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Pakistan, Iran acknowledge terrorism as common threat

Pakistan, Iran acknowledge terrorism as common threat

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Pakistan, Iran acknowledge terrorism as common threat

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani on Monday said terrorism was common threat to both Pakistan and Iran, requiring both nations to adopt joint measures and actions to tackle the challenge.

Stable and close relations between Pakistan and Iran were vital to regional peace, said Jilani who also noted that they promised to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of each other. High-level contact was important for both nations, he added.

He was addressing a press conference along with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian after the two sides hold talks on various issues with a special focus on the recent cross-border missile strikes by the two countries.

They would not provide any opportunity to the terrorists to become a regional security threat, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian vowed and said they had damaged the relations between the two neighbours.

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He also mentioned that they had discussed in detail for finding out ways and means to enhance trade between the markets located along the Pakistan-Iran border.

Abdollahian said the terrorists present in the border region were a serious threat to both countries, as two sides reached an understanding on achieving the targets set for peaceful ties.

A third country was providing assistance to the terrorists on both sides of the border, he noted and expressed his best wishes for successful elections in Pakistan, which are scheduled to be held on Feb 8.

Iran and Pakistan do not have any border conflict, the visiting top diplomat told reporters and praised Islamabad for its stance on the Palestine issue.

Earlier on Sunday, Iran’s foreign minister landed in Pakistan for talks, as both nations sought to ease tensions after deadly cross-border strikes threatened diplomatic relations.

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On January 18, Pakistan launched air strikes on what it called “militant targets” in Iran, two days after similar Iranian strikes on its territory.

The tit-for-tat raids in the porous border region of Balochistan — split between the two nations — stoked regional tensions already inflamed by the Gaza war.

On Saturday, gunmen in south-eastern Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province killed nine people, with Islamabad’s ambassador identifying them as Pakistanis.

Sistan-Baluchistan is one of the few mainly Sunni Muslim provinces in Shia-dominated Iran.

It has seen persistent unrest involving cross-border drug-smuggling gangs and rebels from the Baloch ethnic minority, as well as jihadists.

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The initial Iranian strikes, which Pakistan said killed at least two children, drew a sharp rebuke from Islamabad, which recalled its ambassador from Tehran and blocked Iran’s envoy from returning to his post.

Tehran also summoned Islamabad’s charge d’affaires over Pakistan’s strikes, which left at least nine people dead.

The two countries, however, since announced they have decided to de-escalate and resume diplomatic missions with the two ambassadors returning to their posts.

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Musadik Malik emphasises adoption of environment-friendly technology for sustainable development

Musadik Malik emphasises adoption of environment-friendly technology for sustainable development

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Musadik Malik emphasises adoption of environment-friendly technology for sustainable development

 Federal Minister for Petroleum Musadik Malik underscores the need for embracing environment-friendly technology to ensure sustainable development in Pakistan. 

In a recent address at a ceremony held in Islamabad, Minister Malik highlighted the pressing issue of environmental instability, noting that despite a purported zero carbon footprint, Pakistan was grappling with the adverse effects of climate change. 

He pointed to alarming indicators such as rising global temperatures and increased incidents of extreme weather events, including flash floods in Sindh that have devastated numerous villages, exacerbating food insecurity in the region. 

Acknowledging the dual challenge of environmental and economic instability, Minister Malik stressed the imperative for concerted action to address these issues. 

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He revealed that Pakistan’s total exports stand at $30 billion, with energy exports comprising a significant portion at $20 billion. 

To confront these challenges head-on, Minister Malik announced plans to ramp up petroleum products production, citing its critical role in ensuring energy security and fostering economic growth. 

He outlined various policies aimed at facilitating this increase, including incentivising consortiums for small companies and fostering cooperation with international stakeholders.

Underlining the centrality of energy security to economic development, Minister Malik reiterated the importance of adopting environment-friendly technologies to meet the nation’s energy demands sustainably.

He emphasised the utilisation of national resources as a key strategy in this endeavour.

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Islamabad police register case of armed assault on PTI leader Raoof Hasan

Islamabad police register case of armed assault on PTI leader Raoof Hasan

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Islamabad police register case of armed assault on PTI leader Raoof Hasan

A day after unidentified transgender persons armed with blades wounded PTI leader Raoof Hasan in an attack in Islamabad, police on Wednesday registered a case of the assault. 

The case registered against unidentified transgender persons at the Aabpara police station includes sections related to the charges of attempted murder and death threats. 

According to the first information report (FIR), Raoof Hasan was heading to a parking lot after participating in a TV talk show when he was ambushed by three transgender-like persons. 

The FIR details that these attackers tried to cut his throat with a sharp-edged tool. Hasan suffered a cut in the face when he stepped back in a bid to protect himself, it adds. 

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In the FIR, Raoof Hasan alleged that a similar attack was attempted on him two days back in Islamabad’s Blue Area. 

The PTI information secretary was attacked on Tuesday afternoon by some unidentified transgender persons with a blade in Islamabad’s G-7 area. He suffered a cut in the face.

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JAP urges Punjab governor to return defamation bill unapproved

JAP urges Punjab governor to return defamation bill unapproved

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JAP urges Punjab governor to return defamation bill unapproved

The Judicial Activism Panel has penned a letter to Punjab Governor Sardar Salim Haider Khan, vehemently urging him not to approve the controversial Punjab Defamation Bill 2024 recently passed by the Punjab Assembly. 

The letter, authored by the Judicial Activism Panel, highlighted grave concerns over the Defamation Bill, asserting that its passage by the Punjab Assembly contradicts the principles outlined in Article 19 of the constitution. 

According to the panel, the enforcement of this bill poses a significant threat to the freedom of speech, a fundamental right guaranteed to every citizen. 

The panel argued that the implementation of the Defamation Bill would severely restrict the public’s access to vital information, serving as a formidable obstacle to the citizens’ right to information. 

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They emphasised that the bill, if enacted, would curtail the freedom of speech, thereby violating the fundamental right of the citizens.

Expressing apprehension, the letter said the law could potentially be exploited to serve political interests, further undermining the democratic principles upon which the nation is built.

In their fervent plea to Governor Sardar Salim Haider Khan, the Judicial Activism Panel demanded that he refrain from approving the bill and instead return it to the Punjab Assembly without his endorsement.

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