ISLAMABAD: Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwala Friday said former ambassador Ali Jehangir Siddiqui, through Amir Shafiq, has filed a defamation suit against a tweet made by him about their business partnership with a private airline.
Speaking at a press conference, he said in the tweet he mentioned the investment of $ 20 million with Air Blue made by JS Group and afterward, Ali Jehangir Siddiqui became Advisor to former Prime Minister Shahid Khan Abbasi and then was appointed Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States. The notice sent by Ali Jehangir Siddiqui to him was apparently a tactic to intimidate him and the Senators so they remain silent on important issues, he alleged.
He said some people approached him and demanded that he should delete the tweet. He said he informed them that he could prove the facts mentioned in the tweet. He said he stood by his tweet and Ali Jehangir should prove that he did not make an investment in Air Blue. Many hearings in the case were held for a year but he was not sent any court notice, nor called for a hearing, then suddenly he received a notice, he said.
He said he could not be scared with such notices as he belonged to Pakistan Peoples Party which was a party of martyrs and faced many tribulations in the past. “Ali Jehangir Siddiqui damaged my political reputation by sending the notice,” he said adding he would appear in the court to defend himself and asked Chairman Senate to take notice of the situation. He demanded that an inquiry should be held on the issue and said all the record was available with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).
COAS Bajwa arrives in London on official trip
LONDON: Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in London today on an official visit, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported.
The COAS is scheduled to meet senior civil and armed forces leadership of England on the trip.
The trip will underscore matters pertaining to Defence, Security and Geo Strategic situation of the region.
The discussion will also take place on bilateral relations between the two countries especially matters related to mutual security and strategic interests, the ISPR said.
Pakistani writers, poets’ delegation visits Beijing, Tianjin
BEIJING: A four-member delegation led by Director General, Pakistan Academy of Letters, Dr. Rashid Hameed is currently visiting China to further enhance cooperation in the field culture and literature between the two countries.
The delegation arrived here on the invitation of Chinese Writers Association also included renowned poet Amjad Islam Amjad, Dr. Abdul Karim Soomro, and Ms. Bushra Farrukh.
Pakistan Ambassador to China, Masood Khalid in a meeting held at the Pakistan Embassy Beijing briefed the delegation about Pakistan-China relations and highlighted that both countries were enhancing cooperation in the fields of arts, broadcasting, films, publications, sports, museums, people-to-people exchanges and cultural linkages.
He said that an exhibition of original artifacts from Pakistan representing Gandhara Civilization was on display at the National Museum of China, Beijing.
Ambassador Khalid informed the delegation that publishing houses in Pakistan and China were being encouraged to translate and print literary classics so that the people of the two countries can appreciate each other’s rich culture.
The delegation members briefed the Ambassador about their visit to China stating that they would continue to project the culture and literature of Pakistan through their cooperation with Chinese Writers Association and academics.
During their visit, the delegation would meet the Chinese writers association and academics in Beijing and Tianjin.
They would also visit the famous cultural and historic sites in Beijing including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the National Museum of China.
It may be mentioned here that the cooperation between the Pakistan Academy of Letters and Writers Association of China is under the Executive Programme of the Cultural Cooperation Agreement which was signed between the two countries in February 2018.
Qatar Emir visits Pakistan tomorrow
ISLAMABAD: Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will reach Pakistan on Saturday evening on two-day visit.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will receive the royal guest at airport.
Emir of Qatar will visit the Prime Minister House where he will be presented guard of honour at the PM House.
President Dr Arif Alvi will host a luncheon in the honour of Qatari guests on Sunday.
Qatar is expected to sign investment deals of around $22 billion in various sectors of Pakistan’s economy.
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