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ISLAMABAD: Reaffirming that terrorism continues to pose a threat to states and societies across the globe, Pakistan and the European Union (EU) on Thursday reiterated their resolve to jointly combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
They also reaffirmed their solidarity with the victims of terrorist attacks across the world. This affirmation was made during the seventh round of Pakistan-EU Political Counter-Terrorism dialogue held in Brussels, Belgium, a message received here from Brussels said. On the EU side, the dialogue was chaired by Pawel Herczynski, Director for Security Policy (EEAS), while Pakistan side led by Ahmad Farooq, Director General Counter-Terrorism. The parties held in-depth discussions and exchanged perspectives on a wide range of counterterrorism issues in a cordial and constructive manner. The EU side appreciated Pakistan’s increasing efforts in fighting terrorism and emphasized the need for increased engagement on preventing and countering radicalization.
The parties agreed on the need for a comprehensive approach to terrorism, based on the rule of law and protection of human rights and for enhancing cooperation in dealing with violent extremism in all its aspects, including preventing and countering radicalization and addressing the root causes of thereof. The parties furthermore underlined their joint commitment to regional peace and stability. Both sides underlined the importance of interfaith dialogue and harmony as a key to promote tolerance and social cohesion in society. Recalling the commitments of all states for the implementation of UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions relating to international terrorism, both sides reaffirmed their support for the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in a balanced and integrated manner. The parties also reiterated their determination to work together in promoting international cooperation through fora such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF).
They discussed the ongoing EU-Pakistan cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism and agreed to explore further avenues of bilateral collaboration including the exchange of best practices and potential co-operation projects in mutually agreed areas. The EU and Pakistan agreed that the next meeting of the dialogue will take place in Islamabad in 2019. The dialogue followed the adoption of EU Council Conclusions on Pakistan on November 19, 2018. They made reference to the wish of the EU to strengthen cooperation in the field of security and defense and commended the resumption of dialogue in this area, and the holding of the annual Dialogues on Counter-Terrorism and on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. The Pakistan-EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament dialogue was held on November 28, 2018.

 

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KP: ‘Honor’ killing incident condemned

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on the Status of Women has strongly condemned another brutal honor killing incident in Kohistan by the brother of Afzal Kohistani.

The incident was reported to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on the Status of Women by the Civil Society network on May 26, 2019. A month ago, Afzal Kohistani, a human right defender and a leading character in Kohistan Video Scandal was killed in Abbottabad, who stand alone against the honor killing issue in Kohistan, says a press release issued by the commission here on Monday.

An FIR was lodged against one of his brother Gul Nazar, who according to the FIR has killed one of his relative in the honor killing and accused him of having a relationship with his Bahbi Hira, wife of Afzal Kohistani.

Meanwhile, the family of the girl also moved an application in Thana Cantt Abbottabad that Hira Bibi, wife of Afzal Kohistani along with her daughter is also missing from last four (04) days. The family of the Hira Bibi has requested search and safe recovery of the missing Hira Bibi. The Commission took a serious notice of the matter as the life of Hira Bibi is in danger.

The Secretary of the Commission telephonically contacted the District Police Officer and Deputy Commissioner, Abbottabad and asked for serious actions against the culprits and safe recovery of Hira Bibi. The Commission also write letters to the authorities for immediate necessary actions in the matter and report furnish to the Commission on immediate basis. As this the case of Women Life.

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N. Waziristan: 5 bodies found from a nullah!

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N. Waziristan: Patrolling soldiers found five bullet-riddled bodies of unidentified people from a nullah in Boya area 1.5km away from the Army Check-Post in Shawal Valley here that was attacked by PTM workers yesterday.

It is pertinent to mention here that one of the five soldiers – who were critically wounded during the exchange of fire – has succumbed to his injuries. He has been identified as Gul Khan.

A relevant piece published earlier: 

PTM workers attack a security post in Miranshah

 

 

 

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NAB files reference against couple for blackmailing

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ISLAMABAD: NAB prosecutor has filed a reference here on Saturday (25th May 2019) against a couple for attempting to blackmail its chairman and defrauding six others.

Recently some footage surfaced showing a man in conversation with a woman. It was insinuated that voice was that of NAB chairman. But according to the Bureau, it was the blackmailers’ propaganda.

The couple (husband in jail and female out on bail), allegedly linked with blackmailing group will appear before the court on 17th of June after Eid-ul-Fitr.

It is pertinent to mention here that 36 witnesses recorded their statements with the bureau against the two suspects.

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