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President urges for enhancing trade in discussion with outgoing Chinese ambassdor

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President Arif Alvi on Tuesday stressed enhancing bilateral trade with China, while saying the strengthening of business could prove mutually rewarding.

Talking to the outgoing Chinese ambassador Nong Rong here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president noted that under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), 19 projects were completed, 28 were under construction while 41 were in the pipeline.

President Alvi said the CPEC was a transformational flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative, which had the potential to act as the pivot of regional peace and connectivity.

The expeditious completion of four broad clusters of cooperation — Gwadar Port and its auxiliary features, energy projects, transport infrastructure and industrial cooperation including the development of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) — will change trade, business and investment outlook of the country, he said.

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The president observed that with shifts underway on the world stage, there was a need to further expedite the progress on CPEC so that the goods should start moving from South China to Gwadar port and upward in a regular manner.

The second phase of CPEC should be pursued expeditiously to promote agriculture; innovation and IT sector; industrial cooperation; livelihood generation and poverty alleviation; automobiles, textiles and leather manufacturing; and shifting of Chinese industries to Pakistan wherever possible, he added.

The president noted that the signing of China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement in January 2020 had further liberalized the trade resulting in a significant expansion in trade volumes adding that as per data for the first 11 months of 2021, bilateral trade reached a record high at US$ 27.8 billion registering an increase of 60 percent with the corresponding period of 2020.

Pakistan’s exports amounting to 3.6 billion US $ also registered an increase of 68% year over year.

The president expressed his satisfaction over the encompassing cooperation between the two countries in the fields of defence to socio-economic development.

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He conveyed his deepest gratitude to the people of China and President Xi Jinping for extending generous financial support to Pakistan which helped the country to deal effectively with the financial situation faced by it and during global warming-induced super floods last year which proved helpful in alleviating the suffering of the flood affected persons.

The president said the Chinese grant to the Presidency would be used to build a digital outreach platform to provide help to people under stress or facing mental health issues.

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Eight PAF officers promoted to rank of AVM

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The government on Thursday promoted eight Pakistan Air Force (PAF) officers to the rank of Air Vice Marshal (AVM).

According to a statement issued by the PAF, the promoted Air Officers included Air Vice Marshal Imran Qadir, Air Vice Marshal Ghazanfar Latif, Air Vice Marshal Shahryar Khan, Air Vice Marshal Nauman Waheed, Air Vice Marshal Mehr Yar Saqib Niazi, Air Vice Marshal Abuzar Khan, Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Asif Aslam and Air Vice Marshal Ghulam Shabbir.

Air Vice Marshal Imran Qadir was commissioned in the GD (P) Branch of Pakistan Air Force in June,1992 and received the coveted Sword of Honour. During his career, he has served as Chief Test Pilot of the JF-17 program, commanded an Operational Conversion Unit, Support Wing and served as Commandant Combat Support, PAF Airmen Academy Korangi Creek. He has served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Training-Officers) and is currently holding the prestigious office of Advisor to the Chief of the Air Staff for Operations, Audit, and Evaluation Cell at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. He holds a Master’s degree in War Studies and is a recipient of the Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Air Vice Marshal Ghazanfar Latif was commissioned in GD (P) Branch of Pakistan Air Force in May, 1993. During his illustrious career, he has commanded a Fighter Squadron, a Flying Wing and an Operational Air Base. He has served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operations) and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Safety) at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. He is a graduate of National Defence University and holds a Master’s degree in War Studies. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-i-Basalat.

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Air Vice Marshal Shahryar Khan was commissioned in GD(P) Branch of the Pakistan Air Force in May, 1993. During his career, he has commanded a Fighter Squadron, a Flying Wing, Military Training Wing and an Operational Air Base. He has also performed his duties as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Plans) at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. The Air Officer has also served as Personal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff and Senior Air Staff Officer at Regional Air Command. He holds a Master’s degree in National Security and War Studies. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Staff and War College and the Royal College of Defence Studies, UK. The Air Officer is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Air Vice Marshal Nauman Waheed was commissioned in GD(P) Branch of the Pakistan Air Force in May, 1993. During his career, he has commanded a Support Wing, a Fighter Squadron and an Operational Air Base. He has served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Plans) and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operational Research & Analysis) at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from National Defence University and has also served as Directing Staff at this prestigious institution. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Air Vice Marshal Mehr Yar Saqib Niazi was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of Pakistan Air Force in June, 1992. During his illustrious career, he commanded Engineering Wing of an Operational Base, served as Director Weapon System Management (JF-17), Managing Director (Mirage Rebuild Factory) and Commandant (Tech) at PAF Airmen Academy Korangi Creek. He also rendered services as Advisor to General Security Aviation Command in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Air Officer is a graduate of National Defence University and holds a Master’s degree in War Studies. He is also a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Air Vice Marshal Abuzar Khan was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of Pakistan Air Force in June 1992. During his career, he has commanded an Engineering Wing, served as Director Weapon System Management (Trainer), Project Director and Managing Director at the Aircraft Rebuild Factory. He holds Master degrees in Strategic Studies and War Studies. The Air Officer is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Asif Aslam was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of the Pakistan Air Force in June, 1992. During his career, he has commanded an Air Engineering Depot, served as Director Weapons (Research and Development) at the Air Weapons Complex and Director Missile and Ground Armament at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. The Air Officer has also served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Weapons Engineering) at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. He holds Master degrees in Strategic Studies and War Studies. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

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Air Vice Marshal Ghulam Shabbir was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of the Pakistan Air Force in December, 1992. During his career, he commanded School of Aeronautics and an Engineering Wing. He served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Training Airmen & Civilians) at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. He also rendered services as a technical advisor in the Nigerian Air Force. The Air Officer holds a Master’s degree in War Studies and is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

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President approves Ata Elahi’s appointment as AGP

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President Arif Alvi on Thursday gave assent to the appointment of Barrister Shehzad Ata Elahi as attorney general of Pakistan (AGP).

In a press release by the President office, Mr Elahi was okayed following Article 100 of the constitution and Rules of Business.

Earlier, Mansoor Usman Awan had refused to accept the role due to personal reasons.

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Sherry accuses Imran of hoodwinking the masses

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Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman accused on Thursday Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan of trying to convince the people that he was not responsible for the terrorism and inflation rise in the country.

In a series of tweets, Ms Rehman presented a charge sheet against the former prime minister by raising ten clear queries for him to justify his conduct.

Ms Rehman said, “He (Imran Khan) said, he was not accountable, the previous regimes prior to his government were responsible. Imran Khan could not be acquitted by blaming others every time.”

She added that Mr Khan would have to answer 10 questions of the nation, adding, “Who called Osama bin Laden a martyr? Who negotiated with the terrorists? Who gave a presidential pardon to convicted terrorists? For what purpose was presidential pardon and release given to the terrorists? Has the Parliament been taken into confidence regarding the release of convicted terrorists?

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“Who was willing to open the offices of terrorists in the country? Who wanted to resettle 30,000 to 40,000 fighters in Pakistan? Was permission taken from the parliament to settle these fighters in Pakistan? If not, was Imran Khan’s personal decision to settle them in the country? And why did the incidents of terrorism increase alarmingly despite the concessions given to terrorists by the PTI’s government,” she continued.

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