Category Archives: Constitutional

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

29th Arab Summit to kick off in Saudi Arabia’s Dhahran toda

Dhahran (UNA-OIC) � The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran will host the 29th Arab Summit, under the chairmanship of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, in the presence of a large number of heads of state and leaders of Arab countries.

The summit is being held amid escalating events and thorny files awaiting Arab leaders’ decisions to tackle the dangers and challenges facing the Arab nation, especially Iran’s escalating interference targeting the security and stability of the region as well as the highly inflammable situation in Syria and developments in the Palestinian territories.

The leaders are expected to emphasize peace as a strategic option and the Arab Peace Initiative (API) as one of the most important references. They will reiterate their categorical rejection of the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem, underscore support for the Jerusalemites and condemn Israeli actions against the peaceful Great March of Return demonstration.

In addition to the Arab leaders and heads of delegations, the summit features a number of heads of international organizations, led by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat and UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.

The most prominent files, crystallized during the foreign ministers’ meetings in the Saudi capital Riyadh for submission to the Arab leaders, include the rejection of any deal or initiative that does not comply with the international references of the peace process for ending the conflict with Israel, in an allusion to the rejection of so-called the Deal of the Century”, which is being formulated by the United States.

The leaders will also be presented with the decision of the Arab Ministerial Committee on the developments of the crisis with Iran, which condemned the continued interference of Tehran in the internal affairs of the Arab countries.

During their meeting in Riyadh, the foreign ministers approved the Arab Comprehensive Document to Combat Terrorism, to be submitted to the leaders. The ministers will also submit a resolution to the summit on Turkey’s intervention in Iraq and the violation of Iraqi sovereignty by the Turkish forces.

Source: International Islamic News Agency