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FM highlights importance of Shanghai Cooperation Organization

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi Friday highlighted the importance of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as a vital platform to achieve the objectives of peace, security, and stability across Eurasia.
He underscored the need for upholding peace in an increasingly tense international environment,  a foreign office statement issued here said.
The Foreign Minister stated this while participating in the restricted and extended sessions of the 17th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Government (CHG) of the Member States of SCO in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on the invitation of Prime Minister of Tajikistan Qohir Rasulzoda.
The Foreign Minister conveyed greetings of Prime Minister Imran Khans to all leaders participating in the meeting. He emphasized on cooperation among (SCO) countries in the field of multilateral trade and removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers.
He also supported the initiative of the establishment of SCO development bank and development fund.
While speaking about economic development through regional connectivity, the Foreign Minister highlighted the importance of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
In the context of SCO’s Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS), the Foreign Minister pointed out Pakistan’s commitment to combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. He offered to SCO member states the sharing of expertise gained in fighting terrorism.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi also expressed Pakistan’s full support for peace and stability in Afghanistan and assured full cooperation for SCO’s initiative in this regard.
He also held important meetings on the sidelines of the summit.  This was the second CHG meeting attended by Pakistan after becoming a full member of SCO in June last year.
Prime Ministers of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Foreign Minister of India also attended the meeting.
The Council of the Heads of the Government exchanged views on the emerging economic situation in the region and beyond and held in-depth discussions on economic integration, regional connectivity and peace, and security.

 

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‘Teacher’ who asked pupil to wash his car, suspended!

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FAISALABAD: AC Tandlianwala today suspended a schoolteacher on the charge of forcing a pupil to wash his car.
Spokesman of the education department said that the AC  paid a surprise visit to Govt High School for Boys Chak No.455 and found Ali Hasnain, a student of second grade cleaning a car and washing its tyres. After interrogation, it transpired that schoolteacher Rizwan had asked the minor student to wash his car.
Taking serious notice, the AC Tandlianwala immediately suspended the schoolteacher Rizwan and censured the headmaster Muhammad Iqbal Khan. Further departmental action was underway.

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High Comm. starts Online Appointment System for Attestation

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LONDON: Pakistan High Commission London has decided to launch Online Appointment System from December 17 for the smooth functioning of the attestation process of the general public.
According to a statement of the High Commission issued here Friday, this step has been taken to facilitate the Pakistani community.
The PHC statement said that It has been observed that there is a long queue for Attestation at the Pakistan High Commission London every day.
” Resultantly, this makes hard for staff members to facilitate the public in scheduled time and  proper manner.”, it added. Initially, the High Commission will accommodate applicants without any prior appointment till December 31 but priority will be given to those applicants who have booked their appointments online.
After the deadline, no applicant will be served without an online appointment at the High Commission. Appointments can be booked on the below-mentioned website:
www.phclondon.org
“Our Diaspora in London is requested to please cooperate in this regard with High Commission enabling us to provide better Attestation Service”, PHC statement concluded.

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Fed. Govt. restores licenses issued for prohibited bore weapons

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Government has restored all licenses issued earlier for automatic weapons within the prohibited bore.

According to the Ministry of Interior notification: “Federal Government is pleased to notify that all arms licenses of automatic weapons within Prohibited Bore suspended vide the aforementioned notification are now treated to be valid…The ban imposed on the issuance of Non-Prohibited Bore Arms license is lifted with immediate effect”.

The ban on the issuance of arms licenses for Prohibited Bore category [to the extent of General Officers or equivalent, officers or other ranks of the Military in accordance with Army Regulations (Instructions) 2000] has also been lifted. It is pertinent to mention here that these licenses were suspended last year on 26th of December.

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