Jul 212017
Knocking at Qatar?s door

Following the Qatar crisis, Pakistan’s neighbouring countries, including India and Iran, have smartly availed the opportunity and grabbed all available chances to boost their businesses with Qatar. The local markets in the country are flooded with all kinds of stuff like vegetable, fruit, dairy and poultry products, etc., from India, Iran and Turkey. On the other hand, we rarely find any such items from Pakistan. Pakistani fruit, especially mangoes, is famous in the world. Although the season of mangoes has started with full bloom, we have yet to find those in the markets in Qatar. Pakistan’s export department has to quickly and smartly act to capture the market of fruit not only in Qatar but in the entire world. M Khalid Kamal (Doha, Qatar) Click for detailed story

Jul 192017
Pakistan outwit Oman, but lose to Qatar

KARACHI: Qatar defeated Pakistan 3-1 in their match of the 6th International Senior Men’s Friendly Volleyball tournament in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Pakistan had defeated Oman 3-1. Pakistan won the first set 25-17. Oman leveled it 1-1, winning the second set 25-23. Pakistan brought discipline in their ranks and won the next two sets 25-14, 25-22 to complete an emphatic triumph. The three-nation friendly event is aimed to provide practice to the competing sides ahead of the Asian Championship to be held in Indonesia from July 24 to August 1. Qatar had lost to Oman 2-3 the other day after a gripping fight.Pakistan will proceed to Indonesia on Thursday night (today) to take part in the continental event, carrying 16 teams from Asia.Pakistan have been clubbed in Group B with Iran, Chinese Taipei and Iraq. Click for detailed story

Jul 182017

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrehman Al-Thani will reach Islamabad Tuesday on an official visit. According to Express News, the dignitary will meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss issues revolving around the regional situation. The channel, quoting sources, said the dignitary shall also engage in discourse regarding the Saudi-led military alliance whose leadership was handed over to Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif. Arab states sever ties with Qatar for ‘supporting terrorism’ His visit comes weeks after after Middle Eastern countries, i.e. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties last month with the country, accusing it of ‘supporting terrorism’. While Pakistan has remained neutral in the conflict so far, Saudi Arabia had demanded the officials to take a clear position on Qatar. The post Qatar’s foreign minister to arrive in Islamabad on official visit appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jul 172017

CAIRO: Egypt is standing by the list of demands it and three Gulf Arab countries made of Qatar and will keep sanctions against Doha in place, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told his Kuwaiti counterpart on Monday. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar on June 5, cutting diplomatic and transport ties with the tiny Gulf monarchy, after accusing it of financing militant groups and allying with their regional arch-foe Iran. Doha denies the accusations. Kuwait has been leading mediation efforts between Qatar and the four Arab states boycotting it. Its top diplomat Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah met Shoukry and President Abdel Fattah al Sisi in Cairo on Monday. “The Foreign Minister affirmed to his Kuwaiti counterpart Egypt’s commitment to the list of demands presented to the state of Qatar and the continuation of sanctions taken against it,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement. UAE wants international monitoring of Qatar The insistence comes “in light of what the quartet states see as Qatar’s stalling and procrastination, and lack of concern for the concerns of the four states,” he said. Shoukry told Sabah the only way the crisis would be resolved was if Qatar fulfilled the demands, which include curtailing its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, shutting down the pan-Arab al Jazeera satellite TV channel, closing a Turkish military base and downgrading its relations with rival Iran. Sisi told Sabah he appreciated what Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabah was doing to [Read More…]

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