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Pakistani expats strong bridge between Pak and KSA: President



Arif Alvi

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday said Pakistani expatriates in Saudi Arabia were a strong bridge between the two countries.

The President said this while talking to Imam of Masjid Al-Haram, Imam-e-Kaba Sheikh Abdul-Elah Al-Juhani, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The president said Pakistan shared bonds of history, culture, faith and values and it greatly valued its relations with the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The President pointed out the large Pakistani community in Saudi Arabia considered the kingdom as their second home and they worked there devotedly for its progress and prosperity.

Recalling the highly successful visit by the Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman to Pakistan, the president stated the prince won the hearts of Pakistani people by his generous offer of support to Pakistani community.

He appreciated the Kingdom for its support to Pakistani pilgrims visiting the Kingdom for Hajj and Umrah every year.

He also welcomed the Kingdom’s decision of increasing Hajj quota for Pakistanis and inclusion of Pakistan in its Road to Mecca initiative.

He hoped that the project would be extended to all Pakistani airports for Hajj-2020.

The president conveyed his sentiments for King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and the people of the Kingdom.

Imam-e-Kaba said relationships of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were not merely diplomatic but based on faith. He added Pakistan was Saudi Arabia’s strength and hearts of two nations beat together.

He stressed for frequent exchanges between the two countries in various fields.






SHC grants bail to Sharjeel Memon



Memon Copy

KARACHI: SHC has today granted bail to Sharjeel Memon (former Sindh Information Minister) in a corruption reference.

The reference pertains to abusing power by means of awarding advertisements at exorbitant rates. However, the IO had conceded during today’s hearing before the court that it had not been proven that Memon had received kickbacks from the deal.

The two-member bench after hearing the arguments granted bail to Sharjeel Memon against a surety of Rs. 5 million. One may recall that a NAB team nabbed Memon on 23rd October following SHC’s rejection of his bail application. 

Relevant pieces published earlier: 

Grant of advt at exorbitant rates: SHC rejects Sharjeel Memon’s interim bail plea!

KARACHI: A two-judge SHC bench has rejected the interim bail application of former information minister Sharjeel Inam Memon and other 12 co-accused in a graft case here today.

According to details, following the NAB special persecutor’s arguments regarding the corruption case against Sharjeel Memon and others, the court has accepted the bail of one of the thirteen accused only.

Sharjeel Memon is accused of inflicting losses to the national exchequer by resorting to corrupt practices in granting (SID) advertisements – related to awareness – to the electronic media between July 2013 till 2015.

He will be arrested by the NAB team as soon as he emerges from SHC building as legally one could not be detained from the premises of the court.

Readers may recall that Sharjeel Memon is also facing charges in connection with illegal allotment of land.

It is pertinent to mention here that Memon fled the country in 2015 when NAB commenced an inquiry against him regarding five billion rupee corruption. But he returned to Pakistan last March and managed to obtain interim bail.  

Sharjeel Memon arrested by NAB from the SHC gate

Sharjeel Memon produced before NAB court in corruption case

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Philippines independence day celebrated




KARACHI: During the last three years, the bilateral relations between Pakistan and the Philippines have reached the highest level, especially the trade volume has been doubled and hopefully these will improve in the year to come.
These were the views, expressed by guest speakers on the occasion of 121st Philippines Independence day at the 70th year of Pakistan Philippines bilateral relations, celebrated here at a hotel, said a statement on Tuesday.
Philippine Ambassador to Pakistan Daniel Espiritu, Honorary Consul General Dr. Muhammad Imran Yousuf, Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani, Governor State Bank Syed Baqar Raza and members of the business community were also present on the occasion.

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US sanctions will close path to diplomacy: Iran




TEHRAN: Iran has said today that US sanctions on its leaders represent the “permanent closure” of diplomacy with Washington after President Donald Trump tightened the screws on a nation he has threatened with “obliteration”.
“Imposing fruitless sanctions against Iran’s supreme leader and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy is the permanent closure of the path to diplomacy with Trump’s desperate government,” ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in a tweet.
Washington imposed new sanctions against supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Monday ahead of blacklisting Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif later this week, its latest salvo in a tense standoff that has raised fears of a regional conflict.
“Trump’s government is destroying all established international mechanisms for keeping global peace and security,” he added.
Tehran and Washington broke off diplomatic relations in 1980 over the hostage crisis at the US embassy in Tehran following Iran’s Islamic revolution.
US President Donald Trump also imposed new sanctions Monday against top Iranian military chiefs, pressuring the country it has threatened with “obliteration” if a war breaks out.
The US Treasury said it plans to blacklist Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif — a moderate figure and key architect of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – and eight top commanders from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
Trump called the punitive measures “a strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions.”
A year after Trump unilaterally withdrew from a multilateral pact with Iran over its nuclear program, tensions have flared with a series of attacks on tankers in highly sensitive Gulf waters.
Washington blamed the incidents on Iran, accusations Tehran vehemently denies.
Tensions rose further last week as Iran shot down a US spy drone last week.
Trump then ordered a retaliatory strike on Iran but said he had called it off at the last minute.


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