Pakistan, Sri Lanka agree to enhance cooperation in diverse fields

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have agreed to enhance multidimensional bilateral cooperation in political, economic, commercial, defense and education domains.The understanding was reached at a meeting between Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani…

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have agreed to enhance multidimensional bilateral cooperation in political, economic, commercial, defense and education domains.

The understanding was reached at a meeting between Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Ali Sabry in Colombo.

They discussed the whole range of bilateral relations and reaffirmed their commitment to close friendly relations between the two countries.

The two sides agreed to continue cooperation at various international forums including the United Nations and SAARC.

Hina Rabbani Khar congratulated Foreign Minister Sabry on Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Sri Lanka's independence.

Source: Radio Pakistan

OIC Contact Group at UN calls for collective efforts to resolve Kashmir dispute

The OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir at the United Nations met in New York to discuss collective efforts for the just and lasting resolution of the Kashmir dispute.The informal meeting of the group comprising Azerbaijan, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Ar…

The OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir at the United Nations met in New York to discuss collective efforts for the just and lasting resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

The informal meeting of the group comprising Azerbaijan, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkiye was convened by Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the UN Munir Akram.

Briefing the members on the latest situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Munir Akram said the disputed region is the “densest occupation in history”.

Munir Akram said despite India’s massive repression, the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are continuing their heroic struggle for the exercise of the right to self-determination, as prescribed by the UN Security Council resolutions.

He said Pakistan would continue to extend diplomatic, moral, and political support to the legitimate struggle of Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination.

Ambassador Munir Akram thanked the members of the OIC Contact Group for their participation in the meeting and support for the Kashmir cause.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Kashmir Solidarity Day to be observed on Sunday

Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed on Sunday to express whole hearted support of Pakistani nation to the just struggle of Kashmiri people for their inalienable right to self-determination under the UN resolutions.The day will also be marked to exp…

Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed on Sunday to express whole hearted support of Pakistani nation to the just struggle of Kashmiri people for their inalienable right to self-determination under the UN resolutions.

The day will also be marked to expose worst ever oppression being perpetrated by Indian occupation forces against Kashmiris in Indian Illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

One minute silence will be observed at 10:00 am across the country.

Solidarity walks will be organized in Islamabad, Muzafarabad, Gilgit and in four provincial headquarters.

In the federal capital, the walk will be led by cabinet members including Ahsan Iqbal, Khawaja Asif and Qamar Zaman Kaira. It will be joined by the parliamentarians and people belonging to different walks of life.

Human chains will be formed at Kohala and other important points linking Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.

Posters and billboards will be displayed on important roads, airports, and railway stations to highlight the plight of Kashmiri people.

In connection with the day, debate and declamation contests as well as essay writing competitions will be organized in educational institutions across the country

Radio Pakistan will broadcast special programme to express solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiris of IIOJK.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Political instability, adventurism biggest threat to economy: Planning Minister

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says government is focusing on harnessing private and foreign direct investment in sectors related to export oriented goods and services. Speaking at a Round Table Conference on Pakistan’s Economics in …

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says government is focusing on harnessing private and foreign direct investment in sectors related to export oriented goods and services.

Speaking at a Round Table Conference on Pakistan’s Economics in Lahore on Saturday, he said we can address structural issues of economy by focusing on exports to expand its overall base and by including value added goods and services.

Ahsan Iqbal regretted that political instability and adventurism has been the biggest threat to Pakistan’s economy.

The Minister said in order to earn policy dividend, there needs stability as policies take root, grow, evolve and start bearing fruits over a decade or so.

Ahsan Iqbal said Pakistan needs to walk through a stabilization process but that must be coupled with long term industrial framework that realigns economic incentives in the country across all sectors.

He said Ministry of Planning has launched a Champions of Reform network which is open to all and anyone interested can join it via visiting Ministry’s website pc.gov.pk.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Nation facing difficulties due to imprudent policies of PTI Chief: Marriyum

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says nation is facing difficulties due to imprudent policies of Imran Khan.Addressing a news conference along with Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Faisal Karim Kund…

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says nation is facing difficulties due to imprudent policies of Imran Khan.

Addressing a news conference along with Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Faisal Karim Kundi in Islamabad on Saturday, she said Imran Khan has pushed the country at the edge of default.

The Minister lamented last government of PTI in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for not equipping the provincial police and counter terrorism department. She said PTI did not take adequate action against terrorism despite receiving enough resources from the federal government.

Marriyum Aurangzeb criticized Imran Khan for victimizing his political opponents. He said political opponents of Imran Khan were jailed in fake cases.

Speaking on the occasion, Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Faisal Karim Kundi said PTI’s government in KP was corrupt. He said asked the interim-government of KP to inquire the corruption of last government.

The Special Assistant said Imran Khan is blaming former President Asif Ali Zardari only to get attention.

Source: Radio Pakistan

MoS Khar discusses bilateral ties with Sri Lankan President, PM

Minister of State Hina Rabbani Khar called on President of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe in Colombo on SaturdayShe congratulated him on the 75th Independence Day of Sri Lanka.The two dignitaries expressed satisfaction over close, cooperative…

Minister of State Hina Rabbani Khar called on President of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe in Colombo on Saturday

She congratulated him on the 75th Independence Day of Sri Lanka.

The two dignitaries expressed satisfaction over close, cooperative relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They recalled the shared Buddhist heritage and people-to-people links between the two countries. They agreed to further enhance mutually-beneficial cooperation in economy and trade, education, tourism and people-to-people contacts.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar also called on the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Dinesh Gunawardena in Colombo on Saturday.

During the meeting, they agreed to further strengthen bilateral and people to people relations and enhance cooperation in trade, pharmaceutics, education, tourism, culture and defence sectors.

Source: Radio Pakistan