Category Archives: Constitutional

OIC chief to address Brussels Conference on Syrian crisis

Jeddah Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen will participate in the second Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region, to be held on April 24-25.

Al-Othaimeen is scheduled to deliver a speech at the conference, in which he will highlight the position of the OIC on the Syrian crisis, as well as the political and humanitarian support provided by the Organization over the past three years.

The secretary general will also reaffirm the OIC’s support for the efforts of the United Nations, the European Union and other international actors to find a fair political solution, based on the Geneva I Communique, in conformity with the aspirations and ambitions of the Syrian people and preserves the territorial integrity of Syria and guarantees its security and stability.

The event, hosted by the EU, will review the pledges made by the donor community at last year’s Brussels Conference, call for further support in 2018 and beyond, and highlight the crucial role played by neighboring countries, particularly Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, in supporting Syrian refugees.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Provision of better educational facilities to students’ govt’s top priority: Aftab

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad says provision of better educational facilities to the students is among top priorities of the government.

Addressing convocation at Comsats University in Attock on Friday, he said special emphasis is being given on higher education and new universities and colleges are being established for this purpose.

The Minister said Punjab government has established Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF) to provide help to intelligent and needy students for continuing their studies.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan Confirms New Restrictions on Its Diplomats in US

ISLAMABAD �

Pakistan says its diplomats working in the United States are facing additional restrictions on travel from the host government.

Regarding travel restrictions on Pakistani diplomats in Washington, yes, we have received official communication regarding certain measures that the U.S. intends to implement beginning May 1, 2018. The issue is primarily of reciprocity. Both sides are in touch and we are hopeful that the matter will be resolved, Mohammad Faisal, the spokesman for Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in his weekly press briefing in response to a question Thursday.

Yes, we’ve seen Pakistan’s statement. We regularly talk to Pakistan about a wide range of issues, but we are not prepared to announce anything on this matter, the U.S. State Department said later in the day.

U.S. officials have been ambiguous on the issue since Pakistan media reports on the new restrictions surfaced this month .

Last week, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, in an interview with VOA’s Uzbek service, had hinted at the change in policy.

Our diplomats are under travel restrictions and they can travel farther (than capital Islamabad) but they have to notify the government of Pakistan, so we’ve taken reciprocal steps. it’s very common in diplomacy, he said.

Previously, Pakistani diplomats in Washington could travel around the country unrestricted.

Asked specifically to comment on Shannon’s comment to VOA, a State Department spokesperson said, Under Secretary Shannon was referring to our regular and ongoing dialogue with the government of Pakistan on many issues involving reciprocity across a range of topics. To clarify, there are no restrictions on travel for Pakistani diplomats in the United States. We have nothing further to announce at this time.

Reports in the Pakistani media said the U.S. government had notified Pakistani authorities that diplomats at its Washington embassy and consulates will be barred from traveling more than 40 kilometers from their posts without prior permission. The reports said the restrictions could take effect as early as May 1 unless certain issues were resolved before that

Most foreign diplomats, including Americans, face travel restrictions in Pakistan. They have to inform the Pakistani government in advance if they plan to travel to most areas outside of the capital Islamabad.

Pakistani government cites security concerns for placing the restrictions.

Source: Voice of America

Pakistan Confirms New Restrictions on Its Diplomats in US

ISLAMABAD �

Pakistan says its diplomats working in the United States are facing additional restrictions on travel from the host government.

Regarding travel restrictions on Pakistani diplomats in Washington, yes, we have received official communication regarding certain measures that the U.S. intends to implement beginning May 1, 2018. The issue is primarily of reciprocity. Both sides are in touch and we are hopeful that the matter will be resolved, Mohammad Faisal, the spokesman for Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in his weekly press briefing in response to a question Thursday.

Yes, we’ve seen Pakistan’s statement. We regularly talk to Pakistan about a wide range of issues, but we are not prepared to announce anything on this matter, the U.S. State Department said later in the day.

U.S. officials have been ambiguous on the issue since Pakistan media reports on the new restrictions surfaced this month .

Last week, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, in an interview with VOA’s Uzbek service, had hinted at the change in policy.

Our diplomats are under travel restrictions and they can travel farther (than capital Islamabad) but they have to notify the government of Pakistan, so we’ve taken reciprocal steps. it’s very common in diplomacy, he said.

Previously, Pakistani diplomats in Washington could travel around the country unrestricted.

Asked specifically to comment on Shannon’s comment to VOA, a State Department spokesperson said, Under Secretary Shannon was referring to our regular and ongoing dialogue with the government of Pakistan on many issues involving reciprocity across a range of topics. To clarify, there are no restrictions on travel for Pakistani diplomats in the United States. We have nothing further to announce at this time.

Reports in the Pakistani media said the U.S. government had notified Pakistani authorities that diplomats at its Washington embassy and consulates will be barred from traveling more than 40 kilometers from their posts without prior permission. The reports said the restrictions could take effect as early as May 1 unless certain issues were resolved before that

Most foreign diplomats, including Americans, face travel restrictions in Pakistan. They have to inform the Pakistani government in advance if they plan to travel to most areas outside of the capital Islamabad.

Pakistani government cites security concerns for placing the restrictions.

Source: Voice of America

Acting Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton Travels to Seoul and Tokyo

Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton will travel to Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 22-24, followed by Tokyo, Japan, April 24-27. During her visits to our treaty allies in Northeast Asia she will reaffirm U.S. alliance commitments and coordinate on issues of importance for the maintenance of security and prosperity in the region. She will also discuss cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and the continued close coordination on the DPRK.

Follow the Acting Assistant Secretary’s travel via @USAsiaPacific on Twitter.

Source: U.S . Department of State

Three drowned in River Indus near Nowshera

Three persons drowned in River Indus near Nowshera on Monday.

According to Rescue-1122, dead bodies of two persons were recovered from the river. Search is continuing for the 3rd persons.

Source: Radio Pakistan