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BEIJING: Foreign Minister (FM) Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held that the Political Parties Forum on CPEC would further enhance mutual understanding. 
He made these remarks in his keynote speech at the First Meeting of the Political Parties Forum on CPEC held here. The meeting was organized by the International Department of the CPC Central Committee at Diaoyutai State Guest House here. FM Qureshi along with Song Tao, Minister International Department of the CPC Central Committee, co-chaired the forum. Minister IDCPC also delivered a keynote speech.
Addressing the Forum, FM said that the platform would further strengthen the consensus between our two countries and reinforce our time-tested bilateral relations. Welcoming the Foreign Minister Song Tao said that CPEC is the flagship project of BRI and the Forum would enhance people-to-people contacts and apprehend new trends for people-centric development in the region.
Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, and Chairman Senate CPEC Committee Senator Sherry Rehman led delegations of PTI, PML-N, and PPP, respectively. Governor Balochistan Province Amanullah Khan led a combined delegation of political parties from Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including representatives of ANP, NP, JUI-F, BAP, BNP, PPP, PTI, and PkMAP. Representatives from IDCPC, NDRC, EXIM Bank, SOEs, think tanks and media also attended the forum from the Chinese side.
During the forum, stakeholders from both sides exchanged in-depth views on the development of CPEC and its future trajectory.  Deputy Speaker National Assembly Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Senator Sherry Rehman, Governor Balochistan Amanullah Khan, Jan Mohammad, Province Omar Ahmadzai, Shagufta Malik, Mohammad Akbar, Nasrullah Khan Barach, and Mahmood Ahmad shared views from Pakistan side. Participants of the Forum expressed the fullest support to the upcoming Second Forum of the Belt and Road Initiative that will be held in Beijing next month.
At the end of the forum, all stakeholders unanimously adopted ‘Beijing Declaration’. The participants reiterated their unwavering commitment to CPEC. They agreed to further enhance intra-party exchanges, discussions, and cooperation. They rejected negative propaganda against CPEC, which is an inclusive project of win-win cooperation, mutual development, and prosperity. The next meeting of the Forum would be held in Pakistan.

 

 

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Lt Gen Faiz Hameed is new DG ISI

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RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army has appointed Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed as new Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), ISPR said.

Gen. Hameed will be replacing Lt-Gen Asim Munir, who has now been posted as the Corps Commander Gujranwala, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), media wing of the army.

Gen. Hameed is from the Baloch Regiment. He was in-charge of the internal security wing at the ISI. He has commanded a division in Pano Aqil.

Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza has been appointed as Adjutant General of Pakistan Army at the General Headquarters (GHQ) while Lieutenant General Aamir Abbasi has been named as Quarter Master at GHQ.

Lieutenant General Moazzam Abbas has been named Engineer-In-Chief at GHQ, said ISPR.

Earlier in April, the Pakistan Army had announced a number of high-level appointments and transfers in its ranks.

 

 

 

 

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Kartarpur Corridor to be completed on time: Khusro

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar Friday said the government would timely complete the Kartapur Corridor to provide easy access to Sikh devotees besides promoting religious tourism.

He was chairing a meeting on development of Gurdwara Kartarpur Corridor here. Secretary Planning Zafar Hasan, Secretary Religious Affairs, Director General FWO Maj Gen Inam Haider Malik, Members Planning Commission, Commissioner Gujranwala, representatives from NESPAK and high level officials of the ministry were present during the occasion.

The minister said the prime minister had performed ground breaking of the Corridor on November 28, 2018 and will inaugurate the Corridor in the same month this year.

He said the incumbent government took a major initiative last year by announcing opening of Kartarpur Corridor to provide access to Sikh devotees to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib on the request of Navjot Singh Sidhu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Turkey hits out at Moody’s after credit rating cut

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ANKARA: Turkey on Saturday lambasted Moody’s ratings agency after it cut Ankara’s credit rating further into junk territory, saying the downgrade raised concerns over the institution’s “objectivity and impartiality”.
The agency downgraded the long-term debt rating to B1 from Ba3 and said it maintained the negative outlook for Turkey, in a statement late Friday.
Although the country had a “large, diverse economy” and government debt was low, Moody’s said this was outweighed increasingly by “continued erosion in institutional strength and policy effectiveness on investor confidence”.
But the Turkish treasury and finance ministry said the move was “incompatible with the Turkish economy’s fundamental indicators”.
“As a result, this raises questions over the objectivity and impartiality of the body’s analyses,” the ministry added in a statement.
It pointed to rising tourism revenues, falling inflation, and a new judicial reform package as examples of “very positive developments that we sadly see are being ignored”.
The Turkish economy entered into recession for the first time in a decade last year following a currency crisis in the summer amid tensions with the United States.

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