر کو سی سی پی آئی ٹی بیجنگ اور بیلاروسی اعوان صنعت و تجارت کی منسک شاخ نے مشترکہ طور پر منعقد کیا۔ خوراک، آرٹ، لباس، دواسازی، نمائش، قانون وغیرہ کے شعبوں سے تعلق رکھنے والے منسک کے 50 کاروباری [Read More…]

Jun 222017
 
Beijing and Minsk Urge Business Cooperation and Trade Development

MINSK, Belarus, June 22, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– Beijing-Minsk Business Cooperation Promotion Fair was held in Minsk on June 21. Li Luxia, head of Beijing delegation and vice-chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Beijing Sub-Council (CCPIT Beijing) said that Beijing is willing to constantly push the business cooperation communication and trade investment development with Minsk. Li Luxia said that the friendly exchanges between China and Belarus have a long history. In September 2016, President Lukashenko paid a state visit to China and both sides announced the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership featuring mutual trust and mutual benefit. By the end of 2016, China-Belarus trade volume had reached US $1.524 billion. China became the third largest trade partner and also the largest trade partner in Asia of Belarus with a bright prospect for cooperation. In the context of the continuously deepening of the strategic partnership and the continuous development of the Belt and Road Initiative construction, Beijing held the Business Cooperation Promotion Fair in Minsk, which is a concrete practice for mutual construction as sister cities and Beijing’s emphasis on economic and trade cooperation with Minsk. The Promotion Fair was held jointly by CCPIT Beijing and Minsk Branch of Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. More than 50 entrepreneurs from Minsk in the fields of food, art, clothing, pharmaceuticals, exhibitions, law, etc. and over 70 entrepreneurs from Beijing in the areas of energy, tourism, culture, agriculture, science and technology, economy and trade attended the Fair. Source: China Council [Read More…]

Jun 222017
 
Rights groups ask govt to investigate alleged assault of lawyers on LHC premises

The Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists on Thursday called on Pakistani authorities to investigate the alleged assault of lawyers in the Lahore High Court premises earlier this week, an HRW press release said. The HRW asked the government to "ensure a prompt, impartial, and effective investigation into a barrage of assaults and threats against lawyers" at the LHC on Tuesday after lawyers supporting Maqsood Buttar attacked Barrister Usama Malik, a junior associate of senior counsel Asma Jahangir who had been arguing a habeas corpus petition filed by Bilquis Zareena.Buttar's supporters roughed Malik up and ripped his shirt. Some of them also manhandled the complainant, Zareena, who sought the recovery of her daughter Ayesha and two-year-old grandson Alyan Ali. The two have allegedly been missing for the past six months.The rights organisations reminded Pakistani authorities of their duty towards upholding international standards in court proceedings, saying, "Under international standards, including the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, Pakistan has an obligation to ensure that lawyers are able to perform all of their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment, or improper interference.""The government needs to defend the rule of law and prosecute those responsible for any criminal conduct," said the prominent human rights defenders in the news release which was posted on the HRW's website.HRW Asia Director Brad Adams said, "Lawyers must be able to go to court without fearing violent assaults and abuse." "That such assaults take place with increasing frequency in [Read More…]

Jun 222017
 

Acting Saudi ambassador in Islamabad Marwan bin Rizwan said Saudi-led 41-nation Islamic military alliance is against terrorism, and not against any specific country, Radio Pakistan reported. “If Qatar abides by the 2014 agreement, the Saudi-Qatar relationship can improve,” he said while talking to reporters in Islamabad on Thursday. The boycott of Qatar, he said, can be ended if it accepts the Saudi demands. Pakistan will remain neutral in Saudi-Qatar row: Aziz On Wednesday, the Pakistan government had categorically said it would not take any sides in the recent political stand-off between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. “Pakistan does not want to interfere in other countries’ matters and will stick to its non-partisan policy on the Middle East issue,” Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. Saudi military alliance: Pakistan seeks to find a middle ground Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and the United Arab Emirates announced on June 5 they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar after accusing it of supporting terrorism. Moreover, in principle, Islamabad had agreed to be part of the Islamic Military Alliance against Terrorism (IMAT). The post Military alliance not against any specific country, says Saudi envoy appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jun 222017
 

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yaldarim reiterated his support for Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir, a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is on an official visit to Turkey, thanked the premier on Turkish support to Pakistan in various international fora. COAS met Turkish PM. PM reiterated Turkish support for Pakistan's stance on Kashmir. COAS expressed Pak's sp to Turkey’s position on Cyprus. pic.twitter.com/pVNNfpiZbu — Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) June 22, 2017 According to the military’s media wing, both discussed matters related to regional security and commonality of challenges facing the two brotherly countries. Muslim countries can contribute towards global peace: Erdogan PM Yaldarim appreciated the positive role that Pakistan plays in the region as well as in the larger Muslim world. “Pakistan and Turkey share same stance on many issues and Pakistan supports Turkey’s position on Cyprus as well as its efforts against terrorism of all hue and colour,” the army chief said. The post Turkey reiterates support for Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jun 222017
 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday condemned drone strikes on its soil as violations of sovereignty, after US officials suggested Washington might ramp them up against militants. The foreign office statement also came a day after an Iranian drone was shot down near the border. US officials told Reuters this week Washington was hardening its stance towards Pakistan, and a new policy on Afghanistan could see an increase in drone attacks.. “Our position is that drone strikes are counter-productive and violate the sovereignty of Pakistan,” foreign ministry spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said on Thursday in response to the Reuters report. Pakistan confirms shooting down Iranian drone The United States has been carrying out such airstrikes for more than a decade. The attacks have slowed to a trickle in the past 18 months. Pakistan has received more than $33 billion in US assistance since 2002, but some aid was withheld last year. US officials have said the Trump administration is also considering withholding some assistance. “Pakistan attaches importance to its relationship with the US,” Zakaria said. “We firmly believe that continued close cooperation between our two countries is critical for promoting peace and security in the region and beyond.” On Wednesday, an unmanned Iranian drone flying over Balochistan was shot down. Trump seen hardening line toward Pakistan after Afghan war review The incident followed warnings by Tehran that it would strike against militants carrying out cross-border attacks. Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants in April. Iran claimed Jaish al Adl, a Sunni militant group, had shot them from [Read More…]

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