ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to step in to defuse tension between Pakistan and India which was fomented by India in the aftermath of baseless allegations over Pulwama attack.
In a letter addressed to the UN secretary general, the Foreign Minister said that India must be asked to conduct an open and credible investigation on Pulwama incident.
“It is with a sense of urgency that I draw your attention to the deteriorating security situation in our region resulting from the threat of use of force against Pakistan by India,” he added.
“You may also consider asking India to refrain from further escalating the situation and enter into dialogue with Pakistan and the Kashmiris to calm the situation down,” according to contents of the letter shared by Foreign office in a press release on Tuesday.
Qureshi further said that the Pulwama attack on Indian Central Reserve Police Force was ostensibly and even by Indian accounts carried out by a Kashmiri resident of Indian Occupied Kashmir.
“Attributing it to Pakistan even before investigations is absurd,” he added.
The Foreign Minister said for domestic political reasons, India had deliberately ratcheted up its hostile rhetoric against Pakistan and created a tense environment.
It has also hinted that it might abandon the Indus Waters Treaty. This would be a grievous error, the minister cautioned.
Emphasizing upon Guterres, he said it was imperative to take steps for de-escalation.
“I request that this letter be circulated to members of the Security Council and General Assembly,” he added.
Musharraf shifted to hospital in Dubai
DUBAI: Former military dictator General (retired) Pervez Musharraf has been shifted to a hospital here after his condition suddenly worsened Saturday night, his party said on Sunday.
Afzaal Siddiqui, the APML overseas president, told reporters that Musharraf had suffered a reaction from amyloidosis, a rare condition for which Musharraf has been receiving medical treatment.
He is expected to be discharged by Monday (today), Siddiqui said.
Musharraf, who had been indicted on March 31, 2014 for suspending the constitution on November 3, 2007, left for Dubai in March 2016 to seek medical treatment. Musharraf had said in the past that he will return to Pakistan once his health gets stabilised.
PM congratulates PCB, organizers, security forces for successful PSL
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday congratulated the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), all the organizers and security forces for holding a successful Pakistan Super League (PSL) extravaganza in Pakistan.
The Prime Minister in a tweet also congratulated Quetta Gladiators and their manager and his friend Viv Richards on their win.
“InshaAllah, the next PSL will be held entirely in Pakistan,” he added in his tweet.
His Highness Aga Khan named Prince’s Trust Global Founding Patron
KARACHI: His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles), founder and President of The Prince’s Trust has nominated Prince Karim Aga Khan as Global Founding Patron of the Trust’s work.
Officials associated with Aga Khan Council for Pakistan here on Monday said the announcement comes at a time when The Prince’s Trust is expanding its work and network of expertise globally.
As Global Founding Patron, Agha Khan 49 was said to support the delivery of The Trust’s work in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and through local partners in Pakistan, Jordan, India, Malta, Barbados and Greece.
Founded by the Prince of Wales, The Prince’s Trust has been helping vulnerable young people across the UK since 1976, and is now helping to tackle the global issue of youth unemployment, and supporting young people and their communities to have more positive futures.
Prince Karim Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, that today works in 30 countries around the world to improve the quality of life of tens of millions of people.
The announcement with regard to the honour bestowed on Aga Khan as Global Founding Patron of The Prince’s Trust’s work was said to be made at a dinner in Buckingham Palace.
Supporters of the charity’s work such as Amal and George Clooney, and long-term Ambassadors Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Tom Jones, also joined the dinner to celebrate the work of The Prince’s Trust around the world.
The Prince’s Trust helps young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to realise their ambitions, so that they can live, learn and earn. Founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity supports 11 to 30 year-old who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.
Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness, mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law.
The programmes offered by the charity give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work.
Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.