FM to represent Pakistan at Trans-Himalaya Forum for Int’l Cooperation in Tibet

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani is in China to represent Pakistan at the 3rd two-day Trans-Himalaya Forum for International Cooperation being held in Nyingchi, Tibet today.Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani is representing Pakistan at t…

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani is in China to represent Pakistan at the 3rd two-day Trans-Himalaya Forum for International Cooperation being held in Nyingchi, Tibet today.

Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani is representing Pakistan at the special invitation of his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

China is hosting a Trans-Himalaya Forum from for International Cooperation.

The Trans-Himalaya Forum was initiated in 2018 to deepen practical cooperation among regional countries on diverse subjects including geographical connectivity, environmental protection, ecological preservation, and enhancing cultural linkages.

The last in-person meeting of the Forum was held in 2019. The theme of this year’s Forum is “Ecological Civilization and Environmental Protection.”

Source: Radio Pakistan

Two innocent Pakistanis martyred in unprovoked firing by Afghan sentry at Chaman

Two innocent Pakistanis, including a twelve years old child embraced martyrdom in an unprovoked firing by an Afghan sentry employed at the Friendship Gate of Chaman Border Crossing on Wednesday.According to ISPR, the incident occurred at the outbound …

Two innocent Pakistanis, including a twelve years old child embraced martyrdom in an unprovoked firing by an Afghan sentry employed at the Friendship Gate of Chaman Border Crossing on Wednesday.

According to ISPR, the incident occurred at the outbound gate located on the zero line along the Pakistan-Afghanistan Border in Balochistan when the Afghan sentry opened unprovoked and indiscriminate firing at pedestrians moving from Pakistan to Afghanistan. Another child got injured in the incident.

Own troops exercised extreme restraint and avoided any exchange of fire in presence of innocent passengers to avoid collateral damage.

Dead bodies of the deceased have been shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital Chaman and the injured child, who was immediately evacuated by security forces, is under treatment.

Afghan authorities have been approached to inquire the reason of such irresponsible and reckless act, apprehend and hand over the culprit to Pakistani authorities.

The Afghan authorities are also expected to exercise control over its troops and impart discipline to act responsibly in order to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future.

Pakistan remains committed to contribute towards peace, prosperity and development through positive and constructive bilateral relations; however, such unpleasant occurrences have the potential to harm the sincere intent and purpose.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan, Norway vow to cement ties in different sectors

Pakistan and Norway have reaffirmed to further strengthen cooperation in areas including investment, shipping, climate change, renewable energy and higher education.This resolve was expressed at the 12th round of Pakistan-Norway bilateral political co…

Pakistan and Norway have reaffirmed to further strengthen cooperation in areas including investment, shipping, climate change, renewable energy and higher education.

This resolve was expressed at the 12th round of Pakistan-Norway bilateral political consultations in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Pakistan delegation was led by Ambassador Muhammad Saleem, while the Norwegian side was represented by, Director General Mr. Vebjorn Dysvik.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan, Mongolia agree to strengthen bilateral cooperation

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani held a fruitful meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Sainbuyan of Mongolia in Tibet on Wednesday.The two countries agreed to further deepen mutually beneficial Pakistan-Mongolia relationship, deepen trade an…

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani held a fruitful meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Sainbuyan of Mongolia in Tibet on Wednesday.

The two countries agreed to further deepen mutually beneficial Pakistan-Mongolia relationship, deepen trade and economic cooperation especially in the field of mining, agriculture and textile.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan-GCC FTA will help enhance Pakistan’s exports to Gulf States: Gohar

Caretaker Commerce Minister Gohar Ejaz says the Gulf Cooperation Council has signed a Free Trade Agreement with Pakistan, which will be helpful in enhancing Pakistan’s exports to GCC countries.He said this at a joint news briefing along with federal m…

Caretaker Commerce Minister Gohar Ejaz says the Gulf Cooperation Council has signed a Free Trade Agreement with Pakistan, which will be helpful in enhancing Pakistan's exports to GCC countries.

He said this at a joint news briefing along with federal ministers of Interior, Energy and Information, in Islamabad on Wednesday about meeting of the Special Investment Facilitation Council.

The Commerce Minister said GCC countries export goods of one trillion dollars, whereas their imports are 5.5 billion dollars. He said average imports of Pakistan from GCC nations are 19 billion dollars and its exports to these nations are mere 2.5 dollars. He commended Saudi Arabia's role in concluding the Free Trade Agreement with the six Gulf States, which is the first such understanding in the 14 years.

Gohar Ejaz further said that a mechanism is being evolved for the certification of Pakistani work force working in the Gulf countries, enabling them to align their skills as per demands of the market.

The Commerce Minister said it has also been decided to provide gas to the export industry during winter to boost Pakistan's exports.

Talking about the corrective measures to prevent adverse impact of the Afghan Transit Trade on Pakistan's economy, he said smuggling prone items have been placed in negative list, but Pakistan will continue facilitating genuine trade of Afghanistan. He said it has further been made mandatory to deposit a bank guarantee equal to the goods to be transported under this arrangement. Similarly, a ten percent fee will be imposed on Afghan trade for using Pakistan's infrastructure.

The Commerce Minister said Pakistan wants Afghan trade should be used for the internal consumption of Afghanistan and not for smuggling to Pakistan.

Responding to a question, Commerce Minister Gohar Ejaz said tax evasion of worth one trillion rupees will be curtailed annually by bringing betterment in the Afghan Transit Trade.

To another question, he said effective measures are being taken to bring investment in the Reko Diq project.

Speaking on the occasion, Energy Minister Muhammad Ali said the government has successfully finalized two cargoes of Liquefied Natural Gas for December and it is hoped that there will be no deficiency of gas. He said fertilizer manufacturing plants will also receive improved supply of gas.

The Energy Minister further said that the crackdown against power theft is continuing and a recovery of 16 billion rupees has so far been made. He said this campaign against power theft will continue with full force. He said it has been decided to reconstitute the board of directors of the power distribution companies. He said private sector will be engaged to look after the management of DISCOS.

On the privatization front, Muhammad Ali said Pakistan International Airlines is on the highest priority list in this regard. He said PIA will be taken towards privatization in coming months.

Answering a question, Energy Minister expressed hope that inflation will be controlled significantly with the ongoing depreciation of dollars against rupee.

Interior Minister Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti, in his remarks, condemned the unprovoked firing by an Afghan sentry on the Chaman border crossing and demanded of the Afghan interim authorities to handover the culprit to Pakistan.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Apex Committee of SIFC reviews various initiatives for Pakistan’s economic recovery

Sixth meeting of the Apex Committee of Special Investment Facilitation Council was held in Islamabad and reviewed various initiatives being spearheaded through the SIFC for economic recovery of the country.The meeting was chaired by the Caretaker Prim…

Sixth meeting of the Apex Committee of Special Investment Facilitation Council was held in Islamabad and reviewed various initiatives being spearheaded through the SIFC for economic recovery of the country.

The meeting was chaired by the Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar and attended by Army Chief General Syed Asim Munir, members of the Federal Cabinet, Provincial Chief Ministers and high level government officials.

The ministries apprised the forum about the practical steps undertaken during the last one month to improve business and investment environment in the Country. The Committee also reviewed major macro-economic issues affecting the investment climate including inordinate delays in restructuring/ privatisation of cash bleeding State Owned Enterprises.

The Committee also resolved with consensus on fast-tracking the privatisation process to reduce recurring losses to the national exchequer. It expressed overall satisfaction regarding the ongoing negotiations with foreign and domestic investors for timely realisation of various investment prospects.

The Prime Minister appreciated the good work put forth by various ministries and departments and directed to continue with the 'Whole of the Government' approach to overcome economic challenges being faced by Pakistan.

The Army Chief assured unflinching resolve of Pakistan Army to support the Government's endeavours for a sustainable path towards economic recovery.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Former New Zealand Pacer Lashes Out at Indian Fan for Criticizing Babar Azam

Former New Zealand pacer, Mitchell McClenaghan, has hit back at an Indian cricket fan for unnecessary criticism of Pakistan’s team captain, Babar Azam.A critic tagged McClenaghan on a social media post where he mocked Babar Azam for hitting boundaries …

Former New Zealand pacer, Mitchell McClenaghan, has hit back at an Indian cricket fan for unnecessary criticism of Pakistan’s team captain, Babar Azam.

A critic tagged McClenaghan on a social media post where he mocked Babar Azam for hitting boundaries against David Warner, Steven Smith, and Labuschagne.

While calling the right-hander a stat-padder, the critic wrote that some Pakistani fans consider Babar Azam a king and an equal batter to Virat Kohli in skills.

Responding to this, the right-arm fast bowler asked the fan to refrain from tagging him in an unethical post and praised the Lahore-born cricketer for his talent.

“Babar Azam is a quality player. Regardless of your loyalty to one player, you need to put some respect on his name!” McClenaghan responded.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Men in Green lost both of their warm-up games for the World Cup 2023 against New Zealand and Australia.

The Green Shirts will kick off their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on October 6 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Naseem Shah Successfully Undergoes Shoulder Surgery in London

Renowned Pakistani fast bowler, Naseem Shah, has successfully undergone minor surgery on his shoulder tendon at a private hospital in London.The procedure, which lasted approximately half an hour, was carried out by a specialist surgeon in England’s ca…

Renowned Pakistani fast bowler, Naseem Shah, has successfully undergone minor surgery on his shoulder tendon at a private hospital in London.

The procedure, which lasted approximately half an hour, was carried out by a specialist surgeon in England’s capital.

Following the operation, doctors remain optimistic about the swift recovery of the 21-year-old cricketer, citing his young age as an advantage.

Sources state that younger athletes, like Naseem Shah, often have a higher likelihood of a quicker recovery compared to their older counterparts.

The Dir-born pacer has been advised a recovery period of four to six weeks by medical professionals, after which he can commence his practice sessions.

The right-arm pacer suffered a shoulder injury during the Super 4s match of the recently concluded Asia Cup 2023 against India in Sri Lanka.

The injury ruled him out from the must-win game against Sri Lanka and also from the upcoming much-awaited World Cup 2023 scheduled to take place in India.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced experienced pacer, Hasan Ali, as his replacement in the national squad for the marquee tournament.

Last week, Naseem wrote on his social media handles, “While I am disappointed, I believe everything is in Allah’s hands. InshahAllah, I will be on the field very soon.”

Source: Pro Pakistani