MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said here today that NAB was an independent institution and PTI had no link to inquiries by it in different cases.
These cases were registered during previous regimes, before the PTI government. The corrupt elements were making wrong propaganda against NAB due to fear of accountability. The foreign minister said this while talking to media here on Saturday. Qureshi, while responding to a question, stated that India was continuously violating ceasefire agreement. Firing at Line of Control (LOC) was an attempt to divert attention from Kashmir issue, he added. About peace process in Afghanistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi remarked that Russia was an important country in the region. He added that Pakistan was trying its level best for peace in the region.
To a question about Yemen, the foreign minister stated that Pakistan wanted peace in Yemen. To another query, he remarked that the PTI government faced historic current account deficit when it assumed charge. However the improvement in country’s exports would help improve reserves and it would also bring dollar price down, Qureshi observed. It was a wish of the incumbent government that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui should reach home and PTI government was doing its best legal efforts in this regard, he said. About spell of smog in Multan, the minister stated that PTI government was paying immense focus on the environment by planting maximum trees.
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.
Murree: Motorists asked to follow rules
RAWALPINDI: City Traffic Police (CTP) have urged the motorists to strictly follow traffic rules on roads of Murree to avoid traffic congestion and road mishaps particularly during snowfall.
Talking to the Media, a CTP spokesman said that the tourists traveling to Murree and other hill stations to enjoy snowfall were advised to ensure low air pressure in their tyres, keep fuel tanks of their vehicles full and obey traffic rules to avoid an accident. He informed that the CTP had designated several points for car parking. A number of main roads including Kashmir Point, Mall Road, Guldana Road, and other roads had been closed for two-way traffic to ease traffic flow. He urged the tourists to cooperate with traffic police so that the traffic mess, particularly during snowfall, could be avoided. The motorists should avoid wrong parking on roads which would help ensure the smooth flow of traffic. As the snow blanket makes the “Queen of Mountains” even more beautiful which attracts a large number of tourists, but, the motorists face severe traffic congestion, he said adding as the roads get wet and slippery, the traffic moves ever slower.
The CTP had made special traffic arrangements and devised a comprehensive plan to facilitate the tourists during the winter season. In this regard, he said that they had deployed senior traffic officers of the CTP to monitor traffic arrangements in the hill station to ensure smooth and safe traffic flow during the snowfall. A dedicated, emergency helpline 051-9269200, had also been introduced for tourists which citizens can call round the clock. The CTO Rawalpindi Muhammad Bin Ashraf had advised the tourists to avoid wrong parking, double lines, speeding and taking selfies in the middle of the roads, he said adding, the tourists were suggested to keep tow chains with them for tying on tyres for driving in the snow. He said that the enhanced number of traffic wardens under the supervision of senior traffic officers had been deployed to monitor traffic and guide the tourists. The authorities concerned had also made special arrangements to clear snow from the roads.