Daily Archives: June 16, 2017

PM personifies and explemfies the exaltation of law, setting a standard applicable to…

Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Marriyum Aurangzeb Thursday

said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif through his appearance before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and by following the Constitution and law has set a precedent for all institutions of the country. The appearance of the Prime Minister is an act of submitting to the Constitution and Law rendering him beyond reproach and setting a high standard to be followed and applicable to all institutions, she told a private television channel. The Prime Minister has, today, etched a new era in country’s history demonstrating the strength of democracy and in doing so he has cleansed Pakistan of unconstitunal acts of the past whilst setting a precedent for the future. The Prime Minister and his family acutely acquainted with extreme scrutiny having answered for and vindicated on frivolous and vexatious claims over the last three decades under, hitherto, hostile circumstances. Whilst commenting on Imran Khan’s video statement about the Prime Minister’s appearance before the JIT, the Minister for Information, highlighted that Imran Khan continues his hyporacy rendering him irrelevant and has lost his place in civilised public discourse as he continues with his litany of falsehoods. The minister further stated that any and all institutions that reach beyond their constitutional limitations are acting against Pakistan’s interest.

Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage

Pakistan to Boost Security for Chinese Nationals After IS Killings

WASHINGTON � Pakistan aims to tighten security for the thousands of Chinese nationals working in the country after a Chinese couple was abducted and later allegedly killed by Islamic State raising safety concerns about major economic projects that Beijing has undertaken to benefit both countries.

Pakistani officials said they will form thousands-strong police protection forces and keep a closer watch on the movements and whereabouts of Chinese nationals. The move comes after a kidnapped Chinese couple was allegedly murdered by suspected Islamic State (IS) loyalists in southwestern Balochistan.

The air is heavy and there’s a sense of fear and insecurity among the Chinese community living in Pakistan after the IS episode, said Hasan Askari, a prominent security analyst.

IS presence

Pakistan’s government, which has firmly and repeatedly denied the presence of IS on its soil, strongly condemned the incident and vowed to boost security measures for its Chinese brothers.

Pakistan said last week that its counterterrorism forces had destroyed a major IS foothold in the province.

This is an unfortunate event, Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for Balochistan, told VOA while disputing the presence of IS. Yes, Islamic State is trying to establish a territorial presence through its terror allies such as Laskhar-e-Jhangvi, but these groups should not be mistaken for Islamic State.

Protecting an investment

China has invested $50 million in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which will connect China’s Xinjiang region to Gwadar’s deep-water seaport with a huge rail, road, communications and energy network designed to facilitate trade and generate economic opportunities and jobs.

The initial phase has brought an influx of Chinese workers, particularly in violence-hit Balochistan, which lays at the heart of the CPEC project but is dealing with separatist groups and extremists.

According to a recent Reuters report, about 4,000 Chinese citizens are in the country for CPEC and another 1,000 are involved in a variety of other businesses.

I feel secure and have been running my salon business successfully, Ching Liu, a Chinese businesswoman in Islamabad, told VOA. But I cannot vouch the same for my community who live in different cities, especially in Balochistan and Sindh.

Military analysts believe to prove security measures effective, government’s biggest challenge would be how it overcomes militancy.

Despite a sharp decline in terrorist attacks in Pakistan recently, Islamic State seems to have picked up its pace, particularly in Balochistan.

Last month, a suicide bomber attacked the convoy of prominent politician Abdul Ghafoor Haideri in Mastung, killing 25. IS claimed responsibility.

Economic interests

Pakistan’s government said it is vigilant and prepared to remove any security obstacles to safeguard the CPEC, Chinese citizens and the economic interests of both countries.

The government is very well aware of the security challenges related to CPEC projects, Minister of Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal told VOA. A force of 9,000 security personnel under Pakistan’s Army has been deployed in Balochistan to provide a security cover.

Pakistan’s Navy commissioned a special maritime security task force last year to protect Gwadar’s port.

Balochistan, particularly Gwadar, has also seen a significant increase in military presence. Other provinces intend to beef up security for the same reasons.

Sindh, Pakistan’s southeastern province, has announced plans to create 3,000 security posts to protect CPEC projects and foreigners, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab have similar plans.

The government also aims to stop the misuse of business visas. Pakistan said the slain Chinese couple had business visas but were preaching Christianity in the increasingly conservative Muslim country.

Better security system needed

Analysts suggest the government has to be extra vigilant and need to devise a better security and data-analyzing system.

The government doesn’t have a system to monitor and gather full data on those Chinese citizens who get visas in an independent capacity as compared to those who work in Pakistan on CPEC-related projects, analyst Askari told VOA.

China has reiterated that the slayings will not affect relations between old allies and that cooperation to counter terrorism and safeguard economic interests will continue.

China will further strengthen counterterrorism cooperation with the international community to ensure peace and stability of the region and beyond, a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry reported by Pakistani media.

Source: Voice of America

UN Closing in on Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons

UNITED NATIONS � The president of the U.N. conference drafting what could be the first treaty to ban nuclear weapons expressed confidence Thursday that with the necessary political will more than 130 countries supporting the initiative can reach agreement by the July 7 target.

Elayne Whyte Gomez, Costa Rica’s ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, told the opening of negotiations on a draft treaty circulated May 22 that delegates were representing their countries, but they were also united together in historic commitment to finalizing a treaty.

None of nuclear powers supports treaty

Last December, U.N. member states overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for negotiations on a treaty that would outlaw nuclear weapons, despite strong opposition from nuclear-armed nations and their allies.

Not one of the nine countries believed to possess nuclear weapons � the U.S., Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel � is supporting a treaty.

Instead of adopting a ban, the United States and other nuclear powers want to strengthen and reaffirm the nearly half-century-old Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

The NPT, considered the cornerstone of global nonproliferation efforts, aims to prevent the spread of atomic arms beyond the five original weapons powers: the U.S., Russia, Britain, France and China.

It requires non-nuclear signatory nations not to pursue nuclear weapons in exchange for a commitment by the five nuclear powers to move toward nuclear disarmament, and to guarantee non-nuclear states access to peaceful nuclear technology to produce nuclear power.

Haley: ‘Be realistic’

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said March 27 when talks began on the nuclear weapons ban treaty that there is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons, but we have to be realistic.

She asked if anyone thought North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons, stressing that North Koreans would be cheering a nuclear ban treaty and Americans and others would be at risk.

But U.N. disarmament chief Izumi Nakamitsu told Thursday’s opening that negotiations to achieve the clear, legal prohibition of nuclear weapons … are truly historic.

Nuclear disarmament has been the longest sought objective of the United Nations dating back to the very first resolution adopted by the General Assembly in January 1946, she said.

We have seen some impressive gains since that time, Nakamitsu said. Yet, it has been more than 20 years now since the United Nations disarmament bodies have produced a multilateral legally binding instrument on nuclear weapons.

Need for progress

She said the need for progress is clear and urgent, pointing to the deteriorating international security landscape, new awareness of the devastating consequences of using nuclear weapons, and the modernization of nuclear arsenals by some countries.

The draft treaty, among other things, says states would pledge never to develop, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess, transfer, receive, stockpile, test or use nuclear weapons or explosives. They would also endeavor to prohibit any stationing, installation or deployment of any nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices on their territories or in their jurisdictions.

We are confident the treaty can be completed and adopted by July 7, the final day of negotiations, said David Solimini, spokesman for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Once the treaty is adopted countries are free to join.

Source: Voice of America

Political settlement is imperative for Afghan conflict: FO

Pakistan believes that Afghan-owned and Afghan-led political settlement is imperative for restoring long-lasting peace in the war-torn country. The Foreign Office Spokesperson, Nafees Zakaria during the weekly press briefing here Thursday said Pakistan was keen to see durable and lasting peace in Afghanistan. While rejecting the military solution to Afghan conflict, he said the country has been in war like situation for the last 40 years, adding that Pakistan has suffered tremendously due to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. Pakistan would benefit more from peaceful Afghanistan than any other country, however, the blame game of Afghanistan would not serve any purpose. Replying to a question, the spokesperson said the longstanding conflicts in Afghanistan have given space to non-state actors. He said the growing presence of Daesh terrorist group was an issue of grave concern for many regional countries, which is also a major threat to the Afghan peace process. China and Pakistan are making concerted efforts for restoring peace in Afghanistan, he added. He said once peace returns to Afghanistan, the displaced Afghani people will go back to their home-country for living there in a peaceful environment. He, however, said the internal weaknesses of Afghanistan should not be blamed on others. Regarding the sideline meeting of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and the Russian President Vladimir Putin during the SCO summit, the spokesperson said an immense potential exists in the field of education, culture, trade, and defense for further boosting the bilateral relations between the two countries. He said, We welcome Vladimir Putin’s visit to Pakistan. The spokesperson said the Indian occupation forces in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) while showing complete disrespect to the holy month of Ramazan, martyred more than 25 Kashmiris, including children and injured over 200, mostly students, using pellet guns. He said hundreds of children have been blinded � completely or partially � during this past year alone. He said Pakistan’s offer to get their eyes treated in any country in Europe still holds, adding We have broached this issue with UN HR officials in Geneva. Pakistan has also effectively taken up violations of Kashmiris’ rights and Indian atrocities in IoK at the ongoing 35th session of Human Rights Council in Geneva, he added. Nafees Zakaria said, As we speak today, Indian occupation forces may be brutally beating up Kashmiris for celebrating Pakistan cricket team’s win in semi-final as they did when Pakistan won on 12 June at Cardiff. He said the occupation forces broke into shops and looted goods to punish Kashmiris for celebrating Pakistan’s victory.

Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage

PM personifies and explemfies the exaltation of law, setting a standard applicable to…

Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Marriyum Aurangzeb Thursday

said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif through his appearance before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and by following the Constitution and law has set a precedent for all institutions of the country. The appearance of the Prime Minister is an act of submitting to the Constitution and Law rendering him beyond reproach and setting a high standard to be followed and applicable to all institutions, she told a private television channel. The Prime Minister has, today, etched a new era in country’s history demonstrating the strength of democracy and in doing so he has cleansed Pakistan of unconstitunal acts of the past whilst setting a precedent for the future. The Prime Minister and his family acutely acquainted with extreme scrutiny having answered for and vindicated on frivolous and vexatious claims over the last three decades under, hitherto, hostile circumstances. Whilst commenting on Imran Khan’s video statement about the Prime Minister’s appearance before the JIT, the Minister for Information, highlighted that Imran Khan continues his hyporacy rendering him irrelevant and has lost his place in civilised public discourse as he continues with his litany of falsehoods. The minister further stated that any and all institutions that reach beyond their constitutional limitations are acting against Pakistan’s interest.

Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage