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Pakistan, Morocco to support each other

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ISLAMABAD: Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwala Tuesday said Pakistan and Morocco would further boost the Parliamentary linkages to mutually benefit and support each other in economic, education and social sectors.
While talking to the Mohamed Karmoune, Ambassador of Morocco who called on him here at Parliament House, he said that Pakistan and Morocco shared many commonalities and both had supported each other on International issues. He said there was a need to enhance cooperation in economic, education and tourism for mutual benefits of the two sides.
He said that the exchange of Parliamentary delegations would steer the agenda to enhance bilateral ties and economic relationship. The deputy chairman said Morocco could benefit from Pakistan in different sectors especially education and training. He said both the countries could further cement their relation in tourism, education, livestock, and dairy development sectors. He said that tangible were required to develop a strong link between business communities and create an enabling environment for investment in mutually beneficial projects.
The Ambassador welcomed the remarks of Deputy Chairman Senate and agreed with the views to enhance bilateral cooperation in different sectors. Senators Muhammad Javed Abbasi and Sajjad Hussain Turi were also present on the occasion.  They also underscored the need for enhanced parliamentary linkages by activating the friendship groups at bilateral levels to learn from experiences of each other.

 

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Egyptian referendum to extend Sisi’s rule

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CAIRO: Polls opened today for a third and final day of voting in Egypt on constitutional changes that could keep President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in power until 2030.
Sisi, who handily won to become president in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018 after eliminating all serious political competitors, is widely expected to garner a comfortable win in the three-day referendum.
The sweeping changes would extend his current term until 2024 and would also give him the right to stand again for re-election for another six-year term. Other controversial amendments on the ballot include boosting his control over the judiciary and giving the military even greater influence in Egyptian political life.
The final results will be announced on 27 April. Media representatives saw pro-Sisi volunteers handing out boxed meals at several polling stations in Cairo to voters after they had cast their ballots. The boxes contained staples such as oil, rice, pasta, and sugar.

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Cricket: South Africa World Cup squad

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JOHANNESBURG: South Africa on Thursday named the following squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales:
Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wkt), JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

 

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Libya war crimes will be prosecuted, ICC

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THE HAGUE: The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor Tuesday warned she “would not hesitate” to broaden her investigation into Libya war crimes amid intensified fighting near the capital Tripoli which killed at least 174.
Fighting broke out on April 4 when military strongman Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to take Tripoli, the seat of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).
“I will not hesitate to expand my investigations and potential prosecutions to cover any new instances of crimes falling within the court’s jurisdiction,” Fatou Bensouda said in The Hague.
“No one should doubt my determination in this regard,” Bensouda said in a statement. Bensouda called on “all parties and armed groups involved in the fighting to fully respect the rules of international humanitarian law” including commanders.
At least 14 civilians were among those killed and 36 among the 758 people wounded in the fighting between pro-government forces and Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.
Fighting in the southern outskirts of the capital has also displaced more than 18,000 people, according to the UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs. Bensouda’s office in March 2011 launched a probe into war crimes committed during the uprising which saw the toppling of long-time Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi.
His son, Seif al-Islam, 46, is being sought by the Hague-based ICC, with judges ruling earlier this month that crimes against humanity case could be brought against him. Set up in 2002, the ICC is the world’s only independent tribunal to prosecute the worst crimes when countries are unable or unwilling to do so.
But the court has suffered several setbacks over recent years. This including seeing some of its most high-profile suspects walk free and judges recently ruling against a request by Bensouda to probe war crimes committed in Afghanistan, including by US forces.

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