ISLAMABAD: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells visited Islamabad November 6-7, to review key items on Pak-US bilateral agenda.
Issues the US Envoy discussed with Pakistani authorities included upcoming Geneva Conference on Afghanistan and joint efforts to advance the Afghan peace process.
Ambassador Wells met the Minister of Finance Asad Umer, senior officials from the Ministries of Foreign/Interior Affairs and Director General Military Operations Nauman Zakaria. Ambassador Wells reaffirmed the goal expressed by both Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Qureshi to build a mutually-beneficial relationship based on trust.
She underscored the importance of all actors in the region takings steps to advance security, stability, and cooperation in South Asia, and welcomed the commitment from Pakistani officials to work towards this goal. Ambassador Wells also discussed opportunities to build business and economic ties between the United States and Pakistan and explored other areas for growth in our bilateral relationship.
The visiting Envoy also met think tank representatives, regional security experts, and members of civil society. She highlighted the United States’ commitment to work collaboratively to advance the shared goals of the American and Pakistani people.
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Sindh government seeks early release of dues worth Rs.90 billion
KARACHI: Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister for information, law and Anti Corruption, Barrister Murtaza Wahab here on Wednesday urged federal government to release province’s outstanding dues worth Rs.90 billion.
Briefing the media about the details of the media chaired by Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, he said meeting was particularly focused on Karachi.
To a query, he said the repeated claims of Rs. 50 billion Karachi Development Package must not be used as a tool to create division among the people of Sindh.
“Dues of the province with regard to the services it provides and resources it shares must be duly cleared without any unnecessary delay,” he reiterated.
The adviser to the Sindh CM Emphasized that constitutional rights of the province must be respected.
The meeting was attended by IGP – Sindh, Syed Kalim Imam, Karachi Commissioner and other senior officials of concerned departments who discussed law and order situation in the provincial capital.
CM Murad Ali Shah on the occasion was said to had advised Sindh police chief to refrain from issuing policy statements with out taking the government into confidence.
This was registered to cause confusion among the citizens and also sent wrong message with regard to implementation of law.
According to Wahab, the Chief Minister particularly directed the police chief to develop fool proof security plan for series of international events scheduled for current year, in the metropolis.
The events were said to include naval exercise, trade fairs, PSL league matches etc.
Barrister Murtaza Wahab said room for improvement always exists, yet peace in Karachi as well as in other cities of Sindh during 2018 has restored the confidence of international community which must not be overlooked.
2019 to annihilate terrorism,extremism from the country: PUC chief
ISLAMABAD: The year 2019 will mark annihilation of terrorism, extremism and sectarian violence from Pakistan, said Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council while talking to media here Tuesday.
Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi announced that Ulema-Mashaykh Paigham e Islam Conventions will be held all over the country from January 17 adding that 4th International Message of Islam Conference will be held on March 3, 2019 at Convention Center Islamabad, in which leading Islamic scholars from Pakistan and all over Muslim world will participate.
The Conference, he said is aimed to devise a cohesive mechanism on prevailing challenges of Muslim world, said Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi.
He also added that Dar-ul-Afta Pakistan will start functioning in Lahore from March 2019.
The people of Pakistan and Pak-Force have been rendering enormous sacrifices to annihilate menace of terrorism and extremism from Pakistan, said Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi adding that Muslim Ummah has been facing challenges all over the world and prevailing scenario of crisis could only be settled with unity of Muslim world.
Ashrafi said the foundation of Muslims’ unity lies in the belief of Oneness of Allah, belief in the finality of Prophethood, loyalty with caliphs and ‘Ahl e Baith’ and commitment for defence and stability of Harmain Al Sharifain.
Pakistan Ulema Council since its inception, has been raising voice for unity of Muslim Ummah and to contain the elements misleading the Muslim youths with baseless propaganda, said Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi.
He said that Pakistan Ulema Council is all set to host Ulema-Mashaykh Paigham e Islam Conventions all over the country in the months of January and February.
He also added that 4th International Message of Islam Conference will be held on 3rd March 2019 at Convention Center Islamabad, in which 5000 leading Islamic scholars from Pakistan and all over the Muslim world are participating.
Some elements creating hurdles in creation of South Punjab province: Qureshi
MULTAN: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi Tuesday said some elements were creating complications and hurdles in the establishment of South Punjab province by dividing the people.
Multan, he said, was emerging as a hub of business activities in South Punjab and with the establishment of a new province, trade would further enhance in the region. The city had become another big centre of media after Lahore, he added.
The foreign minister was speaking as chief guest at a ceremony held here in honour of the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Bahauddin Zakariya University(BZU) Prof Dr Tariq Mahmood Ansari by All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran.
The minister said he was personally in favour of only one province in south Punjab. Currently, no one should think of two or more provinces, however, in future, the number of provinces could be enhanced, he added.
Qureshi said he presented the case of South Punjab province in the meetings of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf with reference to regional statistics, population of the area, good governance and devolution of powers.
The Indian Punjab was smaller than Pakistan’s Punjab, but they (India) carved out three provinces from it.
The Pakistani Punjab was even bigger than many European countries, he added.
The establishment of South Punjab province, he said, would further strengthen the federation.
Qureshi he said small provinces had also complaints against Punjab.
Politicians like Wali Khan, Bizenjo, Bugti and Mengal had always voiced that Punjab was dominating the country’s politics. If reviewed on merit and logic, the creation of South Punjab province was inevitable now, he added.