Monthly Archives: August 2018

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of Iran held details talks with Foreign Minister

Islamabad, August 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): H.E. Mr. Javad Zarif, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of Iran has held detailed talks with Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi today. He extended best wishes of the Iranian leadership and the people of Iran on the election victory led by Prime Minister Imran Khan. He also congratulated Mr. Qureshi on his appointment as Foreign Minister. Mr. Javad Zarif arrived Islamabad yesterday for a two day visit.

Welcoming his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi noted the potential for strengthening the already strong bilateral relationship. Pakistan and Iran have stood by each other in difficult moments. Both sides underlined the need to promote bilateral relations in all areas of cooperation. Detailed discussions were also held on regional and global issues including the situation in Afghanistan and US decision to unilaterally withdraw from the JCPOA.

It was agreed to host the next rounds of Bilateral Political Consultations and the Joint Economic Commission at early dates. Useful exchange of views on strengthening cooperation in economic, trade and connectivity sectors, cultural and people to people links, took place. While expressing satisfaction over cooperation with regard to the Pakistan-Iran border, it was agreed to continue close consultations through various forums in this regard.

The Foreign Minister stressed that Pakistan greatly values Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s strong and unswerving support for the just struggle of the people of Kashmir. As regards JCPOA, while supporting Iran’s principled stance, Mr. Qureshi expressed the hope that remaining parties to the Agreement would uphold their commitments in letter and spirit. This was important given IAEA’s repeated verification that Iran has strictly adhered to the terms of agreement. Foreign Minister added that Pakistan stands with Iran in this hour of need.

Foreign Minister Zarif thanked the government and people of Pakistan for their hospitality and warm welcome. He also congratulated the Foreign Minister that Pakistan’s strong protest against the blasphemous caricature competition had led to cancellation of the event. Muslim countries needed to confront Islamophobic tendencies with one voice.

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Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs calls on Foreign Minister

Islamabad, August 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): The State Minister for foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Kazuyuki Nakane, paid a courtesy call on the Foreign Minister. The State Minister for Foreign Affairs congratulated the Foreign Minister on his appointment. He expressed his earnest desire to further strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and Japan. Both countries expressed firm resolve to increase high level interaction between the two countries.

Foreign Minister acknowledged the position of Japan as an important development partner. While recognizing the economic assistance provided by Japan, he invited Japanese investment in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and assured facilitation to Japanese investors in all the sectors. Foreign Minister emphasized the need to correct the balance of trade, which is currently heavily tilted in favour of Japan.

They agreed to explore ways in which bilateral economic cooperation can be strengthened. Mr. Nakane informed that the next round of Joint Government Business Dialogue would also be held during this year. Foreign Minister fondly recalled his last visit to Japan and thanked the Japanese Government for holding the meeting of Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FODP) in Tokyo.

Foreign Minister also briefed the Japanese delegation on role of Gwadar Port in enhancing economic development, regional connectivity, peace and prosperity of the region. Foreign Minister appreciated the setting up of weather surveillance radar project in Multan City, which is hometown of the Foreign Minister. He acknowledged the role of this project which will enhance the capacity of Pakistani officials in disaster management. He also recalled and thanked the Japanese Government for their assistance to Pakistan during the devastating floods of 2010.

The two sides exchanged views on all-encompassing bilateral cooperation, including human resource development, education and science and technology. Foreign Minister suggested to have institutional mechanisms between the two countries for cooperation in the field of human resource development, which is the priority sector of this government. Mr. Nakane also extended invitation to the Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi to visit Japan at his earliest convenience.

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Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran calls on General Qamar Javed Bajwa

Rawalpindi, August 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): H.E. Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) at GHQ, today. Regional security situation and other matters of mutual interest were discussed. COAS said that Pakistan is taking sincere steps for peace and security in the region. The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s contributions for conflict prevention in the region.

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FO expresses concern over gross HR violations in IOK

Islamabad, August 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Foreign Office (FO) Spokesman, Dr Mohammad Faisal has expressed serious concern over the gross human rights violations by the Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. Dr Mohammad Faisal in his weekly briefing in Islamabad also denounced the continued illegal detention and deteriorating health of Hurriyat leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Aasiya Andrabi, Nahida Nasreen, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Peer Saifullah, Merajuddin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori and hundreds of Hurriyet leaders and activists languishing in notorious Tihar Jail in New Delhi and other jails and interrogations centres.

He also strongly condemned the continued house arrest of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and other Hurriyat leaders and activists. He said that recently the Indian government banned Al-Jazeera TV following a documentary report telecast by this international news channel on the situation in occupied Kashmir. The objective and factual documentary was not acceptable to the Indian agencies, he added.

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Complete strike continues in IOK on 2nd day today

Srinagar, August 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed on the second consecutive day, today, against the attempts by BJP-led government in New Delhi to repeal through its judiciary the Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution which guarantees special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and bars non-Kashmiris from buying property in the territory. Normal life remains paralyzed in Kashmir Valley, Chenab Valley Doda, Bhaderwah, Banihal, Thathri, Gandoh, Kishtwar, Kargil in Ladakh and Pir Panjal areas of Rajouri and Poonch districts.

Call for the shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik and supported by High Court Bar Association, transporters and traders’ bodies. It is aimed at registering protests against the Indian conspiracies to change the demographic composition of Jammu and Kashmir by abrogating the Article 35-A to pave way for the settlement of Indian citizens in the occupied territory. All shops, business establishments and educational institutions are closed in Srinagar and other areas while public transport is off the road.

The occupation authorities continue to impose restrictions on the movement of people in areas falling under the jurisdiction of Maharaj Gunj, Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Kral Khud police stations in Srinagar and in other areas. The authorities have also deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength across the territory to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations. Rail service between Baramulla and Bannihal towns remains suspended for the second consecutive day.

The Supreme Court of India is scheduled to hear a bunch of petitions challenging the Article 35-A today. A 14-member team of Kashmir High Court Bar Association led by the Bar President, Mian Abdul Qayoom, will seek dismissal of the petitions challenging Article 35-A in the Indian Supreme Court.

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Unidentified gunmen abduct relatives of policemen in IOK

Srinagar, August 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, unidentified gunmen have abducted seven relatives of policemen in south Kashmir. The gunmen abducted seven persons connected directly or indirectly with the local police force including Zubair Ahmed, son of a policeman from Arwani area of Kulgam district; Arif Ahmed, brother of a middle-rung police officer from Arwani; Faizan Ahmed, son of a policeman from Kharpora in Kulgam; Sumar Ahmed Rathar, son of a policeman from Yaripora in Kulgam; Gowhar Ahmed Malik, brother of a Deputy Superintendent of Police Aijaz Ahmed Malik from Katapora in Kulgam; Asif Rafique Rathar, a student of University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir, and son of a policeman Rafique Ahmed Rathar from Pinglish in Tral.

The gunmen also abducted Shabir Ahmed Zargar, the brother of a constable Zahoor Ahmed Zargar from Kangan village in Pulwama, Muhammad Shafi Mir, brother of a policeman Nazir Ahmed Mir in Kakapora are of Pulwama and Bashir Ahmed Butt son of Yasir Ahmed Bhat at Watho in Shopian.

Following these abductions, the occupation authorities have sounded a high alert across south Kashmir. The authorities have also decided to launch a massive operation in south Kashmir areas to check the abduction of the relatives of police personnel. Reports said that a high-level meeting was held by top brass of Indian forces on Thursday evening where it was decided that a massive manhunt would be started on Friday to trace the abducted persons.

Meanwhile, the family members and students of University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir, have appealed to the abductors to release the abducted persons including the student, Asif Rafiq Rathar.

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