PM meets world leaders, highlights Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir

PM meets world leaders, highlights Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir

PM meets world leaders, highlights Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir

NEW YORK:

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (PM) has continued to highlight occupied Kashmir issue in meetings with international leaders on sidelines of United Nations General Assembly session in New York.

According to details, Nawaz Sharif has met Saudi crown prince and Vice PM Muhammad bin Nayef and briefed him about continuous atrocities of India in held-Kashmir.

He said that Indian forces’ brutality has made Kashmir a hell for the locals.

Talking to British Prime Minister Theresa May, the premier said people of occupied Kashmir must be allowed to choose their destination under United Nations Security Council resolutions.

He said human rights violations and brutal state oppression in Kashmir are at their peak and it is the duty of the international community to ask India to immediately end state atrocities against innocent and defenseless Kashmiris.

Meanwhile, PM Nawaz held a talk with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and expressed satisfaction on the state of bilateral relations. Both the leaders also exchanged views on matters of regional and global concerns.

The premier has also written a letter to permanent members of Security Council, urging to take notice of Indian barbarity in held-Kashmir.

Separately, talking at UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants at the United Nations in New York, Prime Minister said Pakistan is the only country in the world which hosted Afghan refugees for longest period and despite decline in international funding we did not back out.

He said Pakistan favors dignified repatriation of Afghan refugees and it is in the best interest of both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

On the other hand, PM Nawaz will address United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday to enunciate Pakistan’s position on key international issues.

The Prime Minister will focus on the Kashmir dispute and will especially invite the attention of world leaders to the recent surge in state-backed atrocities and systematic violations of fundamental human rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir since the extra judicial killing of Kashmiri youth leader Burhan Wani.

He will also stress the need to find a just and early solution to this longstanding dispute.

The Prime Minister will call upon the international community and the United Nations to live up to their promise of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people.

The Prime Minister will highlight Pakistan’s contribution in maintaining peace and security in the regional as well as global context.

During his Bilateral meetings, the Prime Minister will apprise the world leaders about secure, stable and economically vibrant Pakistan that has been ensured after the countless sacrifices of valiant security forces of the country, LEAs, Police personnel and unarmed civilians backed by unflinching resolve of the entire nation against terrorism and extremism.

Source The nation

President stresses self-reliance in all disciplines of science, technologies

President stresses self-reliance in all disciplines of science, technologies

President stresses self-reliance in all disciplines of science, technologies

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has emphasized the need for self-reliance in all disciplines of knowledge.

He was addressing Second Conference on Space in Islamabad today.

The President said knowledge, research and development are not exclusive to anyone but regrettably some regions and nations are discriminated in this regard.

He said research is crucial for progress and development and it is, therefore, imperative to strive for self-reliance.

Mamnoon Hussain noted that Pakistan’s first communication satellite Paksat-I played a pivotal role in indigenous research and development in science and technology. He expressed the confidence that successful launch of the Remote Sensing Satellite in near future would further this objective.

The President also expressed his pleasure that space knowledge and technology is also being used for planning and monitoring of the century’s biggest project – China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

He hoped that the conference would afford opportunity to young Pakistani scientists and engineers to interact with delegates from other countries and learn from their experiences.

Radio Pakistan’s correspondent says International Conference on Space is a biennial event focusing on all aspects of space. It is aimed at providing a forum to share latest developments in space technologies and applications, and discuss ways and means of using these to address issues of international concern.

Source The nation

 

 

 

 

Turkish general lauds Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism

Turkish general lauds Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism

Turkish general lauds Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism

RAWALPINDI: Commander of Turkish Land Forces, General Salih Zeki Colak, called on Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif here at the General Headquarters.

According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, wide range of issues – including defence, security cooperation, training and measures contributing towards regional stability – came under discussion.

General Salih Zeki Colak was given detailed briefing on operational intelligence and training aspects of Pakistan Army.

The visiting dignitary lauded the unparalleled achievements of the armed forces of Pakistan and sacrifices made in fight against terrorism, said the statement.

Source The nation

KP govt bans interest on private loans

KP govt bans interest on private loans

KP govt bans interest on private loans

PESHAWAR

: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government through an act banned interest on private loans

According to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prohibition of Interest on Private Loans Bill, 2016, those found involved charging interest on private loans can face upto 10 years imprisonment.

The new law further says that any financial institution or person harassing a loan taker for not paying interest can also face five years imprisonment and will be liable to pay 0.5million rupees in penalty.

The law authorises police to register cases against people or institutions involved in such business and the court will eventually return all the money taken as interest to the aggrieved party.

In case, the money paid as interest is higher than the loan itself, the lender will return extra amount to the complainant.

Residents of Peshawar have welcomed this move to declare business of interest as illegal. They said that interest had ruined scores of families as people were unable to return interest based loans.

Special Assistant to Chief Minister KP on Information and Higher Education Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani said the system of interest was sort of a permanent trap for common people.

“People used to buy cars or other things on loan and loan money keeps multiplying overburdening people,” he said.

Nobody will now be liable to pay any interest on loans.

It is pertinent to note here that a number of people and financial institutions offer interest based loans across the country and world at large.

Many times lenders harass the loan takers for delaying or not paying interest (which multiplies with each non-payment) and sometimes the loan takers had to sell his assets to pay off interest.

Source The nation

Rangers to ensure security across Punjab in Muharram

Rangers to ensure security across Punjab in Muharram

Rangers to ensure security across Punjab in Muharram

LAHORE: The Punjab government will deploy Rangers for security of key installations, business points, markets and processions across the province during the month of Muharram.

Sources stated that the paramilitary force would help secure the province and counter any untoward incident during the month that sees many processions and gatherings of religious importance.

The security personnel will be deployed in major cities including Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi and others.

Reportedly, three companies of Rangers and the military each would be deployed in the provincial capital.

Days ago, Punjab Law Minister Sanaullah said the provincial government had summoned Rangers for operation against terrorists and banned outfits in ‘specific’ areas of the province.

“Rangers have been summoned for a specific time period, and will operate in specific areas,” said Sanaullah in an interview to BBC Urdu’s Umar Afridi.

 

Source The Nation

Two children killed as roof of Karachi mosque caves in

Two children killed as roof of Karachi mosque caves in

Two children killed as roof of Karachi mosque caves in

KARACHI: 

At least two children were killed and many others injured when roof of a mosque in Karachi’s Malir area caved in on Tuesday.

Reports suggested a water tank placed on the roof caused the latter to fall on those praying in Madina Masjid.

Khokhrapar police said the deceased and victims were shifted to the Jinnah hospital.

Earlier in June this year, a collapsed metal awning had killed at least six people after Friday prayers at a mosque in Karachi.

Indian Army foils 'infiltration bid' in Uri sector

Indian Army foils ‘infiltration bid’ in Uri sector

Indian Army foils ‘infiltration bid’ in Uri sector

US embassy construction site in Norway evacuated over suspicious object

US embassy construction site in Norway evacuated over suspicious object

US embassy construction site in Norway evacuated over suspicious object

OSLO:

A suspicious object found at the building site of the new United States embassy in Oslo turned out to be harmless but may have been placed there to spread fear, Norwegian police said on Tuesday.

“It was not a dangerous object,” police spokesman Christian Krohn Engeseth said, declining to describe it further. “What we can say, is that it was an object capable of spreading fear.”

“The investigation continues, and we’ll gather material from video surveillance,” he added.

Earlier in the day, the police bomb squad had been called to the scene to investigate.

The United States plans to move its Norwegian embassy from central Oslo to the new site on the outskirts of the city, which is larger and considered to be more secure.

Source The nation

Italians, Canadian kidnapped in Libyan desert: mayor

Italians, Canadian kidnapped in Libyan desert: mayor

Italians, Canadian kidnapped in Libyan desert: mayor

Two Italians and a Canadian have been kidnapped in Libya’s southwestern desert, possibly by a criminal gang, authorities said.

The three, who were working on airport projects, were abducted between the towns of Ghat and Tahala, near the border with Algeria early on Monday, Ghat’s mayor Gomani Mohamad Saleh told Reuters.

“The two Italians were working on a runway project at the airport but the Canadian was working on installing air aviation system,” he said on Tuesday.

“The security authorities are following the incident closely … That’s all the information we have so far.”

Numerous criminal and armed groups are active in Libya’s vast southern desert, and al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants have long had a presence across the border between Libya and Algeria.

The Italian foreign ministry said late on Monday that two of its citizens had been abducted in the Libyan desert, without giving further details.

The Canadian government said it was aware of a “troubling yet unconfirmed report of the abduction of a Canadian citizen in Libya”.

Local media reports said the three were working for the Libyan branch of Italian firm Contratti lnternazionali Costruzioni SpA. The company declined to comment when contacted.

 

source The Nation

Obama urges Israel to end occupation, Palestinians to accept Israel

Obama urges Israel to end occupation, Palestinians to accept Israel

Obama urges Israel to end occupation, Palestinians to accept Israel

WASHINGTON:

Both sides would benefit if Israel recognized it cannot permanently occupy Palestinian land and if Palestinians rejected incitement and recognized Israel’s legitimacy, US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.

“Surely Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel …(and if) Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land,” Obama said in his final address as president before the annual UN General Assembly.

source Tribune