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BEIJING: China and Pakistan Tuesday held strategic dialogue and undertook in-depth discussions on all aspects of bilateral relations, including CPEC trade, investment, and economic cooperation, people-to-people contacts and regional and international issues.
The dialogue was co-chaired by State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi for China and Minister of Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi for Pakistan.
The two foreign ministers reaffirmed their time-tested and all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and agreed to maintain regular two-way high-level political and official exchanges.
They expressed commitment to translate the vision of the leadership to build a closer China-Pakistan community of shared future in the new era.
The two sides reaffirmed support to each other on all core issues of their national interest. They underlined that state sovereignty and territorial integrity were cardinal principles of UN Charter and international law.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for de-escalation of tensions in South Asia and underlined the need for dialogue and peaceful means to resolve all outstanding disputes.
The two sides also agreed to further intensify cooperation with regular meetings of all bilateral mechanisms to take forward practical cooperation in respective fields.
They agreed to strengthen people-to-people contacts, cultural cooperation, and tourism. It was noted that China and Pakistan were celebrating 2019 as the year of sister-cities exchanges.
The two foreign ministers reaffirmed the commitment to CPEC and agreed to continue the smooth implementation of CPEC projects, especially it’s Special Economic Zones.
While rejecting the negative propaganda against CPEC, they expressed a strong resolve to safeguard CPEC from all kinds of threats. The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation against terrorism by strengthening communication and coordination in relevant fields.
The Chinese side highly appreciated Pakistan’s commitment and efforts to counter terrorism. The Foreign Minister of Pakistan expressed appreciation for Chinese support for Pakistan’s efforts.
The two foreign ministers discussed the situation in Afghanistan and expressed support for the ongoing efforts for peace and reconciliation. Both sides reiterated support for Afghan-owned Afghan-led inclusive peace process and called on all stakeholders in Afghanistan to become part of an intra-Afghan dialogue.
They also urged all sides to show flexibility to find a durable solution to the Afghan conflict. The two sides agreed to continue their mutual collaboration at the regional multilateral and international forums. They expressed their support for consensus-based reform of the United Nations so that it responds to the interests and concerns of all member states.

 

 

 

 

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Sami Ibrahim incident: PFUJ appreciates the rejoinder posted by Fed. Min. Fawad Ch. 

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KARACHI: PFUJ in a statement appreciated the rejoinder posted by Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry regarding the slapping incident:

According to minister, the background of the incident of slapping Sami Ibrahim was that for advertisements government had formed categories  A, B, C and D according to the ratings of channels.

“Due to that, 70% of the channels were dropped from A and B categories. Hence they were endeavoring (despite low rankings) to get themselves in the A and B categories.

“Sami Ibrahim claiming since BOL had done a lot for us they should be put in A category. Problem was that if I had given BOL Rs. 20million category, other channels would have also asked for it. That would have simply nullified the basic idea of forming categories itself.

“On my refusal, Sami Ibrahim had started a perpetual campaign against me. Meanwhile, I received an application from a senior reported that BOL was not paying his dues. Does a channel that could not pay Rs. 40,000 to its employee deserve to remain in business?

“After that, the drive against me was accelerated and  I was declared RAW’s agent. Today when I came across this man he started insulting me. There is a limit to tolerating abuse. I slapped him and that is the only answer to blackmailing.”

 

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PFUJ condemns maltreatment of Sr. Anchor Sami Ibrahim by Fed. Min. Fawad Ch.

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KARACHI: President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) GM Jamali and Sec. General Rana M. Azeem have strongly condemned the maltreatment of Senior Anchor Sami Ibrahim by Fed. Minister Fawad Chaudhry, terming the culture of abuse thus introduced as extremely deplorable.  

In a joint statement, GM Jamali and Rana M. Azeem held that the abusive culture introduced by PTI has now transformed into physical mistreatment and torture of Journalists. They said that the attack was not an assault only on Sami Ibrahim but against the Journalists fraternity and that could not be tolerated at any cost: “PFUJ strongly condemn the incident and demand Prime Minister Imran Khan to take severe action against such a minister and apologize for the macabre act.”

GM Jamali and Rana M. Azeem stated that the state of affairs have reached its limits. During this government’s first few months while Media Workers were sacked the same minister was augmenting bonds with the Channel owners. Thus was equally responsible of the economic assassination of journalists. They observed that now the minister seems to have resorted to the physical assignation of the journalists that could not be accepted.

PFUJ appreciates the rejoinder posted by Fed. Minister Fawad Chaudhry in WhatsApp Group: 

According to minister background of the incident of slapping Sami Ibrahim was that for advertisements government had formed categories  A, B, C and D according to the ratings of channels.

“Due to that, 70% of the channels were dropped from A and B categories. Hence they were endeavoring (despite low rankings) to get themselves in the A and B categories.

“Sami Ibrahim claiming since BOL had done a lot for us they should be put in A category. Problem was that if I had given BOL Rs. 20million category, other channels would have also asked for it. That would have simply nullified the basic idea of forming categories itself.

“On my refusal, Sami Ibrahim had started a perpetual campaign against me. Meanwhile, I received an application from a senior reported that BOL was not paying his dues. Does a channel that could not pay Rs. 40,000 to its employee deserve to remain in business?

“After that, the drive against me was accelerated and  I was declared RAW’s agent. Today when I came across this man he started insulting me. There is a limit to tolerating abuse. I slapped him and that is the only answer to blackmailing”   

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No chance of Zardari, Nawaz to return to power: Sh. Rasheed

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LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad has claimed that there was no chance of corrupt leaders like Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari to return to power.

Rasheed, while addressing a press conference here today, said “I had already told that a crackdown would be launched before the month of June.

He further held that he had asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to get rid of ‘rotten eggs’.

Talking about cases against former president Asif Ali Zardari, the minister stated that witnesses were also present against him [Asif Ali Zardari]. He also said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz were involved in ‘serious crimes.’

Regarding the current status of railways in the country, he said he would quit politics if the circular debt of the Railways is not reduced.

“I would keep raising my voice for the poor until my last breath,” he said, adding that there are no chances of a presidential system [in the country].

 

 

 

 

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