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NZ Mosques attack: Crisis Management Cell at MOFA

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ISLAMABAD: A  Crisis Management Cell has been established at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here to address the developing situation and update on the well-being of and latest information of Pakistani citizens living in New Zealand.

In order to provide timely information and assistance, MOFA personnel will remain available round the clock. In addition, Pakistan’s High Commissioner and Deputy High Commissioner in New Zealand will also be available for information and assistance.

Immediate family members of victims can apply for a visa at https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa. Applicants may send application number and scanned copies of passports to the Honorary CG Moin Fudda, at email: [email protected] or WhatsApp: +923428200200.

 

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Cops violating sanctity of uniform have no place in dept: IGP

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LAHORE: IG Punjab Police Arif Nawaz Khan here said that police officials violating the sanctity of uniform have no place in the department.
He directed CPO Rawalpindi Rana Faisal to personally monitor the investigation into the matter of stated rape of a girl by policemen, followed by an exemplary departmental and legal action against them including dismissal from service. He said that the protection of lives and properties of people was his first priority.
On receiving the complaint, the police arrested the officials after registering an FIR and now legal procedure was being followed for their further investigation.
The IGP directed the CPO Rawalpindi to contact the family of victim ensuring that they did not face any difficulty. He also ordered for ensuring the provision of any assistance required by the victim in her case on a priority basis.

 

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Three terrorists awarded 2 counts life imprisonment, 14 additional years in prison

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2396 Pakistanis detained in Turkish detention centers

BAHAWALPUR: Anti-terrorism Court Bahawalpur has awarded two counts of life imprisonment and an additional 14 years in prison to three terrorists here today.

According to the prosecution, judge Shabbir Ahmad Awan in his verdict directed to seize all the properties of three terrorists namely Tariq, Daud, and Sajjad.

These three terrorists were arrested by the Counter Terrorism Department last year near railway crossing of Baghdad-ul-Jadeed Campus of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur.

Two suicide vests, hand grenades, and other arms and ammunition were recovered from their possession. These three terrorism belonged to banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pak. urges more global coop. to plug illicit fin. flows

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UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has called for “more coherent” collaboration at the national and the international levels to prevent and counter illicit financial flows (IFFs) the illegal movements of money or capital from one country to another.
“My Government’s firm resolve against corrupt practices calls for a more proactive role by our partners, in line with international legal instruments, including the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC),” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told a high-level meeting on the growing problem of illicit financial flows that adversely affect economic progress, especially in the developing countries.
“It (IFFs) is a key contributory factor for the economic underperformance of developing countries and a major obstacle to poverty eradication,” the Pakistani envoy said.
According to the estimates of UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC), illicit financial flows, stemming only from criminal proceeds, amount to around 2.1 trillion dollars annually.
That, Ambassador Lodhi said, was almost equivalent to the annual financing gap of 2.5 trillion dollars faced by developing countries in investment in core sustainable development goals-related sectors.
Developing countries are disproportionally affected by the negative consequences of illicit financial flows, Ambassador Lodhi said, pointing to their lack of capacity and resources to prevent and counter these flows.
“Estimates of Pakistan’s stolen financial resources stashed abroad run into millions of dollars, for which we seek international cooperation to complement our intensified domestic efforts.”
Multinational companies using the resources of developing countries for profits should also contribute to their development, she said.
The Pakistani envoy also called for addressing loopholes that impede developing countries’ ability to combat illicit financial flows, as significant challenges and gaps remain.
These include lack of an agreed definition of IFFs; difficulties in reliable measurement of IFFs due to their disguised nature; increasing use of information and communication technologies and crypto-currencies by criminals; inadequate participation of developing countries in multilateral initiatives and their lack of capacity in combating IFFs.
Other major hurdles in efforts against IFFs include lack of sufficient political will and familiarity with procedural requirements, secrecy, different evidentiary standards, differences in legal procedures, and delays in responding to mutual legal assistance requests.
In conclusion, Ambassador Lodhi stressed the need for “more coherent collaboration, both at the national and the international level, to make more concerted efforts against illicit financial flows.”

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