Category Archives: General

SC directs Chief Secretary Sindh to draft a policy on Tharparkar

Supreme Court has directed the chief secretary Sindh to draft a policy, provide food and water in Tharparkar on an emergency basis.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the suo motu notice over deaths of more than 100 children due to diseases and malnutrition in Thar.

The court rejected the report submitted by Secretary Health Sindh regarding deaths of children in Tharparkar.

Attorney General for Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan requested the court for a forensic audit of the finances being spent on the health sector in Sindh.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Supreme Court Mian Saqib Nisar has taken notice of non-availability of Courts and Police in Tribal Areas after 25th Constitutional amendment.

Taking notice of the issue, the Chief Justice has fixed hearing of the matter on Monday.

Source: Radio Pakistan

India not to succeed in its nefarious designs to suppress freedom movement of Kashmiris: Masood

President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan says India is attempting to change the demography of Occupied Kashmir by converting the majority of Kashmiris into minority.

Talking to media along with UK Member of Parliament Tony Lloyd in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said New Delhi will not succeed in its nefarious designs to suppress the freedom movement of Kashmiri people through resorting to cowardly acts.

Sardar Masood said scores of people of Azad Kashmir martyred due to Indian firing at Line of Control. He urged said India to abide by the 2003 ceasefire agreement.

He said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has recently published a comprehensive report highlighting the draconian laws of India in Occupied Kashmir.

Apprising about his recent visit to the USA, the president said that he effectively raised the Kashmir issue at the meeting of the OIC contact group for Kashmir.

He also thanked Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi for effectively raising the Kashmir issue at the United Nations and General Assembly.

Speaking on the occasion, Tony Lloyd said the issue of Kashmir cannot be resolved by the use of force and dialogue is the only way forward to resolve it.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Under Secretary Hale’s Meeting With Federated States of Micronesia President Peter Christian

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:?

Under Secretary Hale met today in Washington, DC with President of the Federated States of Micronesia Peter Christian. President Christian thanked the United States for assistance in responding to the recent plane crash in Chuuk. They discussed efforts to maintain pressure on North Korea, secure a free and open Indo Pacific, and strengthen the enduring bilateral relationship and the contributions of citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia to communities across the United States.

Source: U.S. Department of State

Foreign Minister Meets British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in New York

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt in New York on the side-lines of 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly. Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed satisfaction on current status of bilateral ties and hoped to further enhance cooperation in diverse areas such as trade, investment, development cooperation, investment and education.

Mr. Hunt congratulated Foreign Minister Qureshi on his appointment and conveyed his government’s desire to exchange cooperation with Pakistan in all areas of mutual interest.

The Foreign Minister also briefed his counterpart on relations with Afghanistan and situation of grave human rights violations by Indian security forces in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He said peace and stability in Afghanistan was a shared responsibility and Pakistan would continue to support the structured bilateral engagement plan through five working groups of Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) to address all matters of mutual interest.

Secretary Hunt extended an invitation to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to visit UK.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government of Pakistan

ICC opens preliminary probe into Myanmar crimes

The International Criminal Court has opened a preliminary examination into Myanmar’s alleged crimes against its Rohingya Muslim minority.

In a statement, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said the move could pave the way to a full investigation into Myanmar’s military crackdown that has seen thousands killed and over 700,000 displaced.

United Nations investigators have already declared Myanmar’s army responsible for genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

According to a four hundred and forty-four page probe report released by United Nations, an estimated ten thousand people were killed in the crackdown and that was likely a conservative figure.

The report urges the international community to investigate the military top brass for genocide, including Commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Machines will do more tasks than humans by 2025: WEF

Robots will handle 52 percent of current work tasks by 2025, almost twice as many as now, a World Economic Forum (WEF) study said Monday.

The sharp increase could also see a net gain in “new roles” for humans, who will have to revamp skills to keep pace with the “seismic shift” in how we work with machines and computer programmes, the forum estimated.

“By 2025 more than half of all current workplace tasks will be performed by machines as opposed to 29 percent today,” a statement by the Swiss non-profit organisation said.

Simultaneously, rapid changes in machines and algorithms, or computer processes that are designed to solve problems, “could create 133 million new roles in place of 75 million that will be displaced between now and 2022,” the group forecast.

Based near Geneva, the WEF is known for the annual pow-wow of wealthy individuals, politicians and business leaders that it organises in Davos, Switzerland.

Its report, The Future of Jobs 2018, foresees robots swiftly replacing humans in the accounting, client management, industrial, postal and secretarial sectors.

Jobs that require “human skills” such as sales, marketing and customer service should see demand increase meanwhile, along with e-commerce and social media.

A major challenge will be to retrain workers, who will themselves be pressed to update skills especially in the areas of “creativity, critical thinking and persuasion”, the study found.

It surveyed personnel directors and senior executives from a broad range of companies around the world that account for 70 percent of global output.

Between now and 2022, they believe the aviation, travel and tourism sectors in particular will have to retrain workers, and identified an overall trend towards lifelong learning and adaptation.

Governments were advised meanwhile to prepare safety nets for workers and communities threatened by what the WEF concluded would be “a significant shift” in the quality and permanency of the new jobs. AFP

Source: Radio Pakistan