ISLAMABAD: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has expressed his country’s concern over the prevailing Indo-Pak tensions and advised the neighboring countries to resolve disputes via dialogue.
Addressing a joint Presser held here with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi the German FM lauded the decision of PM Imran Khan apropos release of Indian pilot. He observed such measures contributed towards de-escalating the augmenting Indo-Pak tensions.
Heiko Maas, appreciating Pakistan’s role in the restoration of peace in Afghanistan, its endeavors to eliminate terrorism in the region and pointing towards Pak-German ties said his country wanted to promote cooperation with Pakistan in various fields including Trade.
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Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also agreed that the Kashmir dispute needed to be resolved via dialogue for peace in the region. While talking to Heiko Maas and his delegation Shah Mahmood Qureshi briefed about the post-Pulwama scenario.
Tokyo stocks open higher!
TOKYO: Stocks opened here higher today, tracking gains on Wall Street due to optimism over US-China trade talks, with investors closely eyeing the US Federal Reserve’s meeting later this week.
The Nikkei 225 index added 0.65 percent, or 139.64 points, to 21,590.49 in early trade, while the broader Topix index climbed 0.43 percent, or 6.82 points, to 1,609.45.
Indian troops launch CASOs in Pulwama
ISLAMABAD: Indian troops launched cordon and search operations (CASOs) in different areas of Pulwama district in occupied Kashmir on Monday.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Indian troops launched door-to-door searches in Drabgam and Beighpora and Aripal areas of the district.
The troops comprising Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operation Group cordoned off Beighpora early in the morning and conducted searches.
Door-to-door searches were carried out many times in the village after all the entry and exit routes were blocked with heavy deployment of Indian soldiers.
“People from many adjoining villages could not move out due to heavy deployment of Indian forces present in the area,” a resident said.
China officially bids for 2023 Asian Cup
SHANGHAI: China has formally submitted a bid to host the 2023 Asian Cup, state media said, another sign of the country’s determination to eventually stage a football World Cup.
China has hosted the Asian Cup once before, in 2004, but its latest attempt is significant because of President Xi Jinping’s stated desire for the country to hold a World Cup.
The World Cup tournaments for 2030 or 2034 have regularly been mooted as the most likely that China will go for.
Staging the 2023 Asian Cup would help prepare China for a World Cup, but it faces stiff competition from South Korea.
Having the Asian Cup again on Chinese soil will “promote the popularisation and development of football” in the country, Xinhua news agency said.
China reached the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup in the UAE at the start of this year, before going down 3-0 to Iran.
Fabio Cannavaro was named Marcello Lippi’s successor as coach of the national team on Friday.