Over 97,000 Pakistani pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia

More than 97,000 pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia under both Government and Private Hajj schemes.

Radio Pakistan Correspondent in Makkah Bilal Khan Mehsud reports that so far, 65,000 pilgrims have arrived via 243 flights under the government sc…

More than 97,000 pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia under both Government and Private Hajj schemes. Radio Pakistan Correspondent in Makkah Bilal Khan Mehsud reports that so far, 65,000 pilgrims have arrived via 243 flights under the government scheme, while more than 36,402 have arrived under the private scheme. The last flight from Pakistan will operate on Sunday which will end the month-long operation. The overall Hajj operation was continuing as per schedule and all Pakistani pilgrims who arrived in the holy land were performing their routine prayers in complete peace and discipline under the vibrant facilitation of the Pakistan Hajj Mission and the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The PHM in Makkah and Ministry of Religious Affairs have advised the general public to avoid rumours creating confusion regarding any discomfort to the guests of Allah Almighty. Joint Secretary of the MoRA, Sajjad Haider Yaldram, in a video message, requested Pakistani pilgrims to use the ministry's online mobile service, 'Pak Hajj App,' to lodge their complaints or suggestions, instead of manual ones. He said all the online complaints and suggestions are directly monitored by the Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Chaudhry Salik Hussain and all senior officers to ensure their prompt resolution. He said if the pilgrims face any issue while lodging online complaints, they should approach the PHM Moavineen deployed at each residential building for facilitation. He explained that complaints could be lodged through the Pak Hajj App, WhatsApp, or by calling the Pakistan Hajj Mission's helpline toll-free numbers: 00923376510003, 00923376510004, 00923376510005, and 00923063332555. Spokesman of the MoRA Muhammad Umer Butt told Radio Pakistan that the ministry has deployed 375 doctors and paramedical staff and 511 assistants in Makkah to serve the pilgrims free of cost. Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan to send students to China for training in agriculture

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has announced to send one thousand students to China for advanced training in agriculture.

He made the announcement during his visit to Yangling Agricultural Demonstration Base in Xi’an, China today.

The Prime…

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has announced to send one thousand students to China for advanced training in agriculture. He made the announcement during his visit to Yangling Agricultural Demonstration Base in Xi'an, China today. The Prime Minister also invited the North West Agriculture and Forestry University to open a campus in Pakistan and directed the Pakistan's Ambassador to China and relevant authorities to finalize these projects with the Chinese authorities. On the occasion, the Prime Minister was given a tour of various parts of Yangling Base and Pakistan Pavilion. He was shown Pakistani products at the pavilion. Interacting with the officials of Yangling Base, the Prime Minister said Pakistan is striving to modernize its agriculture sector to increase per acre yield of crops. He said increasing the agricultural exports is one of our top most priorities. The Prime Minister was given a briefing about the working of the Yangling Base. He was told that 26 countries are collaborating in agricultural research at the Base and Pakistan was the first one to participate. He was also briefed about Pakistani universities and scientists taking part in research at Yangling Base. The Prime Minister also visited the modern plant production factory where demonstration of vertical method of agriculture was given. Source: Radio Pakistan

Deputy PM holds meeting with Foreign Minister of Malaysia

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar held a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Mohamad Bin Haji Hasan, on the margins of the Meeting of the D-8 CFM held in Istanbul, Trkiye.

The two Minister…

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar held a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Utama Haji Mohamad Bin Haji Hasan, on the margins of the Meeting of the D-8 CFM held in Istanbul, Trkiye. The two Ministers discussed bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest, working towards further strengthening ties. The Malaysian Foreign Minister congratulated Deputy Prime Minister Dar on Pakistan's election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. The Deputy Prime Minister expressed Pakistan's appreciation for Malaysia's support and the desire for working together to uphold international law and the UN Charter. Source: Radio Pakistan

Chaudhry Salik lauds efforts taken by ILO to support workers

Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Chaudhry Salik Hussain has lauded the efforts taken by the International Labour Organization to support workers.

Addressing the 112th International Labour Conference in Geneva, the Min…

Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Chaudhry Salik Hussain has lauded the efforts taken by the International Labour Organization to support workers. Addressing the 112th International Labour Conference in Geneva, the Minister appreciated the ILO's initiatives to mitigate the adverse effects of the crises being faced by Gaza and the West Bank. He emphasized the dire situation in the occupied Arab Territories, particularly in Palestine, and stressed the failure of the multilateral system. Delivering a statement on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Chaudhry Salik Hussain stressed the need for an immediate ceasefire and the unobstructed delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza. Source: Radio Pakistan

Qatar lauds Pakistan Navy in ensuring maritime security

Qatar has lauded the role of Pakistan Navy in ensuring maritime security of the region.

This came at meetings of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Naveed Ashraf with Chief of Staff of Qatari Forces and Commander Qatari Emiri Navy during his visit to Qata…

Qatar has lauded the role of Pakistan Navy in ensuring maritime security of the region. This came at meetings of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Naveed Ashraf with Chief of Staff of Qatari Forces and Commander Qatari Emiri Navy during his visit to Qatar. The Naval Chief highlighted Pakistan Navy's efforts for regional maritime peace and stability through participation in Maritime Security Patrol and Combined Maritime Forces. During the meetings, defence relations, bilateral maritime cooperation, matters of mutual interest and regional maritime security were discussed. The Naval Chief also visited Mohammed Bin Ghanem Al Ghanem Maritime Academy, Umm Al Houl Naval Base and Qatari Emiri Navy ships. On the occasion, he was given briefing about the capabilities of the Qatari Navy. Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan, US have successfully recalibrated their relationship: Masood

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Masood Khan has stated that Pakistan and the United States have successfully recalibrated their relationship, emphasizing two main clusters: security and economic partnership.

Talking to Tim Horgan of World Affairs Co…

Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Masood Khan has stated that Pakistan and the United States have successfully recalibrated their relationship, emphasizing two main clusters: security and economic partnership. Talking to Tim Horgan of World Affairs Council of New Hampshire during 'Global in the Granite State' Podcast, he said Pak-US economic partnership is all encompassing. The Ambassador said that Pakistan could act as an economic bridge between China and the United States. Maood Khan said the United States leadership has been managing the relationship with great care and wisdom. He also noted that the recent visits have set the ground for collaborative model, not a confrontational model. He opined that continuing rapprochement between United States and China would be in the interest of the two countries and the globe. He said that while the US is decoupling or de-risking, it could relocate some of its industries to Pakistan. The United States could also manufacture in Pakistan and export its products and services to China. On regional peace, Pakistan's Ambassador to the US said the shared goal for Pakistan, United States and all leading nations of the world is to have peace and security in the region. He said on one hand, we have to take steps to curb tendencies that would hurt international peace and security and on the other, to promote the global commons that make this life better for the majority of the people. The Ambassador, on Global South, said the priority number one should be elimination of poverty, eradication of poverty and we have to reduce poverty to zero and that's a goal that we should pursue. Underscoring that peace and security was a holistic subject; the Ambassador emphasized the need for investment in sustainable development. He said we have to face the challenge of climate change as it has become existential threat for the entire globe. Noting that US is overly aligned with India which was negation of traditional policy of maintaining strategic balance in the relationship with South Asian countries, the Ambassador opined that restoration of equilibrium would contribute to peace and security of the region. About India's progress, Masood Khan observed that their progress would become much more respectable if they have good relations with their neighbors, including Pakistan and if they also invest in economic connectivity. He said India's preference should be neighborhood first and it should be peaceful neighborhood. On Afghanistan, the Ambassador reiterated the call for Afghan Government to crackdown on organizations like TTP and said that we want the interim Afghan government to crack down on these outfits, particularly the TTP, to delegitimize and neutralize them. On Kashmir, the Ambassador reiterated Pakistan wanted that the people of the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir should be given a choice to determine their own future thought the ballot box and no through bullets. Source: Radio Pakistan

Dar reiterates invitation to President Erdogan for visiting Pakistan

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar joined a collective call of D-8 Foreign Ministers on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the conclusion of the Extraordinary meeting of D-8 Council of Foreign Ministers on…

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar joined a collective call of D-8 Foreign Ministers on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the conclusion of the Extraordinary meeting of D-8 Council of Foreign Ministers on the Situation in Gaza. President Erdogan was briefed on the proceedings of the Ministerial meeting. The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister applauded Turkiye's initiative of hosting D-8 Ministerial meeting on Gaza. The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister conveyed to President Erdogan the greetings of President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. He thanked President Erdogan for his personal interest and leadership towards enhancing Pakistan-Trkiye bilateral relations. The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister reiterated invitation to President Erdogan for visiting Pakistan at the earliest convenience for the 7th High Level Strategic Cooperation Council. Source: Radio Pa kistan

Pakistan, China affirm consensus on up-gradation of CPEC

The Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has expressed the resolve for high-quality development of CPEC and foster synergy between the development strategies of Pakistan and China through close coordination.

He was talking to Chinese President Xi …

The Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has expressed the resolve for high-quality development of CPEC and foster synergy between the development strategies of Pakistan and China through close coordination. He was talking to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a long and in-depth discussion at historic Great Hall of the People in Beijing. During the meeting, the two leaders also affirmed consensus on up-gradation of the CPEC and advancing the development of the mega project in the second phase. Commending President Xi's visionary Belt and Road Initiative and Global Development Initiative, the Prime Minister underscored that as the flagship project of BRI, China Pakistan Economic Corridor has significantly contributed to Pakistan's socio-economic development. He underlined Pakistan's commitment and full support for safety and security of Chinese nationals, projects and institutions in Pakistan. The two leaders exchanged views on regional and global developments including Afghanistan, Palestine and Sou th Asia including the serious human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Source: Radio Pakistan