ISLAMABAD: In Indian occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (JKML), headed by illegally detained senior APHC leader Masarrat Aalam Butt, has hailed the courage and steadfastness shown by the hundreds of Kashmiri political prisoners languishing in various jails.
JKML spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that a party delegation led by Acting Chairman, Abdul Ahad Parra, accompanied by Muhammad Hamza Mir, Ghulam Hassan Shah, and Sajjad Ahmed visited Sopore and Bandipora and expressed solidarity with the families of the Hurriyat leaders and activists lodged in different jails. Abdul Ahad Parra on the occasion said that the sacrifices rendered by Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Aasiya Andrabi, Dr Shafi Shariati, Ghulam Qadir Butt, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Assudullah Parray, Amir Hamza Shah, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Mir Hafeezullah, Shakeel Ahmed Butt, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Shahid Yousuf, Hakeem Showkat, Merajuddin Nanda, Molvi Sajjad, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Fayaz Ahmed Talaq, Basharat Ahmed, Ashiq Hussain, Muhammad Hayat Butt, Manzoor Ahmed Butt, Abdul Rasheed Butt, Farooq Ahmed Tauheedi, Abdul Majid, Abdul Muhammad Ashraf Malik, Abdul Ghani Butt, Zakir Hussain, Merajuddin Niyako, Salman Yousuf, Sajjad Ahmed Beig, Mudassir Rasheed, Manzoor Ahmed Parray, Irfan Ahmed Dar, Aqib Ahmed Mir, Ashiq Hussain Mir, Nasir Abdullah, Muhammad Iqbal Wani, Basharat Ahmed Salaam, Mufti Nadeem, and Shakeel Ahmed Yatoo were praiseworthy.
He appealed to the international human rights organizations to come to the rescue of the political detainees. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) in a statement in Srinagar strongly condemned the arrest of party Chairman, Zafar Akbar Butt, and described it as the frustration of the puppet authorities.
RELEVANT PIECE: According to ISPR 4 people, including three children, were killed while 10 were injured in unprovoked ceasefire violations across the Working Boundary (WB) by India today. ISPR told that Punjab Rangers were responding to Indian fire and targeting Indian posts which initiated fire in the Sialkot sector as the intermittent fire continues.
US Senator Graham calls on PM Khan
ISLAMABAD: Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called on PM Imran Khan here today.
During the meeting, PM reiterated his government’s commitment to continue working with the US and other regional stakeholders in order to find a political settlement in Afghanistan. Khan further stressed the need for normalizing relations with all neighboring countries to unleash the potential of regional cooperation. Imran Khan said that his economic team was constantly striving to evolve business-friendly policies for potential investors which could be benefited by the US companies.
Senator Graham, lauding PM’s vision apropos political solution to the Afghan conflict, conveyed his appreciation of Pakistan’s positive role in the ongoing efforts to find a political settlement in Afghanistan. He also appreciated PM’s endeavor vis-a-vis improvement of the economy, elimination of corruption and creation of jobs. He termed Imran Khan’s efforts to normalize relations with neighboring countries as noteworthy.
It is pertinent to mention here that Lindsey Graham is Chairman of the US Senate’s Judicial Committee and Senior Member of the committees of the House on armed services and budget.
Earlier Senator Lindsey Graham called on Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi here today. During the meeting, views on matters related to bilateral cooperation, situation in Afghanistan, regional and international issues were discussed. Various aspects to increase bilateral cooperation in economic and trade sectors were also pondered over.
US Sp. Envoy Khalilzad’s Pak visit ends today
ISLAMABAD: Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, visited Islamabad from 17th to 20th January 2019 to follow up on discussions held in December.
Special Representative Khalilzad met Prime Minister Khan, Foreign Minister Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Janjua, Chief of Army Staff Bajwa, and members of the diplomatic corps in Islamabad.
During the consultations, both sides reaffirmed their commitment to advance the Afghan peace process. Ambassador Khalilzad highlighted that all countries in the region will benefit from peace in Afghanistan.
Pak-Iran train service restores in Chaghi
CHAGHI: The Pakistan and Iran train services have been restored after completing the rescue activities here today.
According to the Railway sources, three days back the cargo train was de-tracked due to failing an engine resulting around 100 feet railway track was damaged in this incident.
After a hectic effort of the Railway department with several labor workers, the service of Railway reopened and track reconstructed in a short time period.